Jun272017

Best Western 10% reward night points rebate Platinum-Diamond elite

Best Western Rewards made some positive program changes in January 2017, but I was too busy traveling around Prague and Poland to notice the 10% reward points rebate at the time.

Besides, all my Best Western stays in 2017 so far have been paid stays for earning $10 and $20 Best Western Travel Cards.

Best Western Rewards Platinum, Diamond, and Diamond Select members now get 10% off free night redemptions.  This will come in the form of a rebate back to their account for 10% of the required redemption amount. The rebate will be posted to member accounts within 10 business days of the property requesting re-imbursement from BWR for the free night award.

https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/best-western-rewards/new-elite-benefits.html

I had a stash of Best Western Rewards points for several years that I seldom found good redemption value for in places I traveled around the USA. Even in Europe, the rates were typically low enough to make paying for rooms a better deal.

Then, I traveled to Poland and Czech Republic during the past year.

I found some very good redemption values in Krakow and Prague with Best Western Rewards points.

Best Western Hotel Kinsky Garden, Prague, Czechia

Friday July 21 – Tuesday July 25 (4 nights)

12,000 points per night for 2 Single Beds

48,000 points for 4 night reward stay and 4,800 points rebate for elite members.

Cancel with no penalty until Wed July 20.

BW Kinsky Garden 12 K

Lowest rates for 4 nights  paid stay July 21-25:

Prepaid, nonrefundable = 520.60 EUR / $588.24 USD

Multi-night stay discount = 544.40 EUR / $615.13 USD (cancel with no penalty to July 14 – 7 days advance)

Best Flexible = 616.00 EUR / $696.20 USD (Cancel with no penalty until Wed July 20.)

The comparable rate to a reward stay for same cancellation without penalty is Best Flexible rate.

Best Rewards Redemption value = $696.20 / 48,000 points = $14.50 per 1,000 points.

Best Western Rewards points sold for $5.50 per 1,000 points during the 2017 Daily Getaways with the option to buy 50,000 points.

A $275 Daily Getaways buy of 50,000 BWR points would have saved $313 to $420 on this 4-night hotel stay in Prague.

Next year I will need to load up on a new batch of BWR points. My points balance is getting low.

BW Kinsky Garden Jul21-25 rates

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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