The Best Credit Cards with Free Hotel Status Upgrades

By Jason Steele. Last updated 11 September 2018. 0 comments

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Do you like to be treated like a VIP when you check into a hotel? These are the guests who have a special priority line for check-in, and are offered perks like room upgrades, late checkouts, and even free breakfast and internet. Normally these perks are reserved for hotel's most frequent guests, but anyone can enjoy these benefits if they hold the right credit card.

In fact, one of the primary benefits of holding a hotel credit card is all the perks you will receive when you stay at a property within that chain. So here are the five best credit cards that can help you upgrade your hotel status. (See also: Breakdown of Benefits and Value of Hotel Rewards Programs)

Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card 

The Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card provides Hilton fans with Hilton Honors Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year if you spend $40,000 on eligible purchases within a calendar year. You also earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar spent with a participating hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio, 6X points for each dollar spent at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations, and 3X points for all other eligible purchases on your card. New cardholders can earn 125,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the card within your first 3 months of card membership. The annual fee is $95. Terms apply. See rates and fees.

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The World of Hyatt Credit Card

This card grants all cardholders Discoverist status in The World of Hyatt program, which features preferred room upgrades, complimentary internet access, expedited check-in service, and a 2:00 pm late check-out upon request. Cardholders earn up to 9 points per dollar spent at Hyatt hotels and resorts, two points per dollar spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline, on local transit and commuting, and on fitness club and gym memberships. One point is earned for each dollar spent elsewhere. Finally, get one free night each year. Hyatt offers any unsold standard room as an award, with no blackout dates or capacity controls, starting at just 5,000 points per night.

New cardholders can earn 60,000 bonus points — 40,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of opening the account and an additional 20,000 bonus points after spending a total of $6,000 in purchases within 6 months of opening the account. There is a $95 annual fee for this card.

IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card from Chase

The IHG® Rewards Club Premier credit card offers all cardholders Platinum Elite status in the IHG Rewards program, which covers Intercontinental hotels, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, and several other brands. This status level features free Internet, priority check-in, an automatic 10% points rebate on redemptions, room upgrades, and more. The credit card offers 10 points per dollar when you stay at an IHG hotel, 2 points for purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants, and one point on all other purchases. Additionally, get a free night each year of card membership at over 5,000 hotels worldwide. New cardholders can earn 100,000 bonus points after spending  just $3,000 on their card within three months of opening the account, and 5,000 bonus points after you add your first authorized user and make your first purchase in the first three months from account opening. The annual fee is $89.

Info about the The World of Hyatt Credit Card and the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card from Chase has been collected independently by Wise Bread. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

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