bigredball90 wrote:The places we will be dont have hyatt, or marriots, just the plain jane holiday inns, and similar.
Let me know what places and I can take a look for you. Holiday Inn is certainly an option based on a quick search. You can redeem points for hotel stays through UR as well as transfer points to Hyatt, Marriott Rewards, Priority Club & Ritz Carlton.
Keep in mind that the chains that you mention as not being options also have other brands that are part of them (listed on their websites).
bigredball90 wrote:Is there another choice that would be better for us?
Define "better". Are travel and dining the only concerns?