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Best hotel credit cards named

Best hotel credit cards named

The Starwood Preferred Guest credit card is the best hotel rewards card, according to

Its #1 feature, according to the judges, is flexibility. Cardholders can transfer points to more than 30 airline loyalty programs, typically on a one-to-one basis. Because Starwood points are generally worth at least twice the value of the average card rewards point, consumers can buy a lot more travel with fewer points.

“To me, a good rewards card is all about flexibility,” says senior industry analyst Matt Schulz. “While the Starwood card doesn’t have the flashiest sign-up bonus in the bunch, it does give cardholders plenty of options beyond just free hotel nights.”

The Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card from Citi came in second. Its bounty of rewards starts with two free weekend nights at a Hilton hotel when you spend $2,500 in the card’s first four months.

Cardholders get an additional weekend night certificate annually when they spend at least $10,000. The card also offers trip cancellation and interruption protection, lost baggage insurance and other premium insurance benefits. The only downside is Hilton points tend to be worth significantly less than the average card rewards point.

The Club Carlson Rewards Visa Signature card placed third. Its sign-up bonus stands out: 50,000 points with the first purchase and 35,000 more after spending $2,500 in the first 90 days. Cardholders also earn 40,000 points and a free night each year they spend $10,000 or more. But like the Hilton HHonors Reserve card, Club Carlson points are valued below the industry average.

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