2015-16 Best Travel Rewards Programs

U.S. News & World Report released yesterday its top picks for Travel Rewards Programs. This is an annual report that includes 28 airline and hotel loyalty programs to help travelers easily identify programs with the most perks.

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There’s a new name this year on top of the Best Airline Rewards Programs. Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan took the title for the first time. As for the Best Hotel Rewards category Marriott Rewards is the winner for the third year in a row.

“Our rankings highlight the programs that make it easy to earn free flights or hotel stays and offer plenty of reward options and perks that travelers value, such as upgrades, free checked bags and priority boarding access”, says Liz Weiss, travel editor for U.S. News.

2015-16 Top 5 Best Airline Rewards Programs

  1. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  2. American Airlines AAdvantage
  3. Southwest Rapid Rewards
  4. JetBlue TrueBlue
  5. HawaiianMiles
  6. Virgin America Elevate
  7. Frontier EarlyReturns
  8. United MileagePlus
  9. Delta SkyMiles
  10. Free Spirit

2015-16 Top 5 Best Hotel Rewards Programs

  1. Marriott Rewards
  2. Wyndham Rewards
  3. (tie) Best Western Rewards
  4. (tie) Club Carlson
  5. IHG Rewards Club
  6. Leaders Club
  7. La Quinta Returns
  8. Starwood Preferred Guest
  9. Hilton HHonors
  10. Hyatt Gold Passport
  11. Choice Privileges
  12. Stash Hotel Rewards
  13. Omni Select Guest
  14. Kimpton Karma Rewards
  15. Le Club Accorhotels
  16. Fairmont President’s Club
  17. iPrefer
  18. Loews YouFirst
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