Report: 2018’s Best & Worst Hotel Rewards Programs

WASHINGTON, DC— With some of the year’s busiest travel dates still to come, WalletHub has released its 2018 Hotel Rewards Report to help travelers make an informed choice about where to stay. The report also includes a calculator that allows readers to customize the results based on their specific spending habits.

WalletHub examined the 10 largest U.S. hotel chains’ rewards programs using 21 key metrics, such as the average value of a point, point expiration policies and the volatility of award-night pricing.

2018’s Best Hotel Rewards Programs:

  1. Wyndham Rewards
  2. Best Western Rewards
  3. Radisson Rewards
  4. Marriott Rewards
  5. Choice Privileges
  6. World of Hyatt
  7. Hilton Honors
  8. La Quinta Returns
  9. Drury Gold Key Club
  10. IHG Rewards Club

Wyndham Rewards is the best hotel loyalty program for travelers of all spending levels for the fourth year in a row, according to WalletHub.

Additionally, the merger of Marriott, SPG and Ritz-Carlton created incremental value. The combined rewards program yields $10.85 per $100 spent, more than any of the three brands on its own in 2017.

Best Western is the only major hotel chain whose rewards points do not expire due to account inactivity.