The Best Hotel Rewards Credit Cards of 2014

I‘ve never had the experience of working for a company which required a lot of travel but if I did, I would make sure to own a Hotel Rewards Credit Card.   These types of credit cards are perfect for travelers who enjoy special perks and privileges that most guests never receive.  Most hotel credit cards also have great bonus offers and rewards programs so high price hotels aren’t as expensive.

The best hotel rewards credit cards vary by issuer but almost every high-class hotel is represented by one or two credit cards.  We’ve compiled a list of the best hotel cards below and each of these cards are a great fit if you stay at hotels often (at least a handful of times a year).  If you own a card that is not on this list, let us know and we’ll give it a nice review to see if it’s worthy.

Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard

Editor's Pick

Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard

Apply for the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard
  • Named 'Best for Travel Rewards' Money Magazine, October 2013
  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles if you make $1,000 or more in purchases in the first 90 days from account opening. 40,000 bonus miles equates to $400 off your next trip!
  • 0% introductory APR on purchases for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, variable APR, currently 14.99% or 18.99%, based upon your creditworthiness.
  • Earn 2X miles on all purchases
  • No mileage caps and no foreign transaction fees
  • Get 10% miles back when you redeem for travel (i.e. redeem 25,000 miles for travel and get 2,500 miles back)
  • Use miles for a statement credit toward any airline purchase to any destination with no seat restrictions and no blackout dates
  • Easily redeem your miles for statement credits toward flights, cruises, car rentals, hotels and more
  • Complimentary subscription to TripIt Pro mobile travel organizer — a $49 annual value!
Priceline Rewards™ Visa® Credit Card
Priceline Rewards™ Visa® Credit Card
Apply Now...
at Barclaycard's
secure site
  • No Annual Fee
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after your first purchase
  • Earn 5X points on Priceline.com purchases
  • Earn 1 point on everything else. And there’s no limit to the number of points you can earn!
  • Plus, earn an additional 5,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on qualifying transactions in the first 90 days of account opening
  • Your points can act like cash - Redeem points for statement credits against purchases made on your account
  • Please see terms and conditions for complete details
Purchases Balance Transfers Regular APR Annual Fee
Intro APR Intro APR Period Intro APR Intro APR Period
0% 12 Months 0% 12 Months 14.99% or 21.99%* Variable $0
729 Average credit score approved for this card† 625 Lowest credit score approved for this card†

The Travelocity® Rewards American Express® Card
The Travelocity® Rewards American Express® Card
Apply Now...
at Barclaycard's
secure site
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after your first purchase
  • Earn 3 points per $1 spent on eligible Travelocity purchases
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Points can be redeemed for statement credits towards Travelocity purchases for Flights, eligible Hotels and Vacation Packages, with no blackout dates
  • No Annual Fee
  • Please see Terms and Conditions for complete details
Purchases Balance Transfers Regular APR Annual Fee
Intro APR Intro APR Period Intro APR Intro APR Period
N/A N/A 0% intro
within 45 days of account opening
15 Months 14.99%, 21.99% or 24.99%* Variable $0
0 Average credit score approved for this card† 0 Lowest credit score approved for this card†

Published or Updated: November 17, 2014
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

Comments

  1. trio apartments says:

    I think this is a pretty interesting deal. Although this encourages a lot of travel, and spending, I could say, this is very attractive to those who want to live in comfort yet being able to save their money in a different way through rewards. I just wonder if this will be available for all the branches all over the world. How I wish I will have that luxury in life because I will never miss this chance to avail.

  2. MileCardInsider says:

    The two that stand out are Starwood and Hyatt — because they have the lowest point requirements for free nights. Marriott and Hilton can require 50% or more points than either. Why? Starwood and Hyatt are smaller chains, so it’s tougher to earn points via stays. So they gear the programs to be easier to earn points via credit card spend.

  3. David hardingam says:

    you missed the Marriott card as it gave me 70k in points for spending 1000 in 3 months plus one night in up to a level 4 hotel which is 9.3 days in a lv 1 and one day in a lv 4 free for the first year and 79 each year after which also gives me on nite free in up to a lv 5 hotel free each year which is about a 129 to a 179 value

  4. joe says:

    marriott point sucks…they 50,000 points for a category 8

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