Best Hotel Loyalty Program (2018)


Just about every hotel brand offers a loyalty program for guests, where frequent stays are rewarded with discounted or free nights and a host of other perks (upgrades, free WiFi, late checkout). With so many programs to choose from, how do you pick the right one to save big bucks on travel? We asked a miles-and-points expert to nominate their favorites, then asked our readers to choose the winners.

  • Wyndham Rewards

    Wyndham Rewards

    The Wyndham Rewards program honors stays at some 8,000 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 Hotels & Resorts

  • 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 International

  • Fans of M.O.

    Fans of M.O.

    Members of the Fans of M.O. enjoy faster booking at Mandarin Oriental hotels, free WiFi, welcome amenities, personalized stays and additional privileges like early checkin or late check-out, daily breakfast, room upgrades, dining or spa credits or pressing services.
    Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

  • I Prefer Hotel Rewards

    I Prefer Hotel Rewards

    I Prefer Hotel Rewards members earn and redeem stays at more than 650 independent hotels across the United States and the world. Members also enjoy member rates, free WiFi, room upgrades, priority early checkin, late check-out and welcome amenities upon arrival, depending on availability and tier.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • Sonesta Travel Pass

    Sonesta Travel Pass

    Sonesta Travel Pass members earn 10 points per dollar spent on qualifying room rates, with free nights for as little as 15,000 points. Other benefits include discounts at locations booked direct worldwide, no blackout dates and free upgraded internet access.
    Photo courtesy of Richie Diesterheft / Flickr

  • 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 Stash Hotel Rewards

  • Hilton Honors

    Hilton Honors

    Hilton Honors 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 © 2018 Hilton

  • Marriott Rewards

    Marriott Rewards

    Marriott Rewards members can earn and redeem points with stays at 17 brands. Thanks to 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 Marriott Hotels

  • 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

  • IHG Rewards Club

    IHG Rewards Club

    IHG'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 – making it one of the world's largest hotel loyalty programs. Members of the IHG Rewards Club get free WiFi and exclusive members-only rates for rooms booked directly.
    Photo courtesy of Intercontinental Hotels Group

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

  1. Wyndham Rewards
  2. Choice Privileges
  3. Fans of M.O.
  4. I Prefer Hotel Rewards
  5. Sonesta Travel Pass
  6. Stash Hotel Rewards
  7. Hilton Honors
  8. Marriott Rewards
  9. Best Western Rewards
  10. IHG Rewards Club

Congratulations to all these winning hotel programs!

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