Best Hotel Rewards Programs

Best Hotel Rewards Programs

There isn't one best loyalty program that would suit the needs of every traveler. Each rewards program targets different preferred lodging styles — from boutique to business-friendly — travel habits and goals. Some programs offer greater flexibility and prioritize earning points for free nights while others emphasize special members-only privileges, like free amenities. To make the most of your membership, you'll want to select a program that adheres to your travel style and offers the benefits most valuable to you. To help you narrow down your options, U.S. News identified 18 of the most prominent hotel loyalty programs and evaluated them using a signature methodology that weighs factors such as added benefits, the average number of paid nights required to earn a free stay and the ease of earning and using rewards. Before you enroll in a program, check out which ones cemented a place on our list of the Best Hotel Rewards Programs for 2015-16, and find the program that best fits your needs.

  • #1
    Marriott Rewards

    Overall Score: 4.5-stars(4.72)

    Why: The Marriott Rewards program accommodates both business and leisure travelers who visit major cities in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. As a program member, you will ... Read More»

  • #2
    Wyndham Rewards

    Overall Score: 4.0-stars(4.22)

    Why: The Wyndham Rewards program caters to leisure and business travelers who visit popular destinations in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Mexico. As a Wyndham Rewards ... Read More»

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    Best Western Rewards

    Overall Score: 4.0-stars(4.09)

    Why: The Best Western Rewards program is geared toward budget-minded business and family travelers. Best Western Rewards members can earn and redeem points at more than 4,000 Best ... Read More»

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    Club Carlson

    Overall Score: 4.0-stars(4.09)

    Why: Honored by more than 1,000 hotel properties around the world, the Carlson Rezidor hotel group's loyalty program, Club Carlson, caters to travelers who often stay at ... Read More»

  • #5
    IHG Rewards Club

    Overall Score: 4.0-stars(4.04)

    Why: The InterContinental Hotel Group's Rewards Club program caters to business travelers who frequent major cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami and London. Through IHG's ... Read More»

  • #6
    Leaders Club

    Overall Score: 4.0-stars(3.93)

    Why: The Leaders Club program, the membership program for The Leading Hotels of the World, is most beneficial for leisure travelers — particularly golf and spa enthusiasts — who prefer to ... Read More»

  • #7
    La Quinta Returns

    Overall Score: 4.0-stars(3.88)

    Why: The La Quinta Inns & Suites loyalty program, La Quinta Returns, is best suited for budget-conscious business and leisure travelers, offering perks like complimentary breakfast and Internet access. La ... Read More»

  • #8
    Starwood Preferred Guest

    Overall Score: 4.0-stars(3.86)

    Why: The Starwood Preferred Guest (or SPG) program caters primarily to businesspeople who often travel to major cities in the United States, Asia and Europe, though the hospitality provider ... Read More»

  • #9
    Hilton HHonors

    Overall Score: 4.0-stars(3.78)

    Why: The Hilton HHonors program is most advantageous for business and luxury travelers who frequently fly to and stay in major cities in the United States, Europe and Asia ... Read More»

  • #10
    Hyatt Gold Passport

    Overall Score: 3.5-stars(3.68)

    Why: The Hyatt Gold Passport rewards program is geared toward business and leisure travelers who visit major cities within the United States, Europe and Asia. The Hyatt portfolio comprises ... Read More»

  • #11
    Choice Privileges

    Overall Score: 3.0-stars(3.09)

    Why: The Choice Privileges program from Choice Hotels caters to families and business travelers who prefer to travel the world on a budget. There are more than 5,500 ... Read More»

  • #12
    Stash Hotel Rewards

    Overall Score: 3.0-stars(2.88)

    Why: The Stash Hotel Rewards program benefits both business and leisure travelers who prefer to stay in boutique hotels when visiting destinations across the United States, such as California ... Read More»

  • #13
    Omni Select Guest

    Overall Score: 2.5-stars(2.73)

    Why: The Omni Select Guest program suits leisure travelers seeking luxury accommodations in the United States, Mexico and Canada. As an Omni Select Guest member, you'll earn credit ... Read More»

  • #14
    Kimpton Karma Rewards

    Overall Score: 2.5-stars(2.72)

    Why: The Kimpton Karma Rewards program benefits businesspeople looking for boutique accommodations in major urban U.S. destinations like San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and New York City. Members ... Read More»

  • #15
    Le Club Accorhotels

    Overall Score: 2.0-stars(2.10)

    Why: The Accor hospitality group's loyalty program, Le Club Accorhotels, is most advantageous for business and luxury travelers who visit major cities across Europe, such as Paris, London ... Read More»

  • #16
    Fairmont President's Club

    Overall Score: 2.0-stars(2.01)

    Why: The Fairmont President's Club program is most beneficial for frequent travelers who prefer to stay in higher-end hotels when visiting major cities in the United States, Canada ... Read More»

  • #17

    Overall Score: 2.0-stars(1.98)

    Why: The iPrefer program caters to business and leisure travelers who prefer to stay at independent hotels and resorts when visiting popular cities across the United States, Europe, Mexico ... Read More»

  • #18
    Loews YouFirst

    Overall Score: 1.5-stars(1.59)

    Why: Loews YouFirst benefits leisure and business travelers who frequent major American cities. In total, 21 Loews properties participate in the program in destinations like Orlando, Florida, New York ... Read More»