Best Travel Rewards Programs

How We Picked the Best Travel Rewards Programs

It's easy to feel enticed by an airline or a hotel loyalty program. After all, who wouldn't want a free flight or room upgrade? The catch — as any program loyalist can tell you — is that maximizing rewards can be challenging. While it's often easy to join a program, membership may come with a string of caveats. So how can you tell if a program is worth the investment of your time?

To create the second annual rankings, U.S. News editors evaluated each loyalty program based on key aspects, such as the size of the airline or hotel network and how quickly you can accumulate enough miles or points to earn a free flight or stay. Our rankings also take into account the number of ways you can use rewards and the added benefits you receive as a member. We hope you find these rankings to be a useful tool as you compare and contrast travel rewards programs.

Read more about how we rank the best travel rewards programs, and check out the complete lists.