Best Western 250 free American or Aeroplan miles, up to 5x miles per stay April 17-June 5

Best Western Rewards Jump Start to Summer promotion allows newly enrolled members to earn 250 miles for free. First, I will explain the main promotion for a $50 Travel Card and then cover the better promotion value of airline miles and up to 1,250 miles per stay throughout the promotion period.

$50 Best Western Travel card after 3 stays

You can earn a $50 Best Western Travel Card after three hotel stays at any of the 4,000+ Best Western hotels worldwide between April 17 and June 5, 2011. There is a promotion limit of one Travel Card earned per member during this promotion. Member must redeem the Travel Card by November 1, 2011.

Members must register for the $50 Travel Card “Jump Start to Summer” promotion prior to first stay for this offer. (Warning: Do not register through this link if you want bonus airline miles.)

Also, members earn 6,500 bonus points if payment for three stays made with Best Western Rewards MasterCard.

Loyalty traveler advice: Forget the $50 Travel Card offer and start racking up AAdvantage or Aeroplan miles with the great Jump Start to Summer promotional offer for Best Western stays.


Earning Airline Miles is a far better deal with “Jump Start to Summer” promotion.

Best Western American Airlines AAdvantage Jump Start to Summer Bonus Miles registration link or

Best Western Air Canada Aeroplan Miles Jump Start to Summer Bonus Miles registration link

Warning: Best Western Rewards members can only sign up for the $50 Travel Card offer or the airline miles bonus offer. Be sure to use the airline miles registration link for bonus miles. American AAdvantage and Air Canada Aeroplan are the only two airlines offering bonus miles during the Jump Start to Summer promotion.

Change your account earning preference online to American AAdvantage or Air Canada Aeoplan miles or call customer service to change your preference and register for bonus miles with Jump Start to Summer offer.

Best Western Rewards members can choose to earn 250 airline miles per stay instead of points. The frequent flyer miles component of Best Western’s “Jump Start to Summer” promotion offers airline bonus miles for American or Aeroplan on top of the standard 250 miles per stay for members with an earning preference for miles:

  • New Member Enrollment in Best Western Rewards = 250 miles (This is the free miles aspect of this offer. You can sign up as a new Best Western Rewards member and register for Jump Start to Summer to earn 250 miles, even if you do not stay at any Best Western hotels during this promotion.)
  • First Stay = 500 bonus miles.
  • Second Stay = 750 bonus miles.
  • Third Stay and Each Stay thereafter = 1,000 bonus miles

Here is a recap for a new Best Western Rewards member with three hotel stays during the promotion showing the miles earn rate for American Airlines AAdvantage.

250 miles for new member enrollment + 750 miles (First stay = 250 miles + 500 bonus miles) + 1,000 miles (second stay = 250 base miles + 750 bonus miles) + 1,250 miles (third stay = 250 base miles + 1,000 bonus miles) = 3,250 AAdvantage miles after three stays.

This promotion offers a new member 3,250 miles after three hotel stays (3,000 total miles for existing members) and 1,250 miles for every additional stay during the promotion period.

I personally was confused on how to register for the miles component of this promotion. I changed my earning preference to American AAdvantage miles online, but I still couldn’t find the registration link. I went through customer service on the phone to register and my account now shows airline miles. Afterwards, I located the registration links for the two bonus miles choices shown above.

Here is where I found the offer after getting registered via customer service over phone:

The text of the American AAdvantage Jump Start to Summer miles bonus found on my special offers page:

Members who are American Airlines members earn 500 bonus miles on 1st stay, 750 bonus miles on 2nd stay and 1,000 bonus miles for each stay thereafter – (Apr 17, 2011 – Jun 5, 2011) – Promo Code: AMERJUMP11 – Best Western Rewards® members residing in any participating country (visit www.bestwestern.com/jumpamerican for a complete list of countries) who register for the Jump Start to Summer Promotion and complete a qualified stay* at any Best Western branded hotel worldwide between April 17, 2011 and June 5, 2011 (Promotion Period) will earn 500 AAdvantage® bonus miles (Bonus Miles) for their 1st qualified stay, 750 AAdvantage bonus miles for their 2nd qualified stay and 1,000 AAdvantage bonus miles for each qualified stay thereafter. New Best Western Rewards members who have registered for the promotion and have chosen American Airlines Advantage as their earning preference will earn an additional 250 AAdvantage bonus miles. TO QUALIFY, PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST QUALIFIED STAY YOU MUST: (1) BE AN EXISTING OR NEW BEST WESTERN REWARDS MEMBER; (2) HAVE SELECTED AMERICAN AIRLINES AADVANTAGE AS YOUR EARNING PREFERENCE; AND (3) REGISTER FOR THE PROMOTION. *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 AAdvantage miles through Best Western Rewards. Only one check-in/check-out permitted per stay. Offer is based on the standard 250 AAdvantage miles earned per stay. Other restrictions may apply. Offer not valid with any other promotion or discount. Promotion is subject to cancellation or change without notice. Please allow 4 – 6 weeks for AAdvantage bonus miles to post after completed stay. All Best Western Rewards program rules apply. See http://www.bestwesternrewards.com/ for additional program terms, including the standard earning structure for AAdvantage miles. 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. ©2011 Best Western International, Inc. All rights reserved. American Airlines reserves the right to change the AAdvantage program and its terms and conditions at any time without notice, and to end the AAdvantage program with six months notice. Any such changes may affect your ability to use the awards or mileage credits that you have accumulated. AAdvantage miles earned through this promotion/offer do not count towards elite status qualification. American Airlines is not responsible for products or services offered by other participating companies. For complete details about the AAdvantage program, visit www.aa.com/AAdvantage. AmericanAirlines and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.


Loyalty Traveler promotion rating is 3-keys. This is a good value loyalty promotion for miles on relatively low priced hotel stays at more than 4,000 hotels worldwide. And for new enrollees 250 free miles is a 5-key offer.

Also check out this offer for 3,000 bonus points if you buy a $100 Best Western Travel Card by May 31 and redeem it on a hotel stay June 1-August 31, 2011.

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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  1. Aleks – I actually was so focused on getting 650,000 points for 3 Best Western stays in February that I just saw the Best Western displeasure thread on the 250 AA miles after I posted this offer.

    Hopefully BW has their act together to process these miles more efficiently.

    @UnhappyfromFT – So many promotions are focused on US only. I should have mentioned that for this offer.

    I have to wonder how hotel loyalty promotions will evolve with these US-based hotel companies more focused on growing internationally in the coming years? Excluding their growth area populations will be insulting to new international members as these programs expand their international presence.

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