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From Best Western: Another Rate, Another Bonus

In theory, multiple promotions are a good thing: more options for getting more for your travel dollar. But there comes a point where too many choices lead to confusion and exasperation.

This rate-specific bonus for Best Western stays could provide you with the best possible combination of price and points. Or it could leave you wishing that there was a single bonus for booking at any and all rates.

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Through September 1, Best Western Rewards members can earn their choice of bonuses tied to various rates:

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Deal or No Deal

So, does it make sense to book the AAA rate to earn the extra 500 bonus points? Test bookings suggest that in most cases, the bigger bonus makes the AAA rate the better deal, even if it's not the best price.

At the Best Western Plus Dragon Gate Inn in Los Angeles, for example, the Flexible rate for a randomly chosen date in July was $179.95; the AAA rate was $160.16; the Best Value rate was $159.95; and the Web Special rate was $170.95. Here, the Best Value rate is actually the best price. But at less than $1 more, it might be worth booking the AAA rate to earn 500 extra Best Western Rewards points.

At the Best Western Inn & Suites at Chicago's Midway Airport, the Flexible rate was $109.99; the AAA rate was $98.99; the Best Value rate was also $98.99; and the Web Special rate was $104.49. In this case, the AAA rate is the clear winner: same price, more bonus points.

It's worth noting that in many cases, the Web Special and Best Value rate rooms were "sold out."

Paying more to earn more points is rarely a simple proposition. And with so many rates, varying by hotel and by date, a thorough understanding of your price-and-bonus options requires a spreadsheet and a fair amount of comparison shopping.

To many, such complexity is an argument in favor of simply booking at the lowest price and letting the frequent-flyer chips fall where they may.

This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.

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