The 25% discount from Choice Hotels (actually 28.75% for Choice Privileges members) has been extended. It had been set to end July 9th for new bookings for stays up to September 30, 2020. Now you have until July 19th to make bookings for stays through October 31, 2020.
This is the same Choice Hotels Canada promotion we saw released back in June, but with the dates adjusted. The discount rate is based on the Best Available Rate and there’s no unpleasant pre-paid non-refundable nonsense involved.
Note the cancellation terms carefully when you make your reservation. My experience has been that Choice hotels are fairly generous with cancellation policies; you can even cancel up to a specified time on the day of check-in at some properties.
Terms and Conditions
From the website:
*Terms & Conditions: This offer is a 25% discount off Best Available Rate for one-night stays or more nights. Choice Privileges members will receive an additional 5% discount (total discount 28.75% off Best Available Rate). Currently available at participating hotels only in Canada. Offer is subject to availability at participating hotels. To receive the Choice Privileges member discount, reservation must be booked through a Choice Hotels direct channel, such as www.choicehotels.com, Choice Hotels mobile application, Choice Hotels contact centers or at a Choice branded hotel. Book by July 19, 2020 and stay by October 31, 2020. A stay includes all consecutive nights at the same hotel regardless of check-ins or checkouts. Only valid for qualifying stays, which exclude rooms booked below certain rates, reward night stays, complimentary rooms, rooms paid for as part of a convention or meeting, rooms booked through a travel agent or third party online retailer including online travel agencies, wholesale packages, group tours, and stays booked using the employee discount or the friends, family and associate discount. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, price promotions, or special price offers, except Canadian residents can combine this offer with the “stay twice, earn a free night summer campaign” for Choice Privileges members. Discount will be applied immediately upon booking the room. Choice Hotels reserves the right to change or discontinue this offer at any time. Available to Canadian residents only. Hotels are independently owned and operated.
Choice Hotels in Atlantic Canada
There are a lot of Choice hotels here in the bubble, so you should be able to put together a road trip if you feel like taking a vacation somewhere in the region. Be advised however that the discount is only available at participating hotels. After a quick search, it appears not all of them around here are on board with the promo, at least on the random date I checked.
I believe these are all the Choice hotels in Atlantic Canada:
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
Stay Twice, Get 8000 Points (until Sept. 7, 2020)
As noted in the terms above, one can book a discounted rate while taking advantage of the current Choice Privileges points-earning promotion applicable to stays through September 7, 2020. It’s marketed as Book 2 Stays, Earn a Free Night* but as is always the case with this promo, the “free night” is really just 8000 points. Darn asterisks.
In Canada, it’s tough to find a redemption opportunity for 8000 points even on off-season dates. It’s easier in places like Japan and occasionally in various cities in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Remember, Choice Privileges has a seasonal reward rate structure along with separate point requirements for weekends and weekdays at many hotels. This is a good promotion if you have any thoughts of future travel to one of the Choice redemption sweet spots.
Choice Points Sale – 25% Off
Since we’re on the topic of Choice Privileges points, I’ll briefly mention that they’re currently having a sale on the purchase of points through August 16, 2020. At 25% off, it’s not as good as their usual 30% off or 40% bonus. Note that points are priced in USD and Canadians have to pay HST so factor that into the cost.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 caused the postponement or cancellation of the annual US Travel Association Daily Getaways sale which is definitely the best time to load up on Choice points at a big discount.
If you’re considering a summer getaway, this Choice discount could come in handy. And if you capitalize on the bonus for every two stays, you can hold on to those points to use on a potential future trip further afield after international travel resumes.