THIS IS THE NO. 1 HOTEL REWARD PROGRAM, ACCORDING TO WALLETHUB

Hyatt's World of Hyatt has the best overall value, but only one company offers loyalty points never expire.

Frequent travelers swear by loyalty programs for a good reason: it saves them money and ensures their next trip is much more pleasant thanks to perks like complimentary room upgrades, access to exclusive facilities, or free drinks and meals. However, not all loyalty programs were created equal, and to take full advantage of what they offer, you have to know which matches your travel habits.

WalletHub analyzed the nine most popular hotel rewards programs using 21 metrics, including blackout dates, short-notice reservations, and the number of transfer partners. Hyatt's World of Hyatt program ranked best for all types of travelers with an overall score of 72 out of 100. The program's redemption policies and rewards value were also highlighted as some of the best on the market.

Wyndham Rewards is second with a score of 65. The company also has the largest hotel network, with 9,178 properties in total. "Wyndham Rewards excels in earning policies and offers broad geographic coverage, providing substantial rewards value across different spending profiles," Cassandra Happe, an analyst at WalletHub, told Travel + Leisure.

The third best hotel rewards program is Sonesta Travel Pass, which covers 1,100 properties worldwide and is an excellent option for heavy hotel spenders for its rewards value, according to WalletHub. "Sonesta Travel Pass offers up to $14.72 in rewards value per $100 spent — most among major hotel loyalty programs," WalletHub.com states.

The website also points out that six of the nine hotel rewards programs allow members to "redeem points for award nights at all brands/properties." The only exceptions are Marriott Bonvoy, Choice Privileges, and IHG One Rewards.

While Best Western didn't make it to the final top five best programs, WalletHub highlights its value for occasional travelers because its rewards points do not expire due to account inactivity.

However, travelers should be mindful that purchasing hotel rewards points could be a "rip off" with some programs and, overall, hotel rewards programs offer 10.53 percent less value than a year ago. 

You can see the full breakdown of all loyalty programs on WalletHub.com.

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