THE COST OF A REWARD NIGHT IN LONDON

Program

Points Earned/$
Hotel/Card/Elite

Hotel (Nightly Rate on 5/22)

Rating
(1,081)

Points
Required

Hotel
Spend

Card
Fee

Hotel
Points

Elite
Bonus

Card
Points

Spend
Required

Best Western Rewards

10/5/10%

Best Western Corona ($253)

590

32,000

$2,000

0

20,000

2,000

10,000

$2,000

Club Carlson

20/10/50%

The May Fair ($534)

322

50,000

$1,250

$75

25,000

12,500

12,500

$1,325

Choice Privileges

10/5/10%

Comfort Inn Buck. Palace Rd. ($162)

455

25,000

$1,565

0

15,650

1,565

7,825

$1,565

Hilton HHonors

15/10/25%

London Hilton Park Lane ($606)

143

80,000

$2,910

$95

41,775

10,444

27,850

$3,005

Hyatt Gold Passport

5/3/15%

Hyatt Regency Churchill ($536)

101

22,000

$2,515

$75

12,575

1,886

7,545

$2,590

Priority Club Rewards

10/5/50%

InterContinental Park Lane ($505)

128

50,000

$2,500

$49

25,000

12,500

12,500

$2,549

Marriott Rewards

10/5/20%

London Marriott Park Lane ($609)

161

45,000

$2,650

$85

26,500

5,300

13,250

$2,735

Starwood Preferred Guest

2/2/0%

Sheraton Park Tower ($668)

235

20,000

$5,000

$65

10,000

0

10,000

$5,065

Wyndham Rewards

10/5/0%

Wyndham Chelsea Harbour ($393)

68

30,000

$2,000

$69

20,000

0

10,000

$2.069

THE COST OF A REWARD NIGHT IN HONOLULU

Program

Points Earned/$
Hotel/Card/Elite

Hotel (Nightly Rate on 5/22)

Rating
(430)

Points
Required

Hotel
Spend

Card
Fee

Hotel
Points

Elite
Bonus

Card
Points

Spend
Required

Best Western Rewards

10/5/10%

Best Western Plaza ($169)

64

32,000

$2,000

0

20,000

2,000

10,000

$2,000

Club Carlson

20/10/50%

no hotel in Honolulu

               

Choice Privileges

10/5/10%

no hotels available

               

Hilton HHonors

15/10/25%

DoubleTree Alana ($209)

51

40,000

$1,455

$95

20,925

5,231

13,950

$1,550

Hyatt Gold Passport

5/3/15%

Hyatt Place Waikiki ($249)

14

12,000

$1,375

$75

6,875

1,031

4,125

$1,450

Priority Club Rewards

10/5/50%

Waikiki Beachcomber ($190)

20

35,000

$1,750

$49

17,500

8,750

8,750

$1,799

Marriott Rewards

10/5/20%

Courtyard Waikiki ($225)

54

30,000

$1,765

$85

17,650

3,530

8,825

$1,850

Starwood Preferred Guest

2/2/0%

Sheraton Waikiki ($325)

35

12,000

$3,000

$65

6,000

0

6,000

$3,065

Wyndham Rewards

10/5/0%

Ramada Plaza ($170)

31

16,000

$1,070

$69

10,700

0

5,350

$1,139

THE COST OF A REWARD NIGHT IN HONG KONG

Program

Points Earned/$
Hotel/Card/Elite

Hotel (Nightly Rate on 5/22)

Rating
(430)

Points
Required

Hotel
Spend

Card
Fee

Hotel
Points

Elite
Bonus

Card
Points

Spend
Required

Best Western Rewards

10/5/10%

Best Western Harbour View ($203)

286

36,000

$2,250

0

22.500

2,250

11,250

$2,250

Club Carlson

20/10/50%

no hotel in Hong Kong

               

Choice Privileges

10/5/10%

no hotels in Hong Kong

               

Hilton HHonors

15/10/25%

Conrad Hong Kong ($535)

14

80,000

$2,910

$95

41,775

10,444

27,850

$3,005

Hyatt Gold Passport

5/3/15%

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong ($605)

18

22,000

$2,515

$75

12,575

1,886

7,545

$2,590

Priority Club Rewards

10/5/50%

Crowne Plaza Causeway Bay ($284)

24

45,000

$2,250

$49

22,500

11,250

11,250

$2,299

Marriott Rewards

10/5/20%

JW Marriott ($503)

22

40,000

$2,355

$85

23.550

4,700

11,775

$2.440

Starwood Preferred Guest

2/2/0%

Le Méridien Cyberport ($183)

35

10,000

$2,500

$65

5,000

0

5,000

$2,565

Wyndham Rewards

10/5/0%

Ramada Hong Kong ($149)

162

20,000

$1, 335

$69

13,335

0

6,675

$1,404

THE COST OF A REWARD NIGHT IN ORLANDO

Program

Points Earned/$
Hotel/Card/Elite

Hotel (Nightly Rate on 5/22)

Rating
(329)

Points
Required

Hotel
Spend

Card
Fee

Hotel
Points

Elite
Bonus

Card
Points

Spend
Required

Best Western Rewards

10/5/10%

Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort ($95)

189

16,000

$1,000

0

10,000

1,0000

5,000

$1,000

Club Carlson

20/10/50%

Radisson Hotel Orlando-Lake Buena Vista ($125)

13

38.000

$950

$75

19,000

9,500

9,500

$1,025

Choice Privileges

10/5/10%

Quality Suites Lake Buena Vista ($100)

48

12,000

$750

0

7,500

750

3,750

$750

Hilton HHonors

15/10/25%

Hampton Inn Orlando/Lake Buena Vista ($100)

21

20,000

$730

$95

10.500

2,625

7,000

$825

Hyatt Gold Passport

5/3/15%

Hyatt Place/Orlando Convention Center ($190)

91

12,000

$1,375

$75

6,875

1,031

4,125

$1,450

Priority Club Rewards

10/5/50%

Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista Downtown ($145)

11

30,000

$1,500

$49

15,000

7,500

7,500

$1,549

Marriott Rewards

10/5/20%

Fairfield Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista ($111)

50

20,000

$1,180

$85

11,800

2,360

5,900

$1,265

Starwood Preferred Guest

2/2/0%

Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas ($201)

39

10,000

$2,500

$65

5,000

0

5,000

$2,565

Wyndham Rewards

10/5/0%

Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista ($111)

37

16,000

$1,070

$69

10,700

0

5,350

$1,139

KEY: "Points earned per dollar" is the number of points per dollar you receive for spending at most of the chain's hotels, the number of points per dollar you receive for placing that spend on an affiliated credit card and the percentage bonus you receive for the elite status bestowed by that credit card. The nightly rate is the best available one-night price with no advance purchase as offered by the chain's Web site on Monday, March 11. The "rating" is the TripAdvisor.com ranking and based on the number of hotels in that city (in parentheses). Number of points required for award night are based on post-devaluation charts. The "spend required" includes the necessary spending at the chain's hotels as well as the annual fee of the credit card. (The annual fee is waived on some cards in the first year.)
CAVEATS: Some chains offer a lower earning ratio per dollar for their extended-stay properties. The 15 points per dollar spent at Hilton HHonors assumes you choose the points plus points earning style.
HOTEL-SEARCH PARAMETERS: In London, I searched for an award night at the highest-quality hotel in or around Park Lane. In Honolulu, searched for the lowest-priced award for a night at a Waikiki property. In Hong Kong, I searched for properties on Hong Kong Island rather than on Kowloon. In Orlando, I searched for award nights at hotels in the Lake Buena Vista area. When a chain didn't have a property that fit the search criteria I selected, I substitued the next-best option.