[Now $229] 40K Choice points + $100 Amex Gift Card w/ Bluegreen Vacations timeshare offer

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Update 4/26/22: This deal is back again but is now $229 according to an email that came out today and it still includes 40,000 points and a $100 American Express Gift Card. That makes this closer to mattress run-worthy if you can stomach the cancellation policy and you won’t get sucked into a timeshare that you don’t want to buy.

Choice Privileges is offering a timeshare presentation deal that may be intriguing: Get a 3-night stay for $299 (update: now $229) and 40,000 Choice Privileges Points and a $100 American Express Gift Card “when you explore future vacation ownership possibilities during your stay” (translation: attend a timeshare presentation). That can be a solid deal, but beware of the cancellation policy (see more in the post below).

The Deal

  • For $229, Choice Privileges is offering a 3-night Bluegreen Vacations resort stay, 40,000 Choice Privileges points, and a $100 American Express Gift Card. You need to call to book at (888) 594-0804.

Key Terms

  • Must attend a two-hour Bluegreen Vacations timeshare sales presentation and tour
  • Must have a household income of at least $50K (may be waived if one of a cohabiting couple is 62 years old or older) and creditworthy (minimum score of 600)
  • Late cancellation / no-show fee of $125 if check-in date is modified less than 14 days prior to check-in date
  • $200 no-show fee charged to your debit or credit card if you fail to show up for your reservation (on top of forfeiting whatever you’ve already paid)
  • See full terms here

Quick Thoughts

Choice ran a similar offer with Bluegreen vacations a couple of months ago (See: 3 nights + 30K Choice points for $199 with Bluegreen Vacations Timeshare offer). This time around, they are adding 10,000 points and a $100 Amex Gift Card for another hundred bucks, which is certainly reasonable.

Given that our Reasonable Redemption Value for Choice Privileges points is 0.68c, you can reasonably expect around $272 in value from the points (though Greg has certainly shown that points can often be worth north of 1c per point if you’re willing to put in some effort). That makes this timeshare presentation worth close to $400 if you will put the Choice points to decent use. That more than wipes out the cost of the stay. For those good at saying “no”, this certainly could be appealing.

On the flip side, I noted last time around my discomfort with the cancellation policy that is buried in the offer terms:

Late Cancellation/No-Show Policy: Because Bluegreen Vacations subsidizes the cost of this vacation package in order to offer it to you at a discounted price, Bluegreen Vacations has instituted this Late Cancellation/No-Show Policy. Your scheduled check-in day may be modified at no charge only if the request is made AT LEAST FOURTEEN (14) DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED CHECK-IN DATE. If your check-in date is modified less than fourteen (14) days prior to this check-in date, a $125.00 Late Cancellation Fee will be required. Participants with reservations who fail to show up on their scheduled check-in date, will have a $200.00 No-Show Fee charged to their debit card or credit card (dependent upon the method of payment used to purchase the vacation package), and will forfeit any prepaid fees or deposits. By making a reservation in response to this promotion, you are agreeing to this policy.

I find that cancellation policy pretty ridiculous in the current environment. On the one hand, many hotels have cancellation deadlines and with the nature of vacation rentals maybe they face reduced prospects of selling the room if you can’t make it. However, if you or someone close to you tests positive for COVID within a few days of arrival, it would cost you $125 to cancel within 14 days, so keep that in mind.

Note also that I highlighted in the post about the previous promotion that there is a requirement to have a minimum FICO score of 600 to qualify. As I noted last time, I don’t know how they verify that as the terms go on to state that they only verify your precise credit score through a hard inquiry upon “consent and decision to purchase a timeshare interest or Sampler product from Bluegreen Vacations”. Be careful to closely read any paperwork you fill out to be sure that you don’t consent to a pull that you don’t want. I assume the hard pull is not required to attend the presentation or receive the promised award, but I am always vigilant about what I sign at these types of things.

That said, I find this offer pretty good overall. Were it not for the cancellation policy, I’d be tempted as Bluegreen does have some destinations that interest me and I feel like the trade here is reasonable.

If interested, it looks like you’ll have to call to book. You might try your hand at negotiating an even better deal over the phone. While I don’t know for sure that Choice negotiates these, I know that timeshare offers are often negotiable, so it might be worth a shot.

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[…] Update 4/26/22: You now get 40,000 points (previously 30,000 points) and a $100 gift card (previously $25) for $229 (previously $199). Hat tip to FM […]

Katie

I called to see the destinations and they ended up giving me a $199 for 3 nights + 60k Choice points + $25 gift card offer.

E C

Not so great a deal. At least you should be able to get your money back without worrying about converting Choice points into value–considering you have to sit through a sales presentation.

Aloha808

I thought Greg determined Choice points were worth about 0.68 cents each? That would make the 40k points worth about $272, instead of $324. For reference: https://frequentmiler.com/what-are-choice-points-worth-and-should-we-buy-points/

Aloha808

Just paid for the package! I was also informed that I’ll get an extra $25 mastercard gift card if I book the stay within the next 30 days after the $229 package purchase. So 40k choice points + $125 in gift cards.

Last edited 3 months ago by Aloha808
Aloha808

I sat on the offer, and just got an email letting me know that if I book in the next three days for travel by August 31, I’ll receive a bonus $250 Amex gift card. Looks like this is in addition to the 40k points and the $100 Amex gc.

Dr. Jay

Nick, Do you have a link for the offer? I’m curious what the 9 locations are. Does anyone have experience with booking one of these for those outside of the listed properties?