Best Western have announced a promotion through which members can earn up to $60 USD in gift cards for staying at participating properties.
There is no minimum night requirement for this offer – a stay of only one-night will be enough.
Members will earn:
- $10 USD gift card after the first eligible stay
- $20 USD gift card after the second eligible stay
- $30 USD gift card after the third eligible stay
Key terms are:
- You must register, book, and stay by 2 February 2020
- A stay is eligible if it is completed on or before 2 February 2020
- If you have an existing booking, that is fine, just be sure to register before checking-in
- All Best Western properties in Australia and New Zealand are participating in the promotion
- The gift card is in addition to any standard points that you would usually earn for your stay
- Stays must be booked directly via Best Western – e.g. online, over the phone, or at a hotel
- The gift card will be sent to you electronically within 2-3 weeks from completion of the eligible stay, and will expire 120 days after issuance
Why this offer is valuable
A one-night stay at many Best Western properties in New Zealand and Australia will only cost around $100.
This gift card offer can then equate to an effective 90% discount off the cost of a future one-night stay ($60 USD is worth around $90 NZD).
Best Western have a number of properties in New Zealand and Australia, so this offer should be very easy to take advantage of if you have travel planned over summer, particularly a road trip with the family.
You could then use these points for a free night on your next trip.
A guide to Best Western Rewards point earn, frequent flyer partners and transfers
Best Western Rewards points are a useful points currency to consider if you have an affinity for the Best Western chain.
While very US-centric, they do have a selection of hotels in New Zealand, Australia, and other Asia Pacific countries, and their rewards programme is very simple to understand and use.
In this guide, we cover key hotel locations, status benefits, how to earn frequent flyer points, and how to get the best value from earning and redeeming Best Western Rewards points.
Best Western have 4,200 properties under 11 brands, in more than 100 countries. All worldwide locations can be found here.
Seven of these properties are in New Zealand, in the following locations:
Best Western Rewards offer five status tiers in the following order (from lowest to highest): Blue, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Diamond Select. You can find more information about the status tiers and benefits on the Best Western Rewards website.
Unlike many other hotel loyalty programmes, joining Best Western Rewards is not a prerequisite to getting free internet access at their hotels – this benefit is available by simply booking direct.
The programme and its benefits are pretty basic, though this is to be expected, as their properties are more aimed at road-warriors or families who are just searching for the bare basics on their trip.
Requirement: just enrolment in the programme
- Earn 10 points per $1 USD dollar spent
- Points never expire
- No blackout dates on point redemptions
- Direct reservations phone number
- 10% or more discount off the published “Flexible Rate”
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
Requirement: 10 nights, 7 qualifying stays or 10,000 points
In addition to Blue benefits:
- 10% bonus points
- Room upgrade (not available at BW Premier Collection)
- Choice of thank you gift or points upon arrival
Requirement: 15 nights, 10 qualifying stays or 15,000 points
In addition to Gold benefits:
- 15% bonus points
Requirement: 30 nights, 20 qualifying stays or 30,000 points
In addition to Platinum benefits:
- 30% bonus points
Requirement: 50 nights, 40 qualifying stays or 50,000 points
In addition to Diamond benefits:
- 50% bonus points
Once you achieve status, it will remain in effect for the remainder of the calendar year in which it is achieved, and through the end of the next calendar year as well.
For example, if you earned Gold status in May 2019, you’ll keep it until the end of December 2020.
Full terms and conditions for the Best Western Rewards programme can be found here.
Best Western Rewards offer an ongoing status match offer – they will match your elite status in any other hotel loyalty programme.
This can help boost your points earn if you have some travel planned.
To be eligible, you must provide proof of your current loyalty elite tier/status level with another programme, either with a statement, or by making a copy of your current elite tier/status card.
You can then use your new Diamond status to lock in Platinum status with Sixt Rent a Car, giving you 15% off car hire, and free upgrades.
Earning points with Best Western Rewards or with airline programmes
When you join, you’ll have a choice to select whether you want to earn Best Western Rewards points, or frequent flyer points instead:
You can also change your earning preference in your member profile, look out for this section:
You can change your earning preference as often as you like, before any stay.
We would recommend that if you’ve only got a one-off stay at a Best Western property, you opt to earn frequent flyer points instead.
However, if you think you’ll stay regularly, Best Western Rewards points can be used for free nights, or transferred to select frequent flyer programmes at better rates.
If you find that you’re missing Best Western Rewards points or frequent flyer points, you can make a claim here, providing your stay was not more than 6 months ago.
Best Western Rewards
You’ll earn a minimum of 10 Best Western Rewards points per $1 USD spent, for up to three rooms per stay. Any promotional points earned will be added on top.
Your points will never expire.
To earn points, make sure you book direct – stays booked through OTAs, tour operators, and other special discounted rates are not eligible.
Pooling of points is available for those members who share the same residential mailing address.
You can earn Best Western Rewards points on stays that have occurred within 30 days before enrolling in the programme, simply by contacting Best Western Rewards. You’ll be asked to provide your hotel receipt and Best Western Rewards member number, dates of applicable stay, and reservation confirmation number.
You can also earn Best Western Rewards points with the following partners:
- Alamo (3 points per $1 USD)
- Avis (1,000 points per rental)
- Budget (1,000 points per rental)
- Enterprise (3 points per $1 USD)
- FTD Flowers (1,250 points per purchase)
- National (3 points per $1 USD)
- Sixt (1,000 points per rental, or 2,000 per limousine transfer)
- Teleflora (1,000 points per purchase)
Frequent Flyer Points
You can earn Qantas Points on stays in Australia and New Zealand simply by showing your membership card when you check-in.
In Australia, you’ll earn 3 points per $1 AUD spent. In New Zealand, you’ll earn 600 points per stay.
Alternatively, you could earn miles with a range of other partners such as those listed below:
- Alaska Mileage Plan (250 miles per stay)
- American Airlines AAdvantage (250 miles per stay)
- Asia Miles (250 miles per stay)
- Avianca LifeMiles (250 miles per stay)
- British Airways Avios (500 Avios per stay)
- Iberia Plus Avios (500 Avios per stay)
- KLM/Air France Flying Blue (250 miles per stay)
- Lufthansa Miles & More (500 miles per stay)
- Virgin Atlantic (500 miles per stay)
- United Airlines Mileage Plus (250 miles per stay)
You can also convert Best Western Rewards points to miles, which is an option that we explore later in this guide.
These are the key redemption options that us Kiwis have access to.
Option 1: Global Free Room Nights
This standard free night award allows you to enjoy a free room night at any Best Western hotel. There are eight point-redemption levels, starting as low as 8,000 points.
Some properties in the 8,000-point category include the Best Western Kamala Jimbaran in Bali:
And the Phuket Ocean Resort in Thailand:
Properties in New Zealand will require from 20,000 – 28,000 points for a one-night stay redemption – given how disproportionate this is to their average nightly rate, we would recommend saving your points and using them elsewhere.
Remember that points bookings come with booking flexibility and free refunds, so this should be factored into any price comparisons that you do.
Free room nights can be booked for others also, and not just yourself – though you’ll need to call Best Western to make a booking for friends/family.
Option 2: Best Western Travel Cards
If you want a little more flexibility in how you spend your points – e.g. akin to a “points + pay” offering – you can redeem points for a travel card, that can be used towards the cost of your stay at any hotel worldwide.
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We’ve provided the value per point as a point of reference that allows a comparison to the standard free room night redemption option.
Option 3: Shopping and Entertainment Gift Cards
There are a large range of shopping gift cards available for redemption, though most are for Australian stores.
NZD currency cards available include:
- The Warehouse
- Mitre 10
- Noel Leeming
Most gift cards will have a value of 0.59c per point.
Option 4: Transfer points to frequent flyer programmes
You can redeem 5,000 Best Western Rewards points for 1,000 miles with programmes like Asia Miles, Avios, AAdvantage, Avianca LifeMiles, and United MileagePlus.
See this page for more information, including a wider range of partners than those listed above.
You should expect it to take at least 10 business days for points to make it into your frequent flyer account.
Should I earn frequent flyer points direct, or convert later?
This is a question that is worth some thought, particularly if you have status with Best Western Rewards and will be staying at their properties regularly.
For example, a base member could choose either 250 Asia Miles per stay, or 10 Rewards points for each $1 USD spent. At a transfer ratio of 5:1, the latter is the equivalent of earning 2 miles per $1 USD spent.
Thus if your stay will cost over $125 USD, you’ll ‘earn’ more miles by opting to earn Rewards points, and then converting. Cheaper stays will see you earn more miles by opting to earn directly.
Though if you’ve got Diamond Select status thanks to a status match, you’ll be earning the equivalent of 3 miles per $1 USD. This means you’ll only need to spend more than $83 USD before you’ll ‘earn’ more miles by opting to earn Rewards points, and then converting.
But remember – in all cases, you’ll need at least 5,000 Best Western Rewards points before you can convert to points/miles. Thus, if you think your stay at a Best Western is a one off, opt to earn points/miles direct instead, so you’re not left with an unusable account balance.
Low Rate Guarantee
Best Western offer a low rate guarantee, though it is only available for hotels in North America.
You can find the full list of Best Western offers here.
If you haven’t already, start by joining the programme for free here.
There doesn’t seem to be a great gap in value between redeeming Best Western Rewards points on stays, or converting to points/miles, which is a positive of the programme.
If you’re opting for miles, aim for Qantas Points or Asia Miles, which are more useful to us here in New Zealand.
And, as always, keep an eye on your inbox and the Point Hacks website for current offers and bonus points promotions from Best Western and other loyalty programmes.
All images courtesy of Best Western and associated brands.