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With 4,700 hotels in 100 countries and territories around the world, Best Western Rewards Program is part of the third largest hotel chain after Marriott and Hilton. You can book every kind of accommodation from economy lodging to upscale hotels, though the chain is mostly known for its budget-friendly properties.

If you travel domestically, it’s a good hotel group to be loyal to because it has over 2,000 properties in North America. Hotels and resorts in the chain can also be found in Asia, Australia and Europe, as well as Central and South America.

The Best Western rewards program portfolio consists of  Best Western-branded properties including Best Western, Best Western Plus, Best Western Premier and the BW Premier Collection, BW Signature Collection and Executive Residency by Best Western, as well as the Aiden, Glo, Vib and Sadie properties under the BW brand.

The hotel chain also represents the World Hotels Collection, which are curated independent properties under the Crafted, Distinctive, Elite and Luxury brands in that collection. The SureStay Hotel Group can also be booked through Best Western and includes affordably priced  short- and long-term stays under the SureStay, SureStay Plus, SureStay Studio and the Surestay Signature Collection.

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Rewards Program Perks and Elite Tiers

The Best Western rewards program offers benefits during stays, and the opportunity to earn bonus points and additional perks through elite status. The biggest program benefit for elites is the opportunity to earn bonus points. A downside of the program for some is that the chain doesn’t partner with any of the popular transferable points programs like American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards.

The program may not be as robust as some other hotel chains which offer more perks, but if you have elite status with another chain you should take advantage of the hotel chain’s status match. You’ll keep that status through January 31, 2022, since the hotel is extending elite status for all its members through then due to pandemic.

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The Best Western Rewards program has a basic Blue level of membership that you get just by signing up. You earn 10 points per dollar spent at properties in the hotel chain, and you also get other perks like access to an exclusive reservation line, and early check-in and late check-out if available. It doesn’t cost anything to join and comes with many of the perks that elites get.

You earn elite status through room nights, qualifying stays or points earned each year. After 10 nights, seven stays or once you’ve accumulated 10,000 points, you get  bumped up to Gold status and earn 10% in bonus points for your stays. 

You’ll become a Platinum elite after 15 nights, 10 stays or 15,000 points, and earn a 15% point bonus. Diamond elite status requires 30 nights, 20 stays or 30,000 points a year, and that will get you a 30% point bonus. 

Diamond Select is achieved by frequent guests who stay for 50 nights, 40 stays or when they earn 50,000 points. You also get complimentary water and welcome points on arrival at all four elite levels.

  Benefits at a Glance Blue Gold Platinum Diamond Diamond Select
Bonus Points for Eligible Stay 10 points per dollar 10% 15% 30% 50%
Points Never Expire Blue Benefit Gold Benefit Platinum Benefit Diamond Benefit Diamond Benefit
No Blackout Dates Blue Benefit  Gold Benefit Platinum Benefit Diamond Benefit Diamond Benefit
Exclusive Reservation Line Blue Benefit Gold Benefit Platinum Benefit Diamond Benefit Diamond Benefit
Free Night Redemptions Count Towards Elite Status Blue Benefit Gold Benefit Platinum Benefit Diamond Benefit Diamond Benefit
Early Check-In / Late Check-Out Blue Benefit Gold Benefit Platinum Benefit Diamond Benefit Diamond Benefit
Complimentary Water and Points Upon Arrival   Gold Benefit Platinum Benefit Diamond Benefit Diamond Benefit
Enjoy your current tier level3 through January 31, 2022   Gold Benefit Platinum Benefit Diamond Benefit Diamond Benefit

Nights   10 15 30 50
Qualifying Stays   7 10 20 40
Points   10,000 15,000 30,000 50,000

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Credit Cards

The quicker way to get elite status and also earn up to 120,000 points is by signing up for the hotel chain’s co-branded credit card.

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The Best Western Rewards Program Premium Mastercard, issued by First Bankcard for US residents, will give cardholders automatic Platinum status and the opportunity to rack up enough points for seven free nights, based on an average redemption of 16,000 points a night. 

You earn 80,000 points when you spend $3,000 on the card in the first three billing cycles, and an additional 40,000 points when you reach $5,000 in spending a year. The card has an annual fee of $89 that is not waived the first year.

This card allows you to earn 20 points per dollar spent at Best Western properties, which includes 10 points earned as a basic Rewards Club member and 10 bonus points. It offers a 10% discount on bookings. You’ll earn two points per dollar on all other purchases made with this card, and there are no foreign transaction fees.

The hotel chain also has a co-branded credit card for Canadian residents that comes with automatic Gold status in the hotel chain’s program. The Best Western Rewards Mastercard is also issued by First Bankcard, and it offers 40,000 points when you spend $1,000 in the first three billing cycles, and 20,000 points when you spend $5,000 in the first 12 billing cycles. That’s enough points to book three or more free nights depending on property redemption rates.

You’ll earn 13 points per dollar spent at Best Western properties with this card, two points per dollar on all other purchases, and a 10% discount on room rates booked using the card. There are no foreign transaction fees, and there is no annual fee to hold the card.

Other Ways to Earn

As a member of the Best Western Rewards Program, you can also earn bonus miles in a frequent flyer program when you book one of 25 partner airlines. You earn from 250 to 500 miles in the airline program or 8,000 kilometers in Club Premier.

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Best Western rewards program partners with Aeromexico’s Club Premier, Aer Lingus’ AerClub, Air France’s Flying Blue, Air Canada’s Aeroplan, Alaska Mileage Plan, Alitalia’s Millemiglia, Asia Miles, Asiana Club, Avianca LifeMiles, British Airways Executive Club, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Iberia Plus and Vueling Club frequent flyer programs.

You can also get discounts and/or earn hotel points in the hotel program though its car rental partners, which include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National and Sixt. Most of them offer a 25% discount and 1,000 miles per rental.

The hotel chain does not have a lot of shopping partners that let you earn points, but you can get 1,250 miles on Teleflora purchases over $29.99 and 12,500 points if you join the Vinesse Wine Club.

Redeeming Points

Points never expire, there are no blackout dates, and free reward nights count towards elite status. Best Western doesn’t publish an award chart, but there are eight levels of room rates for point redemptions that range from 5,000 to 70,000 points per night depending on the property and location. 

You can purchase room night vouchers using points in Best Western’s redemption mall. You’ll need to call reservations and book in advance to use these vouchers. You can also buy Best Western Travel cards for future domestic stays at a rate of 2,000 points for a $10 voucher, or 1,500 points for $10 CAD for use in Canada.

If you’re short on miles for an airline miles redemption, you can go through the mall and use your BW points to buy miles at a rate of 5,000 to 6,000 points for 1,000 to 1,600 miles in a partner program. It’s not the best transfer rate, but is useful if you need just a few thousand points to secure an award flight.

Your points can also be traded in for a CAA roadside assistance membership that also offers discounts at over 160,000 restaurants, attractions and retail stores worldwide. It will cost 16,000 points for a one-year basic membership that is valued at $74.

You can also choose to trade in BW points for Amazon vouchers for use in the US or Canada. For US shoppers, you’ll get a $50 e-voucher for 16,000 points. A $50 card for use on in Canada costs 12,000 points. You can also buy prepaid Mastercards for the same amount of points and cash as the Amazon vouchers in each country.

Reward points can also be donated through the mall to 10 charities that include Make a Wish and the American Red Cross. You can redeem points in increments of 500 points for a $2 donation.