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Best Western Rewards is a valuable loyalty program covering about 4,700 hotels across 18 brands in 100 countries and territories. Familiar brands in the program like its signature Best Western and upmarket Best Western Premier are popular, but newer brands like design-focused GLo and upscale, trendy Aiden are exciting options for point redemptions, too.
Best Western Rewards does not have an award chart, so the points rate varies depending upon the night. The only way to determine how many points you would need is by checking your preferred dates for a reservation. There are lots of methods for earning Best Western Rewards points: You could stay at Best Western hotels, earn bonus points as an elite member, or use a credit card like the Best Western Rewards® Mastercard® or the Best Western Rewards® Premium Mastercard®.
Domestic road trips are taking center stage for many Americans this summer, and we can also dream now about what big trips we want to take when it’s feasible to go overseas again. Cautious travel will keep everyone safe, and earning and burning points will keep our wallets happy.
Whether you are looking for a staycation near home or plan to drive or (someday) fly to your destination, these recent additions to the Best Western Rewards portfolio are worth a look.
But first, summer promotions
The program runs regular promotions, too. This summer, Best Western Rewards is awarding members with a $25 hotel gift card after making one stay at a Best Western-branded hotel in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean by Sept. 7. Registration is required before the stay.
There’s another summer promotion to encourage road trips. Travelers who email a fuel or electric car charging receipt for at least $10 can also earn a $25 gift card to use later this year. Guests simply need to save the fuel receipt from during their stay at a Best Western-branded hotel in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean between now and the end of August. They can email it to Best Western along with the hotel receipt to receive the gift card.
» Learn more: Your guide to earning bonus points with hotel promotions
GLo Best Western Asheville Tunnel Road, North Carolina
Just 2 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and downtown Asheville or 4 miles from Biltmore Estate, GLo Best Western Asheville Tunnel Road is a seriously cool new addition to Best Western Rewards. The brand is focused on colorful design and modern spaces. Its rooms also feature innovative amenities like gel-topped mattresses.
Its outdoor firepit and patio are a great way to wind down after a day of adventure or exploring the many craft breweries that have led to the city being dubbed “Beer City USA.” The hotel also boasts an indoor heated swimming pool and complimentary hot breakfast.
Aiden by Best Western @ Cape Point, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
If you’re heading to Cape Cod, the Aiden by Best Western @ Cape Point provides modern accommodations as well as an indoor/outdoor swimming pool. As one of Best Western’s newer names, the hotel will surprise guests with its attractive restaurant, poolside tiki bar and thoughtful guest room design (sliding bathroom doors to save space is just one example).
It is close to the John F. Kennedy Museum as well as the high-speed ferry docks that take visitors to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. The Grays Beach Boardwalk is 6 miles away and a favorite for evening sunsets.
Best Western Brooklyn–Coney Island Inn, New York
Coney Island is a legendary family spot in the northeast, and the new Best Western Brooklyn-Coney Island is minutes away from the famous attraction. It is also close to Long Island beaches and parks, which for many people this summer are popular places to stay socially distanced while enjoying the outdoors. This hotel comes with free breakfast and seems custom-made for an affordable family trip.
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Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher’s Landing, Vancouver, Washington
Close to the Vancouver waterfront area in southern Washington state, the new Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher’s Landing has a lot to offer. It is a business traveler favorite given its proximity to numerous hospitals and corporate offices, but leisure travelers will find a lot here, too.
It is 9 miles from Portland International Airport, 16 miles from downtown Portland and just over 60 miles to popular sites like Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood Meadows (great for skiing and snowboarding).
There are a lot of free perks that come with a stay here including a shuttle that takes you anywhere within a 5-mile radius, breakfast and in-room Nespresso machines.
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Fairfield Napa Valley, California
Visiting California’s wine country this year could be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, socially distanced time with friends and some of the world’s best wines. The recently opened SureStay Hotel by Best Western Fairfield Napa Valley packs value into a great location for Best Western Rewards members.
Guests are treated to continental breakfast each morning and access to an outdoor pool and whirlpool to enjoy after a day of wine tasting. If you’re not into wine, there is also an Anheuser-Busch Budweiser beer brewery with tasting room close to the hotel.
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Aiden by Best Western @ Cheongdam, Seoul, South Korea
Located in Seoul’s famous Gangnam District, the Aiden by Best Western @ Cheongdam is a great example of the boutique-style design of Aiden properties. Even the building’s facade looks like a work of art, which fits into this popular neighborhood known for culture, shopping and nightlife.
In addition to great views from many of its high-floor rooms, the hotel has a rooftop bar serving cocktails amid the cityscape panorama. The COEX Convention and Exhibition Center, numerous corporate offices and much of the city’s tourist attractions are close to the hotel.
Best Western Plus The Beachfront, Phuket, Thailand
Dreaming of a vacation in South Asia when travel resumes? The Best Western Plus The Beachfront will be waiting. Situated along the southwest coast of Phuket island, it’s a great place to relax away from the crowds of busier Patong.
Choice rooms offer direct access to the pool or overlook Rawai Beach. Accommodations include a kitchenette perfect for families. This Thai resort is a great option for Best Western Rewards members looking to redeem their points for an island paradise.
» Learn more: How to redeem Best Western Rewards points
Stonecross Manor Hotel, BW Signature Collection, Kendal, England
In the British countryside, the Stonecross Manor Hotel, BW Signature Collection provides ample outdoor space for recreation and social distancing. The hotel is located in what is known as the Lake District in the town of Kendal. From here, Kendal Castle and Sizergh Castle are within driving distance. Other area family attractions include the World of Beatrix Potter and Lakeland Maze Farm Park. The Brockhole Visitors Centre, Parks and Gardens offers pony rides and a playground just 13 miles from the hotel.
There’s an indoor pool and bucolic grounds to keep guests busy, and the restaurant serves plenty of regional fare. BW Signature Collection properties are known for showcasing authentic local flair and amenities instead of trying to fit into a cookie-cutter model. Whether driving around England or traveling from afar for a quiet country retreat, the town of Kendal is worth a visit.
Aiden by Best Western @ T'aim Hotel, Margny-Les-Compiegne, France
The castles around France are a huge tourist draw, and there is something special about driving the open roads to explore these historic and majestic palaces. North of Paris, the new Aiden by Best Western @ T'aim Hotel is close to Imperial Castle and Pierrefonds Castle. Other area attractions include the Antoine Vivenel Museum and the hiking and bike trails of Compiegne and Laigue forests.
The riverfront hotel has gourmet dining and a soon-to-open spa. Many of the rooms have private balconies, and all come with modern and stylish interiors that are typical of the new Aiden brand.
Best Western Plus Grow Hotel, Solna, Sweden
In the Solna neighborhood on the edge of Stockholm, the new Best Western Plus Grow Hotel incorporates signature Swedish design into its look. The hotel, which opened at the end of 2018, is a great example of how the Best Western of today is evolving, offering different brands in the way competitors like Marriott and Hilton do.
The property has a mix of long-stay rooms with kitchenettes that are ideal for business travelers and traditional hotel rooms popular with tourists. Some of the Studio Deluxe rooms even have bunk beds, which are great for families.
Guest rooms feature oh-so-Scandinavian minimalist lines and parquet flooring. The bathrooms have underfloor heating, too. Public transportation from the hotel to many points in Stockholm is excellent: A metro station is one minute away, and the airport bus stops right outside. It’s one of the many places where you can rack up or spend Best Western Rewards points when you travel.
The bottom line
There are no shortage of new Best Western options for whenever you chose to return to traveling. If you have status in any hotel loyalty program, Best Western’s No Catch status match program will award you the equivalent level of status until Jan. 31, 2022. Just fill out the online form to enjoy benefits like bonus points on stays and potential room upgrades — a strong incentive for regular travelers to get to know Best Western brands.
How to Maximize Your Rewards
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Airline miles and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
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Premium travel rewards: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
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