Don't forget to check your account to see if you have any points expiring on Dec. 31. "expiry policy Choice Privileges® points expire on December 31, two years after the year in which they were deposited into your account unless forfeited or canceled earlier due to membership inactivity." So, any points you earned during 2011 that have not yet been redeemed will expire on Dec. 31. If you have points that will expire and you won't be staying at any Choice hotels, then you have a variety of other options including gift cards, transfers to airlines, magazines, charitable donations, shopping, etc: http://www.choicehotels.com/en/choice-privileges/ And don't wait to the last minute to redeem your points, because many people have reported that their points expire ON Dec. 31, not AFTER Dec. 31. So, consider Dec. 30 to be the real deadline.