Choice Hotels is one of the largest hotel chains in the world, owning several hotel brands ranging from upscale to economy. As of 2020, the company franchised over 7,118 properties in 41 countries and territories worldwide.
While the company is mostly geared towards leasuire family travel, they do offer a some business travel corporate discounts. If you happen to be lucky enough to be associated with any of the partner organizations you should definitely plan on taking advantage of one the corporate perks. The discount can be as much as 15% off the regular nightly rate and will typically include free wireless internet and breakfast.
Depending on where and when you travel there won’t always be availability but given it’s a major city you are almost always likely to find space.
Also just because you find a corporate rate doesn’t always mean its the lowest rate the hotel has to offer. Be alert to compare the rate you find to the normal nightly price since there are times a corporate rate can be higher based on the corporations deal terms.
Note for booking you must be associated with the organization and authorized to do redeem the rate. Use the steps below to see if you can receive a Choice Hotel discount on your next booking.
Locate your corporate rate
Not all companies give out their corporate rate to employees. However, here are the ones we know to be active for Choice Hotels.
Many companies can have multiple rates with Choice (not the case for now) but in general make sure you try all the ones assigned to your given organization.
Input discount code into Choice search
Choice makes it straightforward to search using a corporate discount. Simply navigate to the search bar and expand the column titled “Special Rates”. You will see a dedicated section titled “Special Rate/Corporate ID” and here is where you will want to enter your code.
As soon as you enter your rate and click “Find Hotels” all the results will be eligible for that rate.
Compare preferred vs. direct rates
As mentioned above corporate rates are considered “Special/Preferred Rates” and while they do usually provide discounts, they are actually not always the cheapest. There are a lot of reasons to why, but hotels may be running their own special deal making the standard rate lower than the corporate rate for a given night. We always recommend comparing your corporate rate to other promotions the hotel may be running directly.
In this example, the corporate rate is 15% cheaper per night than the hotel’s direct “Best Available Rate”
Present identification upon arrival
This part can may not always happen but according to several hotel group’s official policy, a hotel must check ID to confirm your rate upon check in. Given how most Choice Hotels are operated independently, we found this to vary wildly based on location.
Acceptable forms of identification include
- A badge or pass with the company name and picture
- A business card that includes your name and company
- An email address the hotel will confirm by sending you a confirmation
In our experience, hotels in Asia tend to check ID almost 100% of the time but in North America and Europe, it has been less than 10%.
Looking for another hotel group? See below to find corporate rates across all the major brands