These 5 Hotel Rewards Programs Are ACTUALLY Worth It

If you shop at a particular store a lot, it makes sense to sign up for a rewards card to get as much benefit out of your patronage as possible. Similarly, if you're a frequent traveler, joining a hotel loyalty program should be a no-brainer. Pledging allegiance to a certain hotel chain can reap you lots of perks, from shopping discounts to free stays.

However, not all reward programs are created equal. Before you start racking up the points, it's important to check which hotel brand is worth committing to. WalletHub has conducted an impressive study on the subject, ranking 12 of America's largest hotel chains with a meticulous scoring system. Based on the findings, we've roundup up the top five hospitality brands most worthy of your commitment. Keep this list handy when booking your trip for the holidays.

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1. Wyndham Rewards

With more than 8,000 properties worldwide, this hotel chain is the highest rated amongst all the hospitality brands. You can earn an equal amount of points by staying at any of its plethora of brands — including Days Inn, Ramada, Super 8, Wyndham Grand, and Howard Johnson — so it's a great option for travelers on different budget.

Your qualifying nights can also roll over to the following year, giving you more time to accrue rewards. The chain also has a partnership with Amtrak, American Airlines, United Airlines, Avis, and Budget — so you can earn credit from flights, train trips, and car rentals. Points can be spent on hotels and train travel. The best part? Food, drinks, and amenities are included if you choose to spend your reward at one of its all-inclusive hotels.
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2. World Of Hyatt

The 12 brands under the Hyatt Group cater to the business and luxury traveler. For each U.S. dollar spend on Hyatt hotels, five points will be rewarded. You'll be eligible for a free night's stay with 5,000 points or more, and they can also be converted into airline miles. If you're a Hyatt Chase Visa credit card holder, you'll also be able to rack up points for non-hotel spending, such as car rentals, dining, and flights.
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3. Best Western Rewards

The best thing this hotel chain's got going for itself is the lack of expiration date: Your points will not be disqualified after a period of inactivity. The chain also has a huge international presence, with 4,200 properties in over 100 countries. The points can also be converted into miles with partnering carriers, including Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines.
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4. Marriott Rewards

Since Marriott International acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts in late 2016, members of both rewards programs can freely transfer points between one another. Status matching is also available if you already enjoy a higher membership tier in one of the two. Due to the sheer variety of participating hotels available and the lack of black out dates (peak holidays where free nights cannot be redeemed), this is a great option if you have a higher budget and travel a lot internationally.
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5. La Quinta Returns

This rewards program offers the best bang for your buck: WalletHub has calculated that you get $14.11 back in rewards for every $100 you spend, while other hotel chains average at about $11.50. Points can be shared between accounts, making it convenient to pool your points to reap higher benefits. The only downside to the scheme is that the blackout dates are quite strict — customers won't be able to redeeming a free stay around Thanksgiving or Christmas.
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