How To Calculate Choice Points

Earning Points On Stays

You can get up to 20 Choice Points on hotel stays. Earn Base Points, Elite Points, and Credit Card Points. Calculate points and return per $1 spent!


Choice Privileges members can earn up to 20 Choice Privileges Points per $1 spent when combining the base rate with elite status and Choice's credit card. Those who are able to max out the earning rates in Choice's program will be able to easily build enough points for free nights with as little as $400 spend at Choice brand hotels. This page will cover details about how to join the Choice Privileges program and how points are calculated on stays. You'll also be able to use the Choice Privileges Calculator on this page to estimate how many points you can earn on your stay and how much those points are worth.

Getting Started & Things To Note

Choice Privileges Points are primarily earned booking stays at Choice brand hotels and using the Barclays Choice credit cards. Points earned with Choice can be used for free nights, vacation rentals, gift cards, and cruise line certificates.

Before you start to earn and redeem Choice Privileges Points, there's a few things you'll need to know.

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 ChoiceHotels.com.
  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 Hotels.com 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 To Calculate Choice Privileges Points

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
Member
No bonus
0 Elite 1,500 Points
Gold
10% Bonus
+150 Elite
= 1,500 * 0.10
1,650 Points
Platinum
25% Bonus
+375 Elite
= 1,500 * 0.25
1,875 Points
Diamond
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.

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).

Along with earning bonus points on spend at Choice brand hotels, you will also earn 5x on Choice gift cards and the purchase of Choice Points (when not on sale). You'll also be given complimentary Choice Privileges Gold elite status which will grant you the 10% bonus and be given the chance to earn 8,000 anniversary points.

You can use the Barclays Choice Privileges Point Calculator to calculate how many points you can earn based on your monthly/yearly spend across the card's categories.

Calculate Choice Privileges Points

If you want to get an estimate of how many points you can earn staying at Choice brand hotels based on spend, elite status, and Choice credit card usage, you've come to the right calculator.

The calculator below will require you to input how much you plan on spending at a Choice brand hotel and how much Choice Points are worth to you. I value Choice Points at 0.6 cents each when redeemed for free nights. If you think they are worth more or less you can change the value accordingly. The calculator is sorted by elite status.

Choice Spend
Point Value
Status/Credit Card Points Earned Value of Points
Choice Member Earning Rates
Choice Member
Base Rate
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Choice Gold Earning Rates
Choice Gold
10% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Choice Platinum Earning Rates
Choice Platinum
25% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Choice Diamond Earning Rates
Choice Diamond
50% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value

Summary

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. You can also transfer points to your Choice Privileges account if you're part of the Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Program.

How To Calculate FAQ

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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