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The Ultimate Guide To Best Western Rewards

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Best Western Rewards is the loyalty program of the Best Western hotel group. Find out everything you need to know about it in this article.

The Best Western Rewards program is not complicated to use. It is mainly aimed at travellers who wish to control their accommodation budget without staying in high-end hotels.

The program includes more than 4,200 hotels worldwide, in more than 100 countries, with 13 different brands.

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How to earn Best Western Rewards points

You can earn Best Western Rewards points in many ways:

  • With hotel stays
  • With car rentals
  • With the Best Western Rewards credit card

With hotel stays

Best Western Rewards points’ earning depends of:

  • your status
  • the amount spent

So, as a basic member, you can earn 10 points per dollar.

Then, depending on your status, you’ll earn more points (10% more for Gold members to 50% more for Diamond Select members).

Retroactive credit

Please note that if you are not a Best Western Rewards member and have just stayed at one Best Western hotel, you may request retroactive credit of points 30 days after the stay.

With car rentals

Most of the major car rental companies are partners with Best Western, so you can easily earn Best Western points for your car rental.

Agency Points
Alamo 3 points for every dollar spent
Avis 1,000 points for each rental
Budget 1,000 points for each rental
National 3 points for every dollar spent
Sixt 1,000 points for each rental

With the Best Western Rewards credit card

Another way to quickly earn Best Western Rewards points is with the Best Western Rewards® Mastercard, whose main features are as follows:

  • No annual fee
  • 20,000 Best Western Rewards points as welcome bonus (after first purchase)
  • Gold Elite status on first use and Diamond status after $10,000 in Card purchases in a single year
  • 5 Best Western Rewards points per $1 in eligible purchases at a Best Western location
  • 1 Best Western Rewards point per $1 in other Card purchases

Redeeming Best Western Rewards points

For free hotel nights

As with any hotel program, Best Western Rewards is designed so that points earned can be redeemed for stays at Best Western hotels.

The number of points to get a free hotel night depends on:

  • the property
  • the location
  • the time of year

So it’s a variable cost schedule. However, the chart has 11 tiers,so a free hotel night costs between 8,000 points and 70,000 Best Western Rewards points.

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Promotions

Best Western Rewards occasionally runs promotions to allow you to redeem your points at a more favourable rate. Like this one: 10,000 points per night, regardless of the hotel (in North America).

To get airline miles

You can also transfer your Best Western Rewards points to another rewards program such as Aeroplan, AIR MILES or American AAdvantage.

For example, the 20,000 Best Western points offered by Best Western Rewards® Mastercard would represent 4,000 Aeroplan Points if you wish to transfer them to Aeroplan.

Program Best Western Points Miles earned
Aerclub 5 000 1 000
Aeroplan 5 000 1 000
AIR MILES 5 000 80
Alaska Mileage Plan 5 000 1 000
Alitalia Millemiglia 6 000 1 000
American AAdvantage 5 000 1 000
Asia Miles 5 000 1 000
Asiana Club 5 000 1 000
British Airways Executive Club 5 000 1 000
Club Premier Aeromexico 5 000 1 600
Flying Blue 6 000 1 000
Iberia Plus 5 000 1 000
LifeMiles 5 000 1 000
MeridianaClub 5 000 1 000
Miles & More 5 000 1 000
Southwest Rapid Rewards 5 000 1 200
Vueling Club 5 000 1 000

For experiences

Since June 2018, it is also possible to use your Best Western Rewards points for experiences.

These experiences are as varied as:

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For gift cards and other products

Finally, it is possible – but not recommended – to use your Best Western Rewards points to buy gift cards.

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Transferring Best Western Rewards points between accounts

You can transfer your points from one account to another, free of charge! You have to call Best Western Rewards Customer Service.

The only condition: Best Western Rewards accounts must be at the same address.

To call Best Western from Canada or the United States, the number is 1 (800) 237-8483. You can also request a transfer through the Best Western Rewards contact form.

Expiration of Best Western Rewards points

Best Western Rewards points never expire!

With the credit card

This is excellent news compared to other programs whose points expire after 1 to 2 years! So you can apply for the Best Western Rewards® Mastercard and get 20,000 points, even without having a travel plan in mind.

This will allow you to have points set aside “in case of need”!

Best Western Rewards Status

There are 5 levels of Best Western Rewards status:

  • Blue
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Diamond
  • Diamond Select
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All the perks of the different status levels are represented in this table:

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Status Match

In this article, we have detailed the process to get a status match in the Best Western Rewards program.

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Many members of the Facebook group were able to get the highest status: Diamond Select easily.

Be careful! The status match is theoretically possible only once: choose the right moment to ask for it!

The only Best Western Rewards credit card

We made a detailed presentation of the Best Western Rewards® Mastercard in this article.

The Best Western Rewards® Mastercard is the only credit card available in Canada with no annual fee affiliated with a hotel program: Best Western Rewards.

Whether you are a regular guest at Best Western hotels or not, having Best Western points allows you to diversify your points and miles portfolio. Especially since the points you earn with it will allow you to get a free hotel night and never expire!

And, because this is a Mastercard, you can use it at Costco. You earn 1 point for every dollar you spend at Costco.

Conclusion

The Best Western Rewards program is probably the simplest hotel program available. Given the group’s overall presence, it is generally straightforward to get free nights in Best Western hotels.

For example, it is handy to use points in airport hotels when you have to catch your plane in Plattsburgh or when you have just arrived at a destination. See our review about the Best Western Plus Plattsburgh Hotel.

It will then be more useful to redeem Marriott Bonvoy for longer stays (the Marriott Bonvoy program allowing to get 5 nights at the price of 4 when the booking has been paid with points).

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