When it comes to the credit card community, the hotels programs of choice include: Hyatt, IHG, Hilton, and Marriott. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t far reaching hotel programs that are worth talking about. This time, we look at Best Western, as they have made a pretty negative change in the way the points are valued.
We noticed that there has been an increase to the price of each category. Not too long ago, the highest possible price a room would go for is 36,000 points per night. That exact same room is now 70,000 points. What’s worse is that this change came out of nowhere, so there was no time for Best Western loyalists to prepare for it.
If the price of your favorite goods doubled in price, wouldn’t you like some advance notice before it does that? Imagine if next month your mortgage or rent payment just doubled in price; wouldn’t you like to know about that ahead of time? That’s my biggest problem with programs like these. I don’t know if they didn’t want to announce this because they knew it would get a lot of backlash, or if the higher ups just didn’t care.
Regardless, a change like this is huge, and pretty sad to see. While I don’t book nights at Best Western, I think it’s important for the people that do to know about these sort of things.
Were you a Best Western loyalist? How have the price changes impacted your stays at the hotel chain? Let us know down in the comment section below.