The Search for Choice Hotels Friends and Family Rates and the current Choice promotions
What are Choice Hotels Friends and Family Rates?
Friends and family rates do exist for employees of Choice Hotels, as benefits for working for this chain include employee hotel discounts as well as ones for their relatives and friends:
Unfortunately for those who don't have any contacts in this hotel chain, they tend to remain very hidden from the masses. It could be because Choice Hotels is a franchisor of more than 6,300 hotels, with each hotel allowed to keep its independent identity, so it would make sense that there isn't a generic code to use across the board. There was one in the past, code 00063699, but in more recent years this hasn't worked. If there is a current generic code, it must be one well-kept secret, as we couldn't find it anywhere!
We asked Choice Hotels about their Friends and Family program, who said that the booking link is now emailed to the family member or friend by the employee so that you can book your stay online yourself.
How much can I save with Choice Hotels Friends and Family Rates?
Choice Hotels also stated that since each property owner writes and enforces their own room rates, there is no specific discount rate, so the amount is likely to vary depending on the individual property and availability. An employee at a Choice Hotels property in Clarksville, Tennessee, stated that the employee discount is up to 20% off, depending on the location (and hotel chain friends and family discounts always tend to be more expensive than employee ones). Another staff member in Phoenix stated that rates are considerably cheaper for employees and their families and friends, so it does seem that YMMV per property.
What else do I need to know about Choice Hotels Friends and Family Rates?
The Friends and Family discount is said to be immediately available once someone is employed with Choice Hotels. Employees rating Choice Hotels on Glassdoor say that availability for hotels is very limited when using employee discounts, including ones for friends and family rates, especially for popular properties that can get booked up well in advance.
Tell me about the current Choice Hotels promotions...
As consolation for not being privy to the super-secret Choice Hotels Friends and Family code, here's some bonus points offers and an elite status match!
Choice Privileges members stay twice and earn enough points for a free night at one of 1,500 hotels at the 8,000 point level. Plus more stays earn you more nights, including at higher point level properties. Register for the promotion here and check in by November 11th, 2016.
Not yet a Choice Privileges member? Join here for free.
If you're already a Privileges member, you can earn 500 bonus points with each friend referral to the program, and your friend will receive 500 bonus points upon completion of their first eligible stay.
Existing Choice Privileges members in the US can get their elite status with another hotel program matched; just follow the simple instructions here and you'll get a response within 48 hours.