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Which Hotel Rewards Programs Best Suit the National Park Traveler?

May 20, 2016 | Insights

We make no promise that a pic-i-nic basket left unattended can be done so with impunity at America’s magnificent Yellowstone National Park (pictured), simply that bears will see to it that your basket will be gone quickly if — in your confusion — you mistakenly book your trip to Jellystone. We add, however, that the bears at Yellowstone are more likely to maul you.

“What is this crazy chart I’m looking at? Who are you? What have you done with Donna?!”

While we’re not sure what’s happened to Donna, the chart you’re looking at shows which of America’s top hotel rewards programs would best suit those who like to vacation at National Parks.

You see, you’ve somehow wound up at StatSocial and what we do here is analyze social media audiences. That means any grouping of individuals you could imagine coming together in a social media context. From a pop star’s fans, to those tweeting of a certain topic, or using a certain hashtag, to those belonging to a certain hotel’s rewards club. Basically, any conceivable, identifiable grouping that could occur in a social media context.

We scour the social web to learn as much as humanly possible about the folks in that group. And then in a series of charts and lists, presented to our users in a nifty report (which you can learn more about below) we pass that info onto our users.

With our most recent batch of blog entries we’ve been posting, we’ve been seeing which of America’s top hotel rewards programs best suit different kinds of travelers (we have all sorts of travelers indexed).

Hilton finished third place out of five on our list of programs best suited to “adventure travelers,” so the assumption we’d made that there would be more of a crossover between this category and that was mistaken.

Being fans of both majesty AND fluffy pillows (not to mention cable TV) must better suit the temperament of the National Park Traveler.

What we recommend is a day of outdoorsiness, with redwoods, hot springs, and bison, and all that National Park stuff, and then with your brand new hiking boots blistering your feet, spend your evenings in the decidedly non-rustic surroundings of Hilton’s Homewood Suites in nearby Jackson, Wyoming.

$190 a night may seem steep for some, but this is what you’ll be looking at all day.

Coming from NYC, $190 a night might get you 6 square feet and a shared bathroom. And God’s majesty, if evident at all, will probably ask you for $5, or if you need any company for the night.

If there’s one thing our federal government has done right, it’s been running our National Parks system. The most staunch Ayn Rand devotee would warp the pages of his or her dogeared copy of “Atlas Shrugged” with tears, as they behold creation’s majesty, and realize it could have been lost to a stretch of Targets and Home Depots.

Inside tip: If feeling a bit more tropical in your desires to observe the extraordinary parcels of nature the U.S. government — not always the most competent — has expertly preserved in the tireless work of our National Park department, Hilton has a resort in Marco Island, Florida that in and of itself is beautiful. But it is also mere minutes from the swampy, gatory goodness of Florida’s famous Everglades National Park.

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