How many points will I earn on a hotel stay? A comparison of the major brands

Apr 29, 2022

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Have you ever wondered how many points per night you can earn on a hotel stay? Well … the answer is, “It varies”.

The answer to how many points you will earn depends on things like what hotel brand you’re visiting, your status with that brand’s rewards program, the credit you use and also how much you spend.

It’s a lot, right? To simplify the process, today we’ll look at how many points you will earn at a hotel by comparing all the major hotel programs. At the end, we’ll also compare those earnings across the brands to see which program is actually providing the most value through points earnings on hotel stays.

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Accor Live Limitless

rendering of large, castle-like hotel
Rendering of Guiyang Art Center Hotel. (Photo courtesy of Accor)

Accor Live Limitless is the loyalty program of Accor hotels — the largest hospitality company in Europe and the sixth-largest in the world. Accor Live Limitless includes brands like Ibis, Fairmont, Mövenpick, Novotel, Sofitel, Swissôtel and more.

The earning chart is published here. Note that these values are reward points earned per 10 euros spent. That’s roughly $10.70 in spending to earn the values in the chart below.

Participating Accor brands not listed in other columns Ibis, Ibis Styles and Mama Shelter Mantra, Peppers, Breakfree, Art Series and Adagio Adagio Access, Jo&Joe and Greet
Classic status 25. 12.5. 10. 5.
Silver status 31. 15.5. 12.5. 6.25.
Gold status 37. 18.5. 15. 7.5.
Platinum status 44. 22. 17.5. 8.75.
Diamond status 44. 22. 17.5. 8.75.

Since Accor owns Onefinestay, you also can earn 1 point per 1 euro spent on these stays.

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Hilton Honors

photo of lounge chairs and palm trees near a pool, with a hotel and ocean in the background
(Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)

Hilton Honors is the loyalty program of brands like Conrad, Waldorf Astoria, Embassy Suites and numerous brands that include Hilton in the name to make it easy.

The earning chart is published here. These numbers are points earned per $1 spent:

Most brands Tru and Home2
Member 10. 5.
Silver status (20% bonus) 12. 6.
Gold status (80% bonus) 18. 9.
Diamond status (100% bonus) 20. 10.

Also, note that Home2 properties in China earn 10 points per dollar spent.

Boost your earnings with a co-branded credit card

American Express issues multiple Hilton co-branded credit cards. In addition to the points earnings outlined above, you can earn Hilton points by using one of these credit cards to pay for your stay.

Credit card Points earned per $1 spent at Hilton properties
Hilton Honors American Express Card 7.
Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card 12.
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card 14.
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card 12.

The information for the Hilton Honors Aspire has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

InterContinental Hotels Group

A wooden sign reading InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort hangs inside a grass hut leading to a walkway
(Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)

InterContinental runs the IHG One Rewards program, which was recently refreshed and re-launched. This program includes hotel brands like InterContinental, Kimpton, Six Senses, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and more.

The earning chart is published here. These numbers are points earned per $1 spent:

All other brands Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites
Member 10. 5.
Silver Elite status (20% bonus) 12. 6.
Gold Elite status (40% bonus) 14. 7.
Platinum Elite status (60% bonus) 16. 8.
Diamond Elite status (100% bonus) 20. 10.

 

Boost your earnings with a co-branded credit card

There are several IHG co-branded credit cards, all of which are issued by Chase. In addition to the points earnings outlined above, you can earn IHG points by using on of these credit cards to pay for your stay.

Credit card Points earned per $1 spent at IHG properties
IHG Rewards Traveler Credit Card 5.
IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card (not open to new applicants) 5.
IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card 10.
IHG Rewards Premier Business Credit Card 10.

Marriott Bonvoy

empty lounge chairs sit next to a swimming pool, surrounded by a hotel and a beach
(Photo by Melanie Lieberman/The Points Guy)

Bonvoy is the rewards program of Marriott hotels. This encompasses brands like Ritz-Carlton, The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, Le Meridien, Westin, Sheraton, Protea and more.

The earning chart is published here. These numbers are points earned per $1 spent:

Most brands Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Element and Homes & Villas by Marriott Marriott Executive Apartments
Member 10. 5. 2.5.
Silver Elite status (10% bonus) 11. 5.5. 2.75.
Gold Elite status (25% bonus) 12.5. 6.25. 3.125.
Platinum Elite status (50% bonus) 15. 7.5. 3.75.
Titanium Elite / Ambassador Elite status (75% bonus) 17.5. 8.75. 4.375.

Earnings apply to all charges at all brands except Marriott Executive Apartments. Here, you will earn only on room rate charges.

Boost your earnings with a co-branded credit card

There are several Marriott co-branded credit cards, with some issued by Chase and others issued by American Express. In addition to the points earnings outlined above, you can earn Marriott Bonvoy points by using one of these credit cards to pay for your stay.

Credit card Points earned per $1 spent at Marriott Bonvoy properties
Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card 3.
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card 6.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card 6.
The Ritz-Carlton Credit Card (not open to new applicants, but you can product change to it) 6.
Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card 6.

The information for the Ritz-Carlton credit card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

World of Hyatt

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
(Photo by Andrew Kunesh/The Points Guy)

World of Hyatt is the loyalty program of Hyatt hotels. It covers brands like Andaz, Alila, Thompson Hotels, Miraval, Unbound, Joie de Vivre, numerous brands with ‘Hyatt’ in the name and the recent addition of AMR Collection.

The earning chart is published here. These numbers are points earned per $1 spent:

Status level All brands
Member 5.
Discoverist (10% bonus) 5.5.
Explorist (20% bonus) 6.
Globalist (30% bonus_ 6.5.

It includes all Hyatt properties, Small Luxury Hotels of the World and MGM Resorts if crediting your stay to World of Hyatt instead of MGM Rewards.

Boost your earnings with a co-branded credit card

There are two Hyatt co-branded credit cards, including a personal and small business card issued by Chase. In addition to the points earnings outlined above, you can earn World of Hyatt points by using on of these credit cards to pay for your stay.

Credit card Points earned per $1 spent at World of Hyatt-participating properties
World of Hyatt Credit Card 4.
World of Hyatt Business Credit Card 4.

Wyndham Rewards

TRYP by Wyndham Times Square South
(Photo courtesy TRYP by Wyndham Times Square South)

Wyndham Rewards is the loyalty program of Wyndham Hotels Group. It includes brands like Days Inn, Howard Johnson, La Quinta, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge and TRYP, plus several brands with “Wyndham” in the name.

The earning chart is published here. These numbers are points earned per $1 spent:

Status level All brands
Member 10.
Gold status (10% bonus) 11.
Platinum status (15% bonus) 11.5.
Diamond status (20% bonus) 12.

It includes all Wyndham properties and Caesars Rewards properties when crediting your stay to Wyndham Rewards. Note that you will be awarded a minimum of 1,000 points per stay with Wyndham Rewards.

Boost your earnings with a co-branded credit card

There are three Wyndham co-branded credit cards, all issued by Barclays. In addition to the points earnings outlined above, you can earn Wyndham Rewards points by using one of these credit cards to pay for your stay.

Credit card Points earned per $1 spent at Wyndham Rewards-participating properties
Wyndham Rewards Earner® Card 5.
Wyndham Rewards Earner® Plus Card 6.
Wyndham Rewards Earner® Business Card 8.

Comparison of earnings and what they’re worth

Quickly scrolling through the charts above, you’ll see 25… 10… 5. It looks like 25 is the biggest number, so that’s the best value, right? Not necessarily.

More than just answering “how many points will I earn on a hotel stay?” we should answer the question “what are these points worth?” For this, we’ll use TPG’s latest monthly valuations.

Program Cents per point value
Accor Live Limitless 2.0
Hilton Honors 0.6
InterContinental Hotels Group 0.5
Marriott Bonvoy 0.8
World of Hyatt 1.7
Wyndham Rewards 1.1

Now, let’s look at how many points you’ll earn per $1 spent (including converting Accor’s earning rates into dollars) and what those points are worth. That will give a better picture of what you’re actually earning on your hotel stays.

Accor Live Limitless Hilton Honors InterContinental Hotels Group Marriott Bonvoy World of Hyatt Wyndham Rewards
Member (no status) 2.35 points.
4.7 cents in value.
10 points.
6.0 cents in value.
10 points.
5.0 cents in value.
10 points.
8.0 cents in value.
5 points.
8.5 cents in value.
10 points
11.0 cents in value
Status tier 1 2.91 points.
5.82 cents in value.
12 points.
7.2 cents in value.
12 points.
6.0 cents in value.
11 points.
8.8 cents in value.
5.5 points.
9.35 cents in value.
11 points.
12.1 cents in value.
Status tier 2 3.47 points.
6.94 cents in value.
18 points.
10.8 cents in value.
14 points.
7.0 cents in value.
12.5 points.
10.0 cents in value.
6 points.
10.2 cents in value.
11.5 points.
12.65 cents in value.
Status tier 3 4.13 points.
8.26 cents in value.
16 points.
8.0 cents in value.
15 points.
12.0 cents in value.
Top status tier 4.13 points.
8.26 cents in value.
20 points.
12.0 cents in value.
20 points.
10.0 cents in value.
17.5 points.
14.0 cents in value.
6.5 points.
11.05 cents in value.
12 points.
13.2 cents in value.

So, which program is the most rewarding?

At the lowest membership level, it’s Wyndham Rewards. The program offers a full 11 cents of value per $1 spent on stays. At the highest membership level, Marriott Bonvoy is the most rewarding. It provides 14 cents worth of points per $1 spent by Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members.

Bottom line

Larger king room at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate
A larger king room at the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate in South Africa. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

In math class, 10 is always bigger than 5. In the world of hotel points, 10 points aren’t necessarily worth more than 5 points.

As we look at how many points you will earn on a hotel stay, the real value of those points plays an important role. So does the status you hold in the respective programs. Members with higher elite status will earn more points per $1 spent, and this can sway the value of a loyalty program.

The one thing this chart can’t account for is your travel style and intended destinations. Just because Wyndham Rewards offers the best value in points for members with no status doesn’t mean it fits your family’s travel style or where you want to go this year. Take your travel plans into account, and then see which program can be most rewarding for your upcoming trips.

Featured photo by Ariana Arghandewal/The Points Guy.

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