What Is Best Western Elite Status Worth? January 2017 | Real World Machine

What Is Best Western Elite Status Worth? January 2017

Elite status within the Best Western Rewards program is straightforward, if not all that exciting. Generally speaking, the only major difference between the elite levels are increased bonus point rates.

Real World Machine values Best Western Rewards points at 0.6 cents each, after factoring in the large number of properties they offer, the fact that they have few upper upscale and luxury redemption options, and reasonable award night availability.



Elite Status Value

Best Western Rewards Elite Status Value
Gold $16
Platinum $71
Diamond $157
Diamond Select $310

Best Western Rewards offers four published elite tiers: Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Diamond Select. You earn elite status based on nights, stays, or spending in a given year. Non-elite members earn 10 points per dollar spent on qualifying stays.

Related: How much are my Best Western Rewards points worth?

Assumptions

Valuations are provided for each elite status level below and assume that (1) you already have the respective elite status for point bonus purposes and (2) that you hit the minimum threshold needed to achieve the status. If necessary, values are rounded up to the nearest dollar. Valuations do not include the regular non-elite-bonus points you earn for Best Western spending, since you would get these points regardless of your elite status.

As always, elite status valuation can often be more of an art than a science…and certain benefits may be more or less valuable to you than the average passenger.


Gold = $16

This valuation is based on having Gold status, staying 10 nights at Best Western hotels during the year, and spending an average of $100 per night. You need to reach 10 nights, 7 stays, or 10,000 base points ($1,000 spending) to achieve Gold status.

I should also note that the main Best Western Rewards webpage says Gold members get a recognition gift at check-in and are eligible for room upgrades, but the full Terms and Conditions do not provide for this benefit at the Gold level.

10% Point Bonus = $6
The 10% point bonus works out to receiving one extra point on top of the ten regular points per dollar spent. Valuing Best Western points at 0.6 cents a piece, you will earn a bonus of 1,000 points, worth $6, during your travels.

Priority Phone Number = $10
While not a huge perk, you do get priority call handling for all of your (re)booking needs when you call into customer service. Given the likelihood that you’ll manage your reservations online (or need to call a property directly), I am valuing this benefit at $10.

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Platinum = $71

This valuation is based on having Platinum status, staying 15 nights at Best Western hotels during the year, and spending an average of $100 per night. You need to reach 15 nights, 10 stays, or 15,000 base points ($1,500 spending) to achieve Platinum status.

15% Point Bonus = $14
The 15% point bonus works out to receiving 1.5 extra points on top of the ten regular points per dollar spent. Valuing Best Western points at 0.6 cents a piece, you will earn a bonus of 2,250 points, worth about $14, during your travels.

Priority Phone Number = $13
This is the same as the Gold benefit. Since you’re traveling more, you may get marginally more use out of this benefit.

Recognition Gift = $14
In theory, you are supposed to get some sort of recognition gift (e.g., snack and/or beverage) at check-in. I will generously assume that properties will be consistent with this benefit and that you had seven stays, with each gift being worth $2.

Room Upgrades = $30
In theory, again, you can get upgraded to nicer rooms; specialty rooms and suites are specifically excluded. Given that Best Western hotels are independently owned and operated, this benefit is pretty hit or miss, and it availability can depend a lot on the property’s management. BW Premier Collection hotels do not offer upgrades. I assume that you will get upgrades for three of your nights for a 20% upgrade success rate, and value the upgrade at an average of $10 per night.

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Diamond = $157

This valuation is based on having Diamond status, staying 30 nights at Best Western hotels during the year, and spending an average of $100 per night. You need to reach 30 nights, 20 stays, or 30,000 base points ($3,000 spending) to achieve Diamond status.

30% Point Bonus = $54
The 30% point bonus works out to receiving three extra points on top of the ten regular points per dollar spent. Valuing Best Western points at 0.6 cents a piece, you will earn a bonus of 9,000 points, worth $54, during your travels.

Priority Phone Number = $15
This is the same as the Gold benefit. Since you’re traveling more, you may get marginally more use out of this benefit.

Recognition Gift = $28
This is the same as the Platinum benefit. Since you’re traveling more, you may get more use out of this benefit.

Room Upgrades = $60
This is the same as the Platinum benefit. Since you’re traveling more, you may get more use out of this benefit.

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Diamond Select = $310

This valuation is based on having Diamond Select status, staying 50 nights at Best Western hotels during the year, and spending an average of $100 per night. You need to reach 50 nights, 40 stays, or 50,000 base points ($5,000 spending) to achieve Diamond Select status.

50% Point Bonus = $150
The 50% point bonus works out to receiving five extra points on top of the ten regular points per dollar spent. Valuing Best Western points at 0.6 cents a piece, you will earn a bonus of 25,000 points, worth $150, during your travels.

Priority Phone Number = $20
This is the same as the Gold benefit. Since you’re traveling more, you may get marginally more use out of this benefit.

Recognition Gift = $40
This is the same as the Platinum benefit. Since you’re traveling more, you may get more use out of this benefit.

Room Upgrades = $100
This is the same as the Platinum benefit. Since you’re traveling more, you may get more use out of this benefit.

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What Is Best Western Elite Status Worth? January 2017
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What Is Best Western Elite Status Worth? January 2017
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Learn more about Best Western Rewards elite status with a breakdown and description of elite status benefits and their values.
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