Points for BW Travel Card

Old Jan 8, 20, 8:34 pm
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Question Points for BW Travel Card

It's been years since I've had activity with Best Western, and I see that it could work for an upcoming stay to be with them. I see that my points could get a $50 Travel Card. Some things that aren't that clear on the site:
  • Is a "Travel Card Virtual," as it sounds, something that doesn't call for a card to be snail-mailed? Is it something emailed and printed out, or something a property would call up on my account to discount the booked rate?
  • What is the meaning of "Elite Offer," giving the $50 card for 11K rather than 12K points? If it requires elite status, my long-dormant account shows me as Blue. Years ago I was given something better in a status match.
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Old Jan 10, 20, 10:30 am
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The travel card will be emailed and you will need to print it out. I'm not sure about the status question. You will need to book a non-prepaid rate to use the travel card. The best option is to use one of the corporate codes published in the "hotel deals" wiki on this forum. Safe travels.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 8:53 pm
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Thanks for the one reply. For the record, I emailed BW Rewards about the "Elite Offer." After a couple of days, they asked me to send my mailing address to verify my identity, not that my question was especially sensitive, and then said I needed a higher status to get the Elite Offer. I suppose that if I'd tried to get that card online, I'd have been blocked, but I had the slight worry that I could have printed it and then been told at check-in that the award was useless. As little as I've used BW, I guess the extra 1000 points in cost won't make a big difference.
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Old Jan 12, 20, 12:03 am
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In my experience, most Best Western Hotels that you can get for 12000 points are generally around 50 to $60 a night if you pay money. So buying the travel card with points is effectively the same value and will give you more flexibility. There has been an overall devaluation, and I don't see any 8000 Point hotels left. There really aren't all that many at 12,000 anymore. So, I think buying this travel card will be a decent exchange. And again, a corporate code will help you reduce your rate while maintaining the ability to use the travel card for payment.
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