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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 #30 on: November 21, 2012, 09:42:24 PM »
Does anyone know if this is still being able to be done?
As in they will make the reservation to $0.
I saw on their website that they will match it and discount 10%.
Im asking regarding Wyndham.
Thanks.

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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #31 on: November 21, 2012, 11:08:52 PM »
Does anyone know if this is still being able to be done?
As in they will make the reservation to $0.
I saw on their website that they will match it and discount 10%.
Im asking regarding Wyndham.
Thanks.

Wyndham- no

You can do it with Priority club (IHG) hotels...make sure you understand all the T&C before booking a non-refundable room.
Big thread on FT discussing it.

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Intercontinental Best Price Guarantee
« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2013, 11:17:34 AM »
If an intercontinental property has a price of $243 a night plus taxes, and kayak.com has a price of 243 including taxes (Disclaimer mentioned- * Avg nightly rates are per night and include taxes and fees. ) , think this is within the realm of best rate guaranteed?

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Re: Intercontinental Best Price Guarantee
« Reply #33 on: January 04, 2013, 11:19:17 AM »
Sure. Who is selling the room? Kayak?
Life isn't about checking the boxes. Nobody cares.

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Re: Intercontinental Best Price Guarantee
« Reply #34 on: January 04, 2013, 11:32:11 AM »
Sure. Who is selling the room? Kayak?

Yes, its directly through kayak.

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Best Rate Guarantee Assistance?
« Reply #35 on: March 19, 2013, 07:33:50 AM »
Has anyone heard of this guy Jarred who gives BRG Assistance? He charges $25 to get you a free night at a hotel- even a suite. Sounds too good to be true. Is it?

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Re: Best Rate Guarantee Assistance?
« Reply #36 on: March 19, 2013, 08:22:47 AM »
Has anyone heard of this guy Jarred who gives BRG Assistance? He charges $25 to get you a free night at a hotel- even a suite. Sounds too good to be true. Is it?

No, it's not too good to be true. There are a few such services out there.

The catch is that it doesn't always work.

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Re: Best Rate Guarantee Assistance?
« Reply #37 on: March 19, 2013, 10:31:30 AM »
Cool. Do you know of any good services like this out there?

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Re: Best Rate Guarantee Assistance?
« Reply #38 on: March 19, 2013, 01:41:02 PM »
No, it's not too good to be true. There are a few such services out there.

The catch is that it doesn't always work.
If it doesn't work, he doesn't charge.

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Re: Best Rate Guarantee Assistance?
« Reply #39 on: March 19, 2013, 01:43:48 PM »
If it doesn't work, he doesn't charge.

But of course. I just meant to say its not like someone's handing out free hotel rooms like it's candy; it's more difficult than it sounds.

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Re: Best Rate Guarantee Assistance?
« Reply #40 on: March 19, 2013, 02:07:45 PM »
But of course. I just meant to say its not like someone's handing out free hotel rooms like it's candy; it's more difficult than it sounds.
Tell me about it. I've used a service to check on 4 nights for me, and IHG rejected 3 of them. They've been cracking down.

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Re: Best Rate Guarantee Assistance?
« Reply #41 on: March 19, 2013, 04:22:20 PM »
how does it work?
you give him a date and he sees if he can get you a free night or do you give him a range of dates?
what is the contact info

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Re: Intercontinental Best Price Guarantee
« Reply #42 on: April 08, 2013, 11:06:52 PM »
They said they will send a check as the hotel isn't honering it,
Whats the best credit card to use for this?
Would the priority club be as it gets 5 points per $?

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Re: Intercontinental Best Price Guarantee
« Reply #43 on: April 08, 2013, 11:14:42 PM »
They said they will send a check as the hotel isn't honering it,
Whats the best credit card to use for this?
Would the priority club be as it gets 5 points per $?
which property is it?

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Re: Intercontinental Best Price Guarantee
« Reply #44 on: April 08, 2013, 11:47:55 PM »
which property is it?
Holiday inn times sq