If you don’t want to spend all your travel budget on accommodation, there is an option for those who do not want to stay in hostels and prefer the comfort of hotels. Taking advantage of hotel promos (and hotel rewards programs as a whole) can be an effortless way to save money.
Here’s another example of an easy way to save money that is related to Travel Hacking, but doesn’t require credit cards (but you still should get started with Travel Hacking, we will have a tremendous free introductory course for beginners in a few weeks when we relaunch our Travel Hacking section, so sign up to our free waiting list to be the first to get access).
The Best Western chain of hotels is currently offering a special $20 gift card promotion for the summer. So if you booked a summer getaway on Flytrippers’ cheap flight deals page or plan on going on a roadtrip, you could easily save $20!
It’s not a completely free night like those you can easily earn (I’ve redeemed dozens myself this year alone). And it’s far from being the best hotel promo (last year I got 5 nights at the Hilton in Bali for the equivalent of $5 in Points per night with a truly fantastic Hilton promo). They rarely run the best promos during the peak summer period…
But it’s a promo that is very easy to take advantage of. We want to show that Travel Hacking doesn’t necessarily have to involve credit cards and can sometimes be very simple.
Even if it’s not as rewarding, it’s still better than not getting anything at all… that’s why if you like to travel, you should really join our Travel Hacking list. We’ll have great content to maximize the amount of free travel for those who don’t want things to be too complicated (because yes, it’s still possible to easily earn hundreds of dollars of free travel each year even by keeping it real simple).
Teaser: Simple Hotel Rewards Tip
To reward you for your patience while we put together the best Travel Hacking guide in Canada and to convince you that you’ll get more great tips by signing up to our free Travel Hacking newsletter, before telling you about the hotel promo I want to share a teaser.
It’s for those who want to get free travel, but want it to be extremely simple.
Did you know that simply by booking through Hotels.com, you’ll get 1 free night after every 10 nights you stay. No matter the hotel chain, you’ll get 1 free night that you can also use anywhere.
No need to worry about chains, rewards programs rules or points: you spend 10 nights and then you’ll get 1 free night. Super simple. The value of your free night will be the average price of your 10 paid nights, the equivalent of a fixed 10% back.
It’s usually not as lucrative as the hotel chains’ own rewards program, but it’s infinitely simpler. No need to stay loyal to a chain, no need to learn all about their program; it’s perfect for those who don’t travel often enough to want to complicate things by being loyal to one chain.
It’s a far cry from the Sign-Up Bonus of up to 12 free nights in beautiful hotels that the Marriott Bonvoy Card gives you, which we’ve talked about before (since it’s one of the best deals out there for Canadian travelers).
But some people find it too complicated to plan a trip around those specific destinations (we’ll have new content to help you out with that by the way). It’s like anything else in the world of travel (or life in general actually): it can either be convenient, or it can be cheap. We plan on making it as easy as possible for you with our Marriott Guide, but if you prefer, the simple Hotels.com rewards program is certainly as easy as can be.
Just be sure that the Hotels.com price is as low as on Booking.com, which is often the case. In fact, it can even be up to 10% higher and you’ll still come out ahead with Hotels.com compared to Booking.com (which we love for its filters and search options, but if the chosen property is available at Hotels.com within 10% of the price, we’ll book there instead).
Personally, I try to stay in Marriott hotels as much as possible as a Platinum Elite Member. But whenever I book non-chain hotels, I always try to book with Hotels.com to add to my stash of free nights (like right now on my current trip in Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia and Senegal, where there are no Marriotts).
We’ll have a detailed guide about this very simple Hotels.com rewards program for our Travel Hacking newsletter subscribers, so sign up today, it’s completely free.
Hotel Promo Basics
Hotel chains offer free-to-join loyalty/rewards programs.
And unlike with flying, you can actually accumulate free nights pretty quickly without credit cards, by staying a couple of nights in a chain’s properties (flying will not earn you many Points, unless you do it extremely often or on extremely expensive tickets, hence the need for credit cards).
Credit cards are still great for free hotel nights, as we just mentioned with the Marriott Bonvoy Card.
But you can (and should) maximize even further with your paid hotel stays too.
With hotels, the regular earn rate is usually pretty good, and there are often special promos too, like the one we are sharing today.
Best Western $20 Gift Card Promo
As mentioned, it’s not the best deal ever, but a free $20 is still better than nothing.
Best Western doesn’t usually have the most rewarding promos (with Marriott and Hilton you can sometimes earn a free night with just 2 paid nights during promos, which is amazing given the value of that free night). But since many of you are probably planning on spending at least one night in a hotel this summer, if only for a long weekend getaway, it’s easy to unlock.
You get a $20 Best Western Travel Card after just one night. This promotion lasts until September 2, 2019, and there’s a limitation of one gift card per member during the promo period.
To get the gift card, you need to book on the Best Western website, and you have to be a registered member of the Best Western Rewards program (it’s free to join of course, like all rewards programs) and to complete at least one eligible night.
You’ll receive the $20 gift card in 1-2 weeks after you’ve completed your stay as a virtual gift and you will then be able to redeem it for a future trip. The gift card expires in 120 days, and it will have the exact expiration date stated on it. Once you receive the gift card, you can use it at any Best Western location in the world or go on a nearby weekend getaway since there are so many Best Westerns.
You can also read all the details of the promo.
So you can easily get a free $20 gift card for another stay either later in the summer or into the fall if you planned on staying one night in a Best Western Hotel this summer, or really in any hotel in fact.
That’s because Best Westerns are widely-available and are often very competitive on price, so for a free $20 it could be worth staying at a Best Western rather than a non-chain hotel if it’s the same price. And there are many BW properties here in North America, which is where many of you are headed for the summer season, and they usually offer free breakfast too.
We encourage you to take advantage of this offer and most importantly, we encourage you to sign up for our new free Travel Hacking newsletter. We will be sharing even better promos that this one in the fall and also some amazing hotel tips to stay in great hotels for free thanks to Points, which is something both Flytrippers co-founders love to do and is much easier than it might seem.
About Best Western Rewards
Operating over 4,000 hotels in 100+ countries worldwide, Best Western International is one of the largest hotel chains in the world.
Best Western Rewards is their loyalty program, and we’ll have a detailed guide to maximizing it (along with guides for Marriott, Hilton, and IHG programs) when we re-launch our new Travel Hacking section.
The Best Western chain of hotels can be a valuable choice of accommodation for travelers – especially for those who primarily stay in the US and Canada. The $20 Best Western Gift Card promo is an excellent opportunity to get an easy discount for your next stay and be rewarded for a summer hotel stay.
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