2 Maryland-based Hotel Chains Rank in Top Rewards Programs

WASHINGTON — Two Maryland-based hotel chains are in the top 5 of U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Travel Rewards Programs.

The publication ranked Bethesda-based Marriott Hotels and Rockville-based Choice Hotels as having the No. 1 and No. 3 hotel rewards programs, respectively.

Marriott Rewards achieved the top ranking because of the ease of earning points and Marriott’s large network of hotels in popular destinations, said U.S. News & World Report travel editor Christine Smith.

Alaska Airlines achieved a three-peat as the No. 1 Best Airlines Rewards Program, because of its mileage-based earning structure instead of the revenue-based rewards practiced by other airlines. Smith said that Alaska Airlines has lots of flights to choose from and that travelers can score free flights with a low number of miles.

U.S. News & World Report considered highly coveted factors in ranking these programs, such as how easy it is to earn a free flight or stay at a hotel, along with extra perks.

This year’s ranking factored in experiences, Smith said, because more and more programs are offering them. These can include buying or bidding experiences, such as meeting a celebrity chef, field passes and suite seats at Redskins games or tickets to Broadway shows.

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Top 5 Best Hotel Rewards Programs

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

Top 5 Best Airline Rewards Programs

  1. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  2. Delta SkyMiles
  3. JetBlue TrueBlue
  4. Southwest Rapid Rewards
  5. United MileagePlus

See the complete list at U.S. News & World Report.

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino and Kristi King contributed to this report.

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