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Best Western’s current promotion, which ends April 14, featured a free night after three stays.
Played right — three cheap paid stays to earn a free night at a pricier property — the offer could be a winner.
That offer’s successor, which takes effect later this month, has less to recommend it.
Between April 22 and June 9, Best Western Rewards members will earn a $50 Best Western Travel Card after three qualifying stays.
If all three qualifying stays are charged to a Best Western Rewards MasterCard, members will also earn 1,000 bonus points.
The bonuses may only be earned once per member.
Registration is required.
Deal or No Deal
Assuming all three qualifying stays are one-nighters at an average rate of $100, the $50 card amounts to a 16.7 percent rebate. The rebate percentage increases or decreases as the room rates fall or rise.
For most travelers, then, the rebate will be a modest one. And that Travel Card isn’t a cash-like gift card — the amount can only be applied toward Best Western stays.
Rewards members normally earn 10 points per $1 spent. So the earnings for three $100-a-night stays would be 3,000 points, and the 1,000 bonus points would be a 33.3 percent increase.
Not exactly triple or even double points.
Best Western partisans should certainly take advantage of the bonuses. But the promotion isn’t likely to move the needle for brand-agnostic travelers.
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