Having to travel a few times each year for conferences, I can tell you how nice it feels when you get off a six hour plane ride, see a 45 minute check in line to get to your hotel room, and know that you can walk right to the front of a different line and check in immediately. It sounds silly, and perhaps a little ego-centric, but it’s also comforting to know ahead of time, and in the moment.
Owning a hotel rewards credit card can offer you that luxury, along with many others you may not know exist. If you find yourself on the road a lot, in need of hotel stays, then have a look at the below offers and see if you can find one that fits your needs.
These are the best hotel reward credit cards on the market today; and there are good up front bonuses to be had.
Featured Hotel Rewards Credit Card
IHG Rewards Club Select Card – The IGH Rewards Club Select Credit Card has the biggest up front bonus on our list; 60,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first three months.
Every night you renew, you earn a free night’s stay at over 4,900 locations and this is my personal CC of choice, as I make frequent visits to Holiday Inn Expresses (underrated IMHO). 5 points earned per dollar spent on the IGH Rewards Club Select Card, 2 points per $1 spent at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants and 1 point earned per $1 spent elsewhere.
Lastly, the $49 annual fee is waived for all first year cardholders.
Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card – The high end of hotel rewards cards, the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card provides new members two weekend night certificates good within the Hilton portfolio after spending $2,500 in the first four months of card ownership.
Cardholders earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points for every $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton Portfolio, 5 points are earned per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases, and 3 points are earned per $1 spent on all other purchases.
The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card has no foreign transaction fees, but does have an un-waived, $95 annual fee.
Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card – With over 4,000 Marriott locations, the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card is a must own for anyone that finds themselves spending more than just a few nights annually on the road. To open, new cardholders will earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in purchases during the first three months.
Five points are earned for every $1 spent at Marriott locations, 2 points earned per $1 spent on airline purchases (directly with airlines), car rental stations and restaurants and 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
There are no foreign transaction fees and annual fee to own the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card is $85, waived for the first year.
Hilton HHonors Card from American Express – If no annual fee is your game, and Hilton is your hotel brand of choice, then the Hilton HHonors Card from American Express is the card for your wallet. 50,000 bonus points are earned after you spend $750 in the first three months, and the multipliers on this card are the highest around.
Earn 7 points per dollar spent at Hilton Hotels, 5 points per $1 spent at restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores and 3 points per $1 spent on all other purchases. All cardholders immediately gain Silver status at Hilton Hotels, and can earn Gold status if $20,000 is spent on the card in a calendar year.
As a reminder, there is no annual fee to own the Hilton HHonors Card from American Express.
Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express – 25,000 bonus Starpoints are earned after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express.
Cardholders receive a free night’s stay each year at ten distinct Starwood brands and there is a $95 annual fee, waived for all first year cardholders. The rewards breakdown for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express is as follows; 5 points for every $1 spent at Starwood hotels and 1 point for every $1 spent elsewhere. Nice if you stay with them often, but not a card to use often, in other locations.
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