Best Western Rewards comes out with the best midscale hotel segment promotion for 2012 so far. Earn one free night for any Best Western worldwide after 3 stays from February 6 to April 8, 2012. There is an earning limit of one free night with this offer and the free night voucher expires June 30, 2012. Members must register prior to first stay for hotel stays to be eligible.
Best Western Promotion Registration
Best Western Rewards promotion registration requires the member to login and select “Register for Special Offers” to see the promotion registration page.
Stay 3 separate times between 2/6/12 and 4/8/12 and earn a free night voucher – (Feb 6, 2012 – Apr 8, 2012) – Promo Code: SPRING12 – Best Western Rewards® members (Member(s)) residing in the U.S., Canada, the Bahamas or the U.S. Virgin Islands who (1) register for the promotion and (2) complete three (3) separate qualified stays* between February 6, 2012 and April 8, 2012 (Promotion Period) at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide will earn a free night voucher (Promotion).
PROMOTION REGISTRATION AND BEST WESTERN REWARDS ENROLLMENT/MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED PRIOR TO THE FIRST QUALIFIED STAY.
Limit one (1) free night voucher per Member during the Promotion Period. Free night voucher expires June 30, 2012 and may be redeemed at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide. No voucher extensions, substitutions or replacements available. *A qualified stay for the purpose of this promotion is defined as one or more
consecutive nights at the same Best Western hotel at a rate eligible for earning points or airline/partner rewards through Best Western Rewards. Only one (1) check-in/check-out permitted per qualified stay. Other restrictions may apply. Offer not valid with any other promotion or discount. Promotion is subject to cancellation or change without notice. Free night voucher redemption subject to hotel availability. Free night voucher redemption reservation must be completed by calling 1-800-567-4009. If a valid email address has been provided in the Member?s account profile, the free night voucher may be sent electronically to the valid email address 2-3 weeks from completion of the third qualified stay. Otherwise, a paper voucher will be mailed to the address on the Member?s account profile 4-6 weeks from the completion of the third qualified stay. All Best Western Rewards program rules apply. See http://www.bestwesternrewards.com/ for additional program terms. Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated. Best Western and the Best Western marks are service marks or registered service marks of Best Western International, Inc. ©2012 Best Western International, Inc. All rights reserved.
Loyalty Traveler Analysis – Best Budget Travel Bonus
Best Western, Choice, Wyndham and La Quinta are the major hotel loyalty programs for the midscale market traveler. These are hotel chains with hundreds of hotels available for under $100 per night, and in some cases for less than $60 per night. These are also the hotel chains that rule the landscape of rural America.
Best Western has the advantage over the other midscale chains in offering a large set of more than 2,000 international hotels outside the US. I stayed in a boutique Best Western property in Paris a couple of nights for under $100 per night a decade ago (no longer a Best Western). The room was small, but breakfast was included. The location in the Latin Quarter was a short walk to Notre Dame Cathedral. I enjoyed the coziness of a neighborhood hotel in a great location in central Paris.
Loyalty Traveler TIP:
One of the basic strategies to reduce hotel hopping for couples and traveling companions who are primarily leisure travelers is to book two consecutive nights at a Best Western hotel with one night reserved in one guest’s name and the next night reserved in the second guest’s name. You may or may not need to change rooms. As long as you keep the reservations separate, one stay will post to each member’s account.
My wife and I have done this several times where I book the first night and she books the second night at a hotel. I simply tell the hotel that we are both trying to earn the loyalty program promotion and ask to keep the same room. Often the hotel lets us keep the same room. I always check out and close out my folio and then my wife checks in under her reservation. We both earn hotel stay credit and we reduce our hotel hopping. And we double the promotion bonuses.
If Best Western is your regular brand, then this is a nice free night promotional offer.
Best Western offers instant status match to elite members in other programs. Last January I status matched to Best Western Diamond before last year’s free night promotion offer.
Best Western reward nights go as high as 36,000 points for some hotels, so potentially this offer is equivalent to earning 12,000 bonus points per stay if you redeem the free night at a top tier hotel.
Three stays at Best Western can be achieved for under $200 in many places during the slow winter travel season and a free night is yours for any Best Western Hotel worldwide.
The main drawback to this offer is the short life of the free night voucher with a June 30 expiration. Still, that should give you two to four months to redeem the free night. There are Best Western hotels in so many locations that redeeming a free night should not be too difficult.
Best Western Rewards 5-star offer. This is about as good as it gets for a Best Western promotion.