Those who want to get the best hotel-related perks and privileges ought to try applying for at least one of the 10 best hotel rewards credit cards of 2017.
Some of these cards are offered in collaboration with credit card giants like Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, while others are private label creations. Either way, each card on our list below is laden with hotel-related incentives for further spending, as well as bonuses and freebies.
This ranking is based on the consensus picks of at least seven websites well-known for ranking and displaying information about credit cards in the U.S. These seven websites – The Simple Dollar, Money Crashers, Value Penguin, Nerd Wallet, Get.com, Elite Personal Finance, and LendEdu – are prominent in online searches and are generally the first websites you see in search results when you search for a list of the best hotel rewards credit cards of 2017 (or for any year or kind of credit card, for that matter). For this list by Insider Monkey, we sought out which of the cards were mentioned the most often. This is no small feat, as some rankings include 17 credit cards, while others are limited to just five. So to gain the recommendation of at least three of these websites would be proof enough of the merits of a hotel rewards credit card. For instances when cards are mentioned by the same number of lists, they are further ranked based on their annual fees, meaning the smaller the annual fee, the better it fares in this ranking.
On a related matter, Insider Monkey has also compiled a list of the 10 best hotel rewards programs for business travellers, which you won’t want to miss if you’re a frequent business traveler.
The 10 best hotel rewards credit cards of 2017 are: Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard from Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS) and Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA); Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card by Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF); Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Card by Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE:HLT) and Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C); Citi Hilton Honors Visa Signature Card by Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE:HLT), Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C), and Visa Inc (NYSE:V); Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Visa Inc (NYSE:V); Hilton Honors Card from American Express by Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE:HLT) and American Express Company (NYSE:AXP); Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express by Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE:HLT) and American Express Company (NYSE:AXP); IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card by InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:IHG); Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card by Marriott International Inc (NASDAQ:MAR); and Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, by Marriott International Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) and American Express Company (NYSE:AXP).
To see how each card ranked, head to the next page to begin the list!