Tips for Using Hotel Credit Cards

By: Morgan Hamilton

Most every credit card companies use hotel credit cards for money making purposes.

Card holders will earn free points when they use hotel credit cards to pay for a stay at a hotel. A majority of these cards are tied in with a certain hotel chain. Some cards even let a cardholder earn extra points for charges made at the hotel. Using this credit card to buy merchandise at the hotel allows the card holder to get more points than using the card at the grocery store. However, card holders should be sure of the hotel chain they will use the most. A person who often stays in hotel will find these cards beneficial.

The teaming up of a credit card company and a hotel is a win-win situation for both of these establishments, but can be a losing situation for the consumer.

You see, hotel credit cards tend to lure people to charge things they normally would not charge or to shop places they may not usually shop. A card holder may be tempted to charge purchases to his credit card just to earn the free hotel points. As a result, a person can incur debts that the person will eventually have to pay off or it could end in big credit trouble.

A cardholder should not waste points. They should at least try to get a gift certificate or some other trade in on their points from their credit card company if they are not going to use their points. Any way, the credit card company would usually just offer to extend the deadline for the use of these points.

People who understand that earning points costs money can benefit well by using hotel credit cards. They realize that the points are not really free because they have to spend their own money for every point they earn. A card holder should treat these points like cash and not waste them. These points should not be earned through foolish purchases. People should find a different type of credit card that may work better for them if they find that they are not earning points easily or just wasting points with hotel credit cards.

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