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These are the best miles and points programs to help you earn big
From:10Best Editors, Special to USA TODAY 10Best
Travel isn't always cheap – sometimes it's free! At least that can
be the case for those who leverage the vast network of miles and points
programs out there. Credit cards, frequent flyer programs and hotel
loyalty clubs allow travelers to earn free or discounted travel,
sometimes just with your everyday spending on gas, groceries and other
10Best teamed up with a miles-and-points expert from
NerdWallet to nominate the best programs for American travelers – the
credit cards, frequent flyer programs and hotel loyalty programs with
the best earning potential, flexibility, extra perks and ease of
redemption. For thee past four weeks, our readers have been voting on
their favorites, and the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the full list of winners.
Best Frequent Flyer Program: Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
Points never expire with Southwest Airlines Rapid
Rewards, so long as there's a flight or partner earning activity every
24 months. Southwest offers some 3,900 flights daily, and with no
blackout dates and unlimited reward seats, redeeming points is easy.
Rapid Rewards members can also earn points on car rentals with Alamo.
The Wyndham Rewards program honors stays at some 8,000 participating hotels
worldwide, including brands like Hawthorn Suites, Ramada, Howard
Johnson and Super 8. Members can also choose to earn miles with partner
airlines, including American and United, or on car rentals through Avis
A popular option since its introduction in late 2016,
the Chase Sapphire Reserve offers a 50,000-point sign-up bonus, plus a
$300 annual travel credit, Global Entry fee waiver, no foreign
transaction fees and three points per dollar spent on travel and
restaurants worldwide (one point per dollar on everything else).
Budget-minded travelers who frequently fly Southwest Airlines
benefit from the Rapid Rewards Premier credit card – no foreign
transaction fees, a 40,000-point sign-up bonus, upgraded boardings, $75
annual travel credit and a 7,500-point bonus after each account