WalletHub Report: Best & Worst Hotel Rewards Programs

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With roughly half of all holiday season hotel goers waiting until mid-December to book reservations and the right loyalty program capable of providing significant savings, WalletHub today released its 2016 Hotel Rewards Report to help travelers make an informed choice.

WalletHub examined the rewards programs operated by the 12 largest U.S. hotel chains based on 21 key metrics, such as the average value of a point, point expiration policies and the volatility of award night pricing. You can find a handful of highlights below.

  • For the second year in a row, Wyndham Rewards is the best hotel loyalty program for travelers of all spending levels, earning an average WalletHub Score of 71.10.
  • La Quinta offers up to $14.17 in rewards value per $100 spent – most among major hotel loyalty programs.
  • The value in purchasing hotel rewards points varies widely from program to program. With some, it’s a rip-off, while others make it a no-brainer.
  • Best Western is the only major hotel chain whose rewards points do not expire due to account inactivity.

In addition to identifying the best and worst hotel rewards programs, WalletHub’s report features a custom calculator that allows users to personalize the results based on their own hotel budget.

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