How to Earn Free Nights at Luxury Hotels
Getting to stay at top of line luxurious hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, and Conrad always seemed like a dream that would never become reality because of how expensive these hotels are. It is hard to fathom spending $500, $1000, or even $5000 for a hotel room.
However, thanks to the wonderful world of travel hacking, these hotel rooms can be booked without spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars in order to enjoy the luxurious experience.
Lets talk about a few ways you can book a room at the most luxurious hotels around the world without sacrificing any body parts.
The easiest and cheapest way to earn free nights is by booking rooms using points. The wonderful thing about points is that they can be earned from a variety of ways. The most efficient way to earn hotel points is through credit card sign-up bonuses.
Lets take a look at the Chase Sapphire Reserve card for example. The current sign-up bonus is 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points. After earning those 50k points, they can be transferred over to the Marriott Bonvoy program at a 1:1 ratio. Those 50k points are enough to earn you a free night at a Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis in most major cities in the United States. It is that easy.
Another option to earn even more points is with a hotel branded credit card such as the American Express Hilton Aspire Card. The current sign-up bonus is 150k Hilton Honors Points. 150k Hilton points will easily get you a free night at the Conrad Maldives in a Water Villa (95k points per night) and close to 2 free nights. A villa at this hotel typically costs between $700-$900 per night. It is amazing how much money you can save with the power of points and sign-up bonuses.
Free Night Certificates
Another way to earn free nights at hotels are with free night certificates offered by travel credit cards. Here are a few cards that offer a free night certificate simply for having the card.
Hilton Honors Ascend Card: free weekend night reward after spending $15,000 on purchases in a calendar year. Annual fee of $95.
Hilton Honors Aspire Card: Free weekend night reward after account opening and each year on card opening anniversary plus an additional free weekend night reward after spending $60,000 on purchases in a calendar year. Annual fee of $450.
Hilton Honors Business Card: Same as Hilton Ascend Card. Annual fee of $95.
IHG Rewards Club Premier Card: Free night certificate every year after the first year, valid on any IHG hotel room up to 40k points. Annual fee of $89.
World of Hyatt Credit Card: Free night certificate every year after the first year, valid at a Hyatt Category 1-4 property, plus second free night certificate when you spend $15k on purchases in a calendar year. Annual fee of $95.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card (Previously SPG Luxury Card): Free night certificate every year after the first year, valid at on any hotel room up to 50k points. Annual fee of $450.
Marriott Bonvoy Business Card (Previously SPG Business Card): Free night certificate every year after the first year, valid at any on any hotel room up to 35K points. Annual fee of $125.
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa (Previously Marriott Rewards Premier Plus): Same as Bonvoy Business Card. Annual fee of $99.
As you can see, all of these cards offer a free night certificate, but they typically require you to hold the card for at least one year or spend a certain amount on the card. Cards that offer these free night certificates also have an annual fee, but the value of the free night typically outweighs the cost of the annual fee.
A few credit cards, specifically the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card (SPG Luxury Card) and Chase Sapphire Reserve offer $300 credits that can be used on hotel room rates. This may not cover the full rate, but it can earn you a significant discount on a luxury hotel room. Check out how I stayed at the Luxurious Adolphus Hotel in Dallas for just $71.
Free nights at luxurious hotels are certainly possible, it simply takes some understanding of the loyalty programs and free night certificates. Earning credit card sign-up bonuses are by far the easiest way to earn free nights at hotels such as the St. Regis and Waldorf Astoria.
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