The Best Credit Cards For Earning Free Hotel Stays


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Among the big reward credit cards, hotel cards seem to get lost in the noise… there are a couple of great offers out there at the moment, though.Here’s a snapshot of the best hotel credit cards for U.S. travellers, in Outlaw‘s opinion. If free hotel stays are your bag, don’t miss out on:

Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card – This excellent VISA Signature card offers a lot to new cardholders, including 30,000 Bonus Points after your first purchase on the card, and a free night’s stay each year, when you use the published link here to apply.

What are the details of the free night, you wonder? It’s simple: you receive your first Free Night Stay credit upon new account approval — it can be used to book a night at any eligible 1-4 category Marriott hotel. You automatically get another Free Night Stay upon each subsequent card anniversary date as well, and these can be used at 1-5 category Marriott resorts and hotels. You also earn 1 point for each $1 spent on the card, plus 2 points for each $1 spent on airline, dining, or rental car purchases. 

(Outlaw named Marriott’s card the “2010-2011 Best Hotel Rewards Card” back in November.)

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express — This AmEx card has a lot going for it, especially if you like W Hotels or Westin resorts, as I do (both brands are owned by Starwood). They waive the $65 annual fee for the first year, and Starpoints can typically be redeemed for air travel, in addition to hotel stays, so you have quite a bit of flexibility on that front!

You will also receive 10,000 Starpoints after your first purchase on the new card. No blackout dates for point redemption and around 350 airlines participate in the air travel aspect of Starwood’s rewards system.

A third popular option is the Hilton HHonors VISA Signature credit card. I am honestly not too familiar with that one yet, but you receive 30,000 HHonors bonus points after spending $600 within the first four months of account opening.

Happy travels!

View more credit card offers and promotions over on Outlaw.

Disclosures: I used to review credit cards for a living. Also, my web site has a financial relationship with Chase — we participate in their affiliate program. No financial relationship or position on Visa Inc, Citigroup, Starwood Hotels, Marriott, American Express or any other company mentioned in this story at time of publication.

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