I took the plunge and applied for the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard Credit Card by Wells Fargo. My application was instantly approved, and therefore, I want to provide a data point on when you can expect your elite status with Choice Privileges program to be upgraded to the Choice Privileges Platinum status after the approval of the credit card. 

Choice Privileges Select Mastercard Credit Card has a $95 annual fee but is waived for the first year for a limited time. The card offers complimentary Choice Privileges Platinum elite status and an anniversary 30,000 bonus Choice Privileges points each year. 

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    How Soon Do You Receive Choice Privileges Platinum Elite Status After The Approval of The Wells Fargo Choice Privileges Select Mastercard?

    After applying for the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard Credit Card and being approved immediately online, I logged into my Wells Fargo account to ensure the credit card appeared there. All online banking was working properly, including the paperless setting. 

    A few minutes later, I logged into my Choice Hotels account and confirmed that my Choice Privileges status had changed from Member to Choice Privileges Platinum status. 

    Therefore, it is confirmed that you will receive the automatic complimentary Choice Privileges Platinum elite status instantly after being approved for the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard Credit Card. This allows you to take advantage of all the benefits that Choice Privileges Platinum offers, such as the elite point bonus, rollover nights, elite welcome gift, Avis Preferred Plus, and the ability to achieve Choice's highest tier Diamond elite status after you stay 20 extra nights in a calendar year (more below). 

    Choice Hotels Platinum Member Benefits

    The Choice Privileges elite status is not as exciting and valuable as other hotel rewards programs, let alone some Choice Hotels properties may not even honor it, but do take advantage of the benefits that come with it, especially if you receive it complimentary for simply being the card member of the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard Credit Card.

    Choice Privileges Platinum benefits include the following:
    • Exclusive Member Rate
    • Theme Park Discounts (available for U.S. and Canada members only)
    • Elite point bonus of 25%
    • Early check-in and late check-out
    • Elite reserved parking (available for U.S. and Canada members only)
    • Up to 19 rollover nights
    • Elite customer hotline
    • Elite welcome gift (available for U.S. and Canada members only)
    • Avis Preferred Plus membership (available for U.S. and Canada members only)
    • Learn more about Choice Privileges Platinum benefits. 

    How Soon Do You Receive Choice Privileges Platinum Elite Status After The Approval of The Wells Fargo Choice Privileges Select Mastercard?
    Choice Hotels Platinum Member Benefits

    A Shortcut to Choice Privileges Diamond Elite Status

    Speaking of Choice Privileges Diamond elite status, the way complimentary Choice Privileges Platinum status through Choice Privileges Select Mastercard Credit Card is this:

    After you are approved for the card, you will receive 20 elite nights credited to your Choice account. Those nights are enough to earn you the Platinum elite status with Choice Privileges program. Therefore, you only need 20 more nights to attain the Diamond elite status for 40 elite nights per calendar year. See the Choice Privileges Diamond member benefits page for more details. 

    How Soon Do You Receive Choice Privileges Gold Elite Status After The Approval of The Wells Fargo Choice Privileges Mastercard Credit Card?

    Wells Fargo and Choice Hotels have two Choice Privileges credit cards:
    • Choice Privileges Mastercard Credit Card (no annual fee)
    • Choice Privileges Select Mastercard Credit Card ($95 annual fee, waived for the first year)

    Based on my data point of the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard Credit Card, it is safe to say that you receive Choice Privileges Gold elite status immediately after being approved for the no-annual-fee Choice Privileges Mastercard Credit Card too.