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The first week of this year’s Daily Getaways comes to a close today and it’s closing with a little bit of a whimper rather than a bang. Today’s deal (yes, there’s only one) centers on Best Western Rewards and anyone needing to top up an account can try to do so at 0.55 cents per point.
Today’s one and only deal looks like this:
At $55 for 10,000 Best Western Rewards points, this sale is offering points at 0.55 cents each and as with yesterday’s Wyndham deal, this isn’t a deal that’s going to excite very many people.
I value Best Western points at 0.5 cents each so this isn’t a particularly bad sale – it’s just a boring one – and despite my valuation, it should be possible for fans of Best Western properties to get a bit of value if they can snag one of today’s deals.
Best Western doesn’t publish an award chart but we know from experience that award bookings start at around 5,000 points per night, that they can cost as much as 70,000 points per night, and that most awards cost somewhere in between.
What this means is that no one should be buying points today with the expectation of being able to book an award night (easily) with just the points purchased in the sale but as I said earlier, there’s still value on offer here if you’re topping up an account.
Here’s an example of what I mean:
The Yosemite Way Station Motel in Mariposa (CA) is a popular place to stay with people visiting Yosemite and on a randomly selected date in March, a standard room can be booked for $269 + taxes or 40,000 points.
Once you add in the taxes to the $269 nightly rate, the cost of the standard room rises to $304…
…and this means that anyone choosing to pay with points rather than cash would be extracting 0.76 cents of value out of every point they use. That’s not bad if a lot of the points being used to make the booking have been earned organically or purchased for 0.55 cents each.
Clearly, it’s possible to buy points at 0.55 cents each in this sale and then proceed to get terrible value out of them by making a series of poor decisions, so if you’re not interested in putting in any effort into making sure that you make the most of any points that you buy, please don’t take part in today’s sale – you’ll be throwing money away.
What You Receive: 10,000 points deposited in your Best Western Rewards account
Dates of Travel: Anytime – points don’t expire
Max. Quantity per Purchase: No more than five sets of points purchased through this offer are allowed per loyalty number.
Make sure you check all the terms and conditions which you’ll find on the Daily Getaways page.
At 13:00 ET today, a new Daily Getaways promotion will go live and Best Western Rewards points will go on sale at 0.55 cents each. Whether or not this is a worthwhile deal will depend on how likely you are to stay at a Best Western property and at what property you’d like to stay.