Silver Spring, MD (August 28, 2002) - Choice Hotels International (NYSE:CHH) announced today the formation of a marketing relationship with United Airlines, whereby guests at more than 3,300 domestic Choice brand hotels can earn airline miles through United`s frequent flyer program, Mileage Plus.
Guests at all Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion and MainStay Suites brand hotels in the U.S. and Caribbean earn 250 miles per eligible stay, and guests at all Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brand hotels in the U.S. earn 150 miles per eligible stay. To earn miles, a guest must stay at an eligible rate and provide a Mileage Plus number at check-in.*
“With a global route network that offers more than 1,900 flights per day, United is clearly a leader in worldwide air travel,” said Wayne W. Wielgus, senior vice president, marketing for Choice. “This marketing relationship gives United travelers added incentive to stay at Choice brand hotels.”
Members of Choice Privileges, Choice`s frequent traveler program for its midscale hotel brands, may choose to earn either points toward free lodging or 250 Mileage Plus miles per stay at any Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn and Clarion brand hotel in the U.S. and Caribbean. As an additional bonus, Choice Privileges members may redeem 5,000 Choice Privileges points for 1,000 Mileage Plus miles.*
EA$Y CHOICE is a frequent traveler program targeting guests at Choice`s Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brand hotels in the U.S. Guests at these hotels may choose to earn either stamps toward free lodging or 150 Mileage Plus miles per stay.*
United joins American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines and US Airways in offering miles to guests at Choice brand hotels. United Airlines offers more than 1,900 flights a day on a route network that spans the globe. United`s frequent flier program Mileage Plus, with more than 40 million enrolled members, has been named the best frequent flyer program by Business Traveler International magazine in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. In addition to earning miles through flights on United, Mileage Plus members can earn miles with over 100 partners, including through credits cards, long distance telephone calls, grocery purchases, online stock trading, dining at partner restaurants and shopping at partner stores, as just a few examples. Program guidelines are available to customers on United`s web site, www.united.com.
Choice Hotels International is one of the world`s largest lodging franchisors, marketing more than 5,000 hotels open or under development in 46 countries under the Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn,
Econo Lodge, MainStay Suites and Rodeway Inn brand names. For more information on Choice, visit the company`s web site at www.choicehotels.com.
Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge, MainStay Suites, Rodeway Inn and Choice Privileges are registered trademarks of Choice Hotels International.