Best Western points are on sale at 1pm ET today for $55 per 10,000 points in U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways. Members can buy up to 50,000 points for $275. There are only 850 sets of points.
Best Western points can normally be purchased for $10 per 1,000 points, up to 20,000 points, if needed for a reward booking. I assume you keep the points if the reward reservation is canceled, but I have never purchased BWR points through Best Western.
Best Western hotels have seasonal and even calendar month changes in reward price. I have seen hotels change from 8,000 points in peak off-season to 36,000 points for peak season months. The good news is you can find the future reward rate by checking dates.
BWR reward nights are priced from 8,000 points to 36,000 points. I redeemed 8,000 points last October to stay at a Hotel So’Co in Nice, France. In July 2018, the same hotel is priced at 20,000 points.
Loyalty Traveler – Best Western Nice So’Co (Oct 17, 2017.)
I have several nights booked with Best Western Rewards points for summer travel in different city center locations around Europe at 20,000 points per night. Most of these hotels are priced from $150 to $200 per night and the reward rates are more reasonable than other hotel chains for these same locations.
Best Western points Suite Value
I also have my eye on several hotels in Europe at 12,000 points per night in places where I found hotel suite availability. I generally don’t see these deals for places like Paris and Barcelona. The deals I find are often in secondary cities around France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and other places.
Here is an example: Best Western Plus LanzCarre Mannheim, Germany. The hotel earned TripAdvisor Excellence award in 2017. Reward nights are 24,000 points and several room types are available.
The last room with 2 Single Beds is an apartment with living room and kitchenette with a regular rate of 179 EUR. 2 nights would cost $433 USD. Or buy 50,000 Best Western points today for $275 and book two reward nights for 48,000 points.
Best Western Rewards points have great value in limited locations
This is the Daily Getaways offer that has the most significant potential value for hotel room discounts in Europe for my travels, next to the 233,000 Choice Privileges points I bought.
Similar to Choice Privileges and Wyndham Rewards, there are some hotels offering many or even all room categories for a hotel at standard reward rates.
In all fairness to detractors of Best Western points, I had 50,000+ points sit in my account for a couple of years before I found good value for points. In general, points rates at most hotels, especially in the USA, tend to be high compared to paid rates.
I used BWR points on a road trip across Utah in 2013, where I made the observation that Best Western hotels were the closest and most affordable hotels using points near several of the Mighty Five Utah National Parks from Zion in the west to Canyonlands and Capitol Reef in the east.
Best Western Ruby’s Inn Bryce Canyon City, Utah – July 28, 2013.
The same was true in British Columbia when I stayed at Best Western hotels near Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island in 2015.
The best value I found for Best Western points in recent years was at some hotels in Europe. My disappointment is I found Best Western hotels I loved in Amsterdam, Gdansk and Prague as great reward values, only to have these hotels leave Best Western within months of my discovering these good value hotel rewards.
Daily Getaways Best Western Rewards points $55 for 10,000 points at 1pm ET April 26, 2018.