Best Travel Rewards Programs by U.S. News & World Report

Posted By admin on August 15th, 2015

Best Flight and Hotel Loyalty Programs

Best Flight and Hotel Loyalty Programs

U.S. News & World Report recently looked at 28 airline and hotel loyalty programs and picked their 2015 best travel rewards programs. The factors used to decide the rankings are the following:

Airline Rewards Programs

Ease of Earning Free Round-Trip Flight (45%)

Additional Benefits (25%)

Network Coverage (10%)

Award Flight Availability (10%)

Number of Daily Flights (5%)

Airline Quality Rating (5%)

Hotel Rewards Programs

Ease of Earning Free Night (45%)

Additional Benefits (25%)

Geographic Coverage (15%)

Number of Hotels in Network (10%)

Property Diversity (5%)

Based on these criteria, here are the top ten airline programs:

Alaska Airlines
American
Southwest
JetBlue
Hawaiian
Virgin America
Frontier
United
Delta
Spirit

And the top ten hotel rewards programs:

Marriott
Wyndham
Best Western (tie)
Club Carlson (tie)
InterContinental
Leading Hotels
La Quinta
Starwood
Hilton
Hyatt

These rankings are on only U.S.-based airlines and hotel rewards. However, most of these hotels mentioned here also have a presence in Canada.

While the rankings might provide important insights, you should not adjust your rewards programs solely based on them. The factors determine these rankings may not have anything to do with the rewards programs you follow and you should stick to your programs based on what makes sense for you.

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