When traveling, I do my best to stay in the cheapest hotel possible. As long as it has a bed and a bathroom, that’s all I need to be comfortable.
I understand, though, that many travelers enjoy a more polished hotel experience.
Names like Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt are synonymous with class, comfort and overall satisfaction. And each of these chains has developed its own rewards credit card for loyal customers.
If you stay at hotels often, these cards are great options for perks and free nights.
Everyone else may want to consider a cash back credit card for their day-to-day spending.
Here’s what the three cards offer:
The Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card rewards consumers with a free hotel stay after accumulating as few as 7,500 points.
Cardholders earn 30,000 bonus points after spending $600 within the first four months of card ownership.
Points are earned on every purchase. Bonus points are awarded for purchases at grocery stores, gas stations and drugstores.
This card — which surprisingly carries no annual fee — has a variable APR of 14.24% (prime plus 10.99%).
Marriott offers the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase, which also rewards cardholders with a free stay after accumulating as few as 7,500 points.
Cardholders also earn 30,000 bonus points, this time after making just one purchase. In addition, all cardholders will receive a free nights’ stay each year they renew.
Points are earned for every dollar spent, elite status is earned if the card is used often enough and 15,000 bonus points are earned when you use your rewards to redeem a 7-night stay or longer.
This card has a 14.24% variable APR and a $65 annual fee.
Chase also recently introduced the Hyatt Card, which rewards card members with two free nights at any Hyatt in the world after making one purchase.
You can earn a free hotel stay by accruing as few as 5,000 points.
Triple points are earned when you use your card to book Hyatt rooms, and one point is earned for every dollar spent on all other purchases.
Points never expire, and platinum status can be obtained for all Hyatt cardholders.
A 15.24% variable APR is included with this card, as well as a $75 annual fee.
We’re advocates of responsible credit card use. Owning the wrong kind of rewards credit card could cost you, so it’s important to be careful and shop around. The lure of an up-front bonus may be enticing, but don’t let it command your final decision.