Back yet again is the promotion from Choice Privileges that awards members with 8000 points after every two stays. Or, if you’re not interested in points you can redeem them for a $50 gift card for Amazon, Golf Town, Lowe’s, Best Buy or Esso. This is a good hotel promo to consider if you’re pondering any travel this summer, especially if it’s a road trip with multiple one night stays.
This recurring promotion tends to alternate between offering a “free night” or a $50 gift card at select retailers. What you actually receive is a boost to the base points earned up to at least 8000 which you can then opt to redeem for at gift card at a temporary discounted rate.
Go to the gift card promotion page on the Choice website to register.
For every two paid qualifying stays between June 7 and August 9, 2021 you’ll get 8000 points. (Note that back-to-back nights at the same hotel booked separately will not count as that would be considered a single stay.)
You then have until October 8, 2021 to redeem the points for a $50 gift card if you so choose after which the redemption rate will go back to its usual higher amount.
This promotion is limited to Canadian residents only. (There is also a US version May 24 – July 11, 2021).
Make sure your account is set to earn Choice points (as opposed to Aeroplan, for example) before you register for the promotion and make any reservations.
Here are the full terms and conditions from the website:
Registration required at https://www.choicehotels.com/en-ca/choice-privileges/promo/gift-card before checking out from your first qualifying stay. The promotion is only available to members of the Choice Privileges™ Rewards Program who register for this promotion, and then make two separate qualifying stays at participating hotels (Ascend Hotel Collection all-inclusive resorts, among others, are not participating) with arrival between 06/07/2021 and 08/09/2021. A “stay” is any number of consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs. A “qualifying stay” is a stay that is during this promotion at a participating hotel through a qualifying channel (see Qualifying Channel, below) that is eligible to earn Choice Privileges points. Most stays are eligible to earn Choice Privileges points EXCEPT: rooms booked at rates below $40 USD per night, certain hotel initiated promotions, reward night stays, complimentary rooms, rooms paid for as part of a convention or meeting, rooms booked through a third party online retailer including online travel agencies, wholesale packages, group tours, and stays booked using the employee discount or the friends and family discount. Stays at Choice Hotels™ properties in the following countries are excluded from this promotion: Japan, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Guyana, and Ecuador. You must maintain an address in Canada to be eligible.
Qualifying Channel: Members must book stays via ChoiceHotels.com, the Choice Hotels mobile app, or 800.4CHOICE. Stays directly booked through Book by Google are also eligible, if the member adds their Choice Privileges number to the reservation prior to check-in. Corporate travelers may book through their online booking tool, GDS, or with a travel agent; however, reservations booked through Egencia’s Preferred Rate Program do not qualify for promotional bonus points. Choice Privileges member number must be provided upon check-in. To be eligible to earn bonus points, members must set their earning preference to Choice Privileges points in their online account. Any change made to earning preference will remain in effect after the promotion has ended, unless the member changes it. Allow 72 hours from check-out for points to post. Request for bonus points made by members who did not register for the promotion will only be considered up to 60 days after the promotion ends; request thereafter will be automatically denied.
Registered members will be awarded a minimum of 5,000 to a maximum of 8,000 bonus points after the second qualifying stay. The number of bonus points awarded depends on the number of base points earned from the two separate qualifying stays, with points varying by hotel. The total of base points plus bonus points awarded, however, will be at least 8,000 points, which is the number of points required to redeem for a $50 gift card from participating retailers. A selection of gift cards is available at the discounted redemption rate of 8,000 points from 06/07/2021 through 10/08/2021. Beginning 10/09/2021, the $50 gift cards will return to their standard redemption rate of 16,000 points. Please see a list of participating retailers here. Terms and conditions apply to $50 gift card options. See card for details.
Some provinces and local jurisdictions are imposing restrictions on hotels accepting guests due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which are subject to change at the discretion of state and local authorities. Please check with your destination hotel prior to departing for the hotel to confirm the status on any hotel guest restrictions.
You must maintain an address in Canada to be eligible.
Choice Hotels reserves the right to amend these terms or terminate this promotion at any time. For Choice Privileges program details, eligible rates, eligible countries and point redemption rules, visit www.ChoiceHotels.com/CPrules. Hotels are independently owned and operated.
(Canada) Brand Disclaimers:
Amazon.ca®: *Amazon.ca Gift Certificates (“GCs”) sold by Giftango, an authorized and independent reseller of Amazon.ca Gift Certificates. GCs are redeemable only for eligible products on Amazon.ca. Return policies for products are available on Amazon.ca. Except as required by law, GCs cannot be reloaded, resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other account. To view a GC balance or for more information about your GC, visit “Your Account” on Amazon.ca or contact us at www.amazon.ca/contact-us. GCs cannot be used to purchase other GCs. Amazon is not responsible if a GC is lost, stolen, destroyed or used without permission. For complete terms and conditions, see www.amazon.ca/gc-legal. GCs are issued by Amazon.com.ca, Inc., a Delaware corporation. All Amazon ®, ™ & © are IP of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. No expiration date or service fees.
If you have questions about redeeming your gift certificate, please visit www.amazon.ca/gc-redeem.
Golf Town®: Use of this card constitutes acceptance of the following: Once activated, Card is redeemable for consumer purchases at Golf Town stores in Canada and may not be used at or accepted by any other retailer. Card’s face value is in Canadian dollars. This card cannot be redeemed for cash unless required by law. Protect this Card like cash. The value on this card will not be replaced if lost, stolen, destroyed, altered or used in contravention of these terms and conditions. If your purchase exceeds the unused balance of this Card, you may pay for the excess at the time of purchase. Card retains unused balance. To obtain account balance, please call 1-877-770-5228. Issued by Golf Town.
Lowes®: This is a Lowe’s gift Card and is valid in Canada only. This is not a credit/debit card and has no implied warranties. This card is not redeemable for cash unless required by law and cannot be used to make payments on any charge account. Lowe’s reserves the right to deactivate or reject any Gift Card issued or procured, directly or indirectly, in connection with fraudulent actions, unless prohibited by law. Lost or stolen Gift Cards can only be replaced upon presentation of original sales receipt for any remaining balance. It will be void if altered or defaced. To check your Lowe’s Gift Card balance, visit Lowes.com/Giftcards, call 1-800-560-7172 or see the customer Service Desk at any Lowe’s store. ©2017 Lowe’s. Lowe’s and gable mansard design are registered trademarks of LF, LLC.
Best Buy®: Redeemable in any Best Buy store in Canada or online at BestBuy.ca • No expiration date • Not redeemable for cash • Remaining Card balance of lost, stolen or damaged Cards replaced only with valid proof of purchase • Not valid as payment on a Best Buy credit card • Check Card balance online at BestBuy.ca or call 1-866-787-7991 • Terms and Conditions subject to change without notice • All terms enforced except where prohibited by law • Printed in the USA • This Card is issued by Best Buy Canada Ltd.
Esso™ and Mobil™: This card is redeemable at participating EssoTM or MobilTM branded retail service stations in Canada or with the card onboarded into the Speedpass+TMapp but it may not be redeemed for cash except if permitted by law, applied as payment on an Esso or Mobil account, or used to buy another Gift Card. Imperial Oil is not responsible for replacing the value on this card if it is lost, stolen, destroyed, damaged or used without your consent. Check your balance online at giftcards.esso.ca. Service station return policy applies to purchases made with card. Esso is a trademark of Imperial Oil Limited. Imperial Oil, Licensee. Mobil and Speedpass+ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Exxon Mobil Corporation or one of its subsidiaries. Imperial Oil, licensee.
How Does It Compare to Other Promotions?
As of the time of writing, Best Western, Hilton and IHG all have points promotions underway so be sure to review each of them before choosing a hotel in a destination with multiple chains. For example, if booking a single stay of 3 nights or more you’d be better off going with Hilton to get triple points. The Choice promo is superior if you’ll be making multiple one night stays and have future plans to visit parts of the world with sweet spot redemption opportunities.
In a few days we should be able to see the reward rates for the period beginning September 16, 2021 so that might help sway your decision whether to participate if you’re contemplating the possibility of travel later in the year. If you have a high value redemption in mind, it might also be worth booking a bonus point package rate for an upcoming stay. And if you go to New Brunswick, you’ll be able to get a 20% rebate thanks to the Explore NB Travel Incentive Program 2021 – All Atlantic Canadians Eligible.
Choice Hotels in Atlantic Canada
There is an ample selection of Choice hotels in this part of the country so hotel hopping to capitalize on the promo is quite doable.
Sydney – Comfort Inn
New Glasgow – Comfort Inn
Amherst – Comfort Inn
Truro – Comfort Inn
Halifax Airport – Quality Inn
Fall River – Inn on the Lake, Ascend Collection
Bedford – Comfort Inn
Halifax – Comfort Hotel Bayer’s Lake
Dartmouth – Comfort Inn
Bridgewater – Comfort Inn
Yarmouth – Comfort Inn
Dieppe/Moncton Airport – Quality Inn & Suites
Moncton – Comfort Inn East
Moncton – Comfort Inn Magnetic Hill
Moncton – Quality Inn
Quispamsis – Quality Inn & Suites Amsterdam
Saint John – Comfort Inn
Saint John – Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
Grand Falls – Rodeway Inn
Fredericton – Quality Inn & Suites Amsterdam
Fredericton – Comfort Inn
Edmundston – Comfort Inn
Edmundston – Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
Campbellton – Comfort Inn
Campbellton – Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
Bathurst – Comfort Inn
Bathurst – Quality Inn & Suites
Miramichi – Rodeway Inn
Miramichi – Econo Lodge
Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown – Quality Inn & Suites Downtown
Charlottetown – Comfort Inn
Cornwall – Quality Inn & Suites
Summerside – Quality Inn & Suites Garden of the Gulf
Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John’s Airport – Comfort Inn
Clarenville – Quality Hotel
Gander – Comfort Inn
Gander – Quality Hotel & Suites
Corner Brook – Comfort Inn
Corner Brook – Quality Inn
It’s great to see Choice back with its familiar promotion. It’s been just over a month since the end of the last one, but this time the ability to travel looks much more promising as we emerge from lockdown restrictions. Although it doesn’t get that much attention in the points and miles world, Choice can certainly provide great value to travellers who like to keep their options open and are not devoted to one or two hotel loyalty programs.