Hotel Credit Cards

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I keep the information on this page updated, but please double check the credit card applications for details about terms and conditions of the 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 within 3 months 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
  • 1 free award night when you redeem points for 2 or more consecutive award nights at the same hotel
  • Free Club Carlson Gold elite status for as long as you have the card or 15 night credit towards towards Concierge status if you are already a gold elite member
  • $75 ($60 for business) annual fee not waived for 1st year; 3% foreign transaction fee
  • 40,000 points for renewing your card each year
  • 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 within 3 months on the US Bank Club Carlson Rewards
  • 1 free award night when you redeem points for 2 or more consecutive award nights at the same hotel
  • 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; 3% foreign transaction fee
  • 25,000 points for renewing your card each year
  • 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 Credit Card

  • 50,000 points after spending $750 within 3 months on the American Express Hilton HHonors card according to this post
  • Free Hilton Silver elite status
  • NO annual fee; 2.7% foreign transaction fee
  • Gold elite status after spending $20,000 in a calendar year
  • 7 Hilton points per $1 spent at Hilton hotels, 5 points per $1 at  restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations & 3 points per $1 for everything else

American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass 

American Express Hilton Surpass Credit Card

  • 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within 3 months on the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass card according to this post
  • Free Hilton Gold elite status as long as you have the card (free internet & breakfast!)
  • $75 annual fee NOT waived for 1st year; 2.7% foreign transaction fee
  • Diamond elite status after spending $40,000 in a calendar year
  • 12 Hilton points per $1 spent at Hilton hotels, 6 points per $1 at  restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, & 3 points per $1 for everything else

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


3.  Marriott

Daraius Tip:  See the Hot Deals tab for other offers.


4.  Starwood

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807 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?

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