The best hotel credit card bonus point offers

 

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (SPG):

  • 25,000 bonus points – Earn 10k on first purchase + 15k after spending $5k in 6 months.
  • $65 annual fee is waived the first year.
  • Receive credit for 5 nights and 2 stays toward SPG elite status each year.
  • Earn 2 point/dollar at Starwood hotels and 1 point/dollar on all other purchases.

This card offers the highest value per dollar spent of any hotel card in terms of straight redemptions. Free nights using SPG points start with as few as 2,000 points for a weekend night and 3,000 for weekday nights!!

Starwood also gives you the 5th night free when you redeem 4 consecutive award nights. One of the big perks of SPG over other hotel programs is that SPG counts your award nights towards elite status, which is unheard of with other hotel loyalty programs!

Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase:

  • 50,000 bonus points after $1,000 spending in first 3 months
  • 1 Free Night Cert upon approval for category 1-4 hotel
  • Automatic SILVER Elite Status via 15 Nights Credit toward your next Elite membership level every year upon account anniversary.
  • Annual Free Night Cert upon anniversary at a category 1-5 hotel
  • 5 points/dollar spent at Marriott
  • $85 annual fee – WAIVED the 1st year

30,000 – 50,000 is the typical range of the sign-up bonus for the Marriott card, so this offer is currently sitting at the high-end. Every great once in a while you will see an offer for a 70k bonus but that hasn’t been offered in a while.

 

 Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Visa Signature® Card:

  • 40,000 HHonors Bonus Points after $1,000 spent on purchases within the first 4 months.
  • Automatic HHonors Silver status and Gold status after 4 additional nights.
  • No Annual Fee – not just the 1st year
  • 6 HHonors points/dollar on Hilton stays
  • 3 HHonors points/dollar at gas stations, supermarkets, & drug stores
  • 2 HHonors points/dollar on all other purchases

 

Citi® Hilton HHonors® Reserve Card:

  • 2 Free Weekend Night Stays at a category 1-7 hotel or select Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts after $2,500 spending in 4 months.
  • Automatic HHonors Gold Status as long as you hold the card.
  • Diamond HHonors status w/ $40k annual spending
  • 10 HHonors points/dollar on Hilton stays
  • 5 HHonors points/dollar on airline and car rental purchases
  • 3 HHonors points/dollar on all other purchases
  • $95 annual fee

 

The Hyatt Credit Card from Chase:

  • 2 free nights at a Hyatt property worldwide after $1,000 spending in 3 months
  • Automatic Platinum status as long as you are a card member
  • 2 points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline and at car rental agencies

  • 1 point per $1 spent elsewhere
  • Redeem for Free Nights with no resort fees
  • 1 Free Night every year on your cardmember anniversary at any Category 1-4 property
  • $75 annual fee

 

Priority Club® Select Visa® card from Chase:

  • 60,000 bonus points after $1,000 spending in 3 months
  • Annual free night e-cert
  • Platinum Elite status as long as you are a card member
  • $0 annual fee 1st year then $65 after
  • Automatic 10% point rebate

 

Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card:

  • 70,000 bonus points after $2,000 spending in 3 months
  • 1st year Gold status
  • Upgrade to the Ritz-Carlton Club® Level three times annually and enjoy a dedicated concierge and complimentary food and beverage presentations
  • Complimentary airport lounge access to hundreds of airport lounges worldwide
  • $200 airline incidentals credit
  • $100 Hotel Credit for qualifying dining, spa, and hotel recreational activities during every two night stay or longer
  • $395 annual fee

 

Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card:

Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card

  • Bonus Award Nights –When you redeem Gold Points for 2 or more nights, your last night is free!
  • 40,000 renewal points each year when you renew the card membership
  • Automatic Gold Elite Status for as long as you have the card
  • 10 points per dollar in net purchases at participating properties
  • 5 points per dollar in net purchases on all other purchases
  • $75 Annual fee

Award nights at Club Carlson run from 9,000/night up to 50,000/night for a category 6 hotel, but you can essentially cut those amounts in half with this card due to the Bonus Award Nights feature of this card! Anytime you redeem 2 nights or more you get the last night with out having to use points! This is a huge perk with this card. If you use your points for 2 night stays only, you will get two for the price of 1!!!!

Club Carlson Rewards Visa Signature Card:

Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card

 

 

 

  • Up to 60k bonus Gold Points – 50,000 points after 1st purchase and an additional 10,000 after $1,500 spending in the first 3 months
  • Bonus Award Nights –When you redeem Gold Points for 2 or more nights, your last night is free!
  • 25,000 renewal points each year when you renew the card membership
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status for as long as you have the card
  • 10 points per dollar in net purchases at participating properties
  • 5 points per dollar in net purchases on all other purchases
  • $50 Annual Fee

Club Carlson Rewards Visa Card:

Club Carlson Rewards Visa Card

  • 30,000 bonus Gold Points after $1k spending within 90 days
  • 3 points per dollar in net purchases at participating properties
  • 1 points per dollar in net purchases on all other purchases
  • Bonus Award Nights –When you redeem Gold Points for 2 or more nights, your last night is free!
  • No Annual Fee

 



5 Responses to The best hotel credit card bonus point offers

  1. Economiler says:

    If you had to make some large purchases (~$10-20k), do you think it would be better to put that on a Club Carlson card and earn their 5x points, or stick with something like a Sapphire? (I can’t earn any bonuses for these purchases).

    Also, is there any way to cash out an amex prepaid card that doesn’t have a pin – does amazon payments work for that? Thanks!

    • Jeremy - The Points Traveler says:

      Good question. The answer depends entirely on your perspective and goals. $10k on Club Carlson card = 50,000 pts good for 2 nights at top tier via bonus award nights for card holders which is a good value. Sapphire would be 10k UR points which provides more flexibility for what and how to use them. If you think you will use the CC nights then that might be a good option, but if you want flexibility an UR card might be the way to go. I suggest you figure out where you want to go and what points you need to get there, then make your spending on that basis.

      Amazon payments work, although there is a cost you could also consider using them to by Visa cards via giftcardmall.com (go through ebates for 1% cashback) which could then be liquidated via Bluebird or money orders.

  2. Don says:

    Jeremy, when I click your link to the SPG card, it takes me to an option to add someone to my account. Am I doing something wrong?

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