Best Hotel Loyalty Program (2016)


Nearly every major hotel company offers a loyalty program, allowing frequent guests to cash in on discounted and free nights, as well as other perks. Choosing the right program and sticking with it can save you big bucks on travel. 

  • Choice Privileges

    Choice Privileges

    Choice Hotels represents a wide range of budget and luxury brands – some 6,300 hotels around the world – allowing Choice Privileges members to earn points for budget hotel stays redeemable for free nights at higher end properties. Points can also be redeemed for airline miles, gift cards, magazine subscriptions or online shopping.
    Photo courtesy of Choice Hotels

  • Wyndham Rewards

    Wyndham Rewards

    The Wyndham Rewards program honors stays at some 7,800 participating hotels worldwide, including brands like Hawthorn Suites, Ramada, Howard Johnson and Super 8. Members can also choose to earn miles with partner airlines, including American and United, or on car rentals through Avis and Budget.
    Photo courtesy of Wyndham Worldwide

  • IHG Rewards Club

    IHG Rewards Club

    InterContinental Hotels Group's portfolio includes brands like Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Candlewood Suites – some 4,900 properties at a variety of price points. Members of the IHG Rewards Club also get free WiFi and exclusive members-only rates for rooms booked directly.
    Photo courtesy of InterContinental Hotels Group

  • Best Western Rewards

    Best Western Rewards

    Perfect for budget-minded or business travelers, Best Western Rewards lets members rack up points with stays at some 4,000 hotels around the world. Points never expire and can be used to redeem free nights (no blackout dates), airline miles, gift cards and travel experiences.
    Photo courtesy of Best Western

  • Stash Hotel Rewards

    Stash Hotel Rewards

    Members of Stash Hotel Rewards can earn and redeem points at nearly 200 boutique properties throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Many Stash-affiliated hotels are independently owned, and there are no blackout dates or category restrictions when redeeming Stash Points for free nights.
    Photo courtesy of Stephen Young / Bourbon Orleans Hotel

  • Hilton HHonors

    Hilton HHonors

    Hilton HHonors points can be earned and redeemed at 4,600 hotels around the world, and members can earn both hotel points and airline miles during the same stay. Members also enjoy digital check-in and free WiFi, and there are no blackout dates when cashing in points for a room.
    Photo courtesy of 2016 Hilton Hotels & Resorts

  • Marriott Rewards

    Marriott Rewards

    Marriott Rewards members can earn and redeem points with stays at 17 brands. Thanks to recent mergers with Ritz-Carlton and Starwood, members can easily transfer points between three loyalty programs. Other perks include mobile check-in, free WiFi, late check-out and members-only experiences.
    Photo courtesy of JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort

  • Club Carlson

    Club Carlson

    Club Carlson Gold Points can be earned and redeemed with stays at more than 1,000 hotels, including Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Plaza and Country Inn & Suites. Guests also earn points for food and beverage charged to the room, and points can be used to redeem free nights, room upgrades and flights with 20 different airline partners.
    Photo courtesy of Joshua Anderson

  • La Quinta Returns

    La Quinta Returns

    Budget-minded travelers who join La Quinta Returns enjoy perks like express check-in, late check-out and the ability to earn points that never expire with stays at any of its 880 properties. Hotel points can be converted to frequent flyer miles with partner airlines or redeemed for free nights, gift cards or magazine subscriptions.
    Photo courtesy of La Quinta

  • Starwood Preferred Guest

    Starwood Preferred Guest

    The Starwood portfolio varies from mid-range to luxury, and Starwood Preferred Guest members can earn and redeem points at more than 1,300 properties in almost 100 different countries. Thanks to the recent merger with Marriott, SPG points are now linked to Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, giving members even more flexibility.
    Photo courtesy of Starwood Hotels & Resorts

We asked a panel of travel rewards experts to nominate their top picks, and then we turned it over to you, our readers, to vote for your favorites. The results are in.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Hotel Loyalty Program are as follows:

  1. Choice Privileges
  2. Wyndham Rewards
  3. IHG Rewards Club
  4. Best Western Rewards
  5. Stash Hotel Rewards
  6. Hilton HHonors
  7. Marriott Rewards
  8. Club Carlson
  9. La Quinta Returns
  10. Starwood Preferred Guest

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Brad Cohen (Thirsty Explorer), Matthew Klint (Live and Let's Flyand Sean McQuay (NerdWallet) were chosen based on their expertise of reward travel.

Congratulations to all our winning hotel loyalty programs!

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