Choosing a hotel rewards program

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swipe_masta
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Postby swipe_masta » Fri May 24, 2013 11:35 am

rockyrock wrote:I've had the Marriott Premier Visa for years and I've been Marriott Gold for a few years as well. Prior to that I was Hilton Diamond but didn't have a Hilton Co-branded card. I've no experience with Starwood anything but the more I look the more I like, it's not enough to pull me away from Marriott--yet.

I much prefer Hilton properties over Marriott’s but Hilton lost me b/c even as a Diamond member they didn't value me as a customer. The split happened in 2010 and I'm glad I used up all my points before the devaluation. Marriott has always taken care of me even though I am only a Gold member. In the end good customer service will always win out for me.

As far as the co-branded cards go, unless you are using them for actual hotel stays you would be hard pressed to get the real value out of them. I would seriously consider something along the lines of a Sapphire.

My experiences. YMMV


I appreciate your input! the 5k for standard room was what I read on their website. I haven't done research to how much it really costs, but now understand that it is very misleading. I honestly don't care about the room itself so long as it is clean and comfortable. I was just looking into Hiltons because there seems to be more of their chain than Marriotts. I do have a Sapphire, currently in the phase of new apping/PCing to the preferred.


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Postby cashback » Fri May 24, 2013 3:58 pm

swipe_masta wrote:I appreciate your input! the 5k for standard room was what I read on their website. I haven't done research to how much it really costs, but now understand that it is very misleading. I honestly don't care about the room itself so long as it is clean and comfortable. I was just looking into Hiltons because there seems to be more of their chain than Marriotts. I do have a Sapphire, currently in the phase of new apping/PCing to the preferred.


Yeah they probably have one Hilton property at 5k just so they can advertise it like that. If you search hotels at Hilton.com I think there is a way to see how many HHonors points it would cost. When I looked, most were at 40K for a standard room (which is why the bonus is 40K, enough for a free night).
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Postby ksy » Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:36 pm

I am a Hilton guy have upwards of 900K in HH points as we speak. Nice place to stay most of the time nice people to deal with.

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Postby MB131174 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:19 pm

I personally find Hyatt to work for me the best. I often need a hotel around Washington-Dulles airport and the hotels around there can be had for only 5,000 points a night. Perfect for crashing instead of driving home after a flight back from Africa or the Middle East.
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Postby ksy » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:08 pm

wow 5000 points isn't bad at all

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Postby Obi-dan » Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:01 am

So I have a marriott premier and really like it. I looked at Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt and felt like Marriott would give me most value as they have such a wide range of hotels and the sign up bonus was really nice.

And I will say, just from a shallow place in my ego, I like the metal card and actually had several people comment on it. Plus the James Bond in me thinks if I was caught up in some international spy ring it's heavy enough to where I could throw it and decapitate someone. So there's that.
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