I am a business traveler who spends about 160 nights a year in hotels spending $100-$140 per night. I recently had a chance to test drive the Marriott Rewards program through their 'Platinum Challenge' program. Basically if they enroll you in the program you get instant Platinum status and you have 90 days to stay 18 paid nights, to retain the Platinum status. They offer other challenges for less frequent travelers, that require fewer stays. So I have just finished that challenge which gave me a decent chance to compare Holiday Inn properties with Marriott properties (which in my price range were mainly Courtyard and Fairfield vs Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express). I thought I'd share my observations. First off the Marriott Rewards program is a bit more convoluted than the Priority Club program. You earn points, but you can also earn free night certificates which expire, the points don't determine status the number of paid nights do, so using their promotions is unlikely to get you to Platinum quicker. So I have to say from that perspective, especially given the slew of Priority Club offers, codes, promotions and specials the Marriott program is nowhere near as generous or simple. Achieving Platinum Elite is harder to do (you need 75 paid nights or get them to give you the challenge offer and complete it within 90 days), so I guess it is more exclusive, but other than that it seems similar to Priority Club. As far as the properties I visited, I'll say that Marriott has spent a lot more money than IHG on the lobby restaurant area for the most part. Courtyard usually has an excellent mini-restaurant with cool features such as putting the calorie count on the food to help you make healthy choices. However, I found the rooms at that class of Marriott to be a little more variable, some a lot better than others. It also bugged me that refrigerators are not standard, so you always have to ask and make sure, and there is always the risk that they are all being used by other guests. In some properties because they move them around so much they get beat up, dented or noisy. In one hotel I had to even get it switched out because it was louder than the air conditioning and kept waking me up! The other complaint I had with Marriott was the Internet speed. I believe it would be fair to say that it is on average slower than at IHG properties. In one hotel in Oklahoma they had deliberately throttled the speed down to 384Kbps and offered a $9 a night pay service via a third party (so you could not be comped or charge it to the room, you had to give this unknown third party your credit card number direct) to upgrade to 1.5Mbps which is a complete joke. While I have yet to find a hotel chain in my price range with consistently fast speeds at every property, I feel that at least from what I saw Marriott are being lazy or greedy when it comes to the Internet. Which is a big down side for the business traveler who likes Netflix, Amazon on Demand or other streaming services. Ultimately beyond just the quality of the accommodation there is the reward program itself. The Priority Club model is very simple, very easy to follow, and very easy to enhance if you keep an eye out for promotion codes and offers. If you take full advantage of all that they offer as a Platinum member you can certainly accumulate points very quickly, and if you like non-hotel rewards, you can buy Amazon.com gift cards with your points effectively allowing you to buy just about any item you want. Conversely the Marriott system has given me points but also I got two free night coupons that expire, so I am going to have to use those even if I don't want to, or give them away to a relative so they don't go to waste. I'm not a fan of expiration dates and being forced to use coupons in this manner. I like points that don't expire that I can use as and when I wish to. In conclusion, at my price range, and level of travel, Priority Club does seem to be a better deal. It seems more flexible, more generous, easier to use, and simple. In addition the standard refrigerator in every room is good, at least where I travel the larger number of properties is good. So on balance, for the most part, the IHG properties and reward programs are a better fit for me. If you are shopping the chains and rewards programs, I hope this post helps you.