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Reward Program Reviews

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Not all credit card rewards are created equal — point and mile values vary from program to program. Thankfully, the Nerds have crunched the numbers on all of the major rewards programs so you don’t have to.

Check out the values — expressed by cents per point — below. And for a full review of your favorite credit card’s rewards program, including the best redemption options and ways to get more points, click on the links.

Rewards Program Average Value (cents) Range of Values (cents)
Frequent Flier Programs
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan 2.2 0.4 – 4.9
American Airlines AAdvantage 1.3 0.3 – 2.8
British Airways Executive Club 2.4 1.4 – 5.4
Delta SkyMiles 1.9 0.5 – 3.6
 JetBlue TrueBlue  1.4 1.3 – 1.7
Southwest Rapid Rewards  1.1 0.9 – 2.4
United MileagePlus  1.6 0.3 – 3.4
Virgin America Elevate  2.2 2.2 – 2.5
Hotel Rewards Programs
Club Carlson 0.5 0.2 – 1.3
Hilton HHonors 0.5 0.1 – 1.3
Hyatt Gold Passport 1.9  1 – 3.4
IHG Rewards Club 0.7  0.3 – 1.2
Marriott Rewards 0.9  0.4 – 2
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards 0.8  0.5 – 1.7
Starwood Preferred Guest 2.4  1 – 4.2
Points & Miles Programs
American Express Membership Rewards 1 0.5 – 1
Capital One No Hassle Miles 1  0.5 – 1
Chase Ultimate Rewards 1.25 1 – 1.25
Citi ThankYou Points 1  0.3 – 1
Discover it Miles 1 1
U.S. Bank FlexPoints 2  0.8 – 2
Wells Fargo Points 1  0.4 – 2.9