Hotel Credit Cards That Offer Free Nights Every Year

A big trend with hotel credit cards is to offer free nights annual- whether it be after hitting a certain spend threshold or simply for renewing the card. These annual free nights can easily justify holding onto the card, even if you don’t spend on it since most hotel cards don’t offer the best bonus categories for non-hotel spend.

Here are the top hotel credit cards out there that offer cardholders a free hotel night annually either just based on carrying the card itself, or after reaching a certain annual spending threshold.

Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card

Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Visa Signature

Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Visa Signature

Free Night Benefit:

  • Receive 1 free night when you spend $10,000 or more on eligible purchases each cardmembership year. Weekend night certificate is valid for one (1) weekend night standard accommodation, double occupancy, subject to availability, at any property in the Hilton HHonors portfolio, excluding those listed atHHonors.com/weekendcertificate.

Other Benefits:

  • Get two weekend night certificates, each good for one weekend night (standard room, double occupancy) when you spend $2,500 in eligible purchases within the first four months
  • Complimentary HHonors Gold Membership. Earn an upgrade to HHonors Diamond status when you make $40,000 or more in eligible purchases each calendar year
  • Earn 10 bonus points per dollar spent on hotel stays
  • Earn 5 bonus points per dollar spent on airlines and car rental
  • Earn 3 bonus points on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Annual Fee: $95

Hyatt Visa

Get 1 free night with the Hyatt Visa

Get 1 free night with the Hyatt Visa on your cardmember anniversary.

Free Night Benefit:

Receive 1 free night every year on your cardmember anniversary at any Category 1-4 propertyNo spending requirement. Some properties where that certificate’s value is maximized to far outweigh the card’s $75 annual fee include higher-end properties within categories 1-4 such as the Andaz West Hollywood in Los Angeles, Park Hyatt Toronto,Hyatt Escala Lodge Park City and the Grand Hyatt Shanghai. To qualify for this, your account must be open and in good standing. The award night is good for one night in any available standard room within 12 months from the issue date of the certificate.

Other Benefits:

  • Receive 2 free nights after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months with the Hyatt Credit Cards (for first time Hyatt Credit cardmembers)
  • Receive automatic Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum elite membership
  • Earn 3 points for every $1 spent at all Hyatt properties with your Hyatt credit card.
  • Earn 2 points for every $1 spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline and at car rental agencies, and earn 1 point for every $1 spent anywhere else you use your card.
  • No foreign transaction fees. Smart Chip technology and extra protections
  • Redeem for free nights with no resort fees, and with as few as 5,000 points at any Category 1 property
  • Annual Fee: $0 introductory fee for the first year, $75 thereafter.

Fairmont Visa

Fairmont-Visa-Signature-Card

The Fairmont Visa Signature card gives you 1 free night after $12,000 spend.

Free Night Benefit:

  • 1 free night stay at any Fairmont hotel or resort worldwide every year when you spend $12,000 or more. This free night can be used at any Fairmont property such as the The Plaza in New York, or the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii, where rooms can get up to nearly $1,000 a night, meaning this benefit easily negates the $95 annual membership if you plan strategically. The free night certificate may even be used in conjunction with Fairmont President’s Club Platinum room or suite upgrade certificates.

Other Benefits:

  • Sign-up bonus of 2 free nights with breakfast for two when you spend $1,000 or more within the first three months
  • Earn 5 Fairmont Rewards per dollar spent on Fairmont stays. Earn 2 Fairmont Rewards per dollar spent on airline tickets purchased directly with airlines, at car rental agencies, and on transit and commuting, and earn 1 Fairmont Reward per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Airport lounge access with 2 free lounge visits
  • For each $7,500 of net purchases you make in a calendar year, you will receive 1 stay credit towards the next Fairmont President’s Club status level (up to 2 stay credits per calendar year).
  • Annual Fee: $0 introductory fee for the first year, $95 thereafter

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Marriott Rewards Premier Visa

Free Night Benefit: Receive 1 free night upon approval and every year on cardmember anniversary. No spending requirement. After your account approval, you receive a free night stay at a category 1-4 hotel. Every account anniversary, you’ll also receive a free night stay in category 1-5 hotel.

Other Benefits:

  • Sign-up bonus of 50,000 points with $1,000 spend in the first 3 months (some readers have reported targeted offers of 60,000-70,000 points)
  • Earn 5 points per dollar spent at Marriott locations
  • 2 points per dollar spent on airfare, car rentals and dining and 1 point per dollar on everything else.
  • Receive 1 credit toward elite status for every $3,000 spent. No foreign transaction fees.

Annual Fee: $85 waived the first year.
There have been targeted offers that are higher than 50,000 points so check Marriott.com and log-in to your account to see if you’re eligible for a higher offer.

Carlson Card

Club Carlson Visa

Free Night Benefit: Receive 40,000 points (good enough for one free night at a top tier property) each year when you renew your card. No spending requirement.

Other Benefits:

  • Sign-up bonus of 50,000 points after first purchase and 35,000 more after $2,500 spent within 90 days
  • Get a free award night every time you redeem points for at least 2 nights or more (this comes out to 50% off award stays when you stay for two nights!)
  • Earn 10 points per dollar spent at Club Carlson properties (Radisson, Radisson Blu, Country Inn and Suites, Park Inn)
  • 5 points per dollar on everything else.
  • Instant Gold Status

Annual Fee: $75

Priority Club/IHG Rewards Club Visa (See this thread for information on how to get an 80,000 point offer for this card)

IHG Rewards Club Visa

The IHG Rewards Club Visa gives you a free night stay after a year.

Anniversary Bonus:

  • 1 free night stay every year of membership. No spending requirement. Cardholders can use their free night at any Priority Club property, including Intercontinentals, without category restrictions, so that’s like getting a 50,000-point bonus every year since high-end Intercontinental properties like the Intercontinental Hong Kong require 50,000 Priority Club points for free night redemptions and room rates can easily run well into the $400-500 range, more than making up for the card’s $49 annual fee, which is waived for the first year anyway.

Other Benefits:

  • Earn 5X points per dollar spent at participating hotels
  • Earn 2X points per dollar spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
  • Earn 1X point per dollar spent spent on all other purchases
  • Automatic 10% point rebate
  • No foreign transaction fees

Annual Fee: $0 introductory fee for the first year, $49 thereafter.

Always remember that before getting a new card, always make sure you can meet the minimum spending requirements and pay your cards off on time, or else the interest and fees will likely negate the points and benefits you earn as a cardholder!

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