Wyndham Rewards Named 2016-2017 Best Travel Rewards Program by U.S. News & World Report

  • Wyndham Worldwide
  • 08.16.16
Wyndham Rewards was named No. 1 in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Travel Rewards Programs for 2016-2017.

In the past year, Wyndham has debuted new membership tiers and additional benefits, such as early check-in, late checkout, free amenities and suite upgrades. Choice Privileges and Marriott Rewards tied at No. 2 with both programs offering visitors a variety of lodging options and price ranges.

Last year Wyndham Rewards took the No. 2 spot on the annual report after re-launching as the world’s simplest, most generous loyalty program, that allows members to redeem a free night anywhere for a flat rate of 15,000 points. In May, Wyndham Rewards launched Member Levels – an “Elite” program for the masses that also offers the industry’s first ever experience-enhanced redemption awards – go free PLUS and go fast PLUS.
 
“We believe a great loyalty program should be simple and generous, offering perks and rewards that benefit all,” said Noah Brodsky, SVP of Worldwide Loyalty and Engagement at Wyndham Hotel Group. “We’re leveling the playing field. Whether you spend two nights a year in a hotel or two hundred, Wyndham Rewards is built for the everyday traveler. No other program lets you earn more or redeem faster.”


 The full announcement is below:

U.S. News & World Report Reveals 2016-17 Best Travel Rewards Programs
Wyndham Rewards takes top spot in Best Hotel Rewards Programs; Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan remains No. 1 in Best Airline Rewards Programs

U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of rankings, advice and information, announced the 2016-17 Best Travel Rewards Programs. The annual rankings identify 28 hotel and airline loyalty programs with the most rewarding perks. For the first time, Wyndham Rewards tops the list for the Best Hotel Rewards Programs. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan holds onto the No. 1 spot for the Best Airline Rewards Programs.

Wyndham Rewards is named No. 1 among the Best Hotel Rewards Programs, allowing members to redeem free nights at more than 7,800 hotels. In the past year, Wyndham has debuted new membership tiers and additional benefits, such as early check-in, late checkout, free amenities and suite upgrades. Choice Privileges and Marriott Rewards tie at No. 2 with both programs offering visitors a variety of lodging options and price ranges.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan remains the Best Airline Rewards Program. By rewarding points based on the number of miles flown rather than dollars spent, the airline makes it easier for budget-conscious travelers to earn free flights on its vast partner network. JetBlue TrueBlue followed at No. 2 because of its multiple ways to earn points, high airline quality performance and elite member perks such as free checked bags, priority boarding and expedited security.

"The Best Travel Rewards Programs make it easier for travelers to understand and select the right program for them," said Erin Shields, travel editor at U.S. News. "The top ranked programs offer travelers perks they care about, such as room upgrades, free checked bags and easy ways to accumulate miles and points."

U.S. News ranks the Best Travel Rewards Programs in two categories: hotel loyalty programs and airline frequent flier programs. The methodologies take into account membership perks, network coverage and the ease of earning and redeeming free flights or nights. Additionally, U.S. News factors in property diversity for the Best Hotel Rewards Programs and airline quality ratings for the Best Airline Rewards Programs.

2016-17 U.S. News Best Travel Rewards Programs
1. Wyndham Rewards                  
2. Choice Privileges (Tie)
2. Marriott Rewards (Tie)
4. Best Western Rewards
5. La Quinta Returns  
                                                                    
Airline Rewards Programs
1. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
2. JetBlue TrueBlue
3. Southwest Rapid Rewards
4. Delta SkyMiles
5. Virgin America Elevate

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on education, health, personal finance, travel, cars and news and opinion, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 37 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.



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