On the weekends, I try to do something a bit different than what I did during the week. It may be something about the industry, or interesting events from the previous few days.
For hotel points, I generally talk about the major plans. So today, I’m going to talk about a smaller hotel program: Best Western Rewards.
You’ve certainly heard of Best Western, even if you’ve never stayed in one. Outside of the eponymous brand, there are several others, ranging from the economy side to the upscale Signature and Premier Collection. Truthfully, I had never considered the range of their hotels before today. It’s an easy enough system, with guests earning 10 points per dollar spent.
Rewards Are Inexpensive
Reward nights range from 8,000 points on the low end to 36,000 points at the most expensive properties. A point is worth approximately 0.5 – 0.6 cents, so earning ten points per dollar gets you a return of 5-6%. Used strategically, a point can be worth a lot more.
Elite Status Is Basic; No Big Rewards for Top Tier
Elite status doesn’t have the same oomph as the big hotel chains. It’s rather basic and compares to its larger competitors’ lower levels. There’s also minimal differentiation between the bottom and top tiers. Hotels may treat guests differently, but you’d never know it from the website.
There’s A Decent Credit Card
There are two credit cards, but the better one is the one with the modest annual fee, which is waived the first year. It offers 32,000 points as a sign-up bonus and gives you a 10 point per dollar bonus when you spend at Best Western Hotels. It also offers Platinum elite status, although that doesn’t seem to get you a heck of a lot. On the plus side, the $55 fee is waived the first year.
Overall, A Decent Program
Best Western Rewards is a relatively generous program, particularly given its emphasis on midscale and economy brands. The elite levels could use some enhancements, but they’re in decent shape, otherwise.
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