Summer is coming and I am so excited. My family loves to travel and we have some fun vacation plans coming up. I often find myself dreaming of the beach, but am happy to travel anywhere. There is only one problem. Travel expenses can add up quickly which is exactly why I take advantage of loyalty programs. Paying for a hotel room with reward points is a beautiful thing.
I have partnered with Choice Hotels to share some exciting changes to their Choice Privileges reward program. I am always trying to find ways to make travel affordable. I have a few affordable travel tips to share with you, along with some exciting new offers from the Choice Privileges rewards program.
Check Deals: Once you have decided on where you want to visit, check out local deals for fun things to do while you are there. Check the local Facebook groups, Groupon or other coupon sites, and Trip Advisor. This way you can get deals on the adventures you want and since you are saving money, you can do more.
Stock Up Before You Leave: This tip only really works if you are driving. It is hard to stock up and take anything with you if you are traveling by plane. Often times, things can cost more in the vacation town. If you are heading to the beach, buy the beach toys before you leave. Stock up on sunscreen and bug spray at home. There is usually a big difference in the price. These little things can add up.
Stay at a Choice Hotel and Save: Choice Hotels knows that vacation goers want to get the biggest bang for their buck. They want a way to be able to do more and spend less. The 25 million members of Choice Privileges, the Choice Hotel’s reward program, have spoken and Choice Hotels has listened and it is a great way to get the most out of your Summer vacation. When you sign up for the Choice Privileges, you are earning more.
What makes the Choice Privileges program special? You earn extra rewards when you travel during the weekdays and you get them right when you check in. For each qualifying stay that includes at least one weekday night (Sunday- Thursday) you get your choice of 5 options: Fuel Rewards® savings at participating Shell locations to Amazon.com credit. International members have 2 options: 500 bonus points or 100 airline miles from participating airline carriers. Choice Hotels is the first hotel company to offer in app gift cards that are available for immediate download.
With Flex Rewards, you will even earn a free night faster. During the weekdays and weekends, there will be up to 2,000 hotels offering free nights for a discounted point level. This is a great way to extend your vacation or even get away over night for a short stay. Even if you don’t get away as often as you like, as long as you are active by completing a qualifying activity once every 18 months, you will never lose your points.
There are so many types of programs that offer rewards but either the rewards are too high or it takes too long to earn the points. With Choice Privileges, you earn 10 points per dollar from all of the 5,500 Choice Hotels, including economy and extended stay hotels. What is even better, you no longer need to stay two consecutive nights at economy brands.
With these simple ways to make travel affordable, it is time to get your Summer on and have some adventures. Where are you traveling to next?