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6 Things the Best Western Rewards Program Gets Right

Feb. 8, 2019
Loyalty Programs, Travel
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When you think of Best Western, you probably think of an affordable, comfortable hotel option.

The chain’s full profile includes hotels geared toward business travelers, and a rewards program for loyal guests with five tier levels and loads of perks.

Here are six things Best Western Rewards gets right.

1. Early check-in and late checkout

All Best Western Rewards members can request early check-in and late checkout. Though this benefit is subject to availability, this type of perk is often reserved for elite status holders in hotel loyalty programs. This flexibility is great for both the occasional and the frequent traveler.

2. Room upgrades after seven qualifying stays

Best Western Rewards allows room upgrades with its first elite tier level, Gold. To earn Gold status, members can either complete seven qualifying stays or stay 10 total nights, earn 10,000 points from eligible stays or get the Best Western Rewards® Mastercard®.

By comparison, to receive a room upgrade, Hilton Honors requires 40 nights in a calendar year, IHG Rewards requires 40 nights and Marriott Rewards requires 25 nights to receive a room upgrade.

3. Automatic status opportunities with credit cards

Like other hotel companies, Best Western offers two rewards credit cards that will let you automatically obtain status. The Best Western Rewards credit card gives cardholders automatic Gold status and the Best Western Rewards Premium Mastercard gives cardholders automatic Platinum status.

4. Points never expire

Best Western Rewards points never expire, and there are no blackout dates so you can use them whenever you want.

Points can be used for travel, gift cards and at certain merchants. You’ll get the most value by using points for reward nights.

5. Elite status matching

Have status with another hotel group? Best Western will match at all levels, including its highest level, the Best Western Rewards Diamond Select. To receive the status match, submit the Status Match No Catch form.

6. Quadruple point opportunities

The Best Western site has a page dedicated to bonus points offers. Specific hotels will have double, triple or even quadruple points-earned offers with a stay. While each offer varies and has its own requirements, this can be a way to quickly earn points to use toward a future rewards stay.

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