I’m thinking of applying for a credit/charge card (for excellent credit) with travel-related benefits – specifically, a card that offers rewards for use on both hotels and flights (domestic). I like flexibility, so being forced into using a certain airline or hotel chain isn’t that appealing. I don’t currently travel at all – so I would be earning points/miles/whatever through “regular” spending.
I have seen some pretty interesting bonuses at sign up for several cards, so it looks like one could get a significant portion of a vacation “paid” for with benefits.
How is the AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest card? This card seems to offer flexibility in both airlines and hotels – it also offers an initial bonus of 25K Starpoints, enough for up to 6 free nights at a Category 1 or 2 hotel . I don’t currently have an AMEX, so would that matter, or do I need to start out with some other card?
Any other recommendations?
Thanks very much for your time.