Starwood Preferred Guest points most valuable, study says

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.independent.co.uk/travel...-points-most-valuable-study-says-2349928.html

    Starwood's Preferred Guest program has topped a list of the 'best value' reward programs from US website NextAdvisor.

    Preferred Guest, a loyalty program which rewards hotel guests for their stays in Starwood-operated brands such as W Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien and St Regis, offered a worth of $0.021 per point when redeemed for a hotel stay.

    That may not sound like much, but it was considerably higher than competing programs such as Marriott Rewards and Hilton HHonors, whose points were worth $0.008 and $0.005 respectively.
    To calculate the cash value of the programs, NextAdvisor compared the cost of a night's stay in summer and fall in major US cities to the number of points required using each of the US-based programs, repeating the calculation with flights to determine the value of frequent flyer points.

    Read More: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel...-points-most-valuable-study-says-2349928.html
     
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    This article misses some very, very important points - namely that Marriott (and I think Hilton, too, though I'm not sure) offers significantly more points per dollar spent at their hotels than star wood does. At Marriott's 10 pts/$ rate at full service properties, the value of the rewards is much greater when you factor in SPG's much lower crediting rate.

    Against that, for credit card spend, there is different math.

    All of this goes to show, with little exception, there is no one best points scheme out there. Determining that one is the best or most valuable is essentially impossible due to the myriad of inputs, and wildly different uses for the points.
     
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    Definitely incomplete.
     
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    While I totally agree with what you said. To be fair to the article, it does say "using points earned through US credit cards rather than stays".
     
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    It certainly does. Re-reading it, that important info was included down at the end of the story.

    Thinking about this during the day, for hotel-oriented card spend, SPG is probably where you want to be.
     
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