Best Western is a relatively small mid-scale chain of just under 5,000 hotels around the US, Europe, Australia and more. Because of its smaller footprint, you might be surprised to learn that Best Western does boast its own rewards program.

Among some of the perks, members can enjoy status matches from other hotel chains, and the choice of earning Best Western Rewards points for free hotel night stays or earning airline frequent flyer miles instead.

Read on to learn more about the Best Western Rewards program.

How do I join Best Western Rewards?

Joining Best Western Rewards is free and easy. If you’re not already a member, then follow these steps:

  1. Head to the ‘Join Best Western Rewards’ page and enter the required personal contact details
  2. On the same page, choose between earning Best Western Rewards points or airline miles
  3. Click ‘Join’ and your enrolment is complete.
  4. Log in to your account while booking with hotels directly to take advantage of lower rates, and to earn points after your stay.

What are the Best Western brands?

The Best Western group currently has 10 different hotel brands within its portfolio. You can earn and redeem points on stays at GLō, Vīb, Best Western Plus, BW Premier Collection, Best Western Premier, Sadie Best Western, Best Western, BW Signature Collection, Executive Residency by Best Western and Aiden by Best Western.

How do I earn points at Best Western?

Earning rewards points on stays

You’ll earn 10 Best Western Rewards points for every eligible US dollar spent on your room including room service. If you’re an elite status member, you’ll get a 10-50% bonus, depending on your status tier.

Program features include the fact that points never expire, and that you can pool points into one account with other people living at the same address as yourself.

If you’re just short of points for a free night, you can top-up your account at US$10 per 1,000 points, up to a maximum of 20,000 points per transaction. Contact the Best Western Rewards Customer Service team for more info.

Earning airline miles on stays

You can instead opt to earn airline miles instead of Best Western Rewards points. Unfortunately, Qantas and Velocity Frequent Flyer aren’t a part of it. but you could earn miles with Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, or British Airways Executive Club.

Here is the full list as of October 2020:

Frequent flyer programMiles earned per stay
Aer Lingus AerClub500 Avios
Aeroflot Bonus500 miles
Air Canada Aeroplan250 miles
Air France/KLM Flying Blue250 miles
Alaska Mileage Plan250 miles
Alitalia Millemiglia500 miles
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles250 miles
Asiana Airlines250 miles
British Airways Executive Club500 Avios
China Southern Sky Pearl Club250 miles
Club Premier800 km
Czech Airlines OK Plus500 miles
Hainan Airlines250 miles
Iberia Plus500 Avios
Avianca Life Miles250 miles
Lufthansa Miles & More500 miles
Payback Germany250 points
SAA Voyager500 miles
SAS Euro Bonus600 points
Southwest Rapid Rewards600 points
Turkish Airlines250 miles
United MileagePlus250 miles
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club500 points
Vueling Club500 Avios

How do I use points at Best Western?

Using rewards points for stays

Best Western Rewards points can be used for a free night at most properties, without any blackout dates. Not only can you redeem a free night for yourself, but you could also gift it to family and friends!

The number of points needed depends on each property and ranges from 5,000 to 70,000 points per night.

Using points at the Redemption Mall

Alternatively, use your Best Western Rewards points at the Redemption Mall to make donations, get gift cards, or swap for airline miles.

The best value option is Best Western virtual gift cards, which cost 2,000 points per US$10. In general, 5,000 points will swap for 1,000 partner airline miles, though this may vary slightly.

Some redemption options for airline miles with Best Western Rewards points.

Should I select Best Western Points or airline miles?

The choice of earning Best Western Rewards points or airline miles comes down to personal preference and how much you’d usually pay for a stay. Let’s look at a few different scenarios.

If you pay US$100 for a stay, you’d normally earn at least 1,000 Best Western Rewards points, which would transfer to roughly 200 frequent flyer miles. Alternatively, earning airline miles directly would net you 250 to 600 miles for a stay, so this would be the better option overall.

But if you spent US$500 for a stay, you’d earn 5,000 Best Western Rewards points which generally transfers to 1,000 airline miles. However, when earning airline miles directly, you’d still only get 250-600 miles overall. In this case, earning the Best Western points may be better.

It’s a good idea to run the numbers for your particular stay to see whether the points or airline miles earned is the best fit for you.

What are the Best Western elite status levels?

Best Western Rewards has five status tiers, which are:

  • Blue
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Diamond
  • Diamond Plus

Unlike most other hotel status programs, Best Western Rewards introduces most of its perks at the Gold level. Subsequent higher levels only see a boost in the points-earning rate.

Best Western Blue

Requirement: just enrolment in the program

  • Exclusive reservations line
  • No blackout dates for free nights
  • Points never expire
  • Earn 10 points per US$1 spent

Best Western Gold

Requirement: 7 stays, 10 nights, or 10,000 base points

In addition to Blue benefits, you’ll get:

  • Room upgrade (not suites or specialty rooms)
  • Choice of thank you gift or points on arrival
  • 10% bonus points per stay

Best Western Platinum

Requirement: 10 stays, 15 nights, or 15,000 base points

In addition to Gold benefits, you’ll get:

  • 15% bonus points per stay

Best Western Diamond

Requirement: 20 stays, 30 nights, or 30,000 base points

In addition to Gold benefits, you’ll get:

  • 30% bonus points per stay

Best Western Diamond Select

Requirement: 40 stays, 50 nights, or 50,000 base points

In addition to Gold benefits, you’ll get:

  • 50% bonus points per stay

How do I get free Best Western status?

Best Western Rewards offers the ‘Status Match, No Catch’ program. Essentially, if you hold other hotel loyalty status, Best Western will match it free of charge and with no other conditions.

While you won’t get more much in terms of perks, having a higher Best Western tier means you could be earning more points for your next free night or points redemption.

How do I contact Best Western Rewards?

From Australia, call 1800 222 422 to speak to Best Western. From overseas, check the contacts page link for a list of local numbers.

Alternatively, complete the online customer service form to lodge a digital enquiry with the program.

Summing up

Best Western Rewards is an underdog loyalty program of sorts, offering a simplified ‘earn and burn’ proposition. It’s easy enough to earn points and use it for free nights, or eschew that completely and earn frequent flyer miles with a participating airline partner.

Best Western’s status levels aren’t that different (after all, this is a ‘value-based’ hotel chain). But given most people with existing hotel status will be able to get a status match without fuss, there’s no harm in doing so.

Frequently asked questions

How many points do I need for a free night at Best Western?

You will need between 5,000 to 70,000 points for a free night, depending on the individual property type and dates.

How much are 1,000 Best Western points worth?

The value of the points depends on what you use it for. For example, 1,000 points are worth US$5 if you redeem it for Best Western gift cards on the Redemption Store. If you wanted to buy points to top-up your account, then it would cost you US$10 per 1,000 points.

How do I best use my Best Western Rewards points?

The best use of Best Western Rewards points is generally for free nights at hotels, or for Best Western virtual gift cards on the redemption store. Both options net about US$5 per 1,000 points.

Your ultimate guide to the Best Western Rewards program was last modified: October 13th, 2020 by Brandon Loo