Choice Privileges Hotel Elite Status [Gold, Platinum, & Diamond]

Choice Privileges has three elite status levels: Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. 

There are a lot of good benefits for Gold members, but the higher levels of Platinum and Diamond have very few additional benefits except earning additional points and Avis elite status.

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    Member (Base) Status

    Anyone who joins the Choice Privileges Rewards program is a Member. 

    Members enjoy:

    • Earn 10 Choice points per dollar spent. 
    • Receive a $10 credit when staying at Cambria Hotels redeemable at their marketplace, bar, or restaurant.
    • Earn extra benefits with “Your Extras.”
    • Book hotels stays using points up to 100 days in advance.
    • Enjoy an exclusive member rate.

    Choice "Your Extras" Rewards

    If your stay includes a weeknight night (Sunday to Thursday), you can earn the following perks for stays in the USA:

    • 400 Choice Privileges points.
    • 100 airline miles.
    • $0.20/gallon in Fuel Rewards.
    • $2.50 Amazon credit.
    • $5 Starbucks card.
    • $2.50 Uber trip discount.

    These benefits are doubled when staying at a Cambria Hotel. You can choose from a:

    • $10 coffee gift card.
    • $5 Uber credit.
    • $5 Amazon gift card.
    • 800 Choice points.

    For Canadian stays, the benefit is

    • 400 Choice Privileges bonus points.
    • 100 airline miles.
    • $2.50 Amazon.ca Gift Certificate.
    • $5 Tim Hortons Gift Card.
    • $5 Coffee gift card.
    Outside of the U.S. and Canada, the benefit is either 400 Choice points or 100 airline miles.
     
    You can make your selection in your Choice Privileges account by selecting “Online Profile” from the “My Account” dropdown menu. Under the Your Extras section, click “edit” to make your selection, then save your changes.
     
    [This benefit is not applicable at all inclusive resorts or WoodSpring Suites locations.]
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    Photo: Cambria Hotel Asheville, NC

    Gold Elite Status

    The lowest elite tier in Choice Privileges is Gold status, which is pretty competitive to other lower tier elite status programs.

    How to Earn Choice Privileges Gold Status

    You can earn Choice Privileges Gold Status by staying 7 nights per calendar year in 2020 (normally 10 nights per year).

    You can also earn Gold elite status with the Barclays Choice Privileges Visa Signature Card.

    Gold Elite Status Benefits

    Choice Privileges Gold elite members enjoy the benefits below plus the Member benefits of:

    • Your Extras
    • $10 credit at Cambria Hotels.
    • Book award stays 100 days in advance.

    10% Points Bonus

    Gold members earn 11 points per dollar (10% bonus) on hotel stays.

    Rollover Nights

    Elite members can rollover up any nights above the nights required for the elite level.

    For example, a Gold Member who stayed 12 nights in 2020, could rollover 5 nights (12 – 7 = 5 nights).

    Early Check-In and Late Check-Out

    All elite members are eligible for early check-in and late check-out (typically 2:00 p.m.) if there is availability at the hotel.

    Elite Welcome Gift

    Elite member receive the choice at check-in to receive either a welcome gift (typically water and a snack) or bonus points for hotels in the U.S. and Canada.

    The bonus points for U.S. hotels are:

    • 250 bonus points at Ascend, Comfort Suites and Comfort Inn hotels.
    • 200 bonus points at Clarion, Sleep Inn, Quality and MainStay hotels.
    • 100 bonus points at Econo Lodge, Rodeway and Suburban hotels.

    The bonus points for Canadian hotels are:

    • 250 bonus points at Ascend, Comfort Suites and Comfort Inn hotels.
    • 200 bonus points at Clarion, Sleep Inn, Quality and MainStay hotels.
    • 100 bonus points at Econo Lodge, Rodeway and Suburban hotels.

    Elite Reserved Parking

    All elite members can park in the designated Choice Privileges Elite parking spots. 

    These parking spots are typically the most convenient spots closest to the entrance.

    Elite Customer Hotline

    All elite members have access to the elite customer hotline for reservations and other questions, which is quicker than the standard customer service phone number. 

    Discounts on Redeeming Points for Gift Cards

    Choice Privileges occasionally runs promotions that allow elite members to redeem their points for gift cards at a discounted rate.

    However, the value for this redemption is typically below average compared to redeeming your Choice points for hotel stays.

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    Photo: Shoreline Inn (Muskegon, MI)

    Platinum Elite Status

    The mid-tier elite status in Choice Privileges is Platinum, which gives members a 25% points bonus and Avis Preferred elite status.

    How to Earn Choice Privileges Platinum Status

    You can earn Choice Privileges Platinum Status by staying 15 nights per calendar year in 2020 (normally 20 nights per year). 

    Platinum Elite Status Benefits

    Choice Privileges Platinum elite members enjoy the benefits below plus the Gold benefits of:

    • Your Extras
    • $10 credit at Cambria Hotels
    • Welcome gift or bonus points
    • Rollover nights (up to 19 for Platinum)
    • Early Check-In and Late Check-Out
    • Elite Reserved Parking
    • Elite Customer Hotline
    • Book award stays 100 days in advance

    25% Points Bonus

    Platinum members earn 12.5 points per dollar (25% bonus) on hotel stays.

    Avis Preferred Plus

    Platinum and Diamond members earn Avis Preferred Plus elite status, which gets you complimentary upgrades, extra points, and a quicker check-in process. 

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    Photo: Plantation on Crystal River (Florida)

    Diamond Elite Status

    The top-tier in Choice Privileges is Diamond elite status, which gives members a 60% points bonus and complimentary room upgrades.

    How to Earn Choice Privileges Diamond Status

    You can earn Choice Privileges Diamond Status by staying 25 nights per calendar year in 2020 (normally 40 nights per year). 

    Diamond Elite Status Benefits

    Choice Privileges Platinum elite members enjoy the benefits below plus the Gold benefits of:

    • Your Extras
    • $10 credit at Cambria Hotels
    • Welcome gift or bonus points
    • Rollover nights (up to 19 for Platinum)
    • Early Check-In and Late Check-Out
    • Avis Preferred Plus
    • Elite Reserved Parking
    • Elite Customer Hotline
    • Book award stays 100 days in advance

    60% Points Bonus

    Diamond members earn 16 points per dollar (60% bonus) on hotel stays.

    Complimentary Upgrades

    Diamond members are eligible for complimentary space-available room upgrades upon check-in.

    Upgraded room types may include recently renovated rooms, rooms on a higher/lower floor, or rooms with favored views.

    But hotels are not required to upgrade members’ rooms to specialty rooms or suites, which minimizes some of the value of this benefit.

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    Photo: F6, Ascend Hotel Collection (Helsinki, Finland)

    Status Match to Choice Privileges

    You can status match your elite status in a different hotel program to Choice Privileges once per lifetime to quickly upgrade your Choice elite status.

    Simply email Status_Match@choicehotels.com (for United States and Canadian members), Status_Match_EU@choicehotels.com (for European members) or cp@choicehotels.au (for Australian or New Zealand members) with the following information:

    1. Full Name
    2. Choice Privileges Member Number
    3. Proof of Elite status in another hotel program:
      1. Screenshot or copy of your other program’s loyalty card (with expiration date).
      2. Or, screenshot or copy of other program’s current statement or account status page.

    Choice Privileges rarely matches someone into Choice Diamond status, even if you have top-tier status such as Hilton DiamondHyatt Globalist, or Marriott Titanium.

    Choice will likely match your elite status to Choice Platinum status as long as you have a mid-tier or top-tier elite status with another program. 

    The Verdict

    Choice Hotels’ elite status program is below average compared with other hotel elite status programs.

    There are not enough benefits for Platinum and Diamond members to justify prioritizing Choice Privileges over another better program such as MarriottHyatt, or Hilton.