Jun072022

Best summer deal for U.S. may be Best Western free night after 2 paid nights

Best Western Rewards has a summer promotion from June 6 to Sep 4, 2022 to earn a free night reward after staying 2 nights on eligible paid rates booked through Best Western. This is the easiest free night to earn this summer since you can complete 2 nights as consecutive nights in a single stay or two separate stays over a three month period.

Best Western Rewards qualifying stay restrictions:

  • Register for free night promotion prior to first night stay.
  • Opt in for Best Western email communication to receive double points promotion offer after completing free night offer.
  • Stay in U.S., Canada or Caribbean Best Western brand hotel.
  • Stay between June 6 and September 4, 2022.
  • Stay 2 nights – consecutive or non-consecutive nights.
  • Only one free night reward per member.
  • After earning free night, member can then register for Double Points for any additional nights after receiving BWR email.

Best Western Rewards free night reward restrictions:

  • Receive free night e-certificate by email week of August 29, 2022.
  • Free night can be used from Sep 6, 2022 – Feb 16, 2023.
  • Free night expires February 16, 2023.
  • May only be used for Sunday to Thursday night stay. Friday and Saturday excluded.
  • Free night available for any Best Western hotel in U.S., Canada or Caribbean.
  • Free night award redemption reservation must be completed by calling 1(800) 567-4009.

Analysis:

This promotion is a limited promotion opportunity based on the ability to earn only one free night. As a couple traveling together you can easily turn this offer into two free night certificates after 4 paid nights. The free night validity from September to mid February means 5.5 months for redeeming your free night, which is a reasonable window of time.

There are many Best Western hotels in the U.S. and Canada where you can stay 2 nights for under $200 all-in this summer. And there are many hotels with $300+ per night rates where you can redeem your free night.

What makes this offer a good value is Best Western Rewards charges 56,000 points for some top-tier hotels. Places like New York City and Key West have hotels in this reward price category with some very high room rates too. 

 

$230.98 for a 2-night stay at Best Western Amador Inn in Jackson, California June 20-22 can earn a free night stay.

A night at Best Western Premier Empire State Hotel on Tuesday, October 4 is $365 or 56,000 Best Western Rewards points or a free night certificate from this BWR summer promotion.

This Best Western Rewards free night promotion can be a high value summer offer if it is achievable with your travel plans and hotel needs.

 

 

 

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. I don’t fully understand the rationale for these high-breakage deals. As an infrequent customer, I won’t participate unless I’m confident that I can use the benefit. If I decide not to participate and later I learn that I could have used the benefit, I am annoyed. Conversely, if I’m confident I can use the benefit, I participate and the travel company incurs the full cost.

    As I see it, a high-breakage offer costs the same as a non-breakage deal (such as bonus points) but alienates many infrequent customers. I can’t remember any recent high-breakage offers from airlines. Are the hotel companies right, are the airlines right, or are they both right for their markets?

  2. We are likely seeing good offers this summer from the chains focused on the lower tier hotel market segments, like Best Western, Choice, Radisson and Wyndham probably due to these economy segment hotels having the lowest occupancy and lower rate of recovery than hotels in the upscale, upper upscale and luxury segments.

    Given the high cost of hotel rooms in the USA this summer with all-time record high rates at all hotel market segments, I’d go for a hotel that is going to give me a potential high return of value on my spend.

    Best Western will give someone a free night after two paid nights to use in the six months after summer.

    Choice Privileges will give someone 8,000 points after two stays. Great benefit for a road trip. While there are limited high quality hotels in the USA available for 8,000 points, I know of several hotels in Europe where 8,000 Choice Privileges points will buy a $200+ per night room.

    Radisson is giving members in the USA 5,000 bonus points per stay and members in Europe can earn 3,000 bonus points per stay. I don’t find Radisson points that useful with the minimum redemption rate at 15,000 points.

    Wyndham Rewards is giving 7,500 points for 2 stays. GoFast rates start at 3,000 points and for 6,000 points you can use GoFast rates at most hotels to reduce the room rate by 30%.

    These are all incentives to get people into rooms this summer with the potential for free or reduced rate rooms later.

    Personally, while my business is hotel travel strategies, I don’t travel for business. Since I stay over 50 nights per year in hotels most years I am focused on where I can stay on my next trip that will help me get free or reduced rooms on later trips.

    This summer I am burning through free nights and points that accumulated through the pandemic. While I think there are good promotions out there now for summer travel, I think the USA hotel rates are crazy high at all market segment levels, especially the economy segment. That is why I favor buying hotel points at this time rather than paying prevailing rates.

    If recession hits global markets in 2023, as numerous economists predict, then hotels will suffer, rates will fall and promotions will likely improve to entice people back into hotels.

    As far as airlines, they have shifted their loyalty to bank credit cards and have little incentive to seek out frequent flyers with good promotion miles deals. Airlines let the credit card companies do most of the flyer recruitment and engagement.

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