Hotel Credit Cards



Your choice of hotel credit cards will depend on which reward program you are enrolled in, and not (in most cases) on the credit card issuer. Hence, before we highlight our hotel credit card directory, we will just run through a couple of hotel reward programs and hotel credit cards that have been favourably mentioned in the 17th Freddie Award that was held on 28th April 2005 in New York. The Freddie Awards are given to the best reward programs and affinity cards as polled by members of frequent traveller programs.

Notable Hotel Reward Programs and Hotel Credit Cards mentioned in the 17th Freddie Awards


starwood preferred guest credit card
The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card placed second in the Best Affinity Card category for the Americas. This is not surprising given that the Starwood Preferred Guest Program is considered the best hotel rewards program by many. The Starwood Preferred Guest program has won more categories in the Freddie Awards not just this year, but also the past few years. It has swept the Best Award, Best Award Redemption, Best Customer Service, Best Elite Level and Best Hotel Program of the Year for all three regions (the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia). It also won the award for Best Member Communicatons and Best Web Site in Europe, Middle East and Africas. It has the least restrictive award redemptions, a favourable cash and points options and a 5,000 bonus points upon transfer of 20,000 points to a partner airline that makes it a favourite among frequent travellers.

CHOICE PRIVILEGES VISA
The Choice Privileges program has improved quite a bit in the latest Freddie Awards. In the Best Redemption Award, Choices Privileges moves up to third from fifth postition the previous year. In the Best Promotion Award, Choice Privileges moves up to second place from third, using the one free night stay for every two days stay promotion. They have also moved up to fifth place in the Best Customer Service Award. The overall votes they got represents a big improvement for this budget mid-size hotel chain. Members of Choice Privileges reward program can earn faster points with the Choice Privileges® Visa® Platinum Card.




Which Hilton HHonors credit card should a Hilton HHonors frequent guest member get?
Hilton HHonors frequent guest members who want to earn Hilton HHonors points with their credit cards have a few alternatives to choose from. There is the Hilton HHonors Visa from Citi and the Hilton HHonors Platinum Credit Card from American Express. In addition, cardholders of American Express cards with the Membership Rewards program can redeem reward points for Hilton HHonors certificates or points. Find out which is the most appropriate Hilton Honors credit card.


Directory of Hotel Credit Cards


American Express Starwood Preferred Guest
Intro APR 2.9% APR for first 6 months (purchases and balance transfers)
APR Prime Rate plus 9.99%
Annual Fees Free for first year, thereafter $30.00
Credit Limits Up to $100,000
Signing Bonus 1000 points on first stay with Starwood Hotel, resort or spa
500 points to be charged each stay for 10 subsequent stays at Starwood Hotels, resorts or spas within 12 months of card membership
ie you can earn up to 6000 points if you stay 11 times at a Starwood outlet during your first year of membership
Point Formula 1 point per $1 spent at Starwood hotels
1 point for every $1 spent on every other purchase
Earn points when you use your amex card for automatic bill payments on items like phone bills, health club memberships
Expiration Do not expire if account is active within 12 months
starwood preferred guest credit card
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Choice Privileges® Visa® Platinum
("Card issued by Bank of America, N.A. (USA)")
Apr (Purchases) Intro Rate - 1.9% for six billing cycles. Goto rate is variable risk based rate between Prime + 9.99% and Prime + 13.99%
Annual Fee none
Bonus Points 6000 points at first purchase
Points per Dollar
spent at
Choice Privileges
locations
15 points
Points per Dollar 2 points per dollar
Points Expiration Points earned in a calendar year will expire on Dec 31 of the second calendar year following the year during which the points were earned
Yearly Limits
on points
you can earn
None
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American Express Hilton Honors
Intro APR 1.9% APR for first 6 billing cycles (purchases and balance transfers)
APR Prime Rate plus 9.99%
Annual Fees No annual fees
Signing Bonus 10,000 points
Balance Transfer Fees waived for first 90 days
Complimentary Hilton HHonors Silver membership for first year of card membership
Point Formula 5 points for $1 spent at Hilton HHonors hotels
3 points for $1 spent for every other purchase
Point Expiry Do not expire if account is active within 12 months
Caps on Points Up to $100,000 of spending or 300,000 points (whichever comes first). Thereafter, earn points at a rate of only 2 points per $1 spent at eligible Hilton HHonors Hotel
american express hilton honors
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Hilton Honors Visa
Intro APR 2.9% APR for 6 months for balance transfer from date of first transfer (within 90 days).)
APR Prime Rate plus 9.99%
Annual Fees No annual fees
Signing Bonus 15,000 points
Balance Transfer Fees waived for first 90 days
Complimentary Hilton HHonors Silver membership for first year of card membership
Point Formula 3 points for $1 spent at Hilton HHonors hotels
2 points for $1 spent for every other purchase
Point Expiry Do not expire if account is active within 12 months
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