If you want the best return on your money
Major brands: The full suite of La Quinta brands
Pros: High rewards value per dollar spent, points are shareable between accounts
Cons: Restrictive blackout dates, fewer hotels
Reward value per $100 spent: $14.17
In perhaps the most surprising revelation of the study, budget chain La Quinta gives guests the most for their money, with $14.11 in rewards per $100 spent. Wyndham was second with $12 per C-note, followed by Choice Hotels, Marriott, and Drury, all around the $11.50 range.
If you want to purchase points to earn free stays faster, consider the markup that your favorite chain is charging. To repeat, Wyndham discounts points that you purchase by about 11%, and is the only rewards program without a markup. On the other end of the spectrum, Hilton HHonors marks up points about 45%. La Quinta's markup of almost 11% was the smallest in the survey.