Report: Who’s Tops in Rewards for 2019?

WASHINGTON—Wyndham has the top rewards program for 2019, according to a study from WalletHub.

The personal finance website examined the nine 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.

Best Hotel Rewards Programs

  1. Wyndham Rewards
  2. Radisson Rewards
  3. Best Western Rewards
  4. Choice Privileges
  5. Marriott Bonvoy

“Many people will be surprised to learn that Wyndham, Radisson and Best Western top WalletHub’s list of the best hotel rewards programs for 2020, assuming bigger names such as Hilton and Marriott would lead the way,” said WalletHub CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou. “But smaller players in the travel space often provide more incentives because they have to do so in order to compete with bigger names. And that underscores the value in shopping around.”

Choice Privileges and IHG Rewards are the only hotel loyalty programs offering more rewards value than in 2018.

“Wyndham Rewards, which is the best hotel loyalty program for travelers of all spending levels for the fifth year in a row, offers up to $13.46 in rewards value per $100 spent,” he said. “That’s the most among major hotel loyalty programs, but the big players provide at least a 10% return, based on our calculations.”