Travelers who are looking to rack up as many points as possible and use them to get free hotel stays when and where they want, usually look for the best hotel loyalty programs. U.S. News & World Report made it a little easier, by surveying sixteen hotel programs to determine the best one. Marriott’s program got the top spot.
Marriott Rewards had some stiff competition for the Top Hotel Loyalty Program Award, going up against some of the best known programs in the industry, including Club Carlson, Hilton HHonors, and Starwood Preferred Guest, as well as Best Western, which came in second.
How Marriott Rewards got the win
Why did Marriott Rewards take the top spot? According to the survey there were three keys to its success. First there are no blackout dates to wrestle with – members can book stays when they want to at any of Marriott’s 3,700 hotels located in 70 countries.
Plus their rewards can be used not only for hotel stays and room upgrades, but for flights as well. How members earn rewards also factored into the win. Guests earn points on hotel stays, flights, and by using their co-branded credit card.
New Marriott rewards
Recently Marriott Rewards added some additional benefits to their program by partnering up with United’s MileagePlus frequent flyer program to start Rewards Plus, a program that also helped them score the top prize.
Once Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite and Platinum Premier Elite members sign up for this new program they receive complimentary MileagePlus Premier Silver status, and can access all the benefits that go with it. Members can also convert their MileagePlus miles into Marriott Rewards points, and have breakfast on the house seven days a week.
The U.S. News & World Report hotel reward rankings are based on a comparison of 16 hotel programs. A range of factors were considered including how many nights members need to have under their belt to earn a free stay, along with how many hotels were in the network, and the overall flexibility of each program when it came to actually earning and using rewards.