Everyone is always trying to score the best deal possible — especially when it comes to flights or hotel stays. One way travelers can try to get a bargain on air travel and lodging is to sign up for a rewards program. But not all rewards programs are the built same — with some, it’s hard to reap any benefits.
To make sure travelers are maximizing their chance for free flights and hotel nights, US News & World Report created rankings of the best airline and hotel reward programs of 2021.
The annual rankings identified the hotel and airline rewards programs with the best perks for everyday travelers. For the 2021 ranking, US News & World Report also weighed in how each rewards program responded to the pandemic and how flexible and accommodating their services were for members.
For hotels reward programs, Wyndham Rewards placed number one after placing number two for several years in a row. Wyndham Rewards has reached the number one spot this year thanks to its more than 9,000 participating properties worldwide and its partnerships with Amtrak, airlines, and car rental companies which allow travelers to accumulate points faster and more easily.
The best five hotel rewards programs of 2021
- Wyndham Rewards
- World of Hyatt
- Marriott Bonvoy
- Choice Privileges
- IHG Rewards
For airline reward programs, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan remains in the number one spot this year. With Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, travelers can earn and redeem miles with Alaska Airlines and 23 partner airlines, as well as through retail, rental car, and hotel partnerships.
The best five airline rewards programs of 2021
- Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Delta SkyMiles
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- JetBlue TrueBlue
- Southwest Rapid Rewards
Visit US News & World Report for the full ranking of the airline and hotel rewards programs and for details on the ranking’s methodology.