Ask Me Anything (AMA): Hotel Edition

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend.  A few days ago, I wrote Ask Me Anything (AMA): Credit Card Edition.  I had some great reader questions and I am doing the second AMA, this time on hotels.  I like to describe myself as loyal to hotel loyalty programs, but not loyal to a specific hotel chain.  Here is a screenshot from AwardWallet of the hotel loyalty programs I belong to and their elite status:

Here is a quick rundown of how I have these hotel elite statuses:

  • Best Western Diamond Select – status match from Hilton Diamond (status match link)
  • Caesars Rewards Diamond – status match from Wyndham Rewards (Middle Ade Miles blog post)
  • Choice Hotels Member – I think I have only spent 2-3 nights at Choice hotels in the last 2-3 years
  • Hilton Diamond – free thanks to my American Express Hilton Aspire Credit Card (my blog post)
  • World of Hyatt Discoverist – free thanks to my old Chase Hyatt Hotel Credit Card
  • IHG Rewards Spire Elite – I spent a few thousand dollars at IHG in 2019 (mainly at the InterContinental Moorea for my pre-honeymoon)
  • Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite – I had a few different Marriott / SPG credit card elite nights stack in 2019
  • MGM Resorts Pearl – status match from World of Hyatt Discoverist (Doctor of Credit’s post)
  • Radisson Rewards Gold / Silver – I have 3 different US Bank Radisson Rewards Credit Cards that come with Gold or Silver elite status
  • Wyndham Rewards Diamond – status matched from Caesars Rewards Diamond (Middle Ade Miles blog post)

I also have the following hotel credit cards, along with their annual fees and the annual perk (mainly free night certificates):

Hotel Credit Card Name Annual Fee Annual Perk
Chase IHG Rewards Select $49 40K IHG Free Night
Chase IHG Rewards Premier $89 40K IHG Free Night
Chase Hyatt Hotels $75 15K Hyatt Free Night
Chase World of Hyatt (Laura) $95 15K Hyatt Free Night
Chase Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business $99 35K Marriott Free Night
JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton $450 50K Marriott Free Night
US Bank Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Sig 1 $75 40K Radisson Points
US Bank Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Sig 2 $75 40K Radisson Points
US Bank Radisson Rewards Business $60 40K Radisson Points
AMEX Hilton Honors Aspire $450 Free Weekend Night
Barclays Wyndham Rewards $0 Nothing

Today, I want to answer your reader questions.  If they are short and simple questions, I can answer them directly in the comments section.  If they are longer and more complicated questions, I might write a blog post about that topic. So without further ado, what questions do you have about hotels?  Have a great day everyone!

13 thoughts on “Ask Me Anything (AMA): Hotel Edition

    1. Grant Post author

      That is a great question. I went through each hotel loyalty program and here are my totals for each program. It looks like I spent 46 nights in hotels in 2019.

      Best Western – 3
      Caesars – 0
      Choice – 0
      Hilton – 12
      Hyatt – 3
      IHG – 16
      Marriott – 9
      MGM – 0
      Radisson – 0
      Wyndham – 0
      Non Chain – 3

      Total – 46

  1. Robert

    Hey Grant, I maybe should have asked this in your credit card AMA, but regarding the Hyatt card since it’s hotel related… I have the old Hyatt card with the $75 AF. My free night just posted at the end of December and the AF is due on 2/1 (I haven’t paid yet). I am considering upgrading to the new WOH card. If I do upgrade, would I get another free night immediately, or would I not get it until December 2020? I also of course don’t want any clawback of the free night that just posted.

    Thanks for any insight!

    1. Grant Post author

      Hi Robert, that is a great question. You would not receive a second free night certificate until the following year (December 2020). By upgrading, your annual fee will increase from $75 to $95. With the Chase World of Hyatt CC, you do have the ability to earn a second free night certificate after you spend $15,000 on the credit card during your cardmember year.

      1. Robert

        Thanks Grant. Glad I waited for my December free night to post before considering the upgrade. The second free night for $15K spend is my favorite part of the WOH card. More than makes up for the $20 increase.

        1. Grant Post author

          I’m glad you are going to get the extra free night certificate after spending $15K. I wouldn’t recommend the upgrade unless that was your goal. Any specific hotels in mind to use the Hyatt free nights at?

          1. Robert

            The Hyatt Regency Seattle is a great category 4 property. A couple of the MGM resorts in Vegas can also provide great value, especially during the pricey months.

          2. Grant Post author

            Those are great redemption options. 2 of my favorites are in California: Andaz San Diego and Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course (both are category 4 hotels).

          3. Grant Post author

            It is in a great location, close to the San Diego Gaslamp district and a short walk to Petco Park (home to the SD Padres) and SD Convention Center (home to Comic Con).

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  3. travel4life

    How did you get the Marriott/SPG cards to stack elite nights? I thought it was capped at 15/year across all cards. Reaching Marriott platinum with only 9 nights seems amazing.


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