Calculate Choice Points On Stays

Use the Choice Points Calculator to calculate total Choice Points based on spend, elite status, and if you use the Choice Privileges Visa.
Updated 2020-10-06 By Robert Flowers III

The Choice Points Calculator will calculate how many Choice Points you can earn on your stays at Choice Privileges hotels based on spend, elite status, and whether or not you use the Choice Privileges Credit Card to pay. This page also breaks down everything you need to know on how Choice Points are calculated which includes base points, elite status points, and credit card points.

Choice Points Calculators For Stays

Use the Choice Points Calculator to calculate how many points you can earn based on spend, elite status, and whether or not you use the Choice Privileges Visa Card to pay for your stay. Remember that you will not earn base points on taxes and fees.

Choice Hotels Spend

Enter the base cost of the hotel in U.S. dollars.
Base Spend

Choice Points Value

Enter how much you value Choice Privileges Points. The Point Calculator values them at 0.6 cents each, but you may value them at a higher or lower rate. This field is used to calculate the cash value of the points you earned.
Point Value

Choice Credit Card

If you plan on using a Choice Privileges credit card, select the card you plan on using. Remember that certain cards may grant elite status. If so, the calculator will not show the earnings for any status that is less than what the card offers.

Choice Brand

All Choice Brands earn at a base rate of 10 Choice Points per US $1 spent, so there's no need to select a specific brand.

Choice Points Earned

The table below lists the amount of points you'll earn and the cash value of those points based on what you entered in the sections above.
Choice Member
Base Rate
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Choice Gold
10% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Choice Platinum
25% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Choice Diamond
50% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value

How To Earn Points On Stays

Before you able to earn points, you'll need to have a Choice Privileges account. You'll also need to make sure you're booking direct and that you're booking stays at Choice brand hotels.

Sign Up For A Choice Privileges Account

In order for one to earn and redeem Choice Privileges Points, one must have a Choice Privileges account. Luckily, this is a free and easy process.

  1. Head to
  2. Click Sign In/Join followed by Join Free Now.
  3. Enter your name and email.
  4. Create a username and password.
  5. Click Join Now.

You will be given your Choice Privileges membership number. Be sure to take note of that number as you'll sometimes need it for promotions as well as for earning rewards through other means such as renting cars.

Book Direct With Choice

Booking your Choice stays through third party sites such as Expedia, Orbitz, and will not earn you Choice Privileges Points. You will need to book your stay directly with Choice either through the website, the Choice Hotels mobile app, or over the phone in order to earn Choice Points and receive credit towards Choice elite status. If you have status and book third party, it's a high chance that it will not be honored.

Choice Brand Hotels

Choice doesn't have any namesake hotels, so you'll need to know what qualifies as a Choice brand hotel. When it comes to booking a hotel, you'll have 11 brands to choose from. Those 11 Choice brand hotels are:

  • Ascend Hotel Collection
  • Cambria Hotels
  • Comfort
  • Sleep Inn
  • Clarion Hotels
  • MainStay Suites
  • Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
  • WoodSpring Suites
  • Econo Lodge
  • Rodeway Inn
  • Quality Inn

You can easily book all of these hotels through the Choice Hotels website so you don't have worry about looking through each brand individually.

How Points Are Calculated

Choice Privileges members will earn Choice Privileges Points when staying at Choice brand hotels. Points earned on stays will consist of base points and elite status. Usage of the Barclays Choice Privileges Visa will also assist with maximizing your earnings.

Choice Privileges Base Points

Choice Privileges members will earn 10 points per $1 spent at Choice brand hotels. This is the base amount of points that all members will receive.

So if your hotel has a base cost of $73 per night, you would earn 730 Choice Points ($73 * 10) per night. If it's $118, you would earn 1,180 points per night ($118 * 10). You'll simply multiply the cost of the hotel by 10 and that's the total base points you will receive for the booking.

Choice Elite Status Points

In addition to earning points at the base rate, Choice Privileges members will also be able to earn a certain percentage of bonus points based on Choice elite status. Elite status with Choice is based on the number of nights you spend at Choice hotels during the calendar year. As you spend more nights, you'll move up in status and be rewarded various perks and benefits. One of the several benefits you'll receive are bonus points.

Choice Privileges Elite Status Requirements
Based on nights per calendar year
Status Nights Needed No Bonus
Member Signing Up No Bonus
Gold 10 Nights 10% Bonus
Platinum 20 Nights 25% Bonus
Diamond 40 Nights 50% Bonus

Each tier of Choice Privilege elite status will add a certain percentage of bonus points. Bonus points are based on the base earning rate of 10 points. Those with Choice Privileges Gold Status will earn a 10% bonus, so they would earn an additional 1 point per $1 spent. This is because 10% of 10 points is 1 point (10 * 0.01).

Lets say you spend $150 at a Choice brand hotel as a Silver member. You would earn 1,500 base points (150 * 10pts) plus an extra 10% for being Silver. 10% of 1,500 base points is 150 points (1,500 * 0.10) so you would earn an additional 150 points from elite status. This would give you a grand total of 1,650 points for your stay.

The table below shows the results for a $150 stay for all four tiers of the Choice Privileges program. Remember that all members earn at the base rate which guarantees at least 1,500 points.

Choice Privileges Status
Base Points Earned: 1,500
Elite Tier Elite Points Points Earned
No bonus
0 Elite 1,500 Points
10% Bonus
+150 Elite
= 1,500 * 0.10
1,650 Points
25% Bonus
+375 Elite
= 1,500 * 0.25
1,875 Points
50% Bonus
+750 Elite
= 1,500 * 0.50
2,250 Points

As you move up in tiers through the Choice Privileges program, you'll start to earn more and more points per $1 spent. This is one of the many positives of earning elite status with the program as well as most others.

Choice Privileges Visa Card Points

Those that have the Barclays Choice Privileges Visa Card will be able to earn even more Choice Points on top of base and elite points. Using the Choice Privileges Visa will earn you 5 Choice Points per $1 spent on the entire cost of the stay.

For example, if your final bill for a Choice Hotel stay was $200 and you used the Barclays Choice Privileges Visa to pay for the entire stay, you would earn 1,000 additional points ($200 * 5) on top of your base points and elite status points.


If you enjoy Choice Hotels and love to earn free nights, you'll want to make sure you're maximizing your earnings within the Choice Privileges program. You can do this by making sure you're booking direct and by using the Barclays Choice Visa Card to pay for your stays at Choice hotels.


How many points do you get per stay at Choice hotels?

All members earn 10 points per $1 as a base rate. Additional points can be earned per $1 spent based on elite status and Choice credit card usage.

What's the most Choice Points you can earn per $1 spent at Choice brand hotels?

You can earn up to 20 Choice Points per $1 spent at Choice as a Choice Diamond member using the Choice Privileges Visa Card.

Is signing up for a Choice Privileges account free?

Yes. There is no cost associated with signing up for a Choice Privileges account.

Is the Choice Privileges Visa Card worth it?

If you want to maximize your earnings with Choice, the Choice Privileges Visa Card is well worth it.

What's the highest elite status I can shortcut to with Choice?

You can earn complimentary Choice Privileges Gold with the Choice Privileges Visa Card. You can also status match if you have elite status with other hotel loyalty programs.

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