Many people like to collect airline frequent flier miles because of the opportunity for free travel and upgrades. So much so that they'll use a credit card affiliated with their favorite airline or be sure to fly a partner of their airline whenever possible to earn more miles, even if it's not the most convenient route. But are airline programs really the best way to maximize your reward earnings?
"No". In an videotaped interview with Wall Street Journal "Middle Seat" travel columnist, Scott McCarthy, it became clear that hotels give you a far better return on your money than airlines. Hotels return between 8 - 10% of your room rate in reward benefits. Who's at the top of the list? Marriott, with Hilton a close second.
The short interview is quite informative and worth listening to. You can catch it at this link.