Best Loyalty Programs for the Business Traveler

January 19, 2017 Julia Berman


If you travel often then enrolling in reward programs is definitely a good idea. Here are the best programs for business travelers. Make sure you’re getting the most bank for your buck, not to mention awesome reward benefits, with the following programs. We’ve highlighted features of the top programs.

Hotel: Marriott Rewards


  • Rewards points earned for meetings and events
  • No blackout dates
  • Free in-room Wi-Fi

Silver Elite (10+ qualifying nights)

  • Member benefits
  • 20% additional bonus points

Gold Elite (50+ qualifying nights)

  • Silver Elite benefits
  • 25% additional bonus points
  • Guaranteed room type
  • Guaranteed late checkout (4pm)
  • Guaranteed lounge access and breakfast for 2

Platinum Elite (75+ qualifying nights)

  • Gold Elite benefits
  • 50% additional bonus points
  • 48-hour room availability guaranteed
  • Arrival gift of bonus points, a food & drink amenity or air miles

National airline program: JetBlue TrueBlue

TrueBlue member

  • No blackout dates
  • Earn at least 6 points per dollar when booking on
  • Purchase extra space for +200 points and pet travel companion for +300 points
  • Points do not expire
  • Option to donate TrueBlue points to charity organization

Mosaic Status

  • Membership benefits
  • Change and cancellation fees waves
  • More Space seats at much lower prices
  • You and others on your itinerary can check 1st and 2nd bags free
  • Expedited security line services
  • Early boarding
  • Complimentary alcoholic beverages onboard

International airline program: American Airlines AAdvantage


  • Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades (flights less than 500miles)
  • Priority check-in
  • 1 free checked bag
  • Complimentary same-day standby
  • Complimentary preferred seats


  • Gold benefits
  • Business class and frequent flyer lounges
  • 2 free checked bags
  • Priority baggage delivery

Platinum Pro

  • Platinum benefits
  • Upgrades confirmed before departure as early as 72 hours

Executive Platinum

  • Platinum Pro benefits
  • 3 free checked bags
  • Complimentary same-day flight change
  • Complimentary alcoholic beverage and snack in the Main Cabin

Travel site: Expedia+


  • Use your points to book award travel for others
  • No blackout dates
  • Get $25 off your next hotel with as few as 3,500 Expedia+ points


  • +Blue benefits
  • Free amenities like spa discounts and free drinks at select +VIP Access hotels
  • Exclusive travel offers


  • +Silver benefits
  • Room upgrades and flexible check-in and check-out at +VIP Access hotels (subject to availability)

Car rental: National Emerald Club

Club Member

  • Choose any car on the Emerald Aisle for only the midsize rate
  • Never pay for extra drivers
  • Earn 1 rental credit for every qualified car rental, get a free rental day after 7 points
  • Email receipts allow for a quick drop-off return
  • Receive exclusive members-only discounts and offers


  • Club membership benefits
  • Choose any car in the Executive Area and for only the Midsize rate (U.S. & Canada)
  • Free rental day after only 6 credits

Executive Elite

  • Executive membership benefits
  • Guaranteed car rental
  • Private airport delivery
  • Free rental day after only 5 credits (any class, no blackout dates)

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