Re: Hotel cards that pay for itself.
12-07-2012 10:06 AM
All hotels have different redemption values for different properties and rooms.
Generally, you'll find you have 5-7 levels of luxury within a hotel line. Priority Club, for example, has Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, and Candlewood Suites. (Not sure if I have them in order.) A night at an Intercontinental will cost you more points than a night at a Holiday Inn Express.
Then you have to consider status levels. The Chase Priority Club card will get you Platinum status. That gives you some perks: Late Check-Out, Newspaper, Point Bonus - 50%, Priority Check-In, Room Upgrade. Then, you can also buy Ambassador status with Intercontinental, but you can't earn it through staying there.
There are too many bits and pieces to hotel programs to list in one post, let alone a thread. You should really start exploring over at FlyerTalk to decide which program is best for you. Once you figure that out, there's a card for each program that will pay for itself if you use it properly.