Apr062015

Best Western Stay two times for $50 Travel Card April 6 to May 25, 2015

Best Western Rewards launched a new spring travel promotion today. Jump Start for Summer Travel is an offer to earn a $50 Best Western Travel Card after completing two stays from April 6 to May 25, 2015. Travel card will be an email coupon code sent to the Bet Western account email on file. Only one $50 BW Travel Card per member may be earned with this offer.

Best Western $50 Travel Card Apr6-May25

Offer Details: Register now and get a $50 USD Best Western Travel Card® by email when you stay 2 separate times between April 6 and May 25, 2015, at Best Western® branded hotels.*

*Travel Card expires 9/7/15. Other restrictions apply.

Pay Cash or Points at Best Western?

Over the Easter weekend I searched more than 50 Best Western hotels to compare published room rates with reward rates. I was looking for a hotel where I could get value from the Daily Getaways offer for 10,000 Best Western Rewards points for $55.00. Amazingly, I could not find a hotel where there was much more than a 10% difference in savings buying points.

For example:

Best Western Premier Alsterkrug Hotel, Hamburg, Germany

139 EUR or 24,000 points

Best Western Hamburg

139 EUR = $153.20 USD.

Daily Getaways will sell you 30,000 Best Western Rewards points for $155 which makes this a $132 room redemption using 24,000 points with 6,000 leftover points. I’d be paying more for points than the cost of the room.

$132 room rate when buying points is about a 15% savings on the published rate, but that is negated if my account is left with 6,000 orphan points.

Out of all the hotels I checked, the Hamburg property was one of the best savings I found. I simply can’t justify buying Best Western Rewards points at $55 per 10,000 points when there are so few hotels where points for a reward stay will be a good deal.

There are several Best Western Hotels in British Columbia I have considered for a low cost stay on my trip to Vancouver and Victoria in two weeks.

Best Western Capilano 12Kaward

A reward night at Best Western Capilano Inn & Suites in North Vancouver for 12,000 points looks like a decent deal compared to $85.

But, that is $85 Canadian Dollars = $68.31 USD. The lowest AAA rate is $66.53 USD after tax.

I can book a suite at this hotel for $103.50 CAD all-in using the AAA rate for $83.18 USD.

Buying 12,000 points in Daily Getaways will cost $110 USD for 20,000 points and I’d be left with 8,000 points. There is simply not sufficient savings to buy points for reward nights.

Especially since this $50 gift card promotion is available for paid nights in April and May 2015.

Assume I book two stays using AAA rate in Canada for about $135 all-in after tax. The $50 gift card rebate reduces my net spend to $85 for two hotel nights at $42.50 each.

Of course, that also means using the Best Western Travel Card for another Best Western hotel stay before it expires September 7, 2015 to get any rebate value at all.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. Will this apply to already booked stays or do I need to cancel/rebook after registering for the promotion?

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