Pay With Points: A New Way to Use Your Best Western Rewards Points

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Best Western Rewards has just launched Pay with Points, allowing you to partially pay for your stay with rewards points at select hotels in North America.

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Until now, the primary way to redeem your Best Western Rewards points was to save up enough points to cover a full night at a hotel. Rooms range from 5,000 to 70,000 points a night, depending on the property type and location.

The new Pay with Points option allows you to partially pay for the first night of your stay using points, starting at 5,000 points and going up in 1,000 point increments. Every 1,000 points you redeem using Pay with Point is worth $5, starting with the minimum 5,000 points valued at $25.

Minimum redemption amount: The option to Pay with Points will only show up when booking if you already have at least 5,000 Best Western Rewards points in your account. If you don't have enough points, you can purchase more points at the rate of 1,000 points for $10. But, that's not a great option. Through the Pay with Points option, you'll only save $5 when applying those 1,000 points.

Earning points on stays: You will still earn Best Western Rewards points on the portion of your stay you pay cash for. General Best Western Rewards members earn at a rate of 10 points per $1 spent. So, if you book a room for $80 and use 5,000 points to save $25, you will earn 550 Best Western Rewards points on the remaining $55 you paid for in cash.

Eligible locations: There are currently 11 hotels in Canada and 94 in North America offering the Pay with Points option. More hotels will be added in the future. Click here for the full list of participating hotels.

Our Take

The new Best Western Pay With Points option values points at 0.5 cents each. This isn't the best use of your points; you should be able to get better value when you use points to completely pay for your stay. However, it's nice to have another option for using your points.

The value of this promotion will really depend on which property you're staying at, how many points you have in your Best Western Rewards account, whether you have enough to cover the room completely with points, etc.

Don't forget the other promotions Best Western is currently offering. You can earn 2,000 bonus points on your next stay, plus get up to a $100 gift card.

What do you think about Best Western's new Pay With Points option?

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  • Luis Paulino says:

    I am pleased that the AwardWallet adds a hotel like Best Western to its points program. The more opportunities that can be included in this program, the better it is for us as travelers. I have stayed at this hotel with my family for several years because of its services, access and comfort, also I plan to stay this year in Miami-Doral/Dolphin to take advantage of the low prices and at the same time the points that I can add to accumulate them.

  • Best Western… very aspirational indeed. Ugh. I think fixed-rate are a better option in almost all cases.

  • Glad that they are offering this option. But hope they stop the bleeding on reward redemption devaluations for a free night. 70,000 points per night is almost double what the old highest rate used to be (36,000). That’s a hefty increase.

  • given the travel restrictions I welcome any way to burn points

  • I had best western points sitting around forever since I didn’t have enough to redeem. I just haven’t been motivated to stay there since the other hotel reward programs have so much better benefits. Maybe I can finally use them for once.

  • Though a better value is to use points for the entire stay, it is nice to have options. Hopefully they’ll expand this to all hotels in the Best Western Brand.

  • It’s nice to have another option. Other hotel companies have this and it’s good that they have this too.

  • Haven’t stayed at a best western in ages, glad to hear there keeping up with technology!

  • It is not quite easy to accumulate 5000 points with this program though.

  • Looks like a poor value and not something that would be a very good use of your points unless you had just a few thousand points left in your account with no other way to spend them anyway…..

  • lindray t veloso says:

    Great Article. Very informative. What is the best way to earn Best Western Points?

  • Omar giammarino says:

    Seguimos con las buenas noticias.que pase pronto está situación para poder disfrutar

  • I am glad to be traveling again, not glad about trying to regain status…!