From Minneapolis to Portugal: 24 hotels you can book for less with Choice Hotels’ Sweet Spot Rewards

18 April 2023

Editor’s note: We’ve updated this post to include the new set of properties.

In 2022, Choice Hotels began its Sweet Spot Rewards promotion. This promotion lets Choice Privileges members enjoy discounted award nights at featured hotels during certain stay periods.

The featured hotels and stay dates change every few months. Currently, featured properties have discounted redemption rates for stays through June 30.

The current set of Sweet Spot Rewards features properties in the U.S., Canada, France and Portugal. Here’s what you need to know to maximize Choice Hotels’ Sweet Spot Rewards.

Choice Sweet Spot Rewards properties

Choice Privileges members can book discounted award nights at select hotels for stays through June 30. Below are the featured hotels and their discounted redemption rates through Choice Hotels’ Sweet Spot Rewards:

Property
Location
Sunday through Thursday nightly rate
Friday and Saturday nightly rate

Quality Inn Morgan City.
Morgan City, Louisiana.
8,000 points.
10,000 points.

Quality Inn & Suites Sandusky.
Sandusky, Ohio.
8,000 points.
10,000 points.

Clarion Pointe Kimball.
Kimball, Tennessee.
10,000 points.
10,000 points.

Comfort Inn Ponta Delgada.
Ponta Delgada, Portugal.
10,000 points.
10,000 points.

Quality Hotel Pau Centre Bosquet.
Pau, France.
10,000 points.
10,000 points.

Comfort Inn & Suites IAH Bush Airport – East.
Humble, Texas.
10,000 points.
12,000 points.

Comfort Inn & Suites – Buffalo Airport.
Buffalo.
12,000 points.
12,000 points.

Comfort Inn – Modesto, CA.
Modesto, California.
12,000 points.
12,000 points.

Clarion Hotel Rock Springs-Green River.
Rock Springs, Wyoming.
12,000 points.
12,000 points.

Sleep Inn Provo Near University.
Provo, Utah.
12,000 points.
12,000 points.

Comfort Suites – Paducah.
Paducah, Kentucky.
12,000 points.
12,000 points.

Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital.
Window Rock, Arizona.
12,000 points.
12,000 points.

Comfort Inn & Suites Bothell – Seattle North.
Bothell, Washington.
12,000 points.
12,000 points.

Comfort Inn & Suites Lakewood by JBLM.
Lakewood, Washington.
12,000 points.
16,000 points.

Comfort Suites Kingston Central.
Kingston, Ontario.
16,000 points.
16,000 points.

Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg.
Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
16,000 points.
16,000 points.

Comfort Inn & Suites Fort Smith I-540.
Fort Smith, Arkansas.
16,000 points.
16,000 points.

Bayside Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection.
Parksville, British Columbia.
16,000 points.
20,000 points.

Comfort Suites Mahwah – Paramus.
Mahwah, New Jersey.
16,000 points.
20,000 points.

Cambria Hotel Minneapolis Downtown.
Minneapolis.
20,000 points.
20,000 points.

Casa Via Mar Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection.
Port Hueneme, California.
20,000 points.
20,000 points.

Hotel 28 Boise Airport, Ascend Hotel Collection.
Boise.
20,000 points.
20,000 points.

Comfort Inn & Suites – Brevard, NC.
Brevard, North Carolina.
20,000 points.
20,000 points.

Quality Inn & Suites Capitola By the Sea.
Capitola, California.
25,000 points.
25,000 points.

TPG values Choice points at 0.6 cents per point. This means you can stay in Kimball, Tennessee, at the Clarion Pointe Kimball for about $60 worth of points per night.

As is typical when redeeming Choice points, you can book various room types for the same amount of points at many hotels. For example, at the Bayside Resort in Canada, you can book a room with one king bed for the same amount of points as a one-bedroom suite with a king bed and a sleeper sofa.

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It’s also worth mentioning that most featured hotels have good guest reviews. Choice seems to be using its Sweet Spot Rewards promotion to get well-rated properties some extra attention.

Related: Register for Choice Hotels Your Extras to earn gift cards and other perks on weekday stays

How does Choice price awards?

Choice Privileges doesn’t have a typical award chart, nor does it use standard dynamic pricing. Instead, Choice sets award rates for each property based on the date range and the day of the week that you stay.

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As such, Choice may have dropped the award rate for these properties even without the Sweet Spot Rewards promotion. Since award rates for most current Sweet Spot properties are slightly increasing after June 30, the promotion likely offers a true discount.

Related: What I’d like to see in an updated Choice Privileges program

How to earn Choice points

If you want to earn Choice points quickly, you can transfer Radisson Rewards Americas points to Choice Privileges at a 2:1 ratio. You can also transfer American Express Membership Rewards points or Capital One miles to Choice at a 1:1 ratio. With select credit cards, you can transfer Citi ThankYou points to Choice at a 1:2 ratio.

You could also buy Choice points. If you don’t need the points right away, you could open a card that earns the transferable rewards mentioned above and meet the minimum spending requirements to earn the welcome bonus.

Additionally, you can earn points through various other methods, including the Choice Eat & Earn dining program. If you have an upcoming paid stay with Choice or Radisson, check whether any current hotel promotions can boost your earnings.

Related: Wells Fargo to launch a new Choice Privileges Mastercard this spring

Bottom line

It’s worth looking at the Sweet Spot Rewards list each time Choice announces a new set of featured hotels. After all, the featured hotels are often well-rated properties.

I was thrilled to see options near several airports on the list this time. The Comfort Inn Ponta Delgada in the Azores (an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean), which requires 10,000 points per night, looks appealing as well, although availability is currently limited.

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