Vacations are often a family affair, but we typically leave our pets at home. While they’re stuck in a kennel or with a sitter at home, we’re off in Tahiti, cocktail in hand, living the good life.
Why not let Fido or Whiskers in on the fun? A number of hotels have warmed up to the idea of hosting pets, and some turn on the charm to make the stay worth your while. Here are five hotels that will treat your pet like royalty.
1. Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Chicago
This boutique hotel, housed in a former hat factory, hosts nightly wine hours and pet-friendly accommodations for which the Kimpton chain is known. There’s no limit to the number of pets you can bring, and no additional charge or deposit. You’ll also receive a sweet selection of plush pet-bed loaners, along with food, water bowls and mats. Ask the concierge for their list of pet-friendly restaurants, groomers and parks.
2. Las Ventanas al Paraíso, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
What’s better than a portable pet cabana? A “Dog Butler” who takes your four-legged buddy out for daily walks on the beach, gives massages and leads “doga” classes (We won’t make a downward dog joke. We won’t. No, we won’t). With your butler around, you’ll never have to think about waking up early or leaving a meal, and if you want to host a birthday party — for your pet, that is — your butler can arrange that, too. Be sure to set aside $60 per stay (not night) and note the pet weight limit is 40 pounds.
3. Loews Coronado Bay, San Diego
This dreamy resort gifts your fluff ball with her own pet tag, bowl and a treat. She’ll also receive information on local dog walking routes, area services and a room service menu just for her. While Whiskers gets acquainted with the local Cali catnip, phone down for a litter box (with litter) and a scratch pole. Pet-sitting and walking services are also on offer.
4. The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Starting at $849 per night, you and Fido get a personal welcome by the doorman, followed by a VIP (that’s Very Important Pooch) greeting and registration at the front desk. Along with a Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco pet tag, you’ll receive an in-room dog bowl and dining room menu, pet toy, framed bed and Pooch Pack complete with a list of dog-related activities for fun in the city.
5. W Hotel, Scottsdale, Arizona
As part of the luxe chain’s Paws Are Welcome program, dogs receive their own pet bed and treat. Sign them up for the dog walking service so you’re sure to clock in more pool time. W charges $100 as a one-time fee or $25 per day.
Save on Your Next Vacation
Ready to hit the cabana with Fido? Make sure you’ve got a plan for your spending. Rewards credit cards are a great way to pay for vacations, just be sure to swipe wisely so you don’t lose your rewards to high interest. You can check out our roundup of the best travel cards here.
If you’re planning a vacation this year and are a fan of Intercontinental Hotel Group hotels, we’ve got some good news for you. The firm has recently opened five new hotels around the world — and, if you play your points right, you could score a stay in one free of charge. (Psst … if you’re trying to travel on a dime, we’ve got 28 more ways to save for this year’s big adventure right here.)
Here’s how many IHG Rewards Club points you’ll need to stay in one or all of its new additions absolutely free.
1. Hotel Indigo Lower East Side
If you will be traveling to New York City, then make sure you plan a stay at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side. This hotel is situated in the middle of one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. During your stay you can enjoy a swim in the hotel’s rooftop pool, or even join a yoga class while enjoying the top-floor views.
A free night at the Hotel Indigo Lower East side will cost 50,000 points per night.
2. Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
Located in the old Joo Chiat police station, the Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is perfect for travelers that want to have easy access to everything the city has to offer. Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s Baba Chews Bar and Eatery after you relax in the hotel’s infinity pool situated on the roof.
Free nights at the Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong will cost 40,000 points per night.
3. InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun
During your next trip to Beijing, stay at the InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun, located in the middle of the city’s entertainment district. You will be situated close to some of the best bars, restaurants, and markets that Beijing has to offer. Within the hotel you will experience five-star service, with multiple bars and restaurants featuring spectacular views of the city, and rooms that will make you feel rested and ready to go each morning.
Free nights at the InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun will cost 50,000 points per night.
4. Crowne Plaza Resort Sanya Bay, China
The Crowne Plaza Resort Sanya Bay is located in the largest of China’s Hainan Island bays. This hotel’s tropical location is perfect for anyone who might be in town for pleasure or business. You will be a short ride away from both Nanshan Temple and Mingzhu Plaza. At the hotel you will find both an indoor and outdoor pool, and also a natural hot spring.
The Crowne Plaza Resort Sanya Bay will cost 25,000 points per night.
5. Holiday Inn Manchester — City Centre
Anyone visiting Manchester, England, will have an abundance of hotels to choose from. However, if you want to be located right in the middle of city center, the new Holiday Inn Manchester might be the way to go. This hotel is located in near proximity to many of the city’s biggest venues including O2 Apollo, Manchester Area, and Bridgewater Hall.
The Holiday Inn Manchester – City Centre will cost 30,000 points per night.
How to Earn More IHG Rewards Club Points
Anyone looking to increase their balance of IHG Rewards Club points should look no further than the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card from Chase. When you sign up for this rewards credit card, you’ll receive 60,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first three months. If you’d like to add an authorized user to your account, you’ll earn an extra 5,000 points after they make a purchase in the first three months.
When you use the card at IHG hotels, you will receive 5x points. Purchases made at grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants will all earn 2x points. All other purchases will earn 1x point for every dollar spent. This card has no foreign transaction fees, but it does come with an annual fee of $49, which is waived the first year.
Also, you’ll receive a certificate for a free night at any IHG hotel on the anniversary of opening the card, plus you’ll automatically receive IHG Platinum Elite status. This will give you 10% of your points back on redemption. It touts a 16.49% to 23.49% variable annual percentage rate (APR), depending on creditworthiness. (You can get an idea of where you might fall by viewing two of your free credit scores, updated every 14 days, on Credit.com.)
Of course, if IHG isn’t your chain of choice, there are plenty of other hotel rewards credit cards out there that could score you a free stay. (You can find a few more solid credit cards for hotel hoppers here.) And, if you don’t have a chain of choice, you might want to opt for a general-purpose travel rewards credit card whose points and miles are good for any hotel or airline purchase. Just be sure to pay your balances off on all above in full — otherwise, you’ll lose those precious points to interest.
Note: It’s important to remember that interest rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products cited in these articles may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with credit card issuers, banks or other financial institutions directly.
If you’re a frequent traveler, then having elite status at hotels can be pretty valuable. It will allow you to check into your room early or check out late. Status can get you upgraded to a bigger room with a nicer view. It can even award you with free breakfast or a complimentary drink in the evening. Having elite status with hotels can dramatically enhance your overall travel experience.
The only problem is that earning elite status with most hotel chains can be difficult. Many require you to stay for weeks before you will earn low level status. Unless you travel a lot for business, this can be pretty unattainable.
This is where your credit card can help. Some credit cards that earn hotel points will automatically award you elite status, just for being a cardholder. Other cards allow you to earn status when you spend a certain amount each year with your card. Here are five cards that will help you earn hotel elite status.
When you sign up for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card you will automatically receive Hilton HHonors Gold status. This will give you things like a 25% bonus on the base HHonors points you can earn, the fifth night free when you book five or more nights, and late checkout. You will then have the chance to earn diamond status when you spend $40,000 or more per year with your card. (Full Disclosure: Citibank, as well as American Express, advertises on Credit.com, but that results in no preferential editorial treatment.)
The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card also will award you with two free weekend nights after you sign up and spend $2,500 within the first four months. You will also receive 10x HHonors points when you use your card at Hilton hotels, 5x points on airlines and car rentals, and 3x points on everything else. Plus, each year that you spend $10,000 on your card and pay the $95 annual fee, you will receive a free weekend night as a thank you.
2. Hyatt Credit Card
When you sign up for the Hyatt credit card you will automatically receive platinum status with Hyatt hotels. This will give you 15% bonus points, free premium Wi-Fi, and room upgrades when available.
After you sign up and spend $2,000 within the first three months you will receive a bonus of two free nights. Plus, if you add an authorized user to your account and they make a purchase in the same three-month period, you will receive 5,000 bonus Hyatt points. You will then earn 3x points when you use your card at Hyatt hotels, 2x points at restaurants and on airfare and car rentals booked with the airline or car rental agency, and 1x points on all other purchases. Each year on your anniversary, you will receive one free night that can be used at any category 1-4 Hyatt hotel, after you pay the $75 annual fee.
3. IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card
As an IHG Rewards Club Select cardholder you will automatically receive IHG platinum elite status. This will allow you to check into your room early, earn 50% more points and receive an upgraded room.
When you sign up for this card, you will receive 60,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 within the first three months. You will earn an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and they make a purchase in that three-month period. When you use your card at IHG hotels you will earn 5x points. Spending done with the card at restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores will earn 2x points, and all other purchases will earn 1x points. Each anniversary you will receive one free night. There is no annual fee the first year, but it will be $49 each subsequent year.
You will receive 15 elite nights each year that you are a Marriott Rewards Premier cardholder. This is enough to receive silver status, giving you an additional 20% in points when using your card. You will also receive one additional elite night for every $3,000 spent on your card. If you reach 50 nights, you will earn gold elite status.
When you sign up for the Marriott Rewards Premier card you will receive 80,000 Marriott points after spending $3,000 within the first three months. You will earn an additional 7,500 points when you add an authorized user and they make a purchase in the same three-month period. When you use your card at Marriott and Starwood properties you will earn 5x points. Booking airfare directly with the airlines or car rentals booked with the rental agency will earn 2x points. Any other purchase will receive 1x points. Each year on your card anniversary, you will receive a free night at any category 1-5 hotel. The annual fee on this card is $85.
The Platinum card is easily the most expensive card on the list with an annual fee of $450. However, it also offers you the most bang for your buck. As a cardholder you will not only receive Hilton HHonors gold status, but you will also earn Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status. With Starwood Gold, you will receive a 50% bonus on the points that you earn. You will also receive an enhanced room and a welcome gift, which could include bonus points, complimentary internet access or a free drink.
When you sign up for the Platinum Card from American Express you will receive 40,000 Membership Reward points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months. You can earn 5x points when you use your card to book flights directly through the airlines or through American Express Travel. Any other purchase you make with the card will earn 1x points. This card also comes with several other valuable benefits. You will receive an annual $200 airline fee credit to use on incidental fees. You will also have complimentary access to over 1,000 airport lounges worldwide. If you would like Global Entry or TSA Pre✓, you will receive up to a $100 statement credit to cover the expense.
Remember, before applying for any credit card, it’s a good idea to check your credit scores so you’ll have a better idea of whether you’ll qualify. Many rewards cards require excellent credit. You can check your two free credit scores, updated every 14 days, at Credit.com.
At publishing time, the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Marriott Rewards Premier Card and the Platinum Card from American Express are offered through Credit.com product pages, and Credit.com is compensated if our users apply and ultimately sign up for these cards. However, this relationship does not result in any preferential editorial treatment. This content is not provided by the card issuer(s). Any opinions expressed are those of Credit.com alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the issuer(s).
Don’t you love it when you get VIP treatment? It’s especially appreciated when you’re traveling and you can enjoy perks like priority service and upgrades to a better airplane seat or hotel room.
And as some frequent travelers know, the key to earning VIP treatment can be holding the right credit cards. Some credit cards offer elite status in hotel and rental car programs to all cardholders, regardless of how much they spend, and there are several cards that allow you to earn elite status with airlines and hotel programs when you reach specified annual spending thresholds. In addition, there are some cards that offer credits towards elite status when you spend a certain amount.
The Cards That Offer Elite Status to All Cardholders from Day One
Many credits only require you to open an account in order to earn elite status with a travel provider. For example, the American Express Platinum card (reviewed here) offers all cardholders both Gold status in the Starwood Preferred Guest program and the Hilton HHonors program, as well as elite status with Avis, Hertz and National car rental companies. However, cardholders will need to request these status upgrades individually. Mid-level elite status in hotel programs is also a feature of credit cards such as the IHG, Hyatt and Marriott Rewards card from Chase, as well as the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card (reviewed here) and the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express. (Full Disclosure: Citibank, as well as American Express, Barclaycard & Chase advertise on Credit.com, but that results in no preferential editorial treatment.)
The Cards That Offer Elite Status to High Spenders
Other credit cards only offer elite status to their highest spenders. For example, the new JetBlue Plus personal and business cards from Barclaycard offer Mosaic elite status in the TrueBlue frequent flier program to those who spend $50,000 on their cards with a calendar year.
According to Kristen Bowdoin, director of the JetBlue partnership, Barclaycard US: “The ability for cardmembers to earn Mosaic status solely from the spend on their credit card is a great example of how we’re trying to help loyal JetBlue customers get even more out of their JetBlue experience. Not every cardmember who loves JetBlue is an avid flier and this benefit offers them a new opportunity to earn Mosaic status beyond the required segments and flight points.”
Once earned, Mosaic status offers priority check-in, security screening and boarding as well as two free checked bags and free alcoholic beverages. In addition, Mosaic members have the ability to upgrade to Even More Space seats with extra legroom for as little as 200 points.
Holders of the Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express (reviewed here) can receive Gold status by spending $30,000 within a calendar year. Gold status offers perks such as priority check-in, 4 p.m. late checkouts and room upgrades.
The Hilton HHonors Surpass card from American Express offers instant Gold status, but cardholders can be upgraded to Diamond status when they use their card to spend $40,000 in a calendar year. Diamond status offers late checkouts, room upgrades and even free breakfast.
The Ritz-Carlton rewards credit card from Chase offers cardholders automatic Gold status in their first year, which they can maintain by using their card to spend $10,000 each account member year. Gold status offers guests complimentary room upgrades, late checkouts and exclusive point bonuses. Furthermore, you can reach their Platinum Elite status when you use your card to spend $75,000 per account year, which offers cardholders bonus points, an arrival gift, room guarantees and two complimentary nights at The Ritz-Carlton.
The Cards That Speed Up Your Path Elite Status
Finally, there are several cards that don’t necessarily offer elite status for spending alone, but offer points, miles or night-stay credits towards elite status that can be combined with other qualifications to help you reach elite status sooner. For example, the Delta SkyMiles Reserve card from American Express offers 15,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) after cardholders spend $30,000 in a calendar year, and another 15,000 MQMs after reaching $60,000 of spending in a year. Likewise, the American Airlines AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard from Citi offers 10,000 elite qualifying miles after spending $40,000 within a calendar year. Finally, the Hyatt credit card from Chase offers two stay credits and five night credits toward Diamond status upon spending $20,000 in a calendar year, and an additional three stay credits and five night credits toward Diamond status upon spending $40,000 total in each calendar year.
By choosing the right credit card for your purchases, you can receive VIP treatment when you travel even sooner that you might have thought you could. But before you set your heart on a credit card and its potential travel benefits, remember that rewards cards are often only available to consumers with good credit. Take a few minutes to check your credit (you can get two free credit scores every 30 days on Credit.com) and research credit cards that may suit you best before applying for anything.
Note: It’s important to remember that interest rates, fees and terms for creditcards, loans and other financial products frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products cited in these articles may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with creditcard issuers, banks or other financial institutions directly.