This month I have decided to try out an hotel credit card. I have a plan for a summer trip with my kids and having a few free nights would be awesome. Starwood just merged with Marriot, so it is also possible to transfert points from Starwood to Marriot.
What I'm interested in:
- 5 nights (2 stay) per year count toward the status.
- Current bonus is 35000 points. Booking a room can cost about 4000 to 10000 points per night (for cheaper hotels). For nice hotels, it would be 25000 points. (~5nights * 100$= 500$)
- 95$ yearly fee
- Free wifi
- No Fx Fees
Total value of the card for the first year is about 1200$ (conservative estimate since I used 100$/night).
Also, you can accumulate points very quickly especially if you need to travel for work. There is a 5x points for every dollars spent at Starwood hotels.