Hotel Credit Cards

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I try to keep the information on this page updated, but please double check the credit card applications for details about terms and conditions of the offers.  And check Hot Deals for the latest top offers!

Please let me know if you find a better offer so that I can list it here!  Cards are listed alphabetically by hotel.

Here are 40+ ways to complete the minimum spending on credit cards if you are concerned about completing the minimum spending requirements.

1.  Club Carlson

US Bank Club Carlson Premier – 85,000 Bonus Points

  • 50,000 bonus points after 1st purchase and another 35,000 points after spending $2,500 on purchases within the 1st 90 days of opening your account on the US Bank Club Carlson Premier (Personal) & US Bank Club Carlson Business Rewards – that’s up to 9 free award Nights at Category 1 hotels
  • Free Club Carlson Gold elite status for as long as you have the card or 15 nights credit towards towards Concierge status if you are already a gold elite member
  • $75 ($60 for business) annual fee not waived for 1st year; 2% to 3% foreign transaction fee
  • 40,000 points for renewing your card each year
  • Earn a free night at US Club Carlson hotels when you spend $10,000 in an anniversary year and renew your card
  • 10 Club Carlson points per $1 spent at Club Carlson hotels & 5 points for everything else

US Bank Club Carlson Rewards – 60,000 Bonus Points

  • 50,000 bonus points after 1st purchase and another 10,000 points after spending $1,500 on purchases within the 1st 90 days of opening your account on the US Bank Club Carlson Rewards
  • Free Club Carlson Silver elite status for as long as you have the card or 15 night credit towards Gold/Concierge status if you are already an elite member
  • $50 annual fee not waived for 1st year; 2% to 3% foreign transaction fee
  • 25,000 points for renewing your card each year
  • Earn a free night at US Club Carlson hotels when you spend $10,000 in an anniversary year and renew your card
  • 6 Club Carlson points per $1 spent at Club Carlson hotels & 3 points for everything else

2.   Hilton

Here’s how to earn hundreds of thousands of Hilton points.

American Express Hilton HHonors

American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass 

Daraius’ Tip:   See the Hot Deals tab for other offers.  Free Hilton Gold elite status for as long as you have the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Card (free internet & breakfast!)


3.  Marriott

4.  Starwood

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835 responses to “Hotel Credit Cards

  1. We are traveling to Europe 3 weeks and wanting to get hotel credit card. Our Marriott doesn’t seem much good because not many hotels to choose from and few there are would eat up most of our points (90,000 pts currently) for 1 or 2 stays! Hilton or ihg we are considering. We are 2 adults & 3 children. We stay Marriotts a lot in u.s. no problem…kids share fold out couch. I was told by Hyatt when I called US # they don’t allow more than 3 in room Europe. Found same restriction on both Hyatt’s and Marriotts websites entering in our reservation info. We can’t afford nor do we want 2 Rooms. Do you know if they are that strict? Could we earn two free nights standard rooms and use them for all of us in one room based on your experience? We r looking at traveling Paris, Vienna,, germany and, maybe London and Rome. Most interested in using in Vienna or Paris. Trip sept/oct. 2014. I appreciate any guidance. Thank you!

  2. Hi,

    I applied for both Citi Hilton Reserve and Citi Hilton Visa Signature Cards, but I was denied on the Citi Hilton Visa Signature card. I applied for both within 1 minute of each other. Is there anyway I can call Citi and request them to reconsider? I have never signed up for either of these cards (I love SPG lol), and my hilton honors account was just established today as well. Will they reconsider me for the Visa signature card?

  3. @Julie – I can’t comment specifically, but usually hotels are stricter on room occupancy outside the US. You could try booking a club room etc. with a higher occupancy level.

    @Jay – You usually have to wait ~7 days between Citi personal card applications. That said, it doesn’t hurt to call back and ask.

  4. Should I re-apply for the Citi card that i was denied on? I was approved on the reserve card, so should i re-apply for the visa signature card in 7 days? Or will I now have to wait?

  5. @Jay – Now that’s it’s been at least eight days since you applied, you should be able to call reconsideration and get approved for the signature card (assuming you haven’t applied for any other Citi cards). I wouldn’t reapply. Just call recon again.

  6. @Jay – (assuming you haven’t applied for any other Citi cards besides the Reserve)

  7. I tried re-applying after 8 days and i was still declined. Should I still call the reconsideration line?

  8. I’m up for my one year renewal on my Marriott card, however, I don’t have any plans to use the free night certificate within six months. Do you know of anyone that has been able to extend the certificate?

  9. Both our Starwood Preferred AmEx & Barclay required $10,000 use within 3 months.
    What are the best programs out there now, where large amount gift cards can be purchase,
    then easily transferred to a checking account, to be used to pay bills? Thanks

  10. @Debbie: I have had my certificates renewed twice so far. They have been super nice about it as I explained I simply have not had a chance to use it. The CSR did mention that this was not guarantee but since I do a lot of spending on my Marriott card, this seemed to have helped with both decisions. Once approved, they cancel the old certificate and reissue a new one.

  11. Just applied for the Citi Hilton card. Spend $2500 in 4 months and get 2 free weekend nights. I was wondering how quickly the 2 free nights post if I were to spend $2500 in the first month?

  12. dhammer53 – You get the certificates via email, so I’d make sure that your email address with Hilton is up to date. You should get them by the next month if you complete the spending within 8 to 10 days of the statement closing.

  13. Can accumulated Starwood points be transferred to another household family’s account?

    Same applies for American Airline mileage points….
    Many of our household family members have accumulated AA points anywhere from 50,000 – 200,000 points…. Would it be possible to transfer the 50,000 member’s points to the account with 200,000? I’m thinking it would make it a easier booking if we wish to book award flights for household members on the slight flight together, with seating together rather than separately….. what do you think?

  14. @Kevin B – You can transfer Starwood hotel points as long as everyone stays at the same address for free. You have to pay a fee to transfer AA miles which usually isn’t worth it.

  15. Can you get the Hyatt bonus again after canceling Chase Hyatt Card and resigning up later.

  16. I am wondering about the Chase Hyatt Card- can you get the 2 free nights again after canceling card and waiting several months.


  17. @Bill H – Looks like you have to wait at least 24 months. “This new cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this consumer credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this consumer credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this consumer credit card within the last 24 months.”

  18. What card do you recommend to get for hotels in Tokyo, Japan and Hong Kong? Thanks.

  19. Any chance the Citi Hilton Honors card will bump the bonus back to 50000 points in the spring/summer? I have never applied for this card and am considering doing so. However, I am waiting to see if the sign up bonus will increase from 40000 to 50000 as it did last year.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks in advance

  20. If you and a spouse each get a Hyatt card, can you combine the 4 nights?

    Is there a list where the Citi Hilton “select” hotels are? Same question as above, can we can combine the “2 nights” from two cards to make 4 nights?

    In short, we’re looking to go to Maui and Kona in 2016. I’m trying to decide between Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt and SPG which will get us the most nights free. Looking at 4 nights in Maui, 2 in Kona. Splitting up brands at the two locations is fine.

  21. I am considering applying for the Citi Hilton Honors card but I can’t seem to find the answer to my question in the offer details for the card: Is a Sunday night stay considered a weekend night reservation or is it just Friday and Saturday night stays? Thanks so much!

  22. Hi Darius,
    Thanks for all your valuable/invaluable suggestions about travel. Sometime last week I posted a question on your site but now cannot find it, or your response (nor can I remember exactly where I posted it). The question:

    I know that the spending amount has recently gone down for the personal Starwoods card – does the promotional point value ever go higher than 25k for either the personal or business?

    Thanks much,


  23. Would you know what happens with this:

    I got the hilton amex, met the spending requirement in 1 month
    Got the 1st bill – got the bonus miles, it shows in my hilton account. The monthly bill has the annual fee as part of the bill
    My wife doesn’t want me spending the annual fee.
    If I call amex to cancel the card because of the fee
    a) will they waive it? we did ring up $4,000 in spending in < 1 month. do they want that much spending as a customer badly?
    b) if they don't want to waive the fee, and I have them close the account…. will the bonus miles stay in the hilton account or do they pull them back?

    THANKS for a great site!!!

  24. What would be the best credit cards to get to build up points for use at either Oahu or Maui hotels?


  25. Aloha Darius,
    What is the best hotel card to get for use in India? Also, can you direct me to any blogs or websites that you especially like re India?

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  28. what is the best hotel credit card for book a hotel in China?

  29. peter springer

    SPG AMEX card will not pay the welcome bonus if you have EVER had an SPG AMEX card before. I cancelled my last one in 2013, so i was over 2 years until I reapplied and they still will not pay the bonus starpoints. just a note for those who are not new to credit card bonuses.

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  31. Daraius, on the Club Carlson cards (personal and business), you list one of the benefits as “1 free award night when you redeem points for 2 or more consecutive award nights at the same hotel.” Best as I can tell, that’s no longer the case and your information needs to be updated. If it does still apply, please let me know!

  32. @Salathiel – Thanks for catching that! I’ve updated the page.

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  35. I applied for chase Marriott and th turned me down saying I’ve opened too many credit cards in the past 2 years. I haven’t had the Marriott card in over 2 years and only have one chase credit card at the moment. Any suggestions? Is this something new banks are looking at?

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