How to Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right for a Trip to Tokyo

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Million Mile Secrets reader Jenny commented:

Hi,

I have a trip to Tokyo planned in December. Which cards would you recommend that I apply for to help with accommodations on that trip?

Thanks!

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

Which Tokyo Hotels Can Jenny Stay in for Free?

Jenny wants to know which credit cards she should get to have Big Travel with Small Money for a trip to Tokyo, Japan.

How to Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right for You Series:

Test Searches

You should do dummy searches on the hotel websites before you apply for a hotel credit card to check:

  • The locations of the hotels
  • How many points you need 
  • What types of rooms you can get for your points

If you find it’s not possible to book a room with points, don’t give up!  If a hotel is not sold out, you might find award rooms closer to the time of your stay.  So keep checking back!

Tokyo

Let’s say Jenny is going to Tokyo in December and wants to use points to pay for hotel rooms.  Her 1st step is to see which hotels are in Tokyo, Japan.

Best WesternChoiceClub Carlson, HiltonHyatt, IHG RewardsMarriott, and Starwood, all have hotels in Tokyo, Japan.

Wyndham does not, so you shouldn’t apply for a credit card from them IF your goal is free hotel rooms in Tokyo, Japan.

Consider Wyndham for trips to other countries including the US, Mexico, Germany, and China.  

Step 1 – Search for Hotels

Jenny is staying 7 nights, from December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014.  She has the following choices:

A.   Best Western

There is only 1 Best Western hotel in Tokyo, Japan, the Best Western Shinjuku Astina Hotel Tokyo.

The Best Western Shinjuku Astina Hotel Tokyo is 5 minutes from the subway and is in the Shinjuku district.  It is a 10 minute walk to the Takashimaya Times Square.

Best Western doesn’t have traditional hotel categories, instead they offer 3 hotel types:

The Best Western Shinjuku Astina Hotel Tokyo is a Best Western hotel and costs 28,000 Best Western points per night.

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$104 per night including taxes for Visa and MasterCard holders.

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The Best Western Shinjuku Astina Hotel Tokyo Is a 5 Minute Walk From the Subway

Best Western Card

Jenny gets Gold elite status with the Best Western credit card and Diamond status after spending $10,000 in a calendar year.

B.   Choice

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

Jenny Has Many Choices When She Choose Choice Hotels

The Choice website shows 4 Choice hotels in Tokyo, Japan:

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

There Are 4 “Choice” Hotels in Tokyo, Japan

Like Best Western hotels, Choice hotels don’t have traditional hotel categories.  Choice does NOT have a traditional award chart.

Redemptions at Choice hotels range from 6,000 Choice points to 35,000 Choice points.  And the point cost can change depending on the time of year or hotel demand.  Jenny has to check each hotel to see how many Choice points are needed for her stay.

1.   Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kanda 

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kanda costs 8,000 Choice points a night.  The Comfort Inn Tokyo Kanda is in the Chiyoda-ku district and a 27 minute subway ride to the Imperial Palace.  It will take Jenny 6 minutes to walk to the subway from the Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kanda.

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$111 per night including taxes.

2.   Comfort Hotel Tokyo Higashi Nihombashi

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Comfort Hotel Tokyo Higashi Nihombashi costs 8,000 Choice points a night.

The Comfort Inn Tokyo Higashi Nihombashi is in the Chuo-ku district and a 25 minute subway ride to the Ueno Zoo.  The closest subway is a 3 minute walk.  This hotel would be a good choice for Tokyo.

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$111 per night including taxes.

3.   Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kiyosumi Shirakawa

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kiyosumi Shirakawa costs 8,000 Choice points a night.

The Comfort Inn Tokyo Kiyosumi Shirakawa is in the Tokyo Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district and is a 28 minute subway ride to the Imperial Palace.  The closest subway is a 3 minute walk.  This hotel would be a good choice for Tokyo.

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In 31 Minutes Jenny Can Be at the Imperial Palace

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$111 per night including taxes.

4.   Comfort Hotel Yokohama Kannai

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Comfort Hotel Yokohama Kannai costs 8,000 Choice points a night.

The Comfort Inn Tokyo Yokohama Kannai is in the Minato Yokohama district and a 1 hour and 7 minute subway ride to the Ueno Zoo.  The closest subway is a 9 minute walk.  Because it’s in the city of Yokohama, if Jenny wants to go sightseeing in Tokyo, she should NOT stay at the Comfort Hotel Yokohama Kannai.  

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$101 per night including taxes.

Choice Credit Card

Jenny gets Gold elite status with the Choice credit card.

C.   Club Carlson

There is only 1 Club Carlson hotel in Tokyo, Japan, the Radisson Hotel Narita.

The Radisson Hotel Narita is a 20 minute drive to the airport and is in the Narita district.  The hotel provides a free airport shuttle.  This is NOT the best hotel if you want to be reasonably close to central Tokyo.

The Radisson Hotel Narita is a Category 3 hotel and costs 28,000 Radisson points per night.

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$70 per night including taxes.

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The Radisson Hotel Narita Offers a Free Airport Shuttle

Club Carlson Credit Card

Jenny gets free Gold elite status with the Club Carlson credit card and a free night when redeeming 2 or more nights at the same hotel.

D.   Hilton

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

Hilton Has 9 Hotel Brands, But There Are Only 2 In Tokyo

The Hilton website shows 4 Hilton hotels in Tokyo, Japan:

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

Jenny Has a Choice of 4 “Hilton” Hotels in Tokyo, Japan

1.   Hilton Tokyo

The Hilton Tokyo is a Category 7 hotel and costs 30,000 to 60,000 Hilton points per night.  Or Jenny can use Points & Money and use cash and Hilton points to pay.  Points & Money rates vary by hotel and dates and may not be available.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Hilton Tokyo costs 60,000 Hilton points a night.  Or Jenny could pay ~$97 and 24,000 Hilton points per night.

But Points & Money isn’t available for all 7 nights of her stay, only the 1st 6 nights.  The Hilton Tokyo is in the Shinjuku district and a 45 minute subway ride to the Imperial Palace.  The hotel is connected to the Tokyo Metro subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

The advance purchase cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$324 per night including taxes.

2.   Conrad Tokyo

The Conrad Tokyo is a Category 10 hotel and costs 75,000 to 95,000 Hilton points per night.  Or Jenny can use Points & Money and use cash and Hilton points to pay.  Points & Money rates vary by hotel and dates and may not be available.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Conrad Tokyo costs 95,000 Hilton points a night.  Points & Money isn’t available for her stay.

The Conrad Tokyo is in the Minato-Ku district and is a 17 minute subway ride to the Ginza Shopping district.  The hotel is an 8 minute walk to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

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Jenny Would Be Close to Shopping If She Stayed at the Conrad Tokyo

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$648 per night including taxes.

3.   Hilton Tokyo Bay

The Hilton Tokyo Bay is a Category 9 hotel and costs 50,000 to 80,000 Hilton points per night.  Or Jenny can use Points & Money and use cash and Hilton points to pay.  Points & Money rates vary by hotel and dates and may not be available.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Hilton Tokyo costs 60,000 Hilton points a night.  Points & Money isn’t available for her stay.  The Hilton Tokyo Bay is in the Urayasu district and a 16 minute walk to Tokyo Disneyland.  The hotel is ~50 minute subway ride from central Tokyo and a bad choice for Tokyo.

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$325 per night including taxes.

4.   Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport

The Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport is a Category 3 hotel which usually costs 20,000 Hilton points per night.  Or Jenny can use Points & Money and use cash and Hilton points to pay.  Points & Money rates vary by hotel and dates and may not be available.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport costs 13,000 Hilton points a night.  Points & Money isn’t available for her stay.  The Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport is in the Narita district and a 2 hour and 15 minute subway ride to the Imperial Palace.  The hotel provides a free airport shuttle.  This is a bad choice for Tokyo because it is far from central Toyko.

The advance purchase cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$151 per night including taxes.

Hilton Credit Cards

Hilton has more hotels than any other chain and there are a variety of Hilton credit cards available:

Jenny can get the Citi® Hilton Reserve card which gives her 2 free weekend nights at any Hilton worldwide and Gold elite status (free breakfast and internet) for as long as she has the card.  This is my favorite Hilton card.

The American Express Hilton HHonors card gets Jenny free Silver elite status

And the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass gives her free Gold elite status (free breakfast and internet) for the 1st year and Diamond status (free breakfast and internet) after spending $40,000 in a calendar year.

Jenny gets Silver elite status from the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card

And there are even more ways to earn Hilton points!

E.   Hyatt

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

There Are Several Hyatt Brands in Tokyo

The Hyatt website also gives Jenny a choice of 4 hotels:

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills Is Near the Ginza Shopping District

1.  Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

The Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is a Category 6 hotel and costs 25,000 Hyatt points per night.  Or Jenny can use Points + Cash and pay $150 and 12,500 Hyatt points per night.  To book a Points + Cash stay, Jenny has to call Hyatt at 800-228-3360.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills costs 25,000 Hyatt points a night.  Or Jenny could pay $150 and 15,500 Hyatt points per night.  The Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is in the Minato-Ku district and a 17 minute subway ride to the Ginza Shopping district.  The hotel is an 8 minute walk to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$658 per night including taxes.

2.  Grand Hyatt Tokyo

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is a Category 6 hotel and costs 25,000 Hyatt points per night.  Or you can use Points + Cash and pay $150 and 12,500 Hyatt points per night.  To book a Points + Cash stay, Jenny has to call Hyatt at 800-228-3360.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo costs 25,000 Hyatt points a night.  Or Jenny could pay $150 and 12,500 Hyatt points per night.   The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is in the Roppongi district and a 38 minute subway ride to the Ueno Zoo.  The hotel is a 3 minute walk to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

The Ueno Zoo Breeds Giant Pandas

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$683 per night including taxes.

3.  Park Hyatt Tokyo

The Park Hyatt Tokyo is a Category 7 hotel and costs 30,000 Hyatt points per night.  Or you can use Points + Cash and pay $300 and 15,000 Hyatt points per night.  To book a Points + Cash stay, Jenny has to call Hyatt at 800-228-3360.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Park Hyatt Tokyo would pay 30,000 Hyatt points a night, but it isn’t available using Hyatt points.  Points + Cash isn’t available for her stay.  The Park Hyatt Tokyo is in the Shinjuku district and a 43 minute subway ride to the Imperial Palace.  The hotel provides a free shuttle bus to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$660 per night including taxes.

4.  Hyatt Regency Tokyo

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is a Category 3 hotel and costs 12,000 Hyatt points per night.  Or you can use Points + Cash and pay $75 and 6,000 Hyatt points per night.  To book a Points + Cash stay, Jenny has to call Hyatt at 800-228-3360.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo costs 12,000 Hyatt points a night.  Or Jenny could pay $75 and 6,000 Hyatt points per night.  The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is in the Shinjuku district and a 48 minute subway ride to the Imperial Palace.  The hotel provides a free shuttle bus to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

The advance purchase cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$271 per night including taxes.

If Jenny has chosen the Hyatt Regency Tokyo, it would only cost 84,000 Hyatt points (12,000 points x 7 nights).  And there are lots of ways to get Hyatt points.

1.   Chase Hyatt Card

The best card would be the Hyatt credit card which gives her 2 free nights at any Hyatt worldwide after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months.

There are lots of ways to get Hyatt points.

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

Jenny Can Stay at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo for 12,000 Hyatt Points a Night

2.   Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

Jenny gets 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points when she spends $3,000 within 3 months on the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to certain airlines and hotels at a 1:1 ratio.  So 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points becomes 40,000 Hyatt hotel points.

3.   Chase Ink Cards

The Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Bold business cards each get Jenny 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within 3 months.  You can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt hotel points.

Do you know the 3 ways you may qualify for a business credit card?

Note:  Jenny can apply for 1 personal and 1 business card from Chase at the same time.  But she does NOT have to wait 6 months between Chase applications.

F.   IHG

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

Only 1 of IHG’s 11 Hotel Brands Are in Tokyo

There are 4 IHG hotels in Tokyo, Japan:

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

IHG Has 4 Hotels in Tokyo, Japan

 

IHG does NOT publish their award chart but lets you check award rates online.

1.  InterContinental ANA: Tokyo

The InterContinental ANA: Tokyo is a Category 8 hotel and costs 45,000 IHG points per night.  Or Jenny can use Points + Cash and pay $40 and 40,000 IHG points or $70 and 35,000 IHG points per night.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the InterContinental ANA: Tokyo costs 45,000 IHG points a night.  Or Jenny could pay $40 and 40,000 IHG points or $70 and 35,000 IHG points per night.  The InterContinental ANA: Tokyo is in the Minato-Ku district and a 18 minute subway ride to the Ginza Shopping district.  The hotel is an 8 minute walk to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

The advance purchase cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$269 per night including taxes.

2.  InterContinental: Tokyo Bay

The InterContinental: Tokyo Bay is a Category 6 hotel and costs 35,000 IHG points per night.  Or Jenny can use Points + Cash and pay $40 and 30,000 IHG points or $70 and 25,000 IHG points per night.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the InterContinental: Tokyo Bay costs 45,000 IHG points a night.  Or Jenny could pay $40 and 30,000 IHG points or $70 and 25,000 IHG points per night.  The InterContinental: Tokyo Bay is in the Minato-Ku district and a 40 minute subway ride to the Imperial Palace.  The hotel is 2 minute walk to the subway and a choice for Tokyo.

The advance purchase cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$193 per night including taxes.

3.  InterContinental ANA: The Strings Tokyo

The InterContinental ANA: The Strings Tokyo is a Category 9 hotel and costs 50,000 IHG points per night.  Or Jenny can use Points + Cash and pay $40 and 45,000 IHG points or $70 and 40,000 IHG points per night.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the InterContinental ANA: The Strings Tokyo costs 50,000 IHG points a night.  Or Jenny could pay $40 and 45,000 IHG points or $70 and 40,000 IHG points per night.  The InterContinental ANA: The Strings Tokyo is in the Minato-Ku district and a 37 minute subway ride to the Ueno Zoo.  The hotel is a 4 minute walk to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

The advance purchase cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$320 per night including taxes.

4.  InterContinental: Yokohoma Grand

The InterContinental: Yokohama is a Category 9 hotel and costs 50,000 IHG points per night.  Or Jenny can use Points + Cash and pay $40 and 45,000 IHG points or $70 and 40,000 IHG points per night.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the InterContinental: Yokohama costs 50,000 IHG points a night.  Or Jenny could pay $40 and 45,000 IHG points or $70 and 40,000 IHG points per night.

The InterContinental ANA:Tokyo is in the Nishi-Ku ward of Yokohama and is a 1 hour and 12 minute subway ride to the Imperial Palace.  Because it’s in city of Yokohama, if Jenny wants to go sightseeing in Tokyo, this is a bad choice for Tokyo.

The advance purchase cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$242 per night including taxes.

IHG Credit Card

Jenny can get the Chase IHG Rewards Club that gives her Platinum elite status and a free night on her card anniversary.

G.   Marriott

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

Will Jenny Find Her Perfect Room With Marriott?

There are 5 Marriott hotels in Tokyo, Japan:

But the Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station and the Courtyard Tokyo Ginza Hotel don’t have rooms available for award nights for December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014.

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo Is a ~5 Minute Walk From the National Art Center, Tokyo

1.  Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station

The Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station is a Category 6 hotel and costs 30,000 Marriott points per night.  Or Jenny can use Cash and Points and pay a combination of cash and Marriott points for her stay.  Jenny would choose to pay cash or use points each night unlike paying a reduced cash and point rate like Hyatt and IHG hotels offer.

So, Jenny could pay a cash rate for 2 nights and use points for 4 nights.  And Jenny gets the 5th night free when she redeems Marriott points for 4 nights, even when paying with Cash and Points.  Cash and Points rates are only available on hotel stays of 2 nights or more.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station costs 30,000 Marriott points a night.  The Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station is in the Chuou-Ku district and a 10 minute walk to the Ginza Shopping district.  The hotel is an 2 minute walk to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

The advance purchase cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$215 per night including taxes.

2.  The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is a Tier 5 hotel and costs 70,000 Marriott points per night.

Or Jenny can use Cash and Points and pay a combination of cash and Marriott points for her stay.  Jenny would choose to pay cash or use points each night unlike paying a reduced cash and point rate like Hyatt and IHG hotels offer.

So, Jenny could pay a cash rate for 2 nights and use points for 4 nights.  And Jenny gets the 5th night free when she redeems Marriott points for 4 nights, even when paying with Cash and Points.  Cash and Points rates are only available on hotel stays of 2 nights or more.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo costs 70,000 Marriott points a night.  The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is in the Minato-Ku district and a 25 minute subway ride to the Ginza Shopping district.  The hotel is an 9 minute walk to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

The advance purchase cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$928 per night including taxes.

3.  The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, Autograph Collection

The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, Autograph Collection is a Category 8 hotel and costs 40,000 Marriott points per night.

Or Jenny can use Cash and Points and pay a combination of cash and Marriott points for her stay.  Jenny would choose to pay cash or use points each night unlike paying a reduced cash and point rate like Hyatt and IHG hotels offer.

So, Jenny could pay a cash rate for 2 nights and use points for 4 nights.  And Jenny gets the 5th night free when she redeems Marriott points for 4 nights, even when paying with Cash and Points.  Cash and Points rates are only available on hotel stays of 2 nights or more.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, Autograph Collection costs 40,000 Marriott points a night.  The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, Autograph Collection is in the Minato-Ku district and a 18 minute subway ride to the Ginza Shopping district.  The hotel is a 3 minute walk to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

During the Spring Jenny Could See Cherry Blossoms In Bloom From Her Room at The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, Autograph Collection

The advance purchase cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$201 per night including taxes.

4.  Tokyo Marriott Hotel

The Tokyo Marriott Hotel is a Category 8 hotel and costs 40,000 Marriott points per night.

Or Jenny can use Cash and Points and pay a combination of cash and Marriott points for her stay.  Jenny would choose to pay cash or use points each night unlike paying a reduced cash and point rate like Hyatt and IHG hotels offer.

So, Jenny could pay a cash rate for 2 nights and use points for 4 nights.  And Jenny gets the 5th night free when she redeems Marriott points for 4 nights, even when paying with Cash and Points.  Cash and Points rates are only available on hotel stays of 2 nights or more.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Tokyo Marriott Hotel costs 40,000 points a night.  The Tokyo Marriott Hotel is in the Shinagawa-Ku district and a 48 minute subway ride to the Imperial Palace.  The hotel is a 12 minute walk to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

The advance purchase cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$156 per night including taxes.

5.   Courtyard Tokyo Ginza Hotel

The Courtyard Tokyo Ginza Hotel is a Category 7 hotel and costs 35,000 Marriott points per night.  Or Jenny can use Cash and Points and pay a combination of cash and Marriott points for her stay. Jenny would choose to pay cash or use points each night unlike paying a reduced cash and point rate like Hyatt and IHG hotels offer.

So, Jenny could pay a cash rate for 2 nights and use points for 4 nights. And Jenny gets the 5th night free when she redeems Marriott points for 4 nights, even when paying with Cash and Points. Cash and Points rates are only available on hotel stays of 2 nights or more.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Courtyard Tokyo Ginza Hotel costs 35,000 Marriott points a night. The Courtyard Tokyo Ginza Hotel is in the Ginza district and in the Ginza Shopping district. The hotel is an 8 minute walk to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

The advance purchase cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$251 per night including taxes.

Marriott Credit Card

The Marriott card has a sign-up bonus, a free night in a Category 1 to 4 hotel, a free night on her card anniversary, and 15 elite credits

H.   Starwood

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

There are 3 Starwood Sheraton and Westin Brand Hotels in Tokyo

Jenny has a choice of 4 Starwood hotels in Tokyo, Japan:

Jenny could call Starwood at 888-625-4988 to find SPG Cash & Points rooms even when the website says none are available.

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

Sheraton Has 4 “Starwood” Hotels in Tokyo, Japan

1.  Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo

The Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo is a Category 4 hotel and costs 10,000 Starwood points per night.  Or Jenny can use Cash + Points and pay $75 and 5,000 Starwood points per night.  Starwood offers the 5th night free when Jenny redeems 4 nights.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo costs 10,000 Starwood points a night.  Or Jenny could pay $75 and 5,000 Starwood points per night.  The Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo is in the Shirokanedai district and a 32 minute subway ride to the Tsukiji Fish Market.  The hotel is a 4 minute walk to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

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Jenny Can Wake Up Very Early and Visit the Tsukiji Fish Market

 

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$266 per night including taxes.

2.  Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel

The Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel is a Category 6 hotel and costs 20,000 to 25,000 Starwood points per night.  Or Jenny can use Cash + Points and pay $180 and 10,000 Starwood points per night.  Starwood offers the 5th night free when Jenny redeems 4 nights.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel costs ~13,700 points a night because of the 5th night free.  Or Jenny could pay $180 and 10,000 Starwood points per night.  The Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel is in the Urayasu district and provides a free shuttle to Tokyo Disneyland.  The hotel is ~50 minute subway ride from central Tokyo and a bad choice for Tokyo

How To Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right For You: Tokyo

The Magic Kingdom Is Everywhere

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$414 per night including taxes.

3.  The Westin Tokyo

The Westin Tokyo is a Category 5 hotel and costs 12,000 to 16,000 Starwood points per night.  Or Jenny can use Cash + Points and pay $110 and 6,000 Starwood points per night.  Starwood offers the 5th night free when Jenny redeems 4 nights.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Westin Tokyo costs 25,000 Hyatt points a night.  Or Jenny could pay $110 and 6,000 Starwood points per night.  The Westin Tokyo is in the Meguro-Ku district and a 33 minute subway ride to the Tokyo Tower.  The hotel is a 12 minute walk to the subway making it a good choice for Tokyo.

The advance purchase cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$298 per night including taxes.

4.  Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers

The Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers is a Category 4 hotel and costs 10,000 Starwood points per night.  Or Jenny can use Cash + Points and pay $75 and 5,000 Starwood points per night.  Starwood offers the 5th night free when Jenny redeems 4 nights.

For Jenny’s travel dates of December 21, 2014, to December 28, 2014, the Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers costs 10,000 Starwood points a night.  Or Jenny could pay $75 and 5,000 Starwood points per night.  The Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers is in the Nishi-Ku district in Yokohama and a 1 minute walk to the subway.  But because it’s in city of Yokohama, if Jenny wants to go sightseeing in Tokyo, this is a bad choice for Tokyo.

The cash price for December 21, 2014 is ~$263 per night including taxes.

Starwood Credit Cards

Starwood has both a personal SPG American Express card and a business SPG American Express card.  Each card gives Jenny 2 stays or 5 nights towards elite status.  Starwood points transfer to ~30 airline partners so Jenny can use her Starwood points for hotels or flights.

Note:   American Express may be limiting sign-up bonuses starting May 1, 2014.

Step 2 – Check Out Your Options

Jenny can narrow her choices by:

  • Reading hotel reviews on YelpTravelocityFlyertalk, and Milepoint to prevent any unexpected surprises 
  • Seeing if award nights are available
  • Finding out the number of points needed
  • Finding out the extra costs such as resort fees and parking
  • Finding out the distance from the sites
  • Using Google Maps to find how far it is from the airport

Bottom Line

Jenny wanted to know which hotel credit card she should get to visit Tokyo, Japan.

After doing dummy searches on hotel websites, she would narrow her choices based on location using Google Mapsand how many points it would cost.  

In her case, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo may be a good option.  So she’d apply for credit cards that would transfer points to Hyatt or earn Hyatt points directly.

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11 Responses to How to Find Out Which Hotel Card Is Right for a Trip to Tokyo

  1. Wow, excellent post breaking down the myriad of choices here!

    I concur that the Hyatt Regency Tokyo is an excellent option for points, but surely for the two free nights that come with the Chase Hyatt Card, she should take the 15 minute walk through Shinjuku Central Park and use them at the Park Hyatt Tokyo instead?

    Depending on how many people Jenny travels with, the Andaz Tokyo may be a better choice, as it is the only Hyatt in Tokyo that allows for three adults to stay in an award room with no extra charge.

  2. FYI. Do not use the Hilton search tool for awards nights. Most oversea hotel said one thing on search tool then actually booking on the site. Hilton Tokyo Bay when you book at the site, there are nothing lower then 70k/nt. this happen to us during our planning for Disney Sea. I search all year long nothing but 70-90k

  3. Great breakdown. Saving this list as I booked a cheap flight to Tokyo for next spring. Good to know my hotel options :D

  4. Bubba Hotep

    You forgot the Courtyard Ginza Hotel, which may be Marriott’s best option in terms of location.

    While this is an nice list of the many Tokyo hotels tied to loyalty programs and free nights, breaking down further the best areas to stay would be better. For instance, I’d rate properties near Ginza best, with second place being near Roppongi. Some properties that are listed as good choices, like the Westin, are really not close to anything to a first time tourist. (I have stayed there before. Great property – but I’d only stay there if I had business in the area).

  5. Eric Pease

    We’re in Japan right now. Starting week 2 of a 13 day stay. Our first two nights were at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Our room was on the 46th floor overlooking Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Shrine. Our first morning, we went to the Shrine for the 8am prayers for world peace and food. Service at the Park Hyatt was impeccable. Our stay there was heavenly! we got the Hyatt card just for the free 2 night stay at the Park Hyatt. highly recommended. On the train now from Kanazawa to Koya-san to stay in a buddhist temple tonight!

  6. This is really a great post!! I email it to many friends of mine. I wish you can do another one on London. It is difficult to search for hotel for London since they don’t usually have the “brand name” of the hotel in their name. (Like The Park Lane London is a SPG property)

  7. How timely since many of us got in on the cheap flights to Europe/Tokyo! I was just starting to look into hotels for Budapest and Prague and Tokyo, and realized my Choice points would work well for all 3 locations. Now I regret not buying a few more through Daily Getaways last week. But, after your post I might consider getting the Chase Hyatt card for a couple free nights at a fancy schmancy hotel in Tokyo instead. Thanks!

  8. @Bubba Hotep – Thanks! Will add that.

    @Eric Pease – Sounds like a great stay!

    @ Mia – There are a LOT of choices in London, but I’ll see what I can do.

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  11. Don’t forget the tax (9%) and customer service charge (up to 13%) most of these hotels charge… Adding all together will be an additional 100-200 dollars.

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