[Update] 75K Choice Privileges points with just $2K spend + 4x everywhere in 2021

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Update: Reader NK3 points out that this offer also includes an additional 2x everywhere this year. That means that ordinary spend will earn 4x Choice privileges points through December 31, 2021. According to the offer terms, these points may not post until 2-3 billing cycles following December 31, 2021. Still, that’s potentially a great deal if you value Choice points.

  • You will earn an additional 2 points for every $1 spent on Net Purchases made on the Card Account with transaction dates through December 31, 2021. To receive the additional 2 points, your Card Account must be open and in good standing at the time of fulfillment. Please allow 2-3 billing cycles following December 31, 2021 for the additional points to be deposited into your Membership account. This offer may be canceled at any time without notice.

Original post follows.

Earn up to 75,000 Choice Privileges with just $2K spend with the newly-increased offer available on the Choice Privileges Visa. While Choice Privileges doesn’t regularly get a lot of love in the loyalty rewards community, the program does sometimes offer opportunities to get fantastic value out of the points. If you can keep your eye out and pick and choose the right circumstances, this offer could be pretty attractive.

The Hotel Napa Valley, which was like a cross between a B&B and motel, quite unique and only 12K Choice points per night when I stayed a couple of years ago.

The Offer & Key Card Details

Card Offer and Details
Choice Privileges® Visa Signature® Card issued by Barclays
Up to 75K points + 4x everywhere
Up to 75K points + 4x everywhere: 50K after $1K spend in 90 days + 25K after $2K total spend in 180 days. 2 additional points per dollar for all spend until December 31, 2021 (for a total of 4 points per dollar on everyday purchases)

No Annual Fee


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Brand

Earning rate: 5X at Choice Hotels and on purchases of Choice Hotels points or gift cards ⚬ 2X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn 8,000 annual bonus points after $10,000 in annual spend

Noteworthy perks: Automatic Gold status

Quick Thoughts

Choice Privileges is the rewards program of brands like Comfort Inn, Quality inn, Clarion, and Cambria Suites. While those brands don’t generally scream luxury, the program does offer some opportunities for outsized value.

Those who would travel to Scandinavia can get impressive value out of a bonus like this since some Nordic Choice properties offer not only free hot breakfast but also a free dinner. While many travelers expect exotic locales like the Maldives and Bora-Bora to feature steep prices for food and drink, those who have been to Scandinavia know that it isn’t only remote islands where you’ll experience sticker shock; free dinner in a country like Norway could save you a bundle. On my last overnight layover in Oslo, I paid 16K points for a room that would have been north of $250. The airport hotel I chose wasn’t anything special, which made me all the happier to have used 16K points from a less popular program rather than lay out out the extra cash.

Even here in the US you can sometimes run across great deals with Choice. When my wife surprised me with reservations at The French Laundry a couple of years ago, I ended up booking us a 2-bedroom suite at the Hotel Napa Valley (pictured above) for 12K Choice points per night. While it looks like this hotel is now 25K-30K per night, it was a great deal at the time given that each room was pretty unique (and getting 3 nights here for just $2K spend would still be a pretty solid deal given cash rates in the $250-$300 range). It wasn’t necessarily as luxurious as it looks from the street (it was sort of a mix of B&B and motel with most of the rooms housed in separate out-buildings in the back that looked more like apartments), but the rooms were each unique (we saw a few while we were there and each had its own touches) and there were fire pits where guests could socialize at night. It was a standout value for our needs; I’d stay again.

You won’t find that kind of value or unique property all the time, but now and then you can do well with Choice points. I wouldn’t necessarily prioritize stocking up on Choice points since they can always be purchased for less than a cent each with the cash & points trick, but picking up 75K points with such little spend could nonetheless be an excellent value for those versed in the program and willing to sit on the points and wait until opportunity knocks.

H/T: Doctor of Credit

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