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The card is NO longer issued by Barclays. The new card issuer is First Bankcard, an offshoot of the First National Bank of Omaha.
I’ll explain the details of the new offer. And help you decide if it’s right for you!
Emily and I don’t earn a commission on this card, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!
About the Best Western Rewards MasterCard
The bonus is tiered, so you won’t earn it all at once, like with other cards. Instead, you’ll earn:
- 25,000 Best Western points after you spend $2,500 in the 1st 3 billing cycles
- Another 25,000 Best Western points after you spend $5,000 in the 1st 6 billing cycles
- 20,000 Best Western points when you spend at least $10,000 during each 12 billing cycle period
So you’ll have to spend $10,000 on purchases to get the full sign-up bonus. But you’ll have 12 billing cycles to do it.
You’ll also get:
- 20X Best Western points per $1 you spend at Best Western hotels (10X Best Western points for being a Best Western Rewards member, and 10X Best Western points per $1 you spend at Best Western hotels)
- 1X Best Western point per $1 spent on purchases
- Automatic Platinum elite status, which gets you 15% elite bonus points per stay, and best available room at check-in
- 10% discount on paid stays at bwrcarddiscount.com
The annual fee is $59, but is waived the 1st year.
There’s also a no annual fee and business version of the card, both with a sign-up bonus of 20,000 Best Western points.
Where Can You Use Best Western Points?
Link: Best Western Hotels
There are ~4,000 Best Western hotels worldwide, and over half of those are in the US. So if you travel domestically, it’s easy to find a Best Western hotel.
Note: Best Western does NOT publish an award chart. But you can use AwardMapper to find out how many points you’ll need at Best Western hotels.
Some of their hotels make good options for family vacations.
After taxes and fees, you’ll save ~$203 by using 24,000 Best Western points.
24,000 Best Western points saves you ~$250 on a 2-night stay here. Read my tips about how to get to Orlando with Small Money!
You can also use Best Western points to visit other countries. For example, you could stay near the Louvre in Paris at the Best Western Premier Louvre Saint Honore.
There are also many Best Western hotels in small towns and rural places throughout the US. So if you are traveling for business, on a road trip, or visiting family where there are NOT other hotel chains, a Best Western might be your best choice.
Keep in mind some Best Western hotels don’t cost very much, so you’re better off saving your points for more expensive stays, like in Europe or in popular tourist destinations.
Not a Card From the Usual Banks
This is a good card to get if you have a lot of cards from other banks, like AMEX or Chase. Because it’s issued by the First National Bank of Omaha, you can still get sign-up bonuses from other banks when they pop up!
Is This a Good Deal?
Link: Citi Hilton Visa
Link: Chase IHG Card
Link: Chase Hyatt Card
Some folks might not want to commit to spending $10,000 within a year to unlock the full 70,000 Best Western points sign-up bonus on the Best Western Rewards MasterCard. Although there are many ways to meet the spending requirements, there are lots of other hotel credit cards that might be better options, depending on your travel goals.
For example, the Citi Hilton Visa earns 75,000 Hilton points after spending $2,000 in purchases within the 1st 3 months of account opening. Read my review of the card.
Or you can earn 60,000 IHG Rewards points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening a new Chase IHG card. Read about how to get the most travel from this card.
And folks looking for Big Travel might prefer the Chase Hyatt card, which earns 2 award nights at ANY Hyatt hotel (and a $50 statement credit) after spending $1,000 in purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account.
We had a great stay at the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris.
Also remember that AMEX Membership Rewards is a transfer partner of Best Western Rewards with a 1:1 transfer ratio. So if you want Best Western points and do NOT want to meet the $10,000 minimum spending requirement to get the full sign-up bonus, you can open a card like the AMEX EveryDay Preferred or AMEX Premier Rewards Gold instead.
You’ll also have the advantage of having multiple air and hotel transfer partners, which will give you more flexibility with your travel plans.
And all of these cards have much lower minimum spending requirements!
You can earn up to 70,000 Best Western points with the new offer on the Best Western Rewards MasterCard. There are Best Western hotels all over the world, and in towns that don’t have many other hotel options.
I prefer other hotel credit cards, like the Chase Hyatt card, or the Citi Hilton Visa to get Big Travel with Small Money. Some folks may have a hard time managing the $10,000 spending requirement to get 70,000 Best Western points, but both of these cards have much lower requirements.
Emily and I won’t receive a commission if you decide to apply for the Best Western card, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals!