Best Hotel Rewards Credit Cards of 2017

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One of the great things about staying in hotels can be the perks and amenities you receive when you’re away from home.

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

Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

Current Offer: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.

What This Bonus Could Do for Me: Sometimes it makes sense to just pay for a hotel. Maybe you love to walk the shores of South Carolina in the winter? Using traditional hotel points will be a rip off because actual room rates are so much lower in the off-season. This is the perfect opportunity to pay for the room with your World Arrival Card and use your 50,000 points to redeem up to $500 for travel statement credits. The Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Ocean Front Beach Resort has rates as low as $100 a night in the winter and even with taxes factored in this bonus easily covers 4 nights! This makes a lot more sense than spending 200,000 Hilton Honors points for the same stay!

What Additional Perks Would I Get? Most US based cards are using chip and signature, but the World Arrival has a Chip Plus pin that will allow use overseas at unmanned kiosks. Couple this with no foreign transaction fees and it’s the perfect card for international travel.

$89 / waived first year
Annual Fee

The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Current Offer: Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months and earn an extra 10,000 bonus Starpoints after you make an additional $3,000 in purchases within the first 6 months. Offer ends 4/5/2017

What This Bonus Could Do for Me? The Starwood brand touts some of the most luxurious hotels located in the most desired destinations. After a minimum spend of $5,000 you could be on your way to one of them quicker than you think. Why not use those 40,000 points earned to book 5 nights at the Westin Resort & Spa in Cancun? This hotel will only set you back 10,000 points per night and even better, if you stay 5 consecutive nights the fifth one is free. You'll be one bad hombre as you experience Mexico's sun and sand with a drink in your hand!

What Additional Perks Would I Get? 5th night free when redeeming for hotels opportunity to transfer points to airline partners.

$95 / waived first year
Annual Fee

The Hyatt Credit Card

Current Offer: 2 free nights at Hyatt hotels worldwide after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Get 5,000 bonus points after you add an authorized user to your account and make a purchase with your card during the first 3 months as a cardmember.

What This Bonus Could Do for Me? Hyatt has some amazing properties and resorts throughout the world, so 2 free nights is a BIG DEAL. By far the most aspirational use of these 2 nights is in the immaculate Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme where rooms regularly price out at over €1,000 per night. However, if international travel is not your cup of tea, the Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa is another great option. You haven't lived until you have seen the sunset in Key West while listening to Jimmy Buffet!

What Additional Perks Would I Get? 3x points for Hyatt property purchases, 2 x points at restaurants and on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline and car rental agencies.

Annual Fee

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card

Current Offer: Earn two weekend night certificates after making $2,500 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening.

What This Bonus Could Do for Me: If used strategically the sign-up bonus of 2 free weekend nights at any Hilton property can be a huge score. Please do not use them to stay in Wichita or Boise, it will break my heart. Think big! I'm talking the Conrad Bora Bora or even better a 1,000+ square foot Hillside Villa in the Seychelles overlooking the Indian Ocean (If you have never heard of the Seychelles, 2 words: Google Image). 2 nights at either of the aforementioned resorts would normally cost an unbelievable 90,000 Hilton points.

What Additional Perks Would I Get? Automatic Gold Status will give you free breakfast while staying at Hilton properties, 10x points on Hilton stays, 5x points on airline and car rental, 3x points per $1 on all other purchases. PLUS an additional free weekend night each year that you spend $10,000 on purchases!

Annual Fee

Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card

Current Offer: Up to 85,000 Bonus Gold Points - receive 50,000 Gold Points after your first purchase plus 35,000 points once you spend $2,500 on your card within the first 90 days.

What This Bonus Could Do for Me: This can be your go to card for redeeming hotels in European cities without your familiar American hotel chains. Specifically, Club Carlson's Radisson Blu brand can be a real gem in certain countries. After meeting your minimum spend and receiving 85,000 points, you will have more points than you need to stay 2 nights at Radisson Blu Saga in Reykjavik, Iceland. By the way, flight time from Boston to Reykjavik is only 5 hours and 22 minutes. Weekend trip anyone?

What Additional Perks Would I Get? Hotel redemptions start as low as 9,000 points, you’ll get automatic Club Carlson Gold Status and 40,000 points each year when you renew your card, plus 5 points for every dollar spent

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