Points - hotels
Best Western makes elite status in its Best Western Rewards program easier to attain for 2021. Requirements have been halved for 2021,
so you get there twice as fast!
|New Qualifications for 2021*|
There will be no downgrades in elie tier levels through January 31, 2022.
If you attain a new elite tier level in 2021, you will maintain that tier level through March 31, 2023.
The perks for elite tiers in Best Western Rewards aren't the most compelling (although breakfast is included). However if you stay primarily in budget/family oriented accommodation it can work well for you.
The program does work very well for Australian travellers staying outside the major city centres. Regional centres usually offer at least one option, whereas the major chains may not offer anything (different in the US I know). For these travellers and similar, it can make a lot of sense to accumulate BWR points.
You can always later leverage your BWR tier status into a similar tier in another program. See here for more details on what you might achieve with a status match from your current BWR tier status.
SLH is one of our favoured programs and for a short time, you can save up to 40% at 100 SLH destinations! Get some sun on your bones
at Viceroy Bali, Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives, Aleenta or Keemala resorts in Phuket, La Casa Que Canta in Mexico or the Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Wellness resort in Mauritius (pictured above, sourced from Leonardo Worldwide Corporation) .
Perhaps a stay in a location that has an interesting history in itself, like either the luxurious Fortress Resort and Spa in Sri Lanka or the Tom Tom Suites at the Old Franciscan House in Istanbul.
For fans of snowsports, there are options like the Kristiana, Lech in Austria.
So, you're bound to find something that will be a memorable stay.
Act soon to ensure that you don't miss out. Note that you must book by 3 January 2021 for stays until the end of June 2021. Other Terms and Conditions apply, so be sure to read them on the page that this article links to.
Get twice as many HIlton Honors points when you buy or gift at least 10,000 points before 31 December 2020. That's a whopping 50% discount
The annual limit on the number of points you can purchase has been temporarily increased to 160,000 - and the bonus points don't count towards this limit.
This brings the purchase price down to USD 5 per thousand. What could you do with this? Read on to learn more.
Get 50% more Marriott Bonvoy points when you buy or gift at least 2,000 points before 22 December 2020. That's a 33% discount !
The annual limit on the number of points you can purchase has been temporarily increased to 150,000 - and the bonus points don't count towards this limit.
This brings the purchase price down to USD 8.33 per thousand. What could you do with this? Read on to learn more.
Qantas and Accor have announced a deeper partnership that will see mutual members of their loyalty programs being able to double-dip for
rewards points in the APAC region.
The newly minted crossover feature is scheduled to launch mid-2021.
While similar to other crossover programs (eg Marriott and both Emirates and United; Shangri-La and Singapore Airlines; Hyatt and American Airlines), it will be the first partnership of its kind between an airline and hospitality group in the Asia Pacific region.
Will it be an attractive feature? Read on for our thoughts.
A pleasant surprise for some Bonvoy members this summer will be the point savings from property re-classifications that have been deferred. There remain opportunities with 16 properties - if you know where to look.
There was an article in Le Figaro (later syndicated through Reuters) saying that Accor was looking closely at IHG with a view to takeover or merger. How would that look ? Where are the overlaps? What might it mean for the respective programs of Accor Live Limitless and IHG Rewards Club?
Our regular update on the world of hotels and their loyalty programs. Best Western sneaks in a points devaluation - possibly related to WorldHotels | Hilton offers a new way to redeem points (but don't) | Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt all running points offers with discounts, but do they offer value?
While the benefits for elite tiers aren’t especially exciting (mainly the tier bonuses for faster points accumulation), the properties themselves are in the up-scale and luxury range and remain attractive for that reason.