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Daily Getaway June 10: Best Western Rewards Points

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American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called the Daily Getaways.

Each day we’ll hash out the details of that day’s deal to see whether it’s worth taking advantage of.

Today’s deal goes live at 1 pm EDT, and you can sign up for alerts if you’d like to be notified when the deals go live.

All of these promotions have the added benefit that you can save an additional 10% by purchasing with an Amex card, like the Platinum and Premier Rewards Gold, or even co-branded cards like Delta Gold and the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express.

Best Western Reward points
Best Western Reward points

Tuesday June 10, 2014: Best Western Rewards Points

The Platinum Card® from American Express

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  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
  • Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
  • No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
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Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A N/A $450 0% Excellent Credit
  • 10,000 Reward points for $65, 835 available

You can purchase up to five sets of Reward Points per membership number, for a maximum of 50,000 points for $325 ($292 with the Amex discount). Getting five sets is plausible since there is a lot of availability.   The Best Western website isn’t very user-friendly when searching by reward points, and the results I found were mostly discouraging. The Best Western City Hotel in Austin, Texas costs 24,000 points or $118 per night in July, coming out to 48,000 points or $236 for two nights.  Simply paying the $236 cash price is about 20% cheaper than using the purchased points in this case ($236 vs. $292 with Amex discount).   Same thing for the Best Western in Angkor Wat: the cost per night in July is 20,000 points or $96, or for two nights, 40,000 points or $192. Purchasing four Getaway deals to get the 40,000 points would cost you $260. Even with the Amex discount bringing that down to $234, you’re better off just using cash.

The Best Western PLUS City Center Quebec
The Best Western PLUS City Center Quebec

However, there were some worthwhile options. In Quebec City at the Best Western PLUS City Centre, room rates start at $224 per night in July or 24,000 points. In this case, you could purchase three Daily Getaway packages for $175 (with the Amex discount) and save about 22%.   Each Best Western property uniquely prices out the number of reward points required per night, whether it be a PLUS, Premier or just a run of the mill Best Western. Frustratingly, there’s no way to tell how many points are needed short of actually attempting to book the reward. I personally wouldn’t be interested in this deal, because I don’t typically stay at Best Westerns and in most cases it doesn’t seem to be worth it.

Airline Miles
Best Western points transfer into airline miles at 5,000 points to 1,000 miles in programs like American Airlines and Aeroplan. Southwest is 5,000 points to 1,200 Rapid Rewards points. If you were to max out the promotion at 50,000 points for $292, you’d be  getting 10,000 airline miles for a price of about 2.92 cents a pop- not a deal, especially since you can usually buy directly from the airlines and the transaction is much faster and hassle free. Transferring to Southwest would net 12,000 points (~$192 in Wanna Get Away fares) and they’d also count towards the Companion Pass, so I guess you could think about it like paying $100 for 12,000 Companion Pass Qualifying points (11% of the miles needed). Still not a great deal in my book when you can get 50,000 Southwest points from their Chase credit card.

This deal is only worthwhile if you know where you’re traveling, are sure you want to stay at a Best Western, and have researched the cost of redemption at that property beforehand on your travel dates to make sure the cost in points is less than the cash price.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

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  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent on the Card at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels. Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on International purchases.
  • Receive free in-room, premium internet access. Booking requirements apply.
  • Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights, all with no blackout dates.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
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Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 15.49%-19.49% Variable $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95. 0% Excellent Credit