The Best Rate Guarantee blog writes the up changes to the TripRewards Best Rate Guarantee program. Some are reasonable, some less so, though naturally none make the program stronger for consumers trying to use it.
As many here know, the Best Rate Guarantee program by TripRewards (now Wyndham yadda yadda) has been the strongest among the hotel chains. Find a lower rate, get a night free at the property, and not too many hassles involved.
Now they say the lower rate needs to be at least 25 cents less (no more $69.99 rates beating their $70 price). Fair enough, but it was a good trick for sure! The rooms are now non-transferrable. Perfectly fair. But they’ll now limit you to one a month (of course if you travel with a spouse or friend it amounts to two a month). They want to limit their exposure, of course, but do they guarantee their site has the lowest rate or not? They still offer the strongest guarantee among the chains, but they’re making it ever so slightly less lucrative. No more hotel hopping to live rent free, that’s for sure! And they’ve added a new clause where they can cancel rooms which had valid claims in the event of fraud or abuse, which preusmably they get to define, I don’t like the ambiguity here – it just strikes me as a weasel clause.
All that said, I’ve never use their Best Rate Guarantee because I tend not to like to stay in Ramada and Days Inn properties. But that’s just me. It’s a great value for those who do, and the Best Rate Guarantee Blog is a great place to learn more as well as uncover opportunities for those great stays. (Though it’s unclear to me that the changes in rules are being driven by that blog as they claim, as opposed to places like Flyertalk, but I’m willing to go with it.)