The Best Credit Cards with Sign-up Bonuses for Hotel Stays
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Many travel rewards enthusiasts look to credit cards to earn free flights, but unfortunately the airlines are now making it extremely difficult to use your miles for award flights at the lowest mileage levels.
At the same time, there are many hotel credit cards that offer as much value as the airline cards, or more. Furthermore, these cards often come with excellent sign-up bonuses in the form of reward nights that are both valuable and easy to redeem.
Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card
The Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card offers a generous 100,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. With award nights starting at 7,500 points at Category 1 properties, that can be as many as thirteen nights! Cardholders earn five points per dollar at participating Marriott Rewards and SPG hotels, two points per dollar at restaurants, car rental agencies, and for airline tickets purchased direct with the airline. Earn one point on all other purchases. You also automatically get Silver Elite Status which offers priority late checkout, 20% bonus points on stays, and more.
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
IHG represents the world's largest hotel company with over 5,000 hotels worldwide. Their IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card offers a big sign up bonus of 60,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening. (Reward redemption start at 10,000 points.) Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar spent at IHG hotels, 2 points per dollar spent at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants, and 1 point spent elsewhere. Additional benefits include a free night worldwide each year of cardmembership, and platinum elite status which comes with its own set of benefits like free internet, priority check in, and complimentary upgrades. The annual fee of $49 is waived for the first year.
The Hyatt Credit Card
The Hyatt credit card offers new cardholders two free nights at any Hyatt in the world, after spending $2,000 within three months of account opening. Considering that there are some properties that sell for over $1,000 per night, this is an exceptional offer. The card earns 3x points for Hyatt purchases, 2x points for restaurants, airline tickets (purchased directly from airline) and car rental agencies, and 1 point for other purchases. Each year you'll receive a free night at any category 1-4 property and as long as you're a cardmember. Cardholders also enjoy Discoverist status in the World of Hyatt, which include benefits like free internet, late check out, and more. There is a $75 annual fee for this card, and $0 foreign transaction fees.
Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card
The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature card offers a sign-up bonus of 50,000 points after your first purchase, and another 35,000 points after spending $2,500 within 90 days of account opening. These points are enough to be redeemed for at least one free night, since award nights run from 9,000 to 70,000 points per night. In addition, cardholders receive another 40,000 points each year upon renewal. 10x points are earned from spending at Carlson Rezidor hotels, and 5x points everywhere else. Cardholders also receive Gold status automatically, which include benefits like free upgrades, early check-in and late checkout, discounts on food/beverage, and more. There is a $75 annual fee for this card.
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