Best Western used to have this awesome Best Rate Guarantee. And then they took it away, then brought it back. And when I wrote my recent post on the Master List of Hotel Best Rate Guarantees, I checked Best Western’s, and there was none. None at all.
However, after I posted it, Jess commented telling me about the $100 Gift Card policy for Best Western BRGs. Well, sure enough, it’s back. Below I’ll explain some of the details and rules. But essentially, if you find a lower rate they match it and give you a $100 “Travel Card” good at Best Western.
This is so extremely generous and here’s why.
- Many of their hotels aren’t even worth $100.
- It’s given after the stay instead of as a discount. So you earn points on the stay.
- You earn points on stays while using the gift card.
- You can use your last BRG gift card on a current BRG. And thus get it free from the last BRG and get another $100 gift card, for another free stay… and round and round it goes.
- And the entire time you’re completing promotions toward your one account.
- You can go through your rebate portals too (5% at TCB).
I hope I don’t need to spell this out. But let’s just say, you need a one time investment of paying for the BestWestern of your choosing. Please don’t abuse this… too much. Hopefully this will be profitable for them too.
And honestly, this makes more sense than Hilton giving $50 Amex cards. This encourages you to keep on staying at their brand. For a number of reasons it’s good for them. But I have a feeling that there will be a number of people who… um… won’t make them much money past the first day.
How it works:
Book on BestWestern.com and if you find a lower rate within 24 hours of booking you submit a claim online. Also note that you must book more than 48 hours before the earliest allowed checkin.
But it’s as easy as looking on Kayak.
What are the rules:
- One “Travel Card” every 30 days per household. (Do you and your spouse have the same address?).
- Obviously things need to match up – “same hotel, dates, length of stay, currency, number of guests and similar room type.” (Odd that it doesn’t say same terms and conditions for room rates & type. And it doesn’t mention the same cancelation policy, payment collection, payment rate (pre-paid), and other things the other hotels have. So odd.)
- Unfortunately they say that currency needs to match. I find this a little strict, but not a problem. IHG does it too.
- Difference in rate must be equal to or greater than $1.
I just don’t know what to say other than, just don’t abuse all the loopholes too much. Dear goodness.
Since we’ll be earning more Best Western points, I’ll be posting a bit about their rewards program and how to use points, status matching, etc… The first step here is find the cheapest BW to BRG to get the first $100 TC, as it takes 4-6 weeks to mail.
Oh and note that you get the gift card after you complete the stay. (I’m glad I won’t have to be tempted by that with them too.)
So, in the meantime, behave yourselves, as always.