Hotel Chains That Offer Best Rate Guarantees

If you’re a loyal member of a hotel chain, you likely book your stays with that chain itself. Not only do you typically get a small discount, but you also receive all the status benefits. However, sometimes online travel agencies offer a better rate than you’re able to find on the hotel’s website. So, how can you get that rate and the perks?

Many hotel chains offer best rate guarantees that can help sway you into booking your stay directly. You must find the rate within 24 hours of making a reservation, and it can take up to an additional 24 hours to process a claim. In most cases, the offers must match exactly for the claim to be successful, including travel dates, room type, number of guests, length of stay, etc. For example, group rates or package deals aren’t eligible. However, if you put in the time to find them, you can have the best of both worlds.

Let’s take a look at which hotels offer the guarantee and what the terms are.

IHG Rewards Club

InterContinental Hotels Group recently changed its Best Price Guarantee policy by removing a free night offer and replacing it with quintuple points on the base room rate. In the past, the hotel offered the first night free to customers who found a better rate somewhere else, which worked even on one-night stays. You probably can see why the hotel changed its terms. IHG guests can earn up to 40,000 points per stay in addition to receiving the best price. For more details, go here.

To learn more about credit card rewards for this hotel and others, head here.

Marriott Rewards

Marriott Rewards members enjoy a discount of 2 percent on weekdays and up to 5 percent on weekends when booking online, mobile app, over the phone or via a reservation center. Marriott’s Look No Further Best Rate Guarantee will match the low rate found elsewhere and give you another 25-percent discount upon submission of an eligible claim. The same guarantee applies to properties in the Ritz-Carlton portfolios. For more information, check out Marriott’s page and Ritz-Carlton’s page.

To learn more about credit card rewards for this hotel and others, head here.

Hilton Honors

Hilton’s Best Price Guarantee is similar to Marriott’s Look No Further program. Hilton will match the lowest rate found within 24 hours of making a reservation and discount the stay by 25 percent after verifying a claim. Remember that you must find the exact same accommodations with an accredited travel agent for the lower rate to be eligible for the best price guarantee. For terms, click here.

Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood Hotels also offer their version of the best rate guaranteed. As with other chains discussed so far, the policy applies within 24 hours of booking. If you find a lower rate with another qualified website, Starwood will give you a choice of either 25 percent off your stay or 2,000 Starpoints. Keep in mind that the discount applies for each night, but the points apply per reservation. Depending on how long your stay is, you have to decide which one is more beneficial. For details, please follow the link.

World of Hyatt

As per Hyatt’s Best Rate Guarantee, if you book a stay and find a publically available lower rate than what’s listed on Hyatt’s website within 24 hours, you can submit a claim either online or by phone. If your claim is approved, Hyatt will issue you a one-time coupon code worth $50 toward a future stay. The credit will expire after one year and cannot be applied toward an existing reservation. For more information, visit this page.

To learn more about credit card rewards for this hotel and others, head here.

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham’s Guaranteed Best Rate is available to those guests who book a stay and find a lower public internet rate elsewhere within 24 hours of reserving a room. For every successful claim, Wyndham will match the rate and apply 3,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points to the primary guest’s account. For terms and conditions, click here.

Club Carlson

Club Carlson’s Best Rate Guarantee is similar to that of Marriott and Hilton. You must make a reservation on the brand website and submit a claim within 24 hours of booking a stay. Customer service must then validate your claim, and you will receive a price match plus an additional 25-percent discount on the room rate. For details and FAQs, please go to this page.

Have you ever filed a successful best rate guarantee claim with any of these hotel chains?

Anya Kartashova

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