Best Western Huge devaluation!

Old Nov 16, 19, 7:57 pm
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Best Western Huge devaluation!

Saw it in Reddit . Just Copy&Paste


Looks like there was a Best Western point devaluation at select hotels.

Just looking at July and August at the Banff BW, it cost 70,000 points per night. (Last week it was 36,000), June remains at 36,000 per night, meanwhile September cost 56,000 points per night.

If you have any plans to book with BW, now might be a good idea, as more devaluations could be coming . You can always cancel!

Wow !

It seems they added new categories at 40K, 56K and 70K

Maximum amount of points used to be 36,000pts per night.

It still says that 36K is the maximum in their FAQ : Free nights range from 8,000 to 36,000 points !

Not the first time Best Western devaluates its program without any anouncement.


Almost a 50% devaluation at certain hotels!

BW is still updating the website, many hotels I click on show 36,000 points on the list of hotels, but once you click on a specific hotel it shows the new rate.

Yeah I saw the Tofino one now is 70K/night during summer... used to be 20K in low season and 36K in high season...

This is badly managed by BW





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Old Nov 19, 19, 7:40 pm
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I only use BW if I need a low cost option. If there isn't a Hilton or IHG brand hotel at a decent prices within range, then I look at BW.

Rewards never play into my planning. When I get points, I redeem them for a gift card I can use for gas or Amazon so I don't forget about them. Easy.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 7:57 am
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Originally Posted by ecgz88 View Post
Saw it in Reddit . Just Copy&Paste


Looks like there was a Best Western point devaluation at select hotels.

Just looking at July and August at the Banff BW, it cost 70,000 points per night. (Last week it was 36,000), June remains at 36,000 per night, meanwhile September cost 56,000 points per night.

If you have any plans to book with BW, now might be a good idea, as more devaluations could be coming . You can always cancel!

Wow !

It seems they added new categories at 40K, 56K and 70K

Maximum amount of points used to be 36,000pts per night.

It still says that 36K is the maximum in their FAQ : Free nights range from 8,000 to 36,000 points !

Not the first time Best Western devaluates its program without any anouncement.



Almost a 50% devaluation at certain hotels!

BW is still updating the website, many hotels I click on show 36,000 points on the list of hotels, but once you click on a specific hotel it shows the new rate.

Yeah I saw the Tofino one now is 70K/night during summer... used to be 20K in low season and 36K in high season...

This is badly managed by BW






Oh man, you're not kidding. I've had my eye on a London hotel for next summer and have been working to earn the points. The hotel, which was formerly the max 36K/night, is now 56K/night! Others are 70K/night! What the heck!! This stinks!

Ditto New York. I stayed in September at the BW Hospitality House for 36K/night. (Great hotel BTW.) Now it's 70k/night! Maybe 70K is their new max redemption?
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Old Nov 20, 19, 10:49 am
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mmm seems like high price areas seem to be impacted the most. That sucks though. Might just stick with redeeming for gift cards or transfer them to Southwest.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 11:25 am
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Originally Posted by wolfie52 View Post
I only use BW if I need a low cost option. If there isn't a Hilton or IHG brand hotel at a decent prices within range, then I look at BW.

Rewards never play into my planning. When I get points, I redeem them for a gift card I can use for gas or Amazon so I don't forget about them. Easy.
This is what I do as well.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 3:21 pm
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Wow...this is really crazy and not even an announcement about the devaluation!! From 36k max to 70k is an almost 95% increase!!

Just "spent" all my points on gift cards since I don't have a need for a BW in the near future and don't want for them to devalue my points some more.

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Old Nov 20, 19, 6:22 pm
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same here, I save some points waiting for redeem in US national park in future, right now looks like worth nothing, even their CC welcome bonus 50K can't get 1 night

Curious to see when the 2020 Daily Getaway sales comes, BW will continue to sell 10K points for $70, then who is gonna buy it?
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Old Nov 21, 19, 1:36 am
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Yep, that was the plan for my points, too...they have some decent properties near national parks. I checked a few that I stayed at before (for some time next year) and I definitely see the increase.
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Old Nov 21, 19, 7:56 pm
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This is extremely brutal to hear. I am really disappointed. They already switched to low and high season rates recently enough.

It's so brutal, that's probably why there is no public announcement. It would decimate them.
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Old Nov 22, 19, 1:00 pm
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I hope I will at least break even on the points I bought in this year’s Daily Getaway. I got about 1 cent per point in value in September but I doubt that will happen again.
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Old Nov 22, 19, 2:32 pm
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I didn't notice this until today. I had maintained a low 6 figure balance of BW points but fortunately was down to the high 5 figures in BW points before this sneaky devaluation. I was expecting my remaining balance to get me 3 decent hotel nights but may now have to count on a (perhaps now less likely) 10k/night promo or just cash them out.
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Old Nov 24, 19, 9:18 pm
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I booked a night in Palm Beach Lakes @24,000 points for January. Checked my reservation and it shows the booking remains confirmed at that point level, but when I look at booking a room at the same hotel today, it has gone up to 36,000 points. Will I be asked for more points at check in, or will they honor the original points rate at time of booking?
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Old Nov 25, 19, 10:03 am
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I booked a night in Palm Beach Lakes @24,000 points for January. Checked my reservation and it shows the booking remains confirmed at that point level, but when I look at booking a room at the same hotel today, it has gone up to 36,000 points. Will I be asked for more points at check in, or will they honor the original points rate at time of booking?
With the points being automatically redeemed by the system and not the property, your reservation will be guaranteed at the point level that you reserved with. At check in the reservation just states that the have been allocated for the reservation already. i highly doubt the property will go through the trouble but i would bring in a confirmation and just state that it was only 24K when you booked.
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Old Nov 29, 19, 5:17 am
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Status match earlier this year to diamond elite or whatever they call top tier. 10 nights YTD. Pursued the free night award for a few stays earlier this year and the 2 night promo ending in October. Still waiting for the October stays reward to post. The free night bonus promo run on occasion entices me to stay. Never signed up to accumulate points, so the devaluation does not bother me. We all know to expect wide variation between properties, but the non compliance between hotels and the program terms they write make it easy to skip in the future. I can see how you can find an occasional favorite BW, but.....the program itself has very limited appeal.
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Old Nov 29, 19, 10:43 am
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Another aspect I see with changes:




Some hotels are 5,000 points per night. This is new low rate from 8,000 points.




But I also see multiple points rates at some hotels with higher category rooms priced at higher reward rate. One of the perks of BWR in past years was the ability to book higher category rooms and even suites at whatever the standard reward rate was for that date.
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