I hadn’t thought much about the Best Western Rewards Mastercard from Barclays, but I saw this offer on Flyertalk and it’s actually interesting:
– You’ll get 16,000 points after your first purchase.
– You’ll get 48,000 additional points after $1,000 spend in 3 months.
– No annual fee.
So after that $1,000 spend you’ll have 65,000 points – that’s meaningless to me because I’m likely not going to use that for the 4 free Best Western nights it offers.
But Best Western lets you transfer points to a number of airline partners — most offer 1,000 miles for 5,000 points (so 13,000 miles for this bonus).
But Southwest Airlines offers 1200 Rapid Rewards points for a 5,000 transfer, meaning you’ll get 15,600 Rapid Rewards points for this card. Given their new 70-points-per-dollar redemption rate on cheap fares, you’ll be getting about $222 worth of points – in many cases, that’s a round trip on Southwest (though not in as many cases as it used to be).
Having and holding no annual fee cards is a good move for your credit, and getting $200+ worth of Southwest travel for your trouble isn’t too bad either.