After back-to-back years of 210+ nights at Marriott and Hilton, I now have reasonable data to compare the two programs in terms of "points-earning" power. Below is comparison of nights and dollars spent:
|Program||Dates||Total Nights||Total Spend||Difference|
|Marriott Rewards||2012-03-04 thru 2013-01-30||212||$26,673.00||Delta $|
Below are the points earned under each program; Marriott offers a Megabonus and Hilton has their equivalent "Daily Grand Offer", both compared under the Megabonus heading.
|Program||Points - TOTAL||Base Points||Bonus on Stay||Credit Card||Megabonus||Arrival||Status Bonus||Misc|
At the end of a year, Hilton earns points at approximately 122% the rate of Marriott if you do NOT count the credit card points. My CC points are not a fair comparison since I do nearly all of my personal spending on my Marriott Visa Premier (HH card is only for room payment). However, including CC points and the ratio goes to 134%.