As you can see from the photo above, I hold three primary hotel cards and I use them! I use them for the points, the perks and all the other little bits that make staying away from home just a bit better (and more reasonable to afford). They are:
Let’s break these down one by one and why I hold and really like each one. Most would agree that StarPoints are some of the most valuable points anyone can collect. They can be sent to a HUGE number of partners. For me, personally, I most times spend my points on rooms as that is real value to me. Plus, by just holding this card, I get 2 stay credits and 5 night credits. This has been so important year after year to help me get and keep my Platinum SPG status and all the perks that elite status gives me when staying at SPG hotels.
Next we have the Club Carlson card. Once again the same rules apply when looking at a card. The points they give you are very nice when you first get it. Plus, you can get the new card bonus over and over. Also, when you HOLD the card, you get GOLD status for free and the perks that come with it. The last and maybe greatest perk is getting two nights for the price of one on points when you book two nights in a row. My wife also has this card so when staying say 4 nights somewhere we book two on my points then two on hers. Perfect!
The last card is just a forever keeper for me! The free night certificate at any IHG hotel (when there is space) can pay for YEARS of the $49 fee. Plus, IHG Platinum status is included when you HOLD the card. Plus this card comes with 70,000 bonus points after spend and you can get those bonus points AGAIN if it has been more than 24 months since you got them last time (please e-mail me for a link for this card).
So there you are. It really is that simple. I do call each year for a retention bonus and I suggest you do that not just with these cards but with ALL your travel cards. I am pleased with the treatment I get from these chains as well as the cards and they all save me a bunch of cash each year when on the road – René
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