New Choice Privileges(R) Visa Signature(R) Card Represents A Great Way for Consumers to Save on Next Vacation

30 Jun 2010 [11:01h]     Bookmark and Share

Get the card and Earn 2 Free Nights at Over 1,500 Locations!


SILVER SPRING, Md. – Choice Hotels International (NYSE: CHH) today announced that the new no annual fee Choice Privileges(R) Visa Signature(R) Card, featuring fast earning power and an automatic upgrade to Elite Gold status, will be available July 1.

The new card, issued by Barclaycard US, will award 8,000 bonus points after a cardholder makes their first purchase and another 8,000 bonus points after their first paid stay with the new Choice Privileges Visa card at a Choice brand hotel. That’s enough points for two free nights at over 1,500 Choice Privileges locations(1).

Cardholders will earn 2 points per $1 spent on everyday purchases such as gas and groceries. That’s twice the points compared to many other hotel credit cards!

In addition, cardholders will earn 15 points for every $1 spent at over 4,200 Choice Privileges locations worldwide, 10 points per $1 spent at 2,000 other Choice Privileges properties(2), and cardholders will earn 5 points per $1 spent on Choice Hotels gift cards and on the purchase of additional Choice Privileges points(3).

„The new Choice Privileges Visa Signature Card is another example of the many great ways to earn Choice Privileges points,“ said Greg Brown, Vice President, Loyalty and Relationship Marketing, Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH). „By using the card, Choice Privileges members can quickly earn points which can be redeemed for free nights or a variety of fantastic redemption options.“

With Visa Signature benefits, the new Choice Privileges Visa Signature Card opens doors to games, concerts, shows, getaways and events as well as savings opportunities at partner retailers in Home & Garden, Flowers & Gifts, Computers & Electronics and Apparel & Shoes. Cardholders can access a concierge service open 24 hours per day, Emergency Card Replacement and Emergency Cash Disbursement, No Pre-Set Spending Limit, Purchase Security, Warranty Manager Service, Year-End Summary Statements and Travel and Emergency Assistance Services.

Visa Signature offers cardholders a range of benefits and perks, in addition to a number of rewards programs that may be offered by Visa Signature partners, such as airline, hotel and cash back programs. Visa Signature cardholders enjoy access to a host of benefits, such as complimentary concierge services, the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection, and warranty manager service, as well as special offers for perks focused on cardholder passions, such as travel, wine and food, sports and entertainment events. Perks range from everyday values, such as special offers on movie tickets and discounts at select retailers, to VIP tickets for premier concerts, Broadway shows and epicurean events, and once-in-a-lifetime packages for events such as the Olympics and FIFA World Cup. For more information about Visa Signature, visit

Choice Hotels International recently celebrated reaching a milestone of 10 million members for its award-winning Choice Privileges rewards program. Choice Privileges is one of the fastest growing rewards programs, reaching 5 million members in 2006 and 8 million members in 2009.

„We’re very excited at Barclaycard to be partnering with Choice Hotels to jointly create a new and easy way for consumers to earn Choice Privileges points,“ said Scott Young, General Manager-Partnerships, Barclaycard US. „We look forward to a successful program that meets the needs of loyal Choice Privileges members.“

Launched in 1998, the Choice Privileges rewards program offers free membership for travelers to earn points towards free nights, airline miles, retail gift cards and charitable giving, while staying at any participating Choice Hotels brand property worldwide. Choice Privileges members receive a wide range of benefits, including express reservations, express check-in, complimentary extended check-out, exclusive offers and more.

All Choice Privileges program terms and conditions apply. See for details.


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