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Vig's Choice Hotel's Stays and Points 2020

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Some non category spend.

 

Choice Privileges Visa. 3962 points.

 

YTD Points: 217,764

 

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Got an email from Choice today. They are extending an olive branch to us Diamond Elites.

 

Diamond Elite status is extended through December 31st 2021

Diamond Elites get a 60% point bonus on all stays through December 31st 2020

 

Until now, I've never really cared to much about the status, I've always been more concerned with maximizing points earning with the brand.

 

I've got overnight travels starting up in a couple of weeks. Thank you Choice Hotels!!!!

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Choice Privileges Visa. 1947 Points

 

YTD Points: 219,711 

 

Will post points later today for a hotel stay after they post.

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Econo Lodge

Research Triangle Park

Durham NC

 

2 nights

 

Basic Stay 1650

2K Rate Plan Promo 4000

Your Extras Bonus 400

Diamond Bonus 825

 

6875 Points

 

YTD Points: 226,586

 

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Econo Lodge

Research Triangle Park

Durham NC

 

2 nights

 

Basic Stay 1650

2K Rate Plan Promo 4000

Your Extras Bonus 400

Summer Stay Twice Promo 5000

Diamond Bonus 825

 

11,875 Points

 

YTD Points: 238,461

 

Had the Mexican beer virus not have happened, I'd well north of 300k Choice points by now.

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4 hours ago, TheVig said:

Econo Lodge

Research Triangle Park

Durham NC

 

2 nights

 

Basic Stay 1650

2K Rate Plan Promo 4000

Your Extras Bonus 400

Summer Stay Twice Promo 5000

Diamond Bonus 825

 

11,875 Points

 

YTD Points: 238,461

 

Had the Mexican beer virus not have happened, I'd well north of 300k Choice points by now.

I'm going to have Reverend Camping say a prayer for you.

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Econo Lodge

Hardeeville SC (near Savannah GA)

1 night

 

Basic Stay 550

2k Rate Plan Promo 2000

Your Extras Bonus 400

Diamond Point Bonus 275

 

3225 Points

 

YTD Points 244,483

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Posted (edited)

Random redemption thoughts.....

 

It seems many Cambria properties are only wanting 20k points per night currently in major metropolitan areas, where as lesser  Choice properties in same area are asking 30k per night.

 

I have a $200 travel credit now available on my Amex platinum. Must use on amextravel.com, and by Dec 31st 2020. I found a crap hole motel in Myrtle Beach on amextravel for $35/night. Not sure yet though if I will go that route or put it towards a flight somewhere.

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Points earned from previous stays....

 

Welcome Bonus 100

2020 10% Diamond Bonus 165

2020 10% Diamond Bonus 165

2020 10% Diamond Bonus 55

 

485 Points

 

YTD Points: 244,968

 

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Some upcoming trips, not totally related to Choice Privileges.

 

Amtrak

Day trip between Charlotte and Raleigh next week. This will be DW first time on Amtrak.

 

October we will be in Philly for a week. Taking Amtrak there and back. 10 hours in coach each way. Hotel will be at Choice property, using points.

Paid for the train tickets with my Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. No AF version.

 

Myrtle Beach
Next week for 3 nights. Polynesian Oceanfront Hotel. Hotel Booked via amextravel.com at $41 a night. Uses some of the $200 travel credit Amex gave some of us Platinum holders for not cancelling because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. I've stayed at the hotel before. Very no frills. Never had issues. Every few years they put a fresh coat of lipstick on the old pig.

 

The Amtrak trips having nothing to do with a fear of flying due to COVID-19. It's something we've had on our travel radar for awhile.

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6 hours ago, TheVig said:

Some upcoming trips, not totally related to Choice Privileges.

 

Amtrak

Day trip between Charlotte and Raleigh next week. This will be DW first time on Amtrak.

 

October we will be in Philly for a week. Taking Amtrak there and back. 10 hours in coach each way. Hotel will be at Choice property, using points.

Paid for the train tickets with my Amtrak Guest Rewards MC. No AF version.

 

Myrtle Beach
Next week for 3 nights. Polynesian Oceanfront Hotel. Hotel Booked via amextravel.com at $41 a night. Uses some of the $200 travel credit Amex gave some of us Platinum holders for not cancelling because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. I've stayed at the hotel before. Very no frills. Never had issues. Every few years they put a fresh coat of lipstick on the old pig.

 

The Amtrak trips having nothing to do with a fear of flying due to COVID-19. It's something we've had on our travel radar for awhile.

I took the Amtrak from Old Town, San Diego to Valencia, CA.  It was so beautifully scenic. Right up against the Pacific Ocean along Laguna Beach. Love taking the train.

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Choice Hotels Points Redemption

 

I'm not thrilled about this redemption, but Mrs. Vig is happy.

 

Sleep Inn - Center City Philadelphia

October 2020 6 nights at 30k/night. Total 180k points

For the curious, the cash price would have been $1239.50 for 6 nights.

 

For only 20k/night, we could have stayed at the Cambria (high end property), which is less than 10 blocks away from the the Sleep Inn. So yeah, you can see why I'm not thrilled.

 

As far as getting to Philly, we are taking Amtrak.

CLT-PHL-CLT

2 RT coach tickets @ $380

Paid using Amtrak MC

 

180,000 points used. Remaining points balance 64,968

 

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Choice Privileges Visa 895 points

 

Choice Privileges Points Balance: 65,863

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Thinking of ending my loyalty to Choice and going back to being a free agent.

 

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3 hours ago, TheVig said:

Thinking of ending my loyalty to Choice and going back to being a free agent.

 

If I wasn't chained to one brand I'd probably use Hotels.com.  10 nights get you one free (valued at the average of the 10 paid stays).

 

These rewards are great for smaller markets with no (or no convenient) properties from the larger chains.

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Today I started taking the hatchet to some of my AF cards.

 

Amex Gold downgraded to Green

Chase IHG to no AF IHG

 

June 2020 I will be getting rid of Amex Platinum.

AA Platinum is on probation.

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Choice Privileges CC statement cut: 2385 points

 

Econo Lodge

Garner NC (Raleigh)

5 nights

2K Rate Promo Plan 10,000

Extras Bonus Points 400

Extra 10% Diamond Point Bonus 415

Diamond Bonus Points 2075

Choice Privileges Basic Stay 4150

 

Choice Privileges Points Balance: 86,184

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