I am no hotel expert. There are other boardingarea.com bloggers that know hotels and do a great job and I encourage you to take some time and read and learn from them. They are very good. Having said that, here are my favorites and why I like them.
Priority Club. Like American Airlines of olden days, everything you do earns you points toward status for the current year and if you meet any status level you have it for the following year as well. The CHASE priority club card is a great credit card to have if you stay at PC hotels on points because they give you a 10% points rebate on all stays even if you do not pay for the hotel stay with the PC card . I do tend to pay for any incidental when I stay as I do get 5x points per dollar spent. Also, there is a 60k bonus for getting their Visa card that earns you platinum status once the points are awarded to you (not my link – Chase 60,000 point PC card ). If you elect to get this card I would wait until after Jan 1st either to get it or use it as that way you will earn status for 2012 + 2013! PC offers very good upgrades at Crown Plaza and Holiday Inn’s but not so much on Intercontinental. The other reason I love PC is points break nights. To stay at a crown plaza or intercontinental for 5000 points is an unreal deal. If you get an upgrade to a suite it is even better. Almost always you can expect free wifi and breakfast! The way I use these is first look for rooms, book them, then look for airline seats to match up. If I can not find them I can cancel the rooms up 24hrs before stay and get the points back.
The other program I love is SPG. Everyone into points loves SPG and the SPG AMEX but another option is the AMEX Platinum Membership Rewards card as it gives you annual SPG GOLD status. I have found that GOLD status does almost always give you small upgrades and free stuff. Plus, starting in 2012 any stays including free point stays count toward re-qualifying for the next year’s status.
So if you are searching for a hotel reward program to call your own after you get off your DELTA flight I hope you look at these two as good options – Rene
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