Earning and Using Credit Card & Hotel Points

Jun 21, 2017

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Interested in using your credit cards to rack up points, but not sure how to go about it? Have you already earned tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of points and want to learn the best ways to use them for their maximum value? Then this is the FAQ page for you. See posts written by our highly knowledgeable team of points industry veterans, selected specifically to help you learn how to earn and burn like a pro.

Just want to know…

… What points are worth and if purchasing them is worth it? See our updated Points Valuations
… The best airline & hotel transfer partners? See: 10 Most Valuable Transfer Partners for Flights & Hotels
… The best cards to earn points on travel purchases? See: The 7 Best Cards for Travel Purchases
… The best way to keep track of your points and miles? See: How To Keep Track of Your Points and Miles

In This Post

American Express – Membership Rewards

See: all things Membership Rewards

Earning points: Want to earn Amex Membership Rewards points? Sign up and get a huge bonus. Already did that? See this post:

Using Points:  Want to use Amex Membership Rewards points? See these posts:

For transferring your points to an airline or hotel, see the transfer partners, below:

amex membership rewards transfer partners

 


Barclaycard – Arrival Miles

See: all things Barclaycard

Using Points: Want to use your Arrival Miles? See these posts:


Capital One – Venture Rewards

See: all things Capital One

Considering picking up a Capital One card? See some useful information, below

  • Is the Capital One Venture Rewards Card Worth Getting?
  • Why Capital One’s Cards Aren’t the Best for Award Travel

Chase – Ultimate Rewards

See: all things Ultimate Rewards

Earning points: Want to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points? Sign up and get a huge bonus. Already did that? See this post:

Using Points: Want to use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points? See these posts:

For transferring your points to an airline or hotel, see the transfer partners, below.

Chase Transfer Partners

 


Citi – ThankYou

See: all things ThankYou Points

Using Points: Want to use your Citi ThankYou points? See these posts:

For transferring your points to an airline or hotel, see the transfer partners, below:

Citi Transfer Partners


IHG – IHG Rewards

See: all things IHG Rewards

Using Points: Want to use your IHG Rewards? See these posts:

For transferring your points to an airline or hotel, see some related content, below.


Hyatt – World of Hyatt

See: all things Hyatt & World of Hyatt

Earning points: Want to earn World of Hyatt points? See this post about which cards to have:

Using Points: Want to use your World of Hyatt points? See this post:

For transferring your points to an airline or hotel, see some related content, below.


Hilton – Hilton Honors

See: all things Hilton

Using Points: Want to use Honors points? See these posts:


Ritz-Carlton – Ritz-Carlton Rewards

See: all things Ritz-Carlton

Using Points: Want to use your Ritz-Carlton or Marriott Rewards? See this post:

For transferring your points to an airline or hotel, see some related content, below.


SPG/Marriott – Starpoints/Marriott Rewards

See: all things Starwood
See: all things Marriott

Using Points: Want to use your Starpoints or Marriott Rewards? See these posts:

For transferring your points to an airline or hotel, see SPG transfer partners, below:

SPG Transfer Partners

 


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Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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