Apr062016

Value of Best Western Rewards points

Daily Getaways is selling Best Western Rewards points for $55 per 10,000 points. Each member can buy up to 50,000 points. There are only 835 sets of 10,000 points for sale. In theory, this sale could be sold out with 135 eager buyers purchasing the upper limit of points.

The sale starts at 1:00pm ET, Thursday April 7.

There are some high value redemption opportunities with Best Western Rewards points, but it all depends on when and where you travel.

Best Western Reward Nights

Best Western reward nights range from 8,000 points to 36,000 points per night.

  1. 8,000 points
  2. 12,000 points
  3. 16,000 points
  4. 20,000 points
  5. 24,000 points
  6. 28,000 points
  7. 32,000 points
  8. 36,000 points

I doubt there will be a rush on Best Western Rewards points. There are not that many hotels around the USA with high value savings when you compare the cost of Best Western reward nights to the paid rates, even when buying 10,000 points for $55.

This is a good price for buying points at $5.50 per 1,000 points, a 45% discount compared to the normal purchase price of $10.00 per 1,000 points.

Value I Find with Best Western Rewards

The value I find with Best Western Rewards is in international locations and around U.S. National Parks. My road trip travels through the western USA convinced me that one of the primary competitive edges of Best Western Hotels in the USA are their close proximity to National Parks.

National Parks

My travels have taken me to about a dozen National Parks around the western states in the past few years. Hotel reward stays at Best Western properties near National Parks has been one of my primary uses of Best Western Rewards points stays.

Some Best Western hotels have seasonal rates. Best Western Ruby’s Inn, just outside the park gates of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, had seasonal rates ranging from 8,000 to 20,000 points per night last year.

Loyalty Traveler – Did you know Best Western Rewards uses seasonal reward rates? March 30, 2015.

There is high value for Best Western Rewards points at some USA/Canada locations in off-season when reward nights are at low 8,000 or 12,000 points per night levels.

Best Western’s competitive edge is high proportion of international hotels

The other value I find with Best Western Hotels are the large number of hotels outside the USA. Best Western has a higher proportion of international hotels, around 50% outside the USA, than any other major U.S. hotel chain.

Marriott and Hilton have fewer than 1,000 hotels outside the USA. Best Western has around 2,000 hotels. The international hotels are where I find the best value for Best Western Rewards points.

Loyalty Traveler – Going to Switzerland? Consider buying Best Western Rewards points (March 29, 2016).

Best Western Hotels in Scandinavia

The value of hotel loyalty points really is a function of where you travel. Scandinavia is where I will be spending much of my summer 2016 and Best Western hotels are one of the primary chain hotel options in that region.

There are 82 Best Western hotels in Sweden. This is comparable to the number of Nordic Choice Hotels in Sweden (Choice Privileges reward points).

Best Western Strand Hotel Visby, Sweden

July 18, 2016 is $288 or 32,000 points.

32,000 Best Western Rewards points cost $176 during tomorrow’s Daily Getaways sale.

Best Western Visby 28K

Multiple Room Categories Available Using Points

People who only use the upper upscale hotel chain loyalty programs like Hilton HHonors, Marriott Rewards, IHG Rewards Club, Starwood Preferred Guest and Hyatt Gold Passport rarely, if ever, encounter the option to book a higher than standard level room with their points, unless paying a higher points rate.

Best Western Visby reward nights illustrate another value found with the budget hotel chain loyalty programs of Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges and Wyndham Rewards. These overlooked hotel loyalty programs all offer multiple room categories on reward nights.

Best Western Visby allows a member to book a standard room or a superior room at the same 32,000 points level, even though the published rates for these two room types differ by $36.75 in room rate.

$287.87 or 32,000 points gives a redemption value of $9 per 1,000 points The Daily Getaways buy points offer is $55 for 10,000 for a purchase rate of $5.50 per 1,000 points.

The cost for 32,000 points is $176 during the Daily Getaways sale on April 7 for a room rate nightly savings of $112 at Best Western Visby, Sweden.

This is just one more example of the value that can be found at some Best Western hotels for reward nights using points.

Bottom line is the Daily Getaways sale on Thursday April 7 can be a great opportunity to get discount hotel rates by purchasing 10,000 to 50,000 points. The value of Best Western Rewards points all depends on where and when you travel.

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. In past years the Best Western offer took weeks to sell out, even when Southwest points were worth 1/60th of $1 rather than the current 1/70th of $1 or less. In the USA, Hotwire can often get you the Best Western hotel you are looking for at better than AAA rate. I’ll have to spot check points cost vs. AAA rate tonight.

    I wonder if this offer will sell out at all.

  2. @nsx – I doubt there will be a rush to buy these points.

    @asar – I think it is more realistic to expect hotels will be priced somewhere between 20,000 and 32,000 for most hotels, which is why there is not a high demand for Best Western points at this price. That is $110 to $176 per room night. There are few Best Western hotels in the USA above those room rates at prevailing reward levels.

    In the past two years I have only redeemed BWR points two times for hotel stays on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The original reason I bought BWR points through Daily Getaways was for hotel stays in Norway, but I never ended up in a city in Norway where there was not a better deal spending Choice Privileges points.

    Last September I had a reservation for a Best Western in the Lofoten Islands of Norway, then I became ill in Arctic Norway and needed to cancel the hotel reward stay and stay put in Harstad to avoid a four hour bus ride while sick.

  3. Thanks for covering Best Western – few blogs do.
    I’ve stayed only a few times at BW hotels (despite matching to Diamond Status), but have looked into the program for the Daily Getaway. While there are a few high-value redemptions with BW like you point out, you have to search far and wide for them.
    I did 10 searches abroad and found values between 0.26 and 1.28 cents/point, a wide spread. And at a lot of potential high-value destinations, no rooms were available on points, even more than 6 months in advance. And the average value across all searches was only 0.45 cpp – less than the cost of the points in this sale, so it’s not really a discount on the average value of the points (like with Choice or Hyatt).
    Based on the price-to-value, I wouldn’t recommend a purchase unless you know you can get a room at a value of more than the points purchase price at the destination and time of travel – or you might have to choose between overpaying or sitting on those points for a while…

  4. It didn’t sell out. I bought a set for option value: ability to top off a Companion Pass or perhaps avoid an unreasonably high room rate. (The option is that I can decide case by case on spending points vs. cash.)

  5. Best Western Monterey Victorian Inn is Cat7=32K pts, I’ve seen rates up to $250 on weekend nights.

    Last year I bought BW points, then around Christmas took advantage of the promo to buy $25 BW TravelCards for 3,000 points each. Bought 10 of them. Just recently used the TravelCards at exactly that location, during a meandering California roadtrip where each day was seat of the pants no planning or advance reservations. Not the Deal of the Century, but worth it to me.

    Status match to BW Diamond was worth it. Better room, and a chilled bottle of white wine waiting for us, made Mrs. Vicente happy.

  6. I passed on this offer this year, even though I could have used more points. I redeemed Best Western points this week for Best Western Stavanger in July the night before my flight home to California.

    I know I can get great value from Choice Privileges, Wyndham Rewards and Hyatt points and focusing my spend on those Daily Getaways offers.

  7. @Vicente – Monterey is definitely a place with high hotel rates on weekends. Victorian Inn is a great location for walking to Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row.

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