Can Best Western Corporate Rates really save you money on your hotel booking?

Posted on September 18, 2016 by in Travel Deals


What are Best Western Corporate Rates?

Corporate travelers can often benefit from cheaper stays with select hotel brands and this includes Best Western. Corporate discounts work by negotiating a discount – if a company has a large footprint in the area of the hotel the discount is likely bigger. The reverse is also true.

If you travel for business, it’s possible to get a lower rate by booking your Best Western stay in advance online using a particular code. Depending on hotel availability, your negotiated rate may not be available on the requested dates and not all corporate codes work with all properties.

Some companies have their own dedicated corporate page on the Best Western site – for example, you can find the General Electric page here and the one for Ford here, which both automatically add the relevant corporate code to your booking for you.

Best Western Corporate Rates

Using the same url formats, we tried to guess the pages of other businesses, but it didn’t work unfortunately.

Corporate rates are usually stated as strictly only for corporate use by employees, so they are to be used at your own risk, especially as you may need relevant ID when checking in.

How do I use Best Western Corporate Rates?

You can easily add the code to your online reservation from the homepage; click on the box that says ‘Special Rates’, click on ‘Corporate Rate’ and then enter your code in the box:

Best Western Corporate Rates

There seems to be very few codes listed online, so your best bet may be asking your own company which code you should use.

For our tests, we chose the Best Western Plus St. Charles Inn on April 18th, 2017. It comes out at $299.99 plus taxes and fees for the Flexible Rate and $269.99 for the Best Western Rewards member rate:

Best Western Corporate Rates

Most of the codes we tried for our test booking worked to give us one single discount of 10% off the member rate:

  • 00322510 General Electric (shows as ‘Secondary Preferred’ rate) $242.99 – save 10% ($27)
  • 01399660 Touchstone Energy (shows as ‘BBW Preferred’ rate) $242.99 – save 10% ($27)
  • 01402610 Joe’s House (shows as ‘BBW Preferred’ rate) $242.99 – save 10% ($27)
  • 01353080 FedEx (shows as ‘BBW Preferred’ rate) $242.99 – save 10% ($27)
  • 00101841 Ford (shows as ‘BBW Preferred’ rate) $242.99 – save 10% ($27)
  • 01388930 California Institute of Technology (shows as ‘BBW Preferred’ rate) $242.99 – save 10% ($27)

One corporate code came out at the same price as the member rate:

  • 01476170 Best Business Worldwide (shows as ‘BBW Preferred’ rate) $269.99

The corporate rate was not available for our test booking with this code:

The Corporate ID number came up as invalid for these:

What else do I need to know about Best Western Corporate Rates?

It’s always useful to compare the corporate rate you’re using with other rates on the Best Western website, so you can see exactly how much of a discount you’re getting. In this instance, the only discount we found with our test booking was 10% off the member rate, although you may well get a much better saving when searching other dates or properties.

We found very few codes available online and couldn’t find a definitive list anywhere, so you may need to find one for your company with a Google search. Some codes can be found on FlyerTalk, Hotel Corporate Codes or Fat Wallet. If your business isn’t listed on any of the sites that you check, you could ask HR if there is a corporate code that you can use or contact Best Western.

Keep in mind that many hotel brands are extremely vigilant about codes being abused and if you try to check in without proof that you are entitled to use a corporate code, you could lose your place to stay or end up having to pay the rack rate instead!

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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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