Palestine is Eligible For Current Best Western Promotion — But Israel is Not?

N obody reads the lengthy terms and conditions of a promotion — right? After all, who has the time?

As I was researching the latest promotion offered by Best Western — where you can save up to 15 percent off of the flexible rate for eligible stays through Sunday, November 20, 2016 at participating Best Western branded hotel and resort properties when you book your reservation at the advanced purchase rate plan — I noticed something interesting in the 171 countries, territories and regions which are listed in the terms and conditions of this promotion as participating:

Palestine instead of Israel?

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: Best Western.

Palestine is listed as a participating territory in those terms and conditions of this promotion; but Israel is nowhere on the list — even though there is a Best Western Regency Suites hotel property located in Tel Aviv, whose country address is officially Israel; but I cannot find a hotel or resort property based on the search term Palestine.

Palestine is Eligible For Current Best Western Promotion — But Israel is Not?

Not that there is anything wrong with including Palestine but excluding Israel from the list; but I just find that a little bit odd. Does this mean that residents of the current state of Palestine can participate in this promotion; but the hotel property in Israel is not participating in this promotion? Does it mean that the writer of the list of 171 countries, territories and regions in the terms and conditions of this promotion — replicated after the end of this article below — is calling what is currently known as Israel Palestine? Could this be nothing more than a simple error or oversight pertaining to the omission of Israel from the list?

Then again, Antarctica is also included on the list — which is also odd to me. To my knowledge, no human being — other than scientists and researchers — lives there and are considered residents of that continent; and Best Western does not have a hotel or resort property located there from which you can save 15 percent on your room rate or earn 1,000 bonus Best Western Rewards points.

I also doubt that there are many penguins who are members of the Best Western Rewards frequent loyalty program.

Well, one thing is for certain: North Korea is not participating in this promotion, as it is not on the list. Staying at the Best Western Pyongyang is not a possibility at this time — primarily because that hotel property does not exist…

…but Eritrea — which is considered one of the most censored countries in the world and supposedly the only one more so than North Korea — is on the list. Turkmenistan is not on the list.

Promotion Details

Promotion registration is not required to receive the discounted rate of up to 15 percent, which is available only at participating hotel and resort properties. The discount of up to 15 percent — as well as the reservation cancellation and modification policy — will vary at each individual hotel or resort property.

Additionally, you will earn 1,000 bonus Best Western Rewards points — there is no limit to the number of booking bonuses you can earn during the promotion period — if you:

  1. Book a reservation for an eligible stay during the promotion period at the:
  2. Provide your Best Western Rewards frequent loyalty program account membership number at the time of booking the reservation
  3. Register for the promotion prior to the first eligible stay; and
  4. Complete the eligible stay during the promotion period:
    • If you reside in a participating country
    • At a Best Western branded hotel in a participating country if you reside outside one of the participating countries

Select Terms and Conditions

This promotion offer may not be combined with certain other offers, promotions, or discounts; and is subject to cancellation or change without notice. Allow four weeks after the completed qualifying stay for posting of the Best Western Rewards booking bonus points to your account.

An eligible stay is defined as any stay of one or more consecutive nights at the same Best Western branded hotel or resort property where you can only check in and check out one time per eligible stay. Eligible stays started before or completed after the promotion period — but which include at least one night which occurs during the promotion period — will be considered eligible stays under the promotion.

Other terms and conditions apply.

Exceptions of an Eligible Stay

Exceptions of an eligible stay include ones booked:

  • Through an online travel agency
  • Through a tour operator
  • At a special discounted rate (see Best Western Rewards program rules for further information on eligibility criteria)


I was hoping to secure an overnight rate at the Best Western South Pole hotel property, as Antarctica is on the list — but no locations appear in the search; so I suppose that that hotel property does not exist. Darn it.

Compare room rates carefully before you participate in this promotion. I randomly checked one hotel property on a random date and found that you can secure the American Automobile Association membership rate for the exact same price — but without having to pay in full for the reservation in advance.

Fall promotion save 15 percent get 1,000 points 2016

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: Best Western.

There were also some random cases where there were better room rates that what were offered for this promotion. If you are going to participate in this promotion, be thorough with your research to ensure that you have indeed scored the lowest room rate.

Regardless of the location of either the hotel or resort property — or the residency of anyone who wishes to participate in it — this promotion is nothing about which to get excited, in my opinion, which is one reason why I will not participate in it. However, earning up to a maximum of 70,000 Best Western Rewards points — which can get you as many as eight free hotel room nights or $250.00 worth of gift cards as two of many examples — while potentially saving up to 15 percent on room rates is better than nothing, I suppose…

Source: Best Western.

Participating Countries, Territories and Regions

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla – St. Kitts
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Bouvet Island
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chad
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Comoros Island
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands/Malvinas
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji Islands
  • Former USSR
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Heard and McDonald Islands
  • Iceland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Marshall Island
  • Mauritania
  • Mayotte
  • Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Pitcairn Island
  • Puerto Rico
  • Republic of Palau
  • Rwanda
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis Anguilla
  • Saint Lucia
  • Sao Tome Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles Islands
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Saint Pierre Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent Grenadines
  • Sudan
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Minor Outlying Islands of the United States
  • Uganda
  • United States
  • Vanuatu
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wallis Futuna Islands
  • West Indies
  • Western Sahara
  • Western Samoa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • East Timor
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indian Ocean Islands
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Uzbekistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Argentina
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

8 thoughts on “Palestine is Eligible For Current Best Western Promotion — But Israel is Not?”

  1. TxAg says:

    Iraq and Iran and Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are not included either. Get over yourself…

  2. Tom says:

    Understand your concern and normally you would be right., this time you did not do the good job you usually do- Greece is not on list and a few BW in Greece

    1. Brian Cohen says:


      …wow, Tom — I wonder why Greece would be omitted from the list…?!?

  3. Guest says:

    “Not that there is anything wrong with including Palestine but excluding Israel from the list”

    Then whays the point of this whole article… despite what is left of Palestine, it is still NOT part of Israel so get over it

  4. JamesP says:

    “Does this mean that residents of the current state of Palestine can participate in this promotion; but the hotel property in Israel is not participating in this promotion?”

    Palestine is not a state. It was never a state. The name came from the ancient greek who occupied that piece of land. The British came and reinstated the name and by that caused a huge mess – the same way they did in Africa and in the far east. Palestjne will never exist. It’s a piece of land which was occupied from Jordan and has ex-Jordanians living in it, and another piece of land that was conquered from Egypt and has ex-Egyptian people who reside there.

  5. Nai says:

    Congratulations for doing your part to spread division over a nonissue by using a completely unnecessary title

  6. keitherson says:

    I want five minutes of my life back. If there was a reason for Israel to not exist, this blog post would be it.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I will make you a deal, keitherson: you give me back the five seconds it took for me to read your lovely, thoughtful and constructive comment — plus the 55 seconds it took for me to reply — and I will personally guarantee that you get your five minutes back.

      My one minute for your five minutes. I believe that is rather fair.


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