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Best Western, Wyndham Hotels Under Fire Over NRA Discounts

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January 9, 2013 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy and subsequent NRA backlash, two of the country's biggest hotel chains are now getting some, er, not-so-hot press for the discounts they offer to NRA members.

The defendants, Best Western (a.k.a. "The World's Biggest Hotel Family") and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, have for years offered special rates and rewards to gun owners. According to Avaaz.org, an international activist group, it just ain't okay for "mainstream companies" to "be in bed with the NRA."

Best Western, in particular, has a variety of what it calls "Partner Programs" providing discounts to the obvious AAA, CAA (AAA's Canadian version) members -- but also "Ride Rewards" perks for Harley Davidson bikers, a "Race Fan Rate" aimed at NASCAR enthusiasts, and discounts for small business owners. Interestingly, BW doesn't list its NRA "Member Value Program" deets along with others…but a quick Google search turned up the page. (It's also endorsed on NRA's official site).

The NRA discounts are good at Best Western's some 4,000 locations in over 100 countries, while Wyndham operates a ton of stateside inns & motels, including Ramada, Super 8, Days Inn, Travelodge, and Howard Johnson.

While Best Western has remained silent, Wyndham released a statement on Facebook saying "As part of our company's core values, we serve diverse individuals and organizations."

We get that suppliers want to "cater" to large groups of guests in an effort to increase business. But when those groups have strong political ties, hoteliers better watch out, or face potential boycotts when tensions rise.

What do you think? Will knowing this affect your decision to stay at a Best Western or Wyndham in the future? Do you think the hotels are making political statements by enticing such groups?

[Photos:Best Western/NRA]

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Wow

Never knew that the NRA got hotel discounts. However, this does not affect me, I cannot remember the last time I stayed at a Wyndham hotel. I don't think I have ever stayed at a Best Western.

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