Marriott ranked No. 1 for hotel rewards

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U.S. News & World Report has announced its Best Travel Rewards Program of 2017-2018, and has named Marriott Rewards as the No. 1 Best Hotel Rewards Program.

“Marriott Rewards is No. 1 among the Best Hotel Rewards Programs due in part to the ease of earning points and its large network of hotels in popular destinations,” U.S. News & World Report said in its announcement. “The program offers complimentary Wi-Fi access and the ability to use points toward booking experiences such as sporting events and concerts.”

U.S. News looked at 26 hotel and airlines loyalty programs for their list.

Wyndham Rewards came in the number two spot for multiple reasons, including: ease of earning a free night, member access to reduced room rates, and the availability to earn points through two affiliated credit cards.

“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 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.”

U.S. News’ methodology includes network coverage, the ease of earning and redeeming free nights, and account membership benefits, including free amenities, program-affiliated credit cards, and redeemable experiences.

The Marriott Brand includes Sheraton, Residence Inn, Springhill Suites, Westin, and others.

Here are the top five list of hotel reward programs:

1. Marriott Rewards
2. Wyndham Rewards
3. Choice Privileges
4. World of Hyatt
5. Best Western Rewards