The makers of MileMaven.com, a utility to compare airline reward offers, have expanded their offerings to include PointMaven.com, a utility to compare hotel reward offers. PointMaven displays offers from several conspicuously named hotel reward programs, including the Best Western Gold Crown Club, Choice Privileges, Hyatt Gold Passport, and Intercontinental Hotels Priority Club. Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and TripRewards are in beta testing, and compatibility with Hilton HHonors and Radisson Gold Points Plus is “coming soon.”
Once you input your destination city or airport code, PointMaven reveals all nearby hotels offering reward points. The results are displayed as a grid, grouped by hotel family and reward program. Results can be further broken down by hotel program, hotel brand, or individual hotel.
PointMaven does not provide an easy way to visualize hotel locations. A search for rewards in New York reveals an offer from a midtown hotel next to an offer from a hotel in Plainview, out on Long Island, where subways dare not roam. The site would be infinitely more useful with an option to superimpose hotel locations on a map. If you know your destination city well, PointMaven is an excellent utility to collect extra hotel reward points. — CAREY GREENBERG-BERGER
UPDATE: Boaz Shmueli from MileMaven.com wrote in with a useful tip. “The hotels are ordered according to their distance from the city center. Within each rectangle, the hotel in the top-left is the nearest to the city center, while the one on the bottom-right is the farthest away.”