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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: Intercontinental Best Price Guarantee
« Reply #45 on: April 09, 2013, 12:14:01 AM »
Holiday inn times sq
Couldnt find any dates that qualify

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Re: Intercontinental Best Price Guarantee
« Reply #46 on: April 10, 2013, 06:49:28 AM »
I tried this on intercontinental and didn't honor it- said it has to be dif average daily rate AND dif rate including taxes and fees- and usually the daily rate is the same even if with fees is two $ off (I argued with them about the t&c- but they wouldn't give in.. Actually if read carefully they might be right..)

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Re: Intercontinental Best Price Guarantee
« Reply #47 on: April 10, 2013, 06:56:46 AM »
"Lower Price. If you find a lower room price that also has a lower total room cost (including taxes and fees) for a one-night stay, or a lower average nightly room price that also has a lower average total room cost (including taxes and fees) for a multi-night stay"

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Re: Intercontinental Best Price Guarantee
« Reply #48 on: April 10, 2013, 07:02:40 AM »
Even found that on kayak regarding Israel they include the taxes in the original price (being that you don't pay taxes if your American ) - at least on one of their pages..
For example: found room for 800$ +taxes (like 100$) through intercontinental (in tlv)
And on kayak said like 700$+100 tax- but then on next page (when book it) says avg rate 800$- and that's the total... So they wouldn't honor it
 (Cause even when booking through intercontinental they don't end up charging the tax so ends up at 800$)

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IHG best price guarantee master thread
« Reply #49 on: April 17, 2013, 08:12:57 PM »
I just booked a standard room in the Holiday Inn Skokie Illinois (jewish Chicago neighbourhood) for the 23rd of April, and got a free night because I found a comparable room on getaroom.com for $10 cheaper.

Called the toll free number of that dept. Showed them the website, and got approved after a 20 min. Hold. I'm still confused about the getaroom.com rates for the standard room, as there are 3 rates, but they did approve me!

I think we should post in this thread IHG best price guarantee findings to benefit others.

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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #51 on: June 16, 2013, 01:21:10 AM »
http://bestrateguarantee.blogspot.com/2013/06/new-york-city-new-york-intercontinental.html
Some random samples: 1/4, 1/6, 1/11, 1/16, 1/18, 1/21
Lower rate(s) found on: Hoteltravel.com

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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #52 on: June 16, 2013, 10:15:36 AM »
I wrote about my BRG about 2- 3 weeks ago.  Stayed at the IC Barclay on a free BRG night.  At check in, the rep went into the manager's office for about 5 minutes.  My wife and I thought they won't honor the BRG. To our surprise, the rep came back and told us "The General Manager has upgraded you to the Luxury Suite, enjoy your stay."  800 sq foot- 2 room, 2 bathroom....not bad for a free night!
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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #53 on: June 16, 2013, 10:23:06 AM »
FYI I have successfully gotten free nights @ IHG hotels thru the BRG offer in Israel, Poland, it works, just find a lower rate that is at least $1 and 1% less for the exact same room.

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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #54 on: June 16, 2013, 02:11:47 PM »
there is also a BRG on the Holiday inn wall street, to get a free night
http://bestrateguarantee.blogspot.com/2013/06/new-york-city-new-york-holiday-inn-new_15.html

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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #55 on: June 16, 2013, 04:07:27 PM »
I wrote about my BRG about 2- 3 weeks ago.  Stayed at the IC Barclay on a free BRG night.  At check in, the rep went into the manager's office for about 5 minutes.  My wife and I thought they won't honor the BRG. To our surprise, the rep came back and told us "The General Manager has upgraded you to the Luxury Suite, enjoy your stay."  800 sq foot- 2 room, 2 bathroom....not bad for a free night!
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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #56 on: June 16, 2013, 04:22:01 PM »
FYI I have successfully gotten free nights @ IHG hotels thru the BRG offer in Israel, Poland, it works, just find a lower rate that is at least $1 and 1% less for the exact same room.
Where in Israel? I've been searching high and low for them!

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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #57 on: June 16, 2013, 04:41:22 PM »
Reading all of the comments on the main site. What's the amount of time to wait on hold for this to be worth it? I think 4 hours is ridiculous.

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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #58 on: June 16, 2013, 05:02:26 PM »
Ever heard of speaker phone?

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Re: Free hotels/Best rate guarantee
« Reply #59 on: June 16, 2013, 05:04:36 PM »
Ever heard of speaker phone?

I have, but not sure that makes a difference. If you have 4-6 hours straight to be near a phone (even if it is on speaker) then more power to you. You cant deny its a big imposition.