Best Travel Rewards Programs Worldwide

If you travel a lot, then it is worth considering signing up to some of the travel rewards programs in order to benefit from the savings which can help to pay towards air flights and accommodation stays. However, before you sign up ask yourself the following questions as this will help you get the best out of the rewards program:

  • How often do you travel
  • Where do you intended flying to?
  • What do you intend using your reward points for?

With those questions answered, here is a look at some of the top programs....

Overall Programs

The American Airlines AAdvantage Program was recently voted the best overall program by members of the Flyer Talk community. The program offers a generous bonus of up to 28,000 points when the airline is used frequently.


  • Full fare main cabin flights will earn 1,000 points
  • Business class awards 5,000  points
  • First Class gives 7,000 points


Hotel Reward Programs

If you travel a lot and often book accommodation, then don’t forget to take advantage of one of the hotel reward programs. The Hyatt Gold Passport, Marriot Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest are all well-known programs, which offer many benefits for signing up, however, Best Western has been named one of the best hotel reward programs in the world.

Benefits of the Best Western rewards program include:

  • Points for hotel stays
  • Points for shopping with their programs’ partners
  • Instant earnings
  • Free to join
  • No annual fees
  • Points can be collected from more than 4,000 hotel around the world

When enough points have been accumulated, they can be exchanged for a wide range of prizes such as free nights at a Best Western hotel, meals out, gift vouchers, amusement parks, merchandise or shopping vouchers. Alternatively, the points can be exchanged for more practical things like AAA membership, gas cards and car rental - or use the accumulated points to make a charitable donation.

Credit Cards
Most people have a credit card, and if you travel a lot you might as well use it to gain rewards which can then be used towards further holiday/travel experiences. The Simple Dollar website has declared the Chase Sapphire Preferred travel credit card as one of the best.

The Chase Sapphire card offers the opportunity to:

  • Earn up to 40,000 bonus points
  • Save money with no overseas transaction fees
  • Gain 2 points for travelling and dining
  • Get 20% off travel costs when accumulated points are redeemed for hotel stays, car rental, cruises and car rental
  • Pay no annual fee for the first year

What's your favorite rewards program?