Before committing to a rewards program—you should pick one company and stick with it, to stockpile the points—consider the benefits each program provides. Whether it's a company's credit-card points or elite-status points, weigh the pros and cons of each program before picking one.
One point of emphasis that shouldn't be forgotten: Often, the airline whose hub is in your home city might not be the most ideal for you. You'll be competing with more frequent travelers who have higher priority, so you might have better odds of getting upgrades if you go with the second-biggest operating airline out of your preferred city.
We like Delta and Hilton for the customer service and perks they offer even the leisurely traveler. After all, we all like to be pampered from time to time.
Hotel: Hilton Honors
Airline: Delta SkyMiles