Apr172017

Daily Getaways Best Western points are good deal if you find right location

Over the years I have earned and purchased Best Western Rewards points. There are not many places where I find the reward rate is a compelling value compared to the paid rate. This is why the opportunity to buy 10,000 Best Western Rewards points today for $55, up to 50,000 points for $275, will unlikely sell out today in Daily Getaways.

However, I have found some great reward stay deals using Best Western Rewards points. In this post, I share some of my experiences staying at some Best Western Premier and Best Western Plus hotels on low paid rates and reward stays using points.

Four things to know about Best Western Rewards:

1. The program has seasonal rates. I have seen hotels that are 8,000 points in the off-season and 32,000 or 36,000 points in peak season. Most of my redemptions occur at hotels with low off-season reward rates.

2. Pooling of Points is available for individuals who share the same residential mailing address with a Member.  Pooling is the collective earning of Points in one Account by individuals with the same mailing address. BWR T&C. This means a couple can purchase 100,000 points in Daily Getaways.

3. Best Western Rewards offers different room categories, including some premium room types at some hotels.

4. Best Western Hotels have around 2,000 properties outside of the USA. Places like Denmark, Norway, Finland and Poland have Best Western hotels in cities and towns where there are no other major chain hotels.

Finding the better hotels in the Best Western chain is the issue. Here are links to assist in locating some of the best Best Western hotels of the 4,200 worldwide.

Best Western Premier Collection list of locations (highest tier level of hotels in chain).

Best Western Premier Hotels list of locations.

One thing to know about Daily Getaways Best Western Rewards points

1. I have never seen Best Western Rewards points sell out on the day of the Daily Getaways offer. These points are usually available for at least a couple of weeks.

Here are reviews of some of the best Best Western Hotel stays I had in the past two years using points.

Go west from Victoria for Best Western Premier Prestige Oceanfront Resort Sooke (May 1, 2015).

On the Beach at Best Western Tin Wis Resort Tofino, British Columbia (April 28, 2015). 24,000 points per night stay.

Best Western Premier Amsterdam Hotel Couture hotel review (Jan 31, 2016).

Best Western Premier Q Hotel Krakow, down by the River Vistula (Jan 25, 2017). 12,000 Points per night stay.

Best Western Bonum Gdansk, Poland $39 suite (Mar 11, 2017).

 

Finding Good Value REwards stays using Best Western Rewards Points

While most of my Best Western hotel stays are paid stays, all it takes is one good hotel reward stay deal to get great value from these Daily Getaways points.

Here is a high value example I see for a summer stay at Best Western Hotel Jurata, a beach hotel on a sandy, forested spit in Poland extending into the Baltic Sea.

Jurata Poland Google Maps

Jurata, Poland Wikipedia

Best Western Hotel Jurata, Poland

Mon July 17 – Sat July 22 (5 nights) = $1,129.20 USD (4,495.50 PLN).

BW Hotel Jurata Paid rate

or redeem 100,000 Best Western Rewards points for this stay in Poland.

BW Jurata reward stay Jul17-22

A couple can buy 100,000 Best Western Rewards points today for $550 and save 50% on the published rate for this hotel stay in summer 2017.

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. There are locations where this is a good deal….

    Sure in recent years best western has allowed to hotels to change much more in terms of points level. Previously the adjustment appeared to be only one level or 2.

    20K=$110

    1, Rubys Inn just outside of Bryce canyon. 20K points hotel rate usually in the summer $150-$200
    2. Grand canyon in Tusayan just outside the park but still linked to the park shuttle may be high at 36IK per night but the hotel rate is going to be $200+ easily if not $250+
    3. Best Western in Estes Park,, CO. its near $200 a night on weekends at 32K. I have done this before here–book a single nights pts stay(on a Friday night) when you had to do 3 nights for weekends.

    There are others that are $200/night but are only 20K hotels

    Its unfortunate over the past few years a few ideal hotels have dropped being best western hotels. they either changed brands or went independent. a few of them are:

    1. a hotel in Friday Harbor, WA in San Juans that was $200+ per night easily.
    2. A hotel in Port Angeles, WA just outside the main park entrance to Olympic NP
    3. In Torrey, UT just outside Capitol Reef national Park.

    Also sometimes you can book a single night stay on points when the hotel requires multiple nights on a paid stay.

  2. Vancouver BC, w/room rate of $236 incl taxes, was 28k pts last year in June. As diamond, got upgraded to executive suite for all of the 3 night stay, worth an extra $36/night.

  3. Best Western points sold out on same day. I did not expect that based on previous years.

    @nsx – Hopefully the Southwest change allows me to buy 200,000+ Choice Privileges points this year. Those are the currency that saves me thousands each year. I already have hotel plans for Porto and Prague, along with all the Scandinavia hotels I book each year with Choice Privileges.

    @Dan – Ruby’s Inn is a trip. I like that property. Best Western points saved me quite a bit of money in 2013 when I did the Mighty Five tour and stayed at several hotels outside the national parks.

    @Beverly – Loved my 2015 road trip through British Columbia in April.

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