Pros & Cons
Points expire after two years of inactivity
Rooms at high category hotels cost a large number of points
Marriott's top-tier membership level is harder to reach than the highest levels within the Hilton Honors and World of Hyatt programs
Ease of Earning Free Night4.5
No. of Hotels> 4,000
As a Marriott Rewards program member, you earn points on expenses at participating hotels, including on-site dining and spa charges. Plus, members can accrue additional points by making everyday purchases with their Marriott, Ritz-Carlton or Starwood credit card. Points can be used for nightly stays and room upgrades at Marriott-affiliated properties, as well as for merchandise purchases, rental cars, flights and more.
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The Marriott Rewards program is divided into six membership levels based on paid nights per calendar year: member, Silver Elite, Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, Platinum Premier Elite and Platinum Premier Elite with Ambassador. To qualify for Platinum Premier Elite with Ambassador status, you must also spend a certain amount of money with Marriott annually.See details about how membership works
The Fine Print
- Individual accounts for Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards are no longer separate (even if you've previously linked them) as of Aug. 18, 2018.
- Points can be transferred to another Marriott Rewards member's account.
- Suite Night Awards cannot be used to partially cover a stay.
- Rewards members can no longer receive Crossover Rewards with Delta SkyMiles.
- A new free night award chart with additional hotel and peak and off-peak rate categories is expected to be unveiled in early 2019.
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The Hilton Honors 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. Hilton Honors members can redeem points at more than 5,300 hotels and resorts across 14 different brands in more than 100 countries and territories. And because Hilton has a partnership with the United MileagePlus program (as well as more than 40 other airline and rail partners), you can cash in points for miles. Points can also be used to purchase tickets to concerts and sporting events, gift cards, cruise certificates and items sold on Amazon and Hilton Honors' shopping portal. Additionally, you can earn points for everyday purchases with the Hilton Honors credit cards from American Express.
The United MileagePlus program is best for travelers based in major American cities and those who travel to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Latin America and Asia. When you become a MileagePlus member, you can earn and use miles on United and its 35-plus airline partners like Singapore Airlines, ANA and Copa Airlines, many of which are part of the Star Alliance network. As a MileagePlus member, you'll accrue Premier Qualifying Miles (PQMs), Premier Qualifying Segments (PQSs) and Premier Qualifying Dollars (PQDs) each time you fly. Earn enough PQDs and PQMs or PQSs and you'll reach Premier status – MileagePlus membership levels for which you'll receive extra benefits. Additionally, you can earn miles on qualifying cruise vacations, car rentals and train fares, as well as on shopping, dining and other services. You can also earn miles for gas purchases at participating BP locations in the U.S. And since United partners with major hotel brands, including Marriott, Hyatt and IHG, you can earn rewards when you stay at properties worldwide. You may also redeem miles for flights, hotel stays, cruises, magazine subscriptions, destination experiences (think: sporting events and theater performances) and more. Choose to use one of four United MileagePlus credit cards from Chase Visa and you'll earn miles on flights and everyday purchases.
World of Hyatt ...
The World of Hyatt program is geared toward business and leisure travelers who visit major cities within the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Asia. The Hyatt portfolio comprises more than 700 properties worldwide, with hotels concentrated in major U.S. destinations like Atlanta, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. The network of brands includes Hyatt Regency, Andaz, Park Hyatt and Grand Hyatt, among others. As a World of Hyatt member, you will accumulate points to use for free nights, room upgrades, airline miles, car rentals and dining and spa services. If you have a World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase Visa, you can earn additional points for everyday purchases (including dining, flights and car rentals) and charges made at Hyatt hotels.