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.