I have more frequent flier miles than I can reasonable use in the near future. Of the nine credit cards we just got approval for, eight of them deliver frequent flier airline miles. Add those to my already loaded stack of AA miles and my continual earning on United, at this moment (and many times in the past), I do not need any more miles. I NEED HOTEL NIGHTS. Do you have the same problem?
We do not do paid stays at hotels unless they are cash and points with Starwood, Expedia Best Price Match, or booked on Priceline, where, in most cases you don’t earn hotel rewards.
Our credit cards are Starwood and Hilton Surpass, but we don’t spend enough to make any real headway on week-long free hotel stays. What are our options?
I could convert a pile of AA miles into Hilton points but it really isn’t the most efficient use of the miles. I’m too cheap to stay at regular hotel rates and at times too lazy to do the Expedia Price Match Guarantee for four or five consecutive nights’ stays at a nice resort. Remember we can only do three per person per month.
The hotel credit cards just don’t give me enough value for the 2-5 point drop in my credit score. Have you found any good ones besides the Hyatt card promo for two high-end nights anywhere? I just can’t bring myself to start using a Marriott Rewards credit card.
Trading with people (I mean “mutually gifting,” sorry) is an option, but at times such a PITA as we can’t transfer the hotel points we’ll need in the future into our account. I have so many miles I could book award tickets for people but no way to store the hotel points. Does anybody have transferable hotel points idea?
I may need to start doing the Priority Club cash and points thing. When you do cash and point reservations, Priority Club actually adds the necessary points for the reward stay to your account, and when you cancel the reservation the points go back into your account. The net cost is .6 or 6/10ths of a cent per point.
Comments. Comments. Please send in your comments. I know others face the same dilemma.
How do you build your stash of hotel points?
Do you know of a credit card or promotion that will significantly beef up our hotel balances?
Or, am I the only one stuck in this boat?
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