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How do I pick the best airline and hotel chain for reward status? I'm about to start traveling a lot more next year, and I don't have any real strong loyalties. I live in the north-east in a mid-sized city, and will be traveling mostly in the north-east. My airport is primarily served by American, Delta and Southwest, but isn't a hub for any airline.

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Yes, Bonvoy simply because of the options. As for airlines you listed, Delta > Southwest > American. I personally avoid American like the plague.

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Delta and Marriott is the GOAT combo

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For hotels I think the consensus is the Bonvoy (Marriott, basically) is the best one. For airlines the advice is pick the local hub airline. If your local airport is not a hub, what is the nearest hub? Can you check a few major routes and see if the same airline seems to have best coverage?

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If you are next to a small airport, whoever has the most flights there should be your awnser

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Marriott and Delta ftw

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My airport is not a hub either but I love delta and there is a delta hub 2 hours away so I typically fly delta unless I was going somewhere with a direct on another airline.

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For airlines you’ll probably want whatever hub is closest to your location. Mine is united so I exclusively use them. 

Marriott and United

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