Best Western Is Offering A $20 Gift Card For One Stay This Summer

While Best Western perhaps isn’t a fan favorite around here, I think it’s worth highlighting their promotions as well, especially given how reasonably priced many of their properties are. Not only can you score a great deal on a hotel stay, but you can potentially get an added reward on top of that.

Best Western Rewards is offering a $20 Best Western gift card after your first stay between May 21, 2018, and September 3, 2018. This is an interesting summer promotion for a hotel loyalty program to offer, since it doesn’t do anything to encourage repeat business. Rather it just encourages a single stay, and then another stay where you can redeem the gift card.

In order to qualify for the promotion, Best Western Rewards members must register for this promotion prior to their first eligible stay (though it’s fine if the stay was booked before you registered).

An eligible stay includes any rate booked directly with Best Western at a non-special discounted rate. Staying at any Best Western property worldwide qualifies for this promotion, and the promotion is valid for members worldwide (in the past they had restrictions surrounding this).

The gift card will be sent to members via email within 2-3 weeks of the completion of an eligible stay. Then the gift card will be valid for stays within 120 days of when it’s issued.

This is a promotion that’s worth taking advantage of if you plan on staying at a Best Western property anyway, though it’s hardly a reason to go out of your way to stay at one of their properties. Best Western has lots of budget hotels, so a $20 return can translate into significant savings, especially for stays of just one night. The biggest restriction with the gift card is that it has to be redeemed within 120 days of when it’s issued.

On one hand this is a smart promotion, since the reward is valuable for the first stay, but then also gives someone an incentive to come back within a few months. However, I do find it rather strange that there’s no incremental reward for stays beyond — I guess they’re really trying to engage those who aren’t otherwise very active in the program. During Best Western’s last promotion they offered a $10 gift card per stay, so my guess is that they’re running this promotion to see the results of the two promotions compare.

In a way they address this in the promo’s T&Cs:

Why doesn’t Best Western automatically register all existing Best Western Rewards members into the seasonal promotions?
Asking customers to register for promotions engages them into our Best Western Rewards program and to our brand, and ensures that Best Western is in their consideration set. It also helps us measure the effectiveness of our promotions allowing us to continue to promote some of the richest offers in the market today. We want you to have a choice.

Do you plan on taking advantage of Best Western’s summer promotion?


  1. I’d never stay in these shit holes. Checked into a BW Premier in Winston-Salem (NC) last year and the clerk was a dick and my room smelled like ass. When I complained they told me to shove it, essentially.

    I hope all Best Westerns burn down in a fucking fire, goddamn pieces of shit.

  2. If anyone can recommend a BW property that’s actually worth even $79/night, please tell me. I took advantage of an Amex Plat offer last summer of 2,000 MR points for $100 in room charges and stayed at the BW near FLL. Employees (intentional use of plural) had stains on their shirts like they hadn’t been laundered in years (the employees or the shirts…), the snacks for sale were kept in a locked room, the hallway carpets were beyond dirty, the room smelled of smoke and god knows what else (in spite of being “non-smoking”), the a/c was basically a fan for recirculating stale, warm air, and the TV could not be viewed from the so-called “sofa bed”, ie, prison cot, which might have been fun for watching TV with a hot felon, but the felons on my floor were anything but. It’s amazing that this room was the same price as a Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn, etc., which are obviously not luxury properties but are generally clean, functional, and pleasant for a night’s stay.

  3. I last checked in to a BW Plus in 2015 in YYZ, broke out from sleeping in the bed, went to desk to try to find out what laundry detergent they used, they didn’t know, then they gave me some new sheets that were covered in blood, they assured me this wasn’t a problem as it was “old blood” not “new blood”. When you can find a Hampton Inn that is clean nearby, no thanks.

  4. Jason has a point, even if he expresses it with vulgarity.

    Best Westerns aren’t very nice. I stayed in two last year — Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia — and there weren’t really any redeeming features to either. The staff was pleasant in Williamsburg, I suppose, but the free breakfast was so bad I went to a restaurant and paid on the second and third mornings.

    And, really, this isn’t comparing them with a better class of hotel. I’d take a Hampton Inn or a Holiday Inn Express, sight unseen, over a BW anytime.

  5. Buyer beware when it comes to Best Western. Some of their foreign locations are nice—Salzburg for example. However, their corporate customer service is beyond useless. Case in point, a BW in Scotland charged my card (not a preauth but an actual charge) for a reservation that wasn’t a prepay rate. When I needed to cancel, the hotel promised a refund then wouldn’t follow through and corporate admitted they couldn’t do a thing about it. Ended up needing to file a chargeback. A paltry $20 gift card isn’t nearly enough for that kind of nonsense.

  6. Not surprised to read all these reviews. I stayed at a BW in Berlin last March and the bathroom in my room was filthy. It smelled as if someone wiped his a** on the walls. Asked for a room change and the unprofessional clerk asked a cleaning lady to bring me a flower spray.

  7. London Vauxhall is pretty spiffy (for a Best Western) but tiny rooms. Wouldn’t go out of my way to stay at a BW for a $20 gift card.

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