If you are a status member of another hotel program such as Hilton, IHG, Marriot Bonvoy etc., you can officially match your status to Best Western Rewards Platinum or Diamond level.
To apply for the status match you will have to fill out a status match form on Best Western’s website. At this point you do not even have to provide proof of your other status but you may be asked later on.
- Club Carlson Gold → Diamond
- Le Club Gold → Diamond
- Le Club Platinum → Diamond
- Priority Club → Diamond
- Hilton HHonors Gold → Diamond
- Hilton HHonors Diamond → Diamond
- Scandic Friends 3rd Floor →
- Accor Le Club Silver → Diamond
If you proceed with a status match, please let us know in the comments what status you have applied with and what status you have been matched to.
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There are 3 status levels with Best Western Rewards:
You will reach this status level after 7 stays, 10 nights or 10,000 points in one calendar year. After achieving Gold status, you will receive 10% more points on your stays.
If you happen to do 10 stays, 15 nights or 15,000 points in one calendar year, you will reach Platinum status. After achieving that, you will get 15% more points on your stays, an upgrade depending on availability and a small gift when checking in.
The only difference between Diamond status and Platinum status is a higher points bonus of 30%.
You would usually need to do at least 20 stays, 30 nights or 30,000 points for this status level. All benefits are applicable from your next stay on.
Your matched status is valid until the end of the following year. Example: If you match your status in July 2019, your status will be valid until December 31, 2020.
Points & Benefits
If you have a status with another program, you will know about this: You can only collect points, stays and nights with stays that were directly booked via Best Western. Additionally all status benefits will only be granted if you book that way.
To be more precise: Bookings via Expedia, eBookers, booking.com etc., will not give you any status benefits nor any points or eligible stays and nights.
Here is a part of Best Western Reward’s terms and conditions that makes it very clear:
EARNING POINTS FOR STAYS
All stays are eligible to earn points (“Eligible Stays”) with the exception of the following (Non-Eligible Stays”):
Stays booked through online travel agencies (“OTAs”), such as priceline.com, expedia.com, travelocity.com, booking.com, kayak.com (i.e., channels other than Best Western branded booking channels);
Stays booked through tour operators; and
Stays booked at special discounted rates, such as employee rates, FIT/wholesale/net rates, motorcoach/bus rates, crew rates, BWR free night awards rates (FX rates), or discounted rates for stays longer than thirty (30) nights.
While the status levels of Best Western do not come with amazingly huge benefits, it is still a “nice to have” status match that you should consider if you stay at Best Western properties even once in a while.