US News & World Report reveals best travel rewards program for 2018-19

US News & World Report has announced 2018-19 Best Travel Rewards Programs that identify 25 hotel and airline loyalty programs with the most rewarding perks for travelers, the company said.

For the second consecutive year, Marriott Rewards ranks No. 1 in Best Hotel Rewards Programs. The Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan holds on to the top spot in Best Airline Rewards Programs for the fourth year in a row.

US News uses methodologies that take into account membership benefits — such as free amenities, program-affiliated credit cards and redeemable experiences — network coverage and a strong emphasis on the ease of earning and redeeming free flights or nights. Additionally, US News factors in property diversity for the Best Hotel Rewards Programs and Airline Quality Rating scores for the Best Airline Rewards Programs.

US News & World Report is a digital news and information company headquartered in Washington, DC.