Jeff travels a lot right now for work. We became a Marriott Rewards Member and I've got to say- it's a pretty great program. I can see why they did so well on this list...
While we are constantly being asked to sign up for rewards programs that'll give us perks for our loyalty, not all programs are alike and not all of them are really worth it. Thankfully, "U.S. News & World Report" is here to help you choose the right one.
The mag just came out with their 2018-2019 Best Travel Reward Programs list, identifying 25 hotel and airline loyalty programs with the most rewarding perks.
For hotels, Marriott Rewards earned top honors for yet another year, with mag noting that their merger with Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards helped to boost their already high rankings thanks to their huge network of hotels. Plus, points can be redeemed for things like gift cards, rental cars, unique experiences, and even TSA Pre-check applications and airport lounge access.
Top Five Hotel Rewards Programs
World of Hyatt
Best Western Rewards
As for airlines, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan earned the title of Best Airline Rewards Program for a fourth straight year. Their program allows travelers to earn points based on miles flown, rather than dollars spent, which makes it easier for budget travelers to get free flights. It also earns points for its large network of flight routes to popular destinations.
Top Five Airline Rewards Programs
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
American Airlines AAdvantage
Southwest Rapid Rewards