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WorldHotels Rewards:

Attractive new rewards program for luxury hotels

by Neil McPherson

5 October 2019

Initial thoughts

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.

Many of the desirable features of Best Western Rewards are included in WorldHotels Rewards (WHR). I particularly like:

My only disappointment is that award night stays will not count towards attaining elite status .
Hopefully the points requirements for stays will be reasonable. If it is, this will be a very attractive program for folk preferring to stay in luxury properties that feature the more personal touch of an independent owner.

The reasons why? Read on.

About WorldHotels

WorldHotels Collection is a curated collection of independent hotels. The group’s focus has been on upscale and luxury hotels, with each hotel required to achieve and maintain 100 points of quality criteria.

As discussed earlier, in mid-February 2019, Best Western announced that it had acquired WorldHotels™ . Following the acquisition, the rewards program of WorldHotels closed and a new loyalty program scheduled to be launched in late 2019. I had thought WorldHotels would be integrated into Best Western Rewards. This is not quite the case. WorldHotels Rewards is the new loyalty program, separate from Best Western Rewards, but with a design that borrows heavily from it.

Of their 300 properties around the world (most destinations located in either Europe or Asia), unfortunately only these 100 are participating in the WorldHotels Rewards program.

The similarities with Best Western Rewards

The similarities are:

The differences

Differences from Best Western Rewards include:

WorldHotels Rewards Redemptions

Awards charts for free nights are yet to be released. Points redemptions are currently available for only the following.


WorldHotels appears to working on building its list of redemption options. We look forward to seeing the points requirements for stays and other options.

Rewards Offers

Currently there is a generous launch promotion for 4x points on all stays completed by the end of 2019 at the 100 participating properties.

Another promotion open to not only members is for “extended stays” with a minimum of 4 nights. Special rates and extra amenities, including breakfast, apply.

There is also a SeniorCitizens promotion that for a minimum stay of 2 nights, provides up to 20% off plus breakfast. You'll also get 500 Miles, free WiFi and the ability to select one extra perk from a list.

Conclusions

WorldHotels is one of my top 5 hotel groups for almost any type of traveller seeking luxury stays with a more personal touch.
For a comparison against other major hotel rewards programs, please see our Best Hotel Rewards Programs comparison.

If you like, you can join the new WorldHotels Rewards program now. It's free to join.