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Update: Best Western Rewards is maintaining the same elite status requirements for 2022 as it did in 2021. This post has been updated to reflect the latest info.
If you're a Best Western Rewards member, we have some good news. Best Western is making it easier than ever to move up in status by halving their elite status requirements again in 2022. This means you can move up to Diamond Select status after only 25 nights — or 20 stays.
Best Western Slashes 2022 Elite Requirements
Most hotel loyalty programs are making it easier to earn elite status in 2022. There are two main ways programs are doing so: earning double elite credits or slashing the requirements. Best Western Rewards went with the latter, halving the tier status requirements. Here's a summary of the elite qualifications for 2022:
- Gold: 5 nights or 3 stays or 5,000 points
- Platinum: 7 nights or 5 stays or 7,500 points
- Diamond: 15 nights or 10 stays or 15,000 points
- Diamond Select: 25 nights or 20 stays or 25,000 points
If that still seems like a lot of nights at a Best Western hotel, don't forget that Best Western is currently matching elite status from many hotel brands.
Best Western Rewards Elite Benefits (They Aren't Great)
It might be easier than ever to move up the statuses with Best Western Rewards, but Best Western elite status isn't worth chasing. I mean, it's nice to move up the statuses, but the benefits are lame. The only real benefit is to earn more points, which breaks down as follows:
- Gold: 10% bonus points
- Platinum: 15% bonus points
- Diamond: 30% bonus points
- Diamond Select: 50% bonus points
In addition to the bonus points, you get a complimentary bottle of water and perhaps a granola bar upon check-in. However, Best Western points out on their website that, due to recent changes, the bottled water is not available at check-in at all locations. So much for those extra few cents you could have saved.
I should also mention that Best Western Rewards points never expire, which is a plus to the program. For what it's worth, any status you achieve in 2022 will be valid until March 31, 2024.
Using Best Western Elite Status to Get Other Elite Statuses
There's one potential benefit to moving up the Best Western Rewards statuses, and that's status matching with other programs. Considering how easy it is to get higher statuses with the halved qualifications, it might be worth using this route to match to Hilton Honors Diamond status or another hotel program.
Of course, by staying with Best Western enough to earn elite status, you're be missing out on collecting your points in the other programs. But, depending on your upcoming stays, this might be a good option for you.
For an idea of where you might be able to match, check out the “Reports for leveraging status with Best Western Rewards” section on Status Matcher.
As you can tell, we don't think that Best Western Rewards is the best program. However, if you are a member and are looking to move up in the status ranks, definitely take advantage of the lower requirements this year. And if you haven't tried out the status matching yet, give it a go and let us know if you're successful.
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