To save you some time, I’ve put together a list of sign-up and award chart links for most of the major hotel reward programs.
Compare the difference in points required between hotels, for nights in the same destination, to the trade-offs in the hotel’s location, elite benefits available, etc.
Tripadvisor gives fairly accurate reviews of hotels (disregard the highest-ranked reviews and focus on the middle rankings). Then redeem the least amount of miles to get the most value out of your hotel points!
For example, a Hilton category 6 hotel in Waikiki can cost 30,000 to 50,000 points per night, while a Starwood category 6 hotel in Waikiki costs 20,000 to 25,000 points per night. So think about which hotel brands you prefer and which points are easier for you to earn.