The downside to Best Western Rewards is generally weak promotions and limited in earning value. The highest category hotel reward nights are 36,000 points with many of the better properties requiring 24,000 or 28,000 or 32,000 points. Earning 10 points per $1 means these hotels require $2,400 to $3,600 in base spend. One good aspect of Best Western is members earn 10 points/$1 at all hotels.
Elite status is easy for the first year if you have status with another hotel chain. Best Western offers their ‘Status Match – No Catch’ with other hotel chain elite levels.
September 16-November 24, 2013: Earn 1,000 bonus points per booking (1,500 bonus points if BWR elite) through Best Western online and mobile channels for stays from September 16 through November 24, 2013. Registration is required before hotel stay to earn bonus. Note: this offer is advertised with Best Western Internet Only up to 20% discount, however, you do not need to book the internet only rate to earn the booking bonus. Loyalty Traveler post September 17 – Best Western 1,000 or 1,500 bonus points per booking. Account must be set for earning points to receive online booking bonus so this offer is not stackable with United Mileage Plus offer.
Sep 10 to Nov 19, 2013: Earn 750 miles in United Mileage Plus per stay. Best Western Gold elite fast-track after first stay. Loyalty Traveler Sep 5.
July 1-Dec 31, 2013: South America double points on 3rd stay offer: Registration required before first qualifying stay.
Best Western Rewards members who:
(a) reside in the U.S, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Central America, or any participating country†, †Participating countries are Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
(b) book online at bestwestern.com or bestwestern.com.br, and
(c) complete at least three qualified stays* at Best Western branded hotels in a participating country† between July 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013 (“Promotion Period”), will be awarded double Best Western Rewards points for the third qualified stay, so long as all three qualified stays were booked through bestwestern.com or bestwestern.com.br.
Promotion registration and Best Western Rewards enrollment required prior to the first stay. Maximum of one double points bonus reward per Member during the Promotion Period.
Best Western Hotel Brands:
- Best Western Premier – Upscale (25 in North America).
- Best Western Plus – Upper Midscale (900 in North America),
- Best Western – Midscale (about 1,300 in USA)
Hotel Chain Scale Segment 2013 Smith Travel Research STR used to rank hotels is scale based on average daily rate for the brand in the USA and globally.
- Best Western Redeem Free Night Rewards Vouchers.
- Best Western Earn Points.
- Best Western International Offers.
- Best Western Special Rate Offers.
- Best Western Hotel Specific Bonus Point Offers in U.S.
***** Elite Status Match: Best Western Rewards Elite Status Match Offer This offer is ongoing and still available. Best Western is a particularly useful loyalty program when traveling outside the USA. LT post Feb 19, 2010.
Facebook Fans: Best Western runs weekly promotions on its Facebook page. Any Best Western frequent guest should check out Best Western Facebookfor prize giveaways and contests. Best Western also has flash sales 12pm-4pm Eastern some weeks.
Sign up for Best Western International email notices in your member account preferences to receive emails for flash sale links.
Loyalty Traveler Research – Aspirational Best Western Hotels for Free Night Certificates (March 28, 2012)
Best Western Brand Tiers Change – Best Western in 2011 designated about 25% of the chain’s higher quality hotels in the 4,000+ hotel chain as Best Western Plus (about 800 hotels) and Best Western Premier (mostly outside USA).