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BRG is a way of getting compensation for finding a cheaper rate then the one offered by the hotel website.  Compensation varies greatly by the hotel brand policy. It can be in the one following: first night free, gift cards, matched rate with an additional percent discount as well as bonus points.

Hotel brand/ site compensation policy
Please note: most will match the rate plus give compensation.
Choice hotel : $50 VISA gift card plus rate matched (US residents) OR first night free plus rate matched (non-US residents). It goes by the address you write on the reservation so if you Write down an Israel (or anywhere non U.S) address, you're good
Ihg: first night free (note that only the lowest avaliable IHG rate regardless of terms will be considered)
Best Western: rate matched plus 100$ BW traval card
Marriot: 25% off matched rate
Hyatt: 20% off matched rate
Hilton: 25% off matched rate
SPG : 20% off or 2k SPg points
Expedia: $50 credit toward next reservation
Priceline: $50 towards next reservation
Orbitz: Refund the difference plus $50 in Orbucks


How to find a brg claim
Search for the hotel and dates of your choice and then the fun begins.
Hotel price comparison web sites are great way of finding BRGs. Some of the following work very well:

TripAdvisor.com
Hotelscombined.com
Trivago.com
Wego.com

If you want some tutorial articles about how BRGs work, how to find them, how to match them, and all the details, go to http://brgdeals.blogspot.com/ and read the articles.

The site run by a guy named David, and he also finds BRGs and posts them there. So If you don't want to start making one yourself, just go to his site, search for the city you need and see if there are any current BRGs available. You can also be spontaneous and look at his most recent finds (he posts new ones almost daily), although you may have not planned a trip, but if you can get it free (or discounted) hey why not.

How to claim a brg
You do need to book the hotel first and then file a BRG claim.  Just search the hotels/ third party site for a best rate gaurantee policy and you should be able to find a link to a brg claim form. Be aware that room and conditions need to be a perfect match.
As they often find ways to wiggle out of this policy it's not advised to book a non refundable room unless you would have stayed there regardless.


Redeeming brgs
No  diff as to the form of compensation ( discount or free night) redeeming Is all the same. Your reservation will look like a standard reservation except it will be either discounted or show a 00.00 balance. Most hotel receptionists aren't familiar with brgs and automatically assume that it's a points stay.


Why I love choice brgs
Choice hotels include brands like quality inn, comfort inn, rodeway and of course the ascend collection. They are fairly easy when it comes to approving claims as long as you stick to the following:
- 1 claim per household per 30 days
- price match before taxes (ymmv on this one)
- your claim is submitted / approved 72 hours before your scheduled stay
However even within those policy's there are plenty of loop
Holes.



When Posting a brg please use the following Example format:

BRG claim for: Choice Hotels
Hotel Name: comfort suites
Hotel Add: 320 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, US, 60601
Room Type: Queen Suite
Room Rate:197
Better rate found: Hotelscombined.com
Better Rate: 127
« Last edited by shmuelg on December 16, 2016, 10:48:12 AM »

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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2009, 08:33:53 AM »
Has anyone ever pricematched a starwood hotel? I know the T&C of the wyndham BRG is that it must be a $.25 difference. Does starwood do that different? I found a 4 cent difference and want to get my 2000 points out of it:)

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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2009, 01:32:56 AM »
Does anyone know of any chains that still offer free first night / best rate guarantee?

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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2009, 02:21:34 AM »
Does anyone know of any chains that still offer free first night / best rate guarantee?


This is pretty much dead...

There are none (to my knowledge) that are as easy as wyndham was...check out this site: http://bestrateguarantee.blogspot.com/

They are on top of the whole thing and there's plenty of reading there on this topic.

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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2009, 12:45:16 AM »
from my experience the e*pedia coupons once given are not retracted meaning once you do a price match you can cancel the stay and keep the $50 coupon towards you next stay not so bad if you want to do really cheap you can get 60-70 $ hotel rooms for 10-20 $ a night

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Marriott look no further
« Reply #19 on: June 28, 2012, 01:04:46 PM »
I know people generally don't like to pay for hotel rooms, but marriott's look no further best rate guarantee is pretty good. Find a lower rate within 24 hours of booking and they match it plus 25%
And they are really good about honoring it.
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Re: Marriott look no further
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2012, 02:02:42 AM »
And they are really good about honoring it.

Any personal experiences?

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Re: Re: Marriott look no further
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2012, 10:36:33 AM »
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Re: Marriott look no further
« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2012, 07:02:26 PM »
Care to elaborate?

What did it take to get a price matched, making a phone call, sending an email?

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Re: Re: Marriott look no further
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2012, 07:04:34 PM »
Care to elaborate?

What did it take to get a price matched, making a phone call, sending an email?
Filling out the form. Search google, it'll come up. Response pretty quick
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Re: Marriott look no further
« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2012, 02:03:09 PM »
Now have experience with best western.
They price match and give $100 bw gc. Can either call or submit a claim online. They actually respond pretty quickly but a REAL PAIN to get approved. They first denied me because I clicked through kayak. Canceled that reservation and rebooked and submitted a new claim. They them tried to deny because they said it's a different room type- their website says that duvet covers and extra pillows are included. I laughed and explained that it's the same room (had to argue a little). He said he'd resubmit and later got a call that I was approved
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Re: Marriott look no further
« Reply #25 on: July 12, 2012, 02:08:04 PM »
what are the odds of finding the room at marriott cheaper on another site?

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Re: Marriott look no further
« Reply #26 on: July 12, 2012, 02:11:47 PM »
Actually pretty good (especially when there are a few marriott's around). Just look on kayak and see if you see a different price on one of the sites they  show as opposed to the marriott site..really doesn't take a lot of time or effort
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Price Match Guarantee for Hotels
« Reply #27 on: November 21, 2012, 02:37:42 PM »
Post your price match experiences did you find it worth it or waste of time?

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