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?
IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
- Annual Fee: $49 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Hotel
The IHG Rewards Club Visa is often cited as one of the most underrated hotel credit cards, with good reason. The official offer is for 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within three months, with the first year’s fee waived. The card comes with an annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property, including Intercontinental hotels - making this certificate worth upwards of 50,000 points. This is far more generous than some other hotel cards, which limit the categories in which free night certificates can be redeemed.
Cardholders earn 5 points per dollar at IHG hotels; 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants; 1 point per dollar everywhere else. Moreover, you’ll get a 10% rebate on award redemptions, up to 100,000 points per year. The card also comes with Platinum status, though that doesn’t get you much with IHG. Still, this is a fantastic card to have in your wallet, with benefits that far outweigh the already low $49 annual fee.
- Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
- Enjoy a free night of card membership at over 4,700 hotels worldwide
- Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
- Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
- Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
- Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a cardmember
- $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49