Nothing unAmerican about Best Western’s Choose Your Reward Spring 2015 promotion, unless you are an American resident in the USA who can’t choose points as the bonus selection. Best Western Rewards members in the USA, Canada and Caribbean can choose between:
- $35 Best Western Travel Card® Gift Card (expires 7/31/15)
- $25 Amazon® Gift Card (no expiration date)
- $25 Best Buy® Gift Card (no expiration date)
- $25 iTunes® Gift Card (no expiration date)
- $25 Dunkin’ Donuts® Gift Card (no expiration date)
Any Best Western Rewards member residing elsewhere worldwide, even Pitcairn Island and Antarctica, do not get the gift card choice. These members receive 6,500 Best Western bonus points instead every two stays.
Registered members residing outside of the U.S., Canada or the Caribbean Islands, but within a participating country†, as well as members residing outside a participating country† will automatically receive 6,500 Best Western Rewards bonus points in lieu of a gift card after completing 2 separate stays within in a participating country.
6,500 points = $35 = $5.39 per 1,000 points.
In my opinion, $35 credit is probably a better rebate value than 6,500 points. I like the feeling of booking a hotel room and paying the bill at check-out with a Best Western gift card. My stay last year in the Outer Banks of North Carolina was a $101 bill I paid with one buck and a $100 Best Western gift card.
Rate Analysis Best Western Kelowna, British Columbia
Kelowna, British Columbia has been an area I researched for a trip since finishing my Utah trips to earn a free flight on Alaska Air to be used by April 30, 2015. Don’t know if Kelowna will be my Alaska free ticket flight choice, but I saw several Best Western hotels in the area with reasonable rates.
The Canadian dollar has dropped sharply in the past six months.
Basically, look at Canada prices and knock off 20%.
This is what Best Western hotel rates look like in Kelowna.
The tax rate is almost as high as the exchange disparity. Nightly rates after tax are slightly lower in USD than the rate shown above in Canadian dollars CAD before tax. There is not much exchange confusion. Kelowna Hotel & Suites at $127.49 CAD is $146.61 CAD after tax, which is $117.29 USD.
Hotel hopping could mean two stays at $215 with a $35 rebate. $185 in base spend earns 1,850 BWR points. That is another $10 rebate value. Free breakfast too.
That works out to about 20% rebate value on a paid stay at a highly rated Best Western Plus hotel. Of course, many places around the USA have rates in the $50 to $60 range where 2 one-night stays might only be $120 to $140 after tax. The $35 gift card is around 25% rebate, plus points earned.
This is a decent promotion offer over the next six weeks with Best Western. Choice Privileges, Club Carlson and Best Western are all offering good rebate value on hotel stays. Best Western favors one night stays and Club Carlson favors two or three night stays. Choice Privileges favors spend on any length of hotel stay. IHG promotion value depends on your targeted offer and the tasks to achieve bonus points.
Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges Triple Points Dec 29-February 18, 2015
Loyalty Traveler – Our IHG Set Your Sights tasks for 50000 points Jan 1-Apr 30, 2015