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Best Hotel Rewards Programs for 2020

by Holly Riddle

Jan 14, 2020

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Considering joining a hotel rewards program in 2020? Overwhelmed by all the options? WalletHub has done the hard work for you, comparing and contrasting the most popular hotel rewards programs against 21 key metrics, so you can make the best decision possible going into 2020, earning free nights and perks.

 

WalletHub looked at how rewards programs impacted travelers of all types, no matter how much you travel, as well as the value each program offered. It also analyzed how reward programs’ values changed over the years. After consideration, WalletHub named Wyndham Rewards the best hotel rewards program for travelers in 2020, followed by Radisson Rewards, Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges and Marriott Bonvoy.

 

“Many people will be surprised to learn that Wyndham, Radisson and Best Western top WalletHub’s list of the best hotel rewards programs for 2020, assuming bigger names such as Hilton and Marriott would lead the way. But smaller players in the travel space often provide more incentives because they have to do so in order to compete with bigger names. And that underscores the value in shopping around,” said Odysseas Papadimitriou, CEO, WalletHub.

 

According to WalletHub, Wyndham Rewards offers travelers up to $13.46 in rewards value per $100 spent.

 

The study additionally found IHG Rewards Club and Choice Privileges to be the only rewards programs that offer more rewards value in 2019 than in previous years. It also notes Best Western is the only major hotel chain whose rewards points do not expire due to inactivity on one’s account.

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