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Hotel Credit Cards

All information about the World of Hyatt Credit Card, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless®, Hilton Honors Surpass® and the Hilton Honors Aspire® Credit Card has been collected independently by Your Best Credit Cards.

Hotel branded credit cards are a very specific type of credit card. They generally should not be your very first travel credit card, because they are tied to one point and one brand, but they can be fantastic ways to enhance your relationship with a particular hotel brand and earn additional benefits like elite status and free nights. Read more >

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In general, you want to start with Business Credit cards first if eligibile (and this page will explain how your small side hustle may qualify you for those bigger business credit cards bonuses) followed by general travel rewards-earning credit cards.

Assuming you are at the point that you are ready for a hotel credit card, here are things to look for:

Elite Status with Hotel Credit Cards

Some cards offer status outright or offer nights towards annual qualifications. For example, The World of Hyatt Credit Card offers automatic Discoverist status and 5 elite nights credited each calendar year as well as the ability to earn 2 elite nights for every $5,000 in purchases.

The Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express and Hilton Honors American Express Business Card both confer automatic Hilton Gold Status.

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card and Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card will both get you 15 elite Marriott nights each year – good for Silver status and requiring just 10 more for Gold or 35 more for Platinum.

The IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card offers instant Platinum status with IHG.

And the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card offers included Gold status with Platinum status granted at $75,000 in annual spend. The Hilton Aspire, with a hefty annual fee, grants top tier Hilton Diamond status.

Free Hotel Nights with Hotel Credit Cards

Each year, at renewal, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card and Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card will grant you one free night worth up to 35,000 Marriott points. The IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card also comes with a free night and the The World of Hyatt Credit Card grants one free Category 1-4 night each year as well.

The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card offers a free night up to 85,000 points to help offset its large annual fee.

We base our ratings below on the value of the points of each card multiplied by the amount of the bonus. Pretty simple!

 

Rates and fees:

Rates and Fees for the Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card

Rates and Fees for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card

Rates and fees for the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card

Rates and Fees for the Hilton Honors Credit Card from American Express

Rates and fees for the The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

Rates and fees for the Hilton Honors Surpass® Credit Card

Rates and Fees for the Hilton Honors Aspire® Credit Card

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