U.S. News & World Report Ranks the Best Travel Rewards Programs of 2017

As per the annual rankings published by U.S. News & World Report for the period 2017-18, Marriot Rewards retains the No. 1 spot among the “Best Hotel Rewards Programs”. The hotel chain in the US offers participants in Marriot Rewards the ease of earning reward points through co-branded credit cards.

U.S. News & World Report is a nationwide “publisher of Best Hotels, Best Cruise Lines and Best Vacations”. Their annual rankings also single out up to 26 hotel loyalty programs as well as loyalty programs of airlines offering reward points for “everyday travelers”. U.S. News & World Report categorizes the “Best Travel Rewards Programs” into two, namely “Best Hotel Rewards Programs” and Best “Airline Rewards Programs”.

Amongst the “Best Airline Rewards Programs,” Alaska Mileage Plan retained the No. 1 position for the third year running. Flyers earn points on Alaska Airlines based on the distance flew as well as the travel class. The more distance traveled and the better travel class, the more frequent flyer points members can earn.

Commenting on Alaska Mileage Plan, U.S. News & World Report said that the “earning structure makes it easier for travelers to earn miles at a faster pace than with revenue-based earning programs.”

Bagging the No. 2 spot in the “Best Airline Rewards Programs” category is Delta SkyMiles, and they won the position thanks to the competent redemption rates for award tickets as well as other benefits, like air miles for hotel stays, flight cabin upgrades, and freebie flights.

Wyndham Rewards, Choice Privileges, World of Hyatt, and Best Western Rewards also featured in the top five and loyalty programs JetBlue TrueBlue, Southwest Rapid Rewards, and United MileagePlus also featured in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

“Today’s travelers have so many rewards programs to choose from, comparing and contrasting them based on your specific needs can be a challenge,” said Christine Smith, associate travel editor at the U.S. News. “Our Best Travel Rewards Programs rankings emphasize the ease of earning points and miles, and redeeming them for free nights and flights, which everyday travelers identify as a top reason to join a loyalty program.”

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