U.S. News & World Report has released its ranking of the best travel rewards programs, and Marriott and Alaska Airlines top the list.
"Choosing among the countless travel rewards options available can seem like a challenge, but the financial benefits outweigh this potential drawback," Christine Smith, travel editor at U.S. News & World Report, said in a statement. "The top-ranked rewards programs offer all travelers the opportunity to earn valuable rewards by simply signing up for a program and taking a trip."
TheMarriott Bonvoy program's key feature is its large network of hotels in popular vacation destinations across the United States, Asia and Europe. Members can also earn rewards points when staying at affiliate brands like St. Regis or Ritz-Carlton hotels.
Among airlines, the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan ranked favorably because of its high award choice availability and large network of flight to popular destinations. Passengers can also earn and redeem miles on Alaska's eighteen partner airlines, which include Emirates and American Airlines. Points can also be used on stays with partnering hotels, magazine subscriptions or charitable donations.
Delta SkyMiles came in in second place for the third straight year. Lots of benefits, a large network of flight destinations, and a high volume of daily flights kept it popular among travelers.
Best Hotel Reward Programs for 2019-2020
World of Hyatt
Invited (Small Luxury Hotels of the World)
Sonesta Travel Pass
Stash Hotel Rewards
Omni Select Guest
I Prefer Hotel Rewards
Best Airline Rewards Programs for 2019-2020
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
American Airlines AAdvantage
Southwest Rapid Rewards