10 Recently Opened Hotels for Points Travelers

All of these new properties are participants in a hotel loyalty program, so you can book stays with points.

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In the fall of 2021, many new U.S. hotels opened their doors for the first time. But opening a new hotel is not as simple as unlocking the door. It takes years of planning to make the final product consumer-ready. With lots of new hotels in the U.S. worth exploring, choosing the right place to stay may be even harder than before. If you are wondering how to find new hotel openings and want to use those hard-earned hotel points, we’ve got you covered.

Here are just a few recently opened hotel addresses to whet your appetite.

1. The Ray Hotel Delray Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton (Hilton Honors)

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Delray Beach, Florida welcomed a new hotel in September with the opening of The Ray Hotel Delray Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton in the Pineapple Grove Arts District of town. In addition to a lovely pool and Michelin-starred chef, the hotel has its own rooftop tree canopy, living walls and floating forest. Hilton Honors uses a dynamic pricing system for award nights, meaning there is no chart to follow as a redemption guide. Instead, the number of points you need changes based on the date and room rate.

2. Motto by Hilton New York City Chelsea (Hilton Honors)

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Motto by Hilton is a relatively new addition to the Hilton Honors hotel brands. The Motto by Hilton New York City Chelsea, scheduled to open this November, is located a couple of blocks from Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building. Rooms at this property are best described as “travel-sized” and make excellent use of space. They feature things like multi-functional furniture, loft-style or fold-into-the-wall beds, smart room technology and sound absorbing materials. The hotel also offers a coffee and cocktail bar and soon-to-open restaurant from a well-known chef.

Hilton Honors credit cards

Since dynamic pricing controls Hilton Honors redemption rates, it is best to settle on dates early in order to know how many points to save. Hilton has some great co-branded credit cards to help you earn points faster. With the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card, you’ll earn 12 points per dollar spent on eligible purchases within the Hilton portfolio and receive complimentary gold status. If you’re looking for a $0 annual fee credit card, the Hilton Honors American Express Card offers 7 points per dollar spent on eligible Hilton portfolio purchases and complimentary silver status. Terms apply.

3. Le Méridien St. Louis Downtown (Marriott Bonvoy)

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Le Méridien St. Louis Downtown brings its signature French flair to Missouri this fall. Art and design is a hallmark for the Marriott Bonvoy brand, and guests here will find stylish interiors within walking distance of the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium. As a Category 5 property, a redemption night starts at 27,500 points.

4. Hotel Indy, Indianapolis, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel (Marriott Bonvoy)

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Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio brand will gain a new member when Hotel Indy opens this fall. In a historic office building, this boutique hotel will have a rooftop bar and lounge just one block from where the NBA’s Indianapolis Pacers play. Another Category 5 property, a redemption night starts at 27,500 points.

5. The Hythe, Luxury Collection Hotel, Vail (Marriott Bonvoy)

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While it’s actually opening this winter, we couldn’t help but put The Hythe, Luxury Collection Hotel, Vail on the list for all of the winter sports fans and apres-ski aficionados. With a contemporary mountain theme, the resort will feature four food and beverage concepts, exclusive excursions and a location near the base of Vail Mountain in Lionshead Village. As a Category 7 hotel, a redemption night here starts at 45,000 points.

Marriott Bonvoy credit cards

Low on Marriott Bonvoy points? Several Marriott co-branded credit cards could get you closer to what you need for a redemption night. The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card has a $95 annual fee and comes with 17 points per dollar at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties, 3 points per dollar on the first $6,000 spent in combined purchases each year on grocery stores, gas stations and dining, 2 points per dollar on all other purchases and an annual free night award worth up to 35,000 points.

While it has a higher annual fee of $650, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card tops out Marriott Bonvoy earning potential. You’ll get 6 points per dollar at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties, 3 points per dollar on U.S. dining and direct airline airfare purchases, and double points on everything else. Plus, its annual free night award is worth up to 85,000 points. Terms apply.

6. Haywood Park Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection (Choice Privileges)

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While Downtown Asheville offers a vibrant commercial scene, Haywood Park Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection takes you back in time to a more classic way of life in Asheville. Once the Bon Marche department store, this hotel is part of Choice Privileges’ upscale boutique property brand. It opened in September with historic photos of Asheville and even a vintage car on display. Its location, close to area breweries, restaurants and shops, makes it a favorite for tourists. With dynamic pricing, the redemption rate varies based on the date, but it usually starts at 20,000 points per night.

7. voco Times Square South (IHG One Rewards)

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IHG One Rewards members have a new option when visiting the Big Apple this fall now that voco Times Square South is ready to open. The property is located between Hell’s Kitchen and the Garment District and features a greenhouse and outdoor terrace to escape the busy city. IHG One Rewards operates with a dynamic pricing model, so its redemption rates can vary based on the cost of a paid stay and booking dates.

IHG Rewards credit cards

If you need to top up on points, consider the $0 annual fee IHG® Rewards Traveler Credit Card which offers up to 17 points per dollar spent at IHG properties and 3 points per $1 spent on purchases on monthly bills, gas stations and restaurants. Or for a $99 annual fee, the IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card offers up to 26 points per dollar spent at an IHG property, Platinum elite status and an annual anniversary night award.

8. Park Lane New York (I Prefer Hotel Rewards)

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The location of the new Park Lane New York is ideal for both tourists and business travelers alike. The hotel boasts the only rooftop on Central Park South, offering unobstructed and panoramic views in the heart of Manhattan. Almost half of the rooms at the new property face the park, while the others provide views of the city. Part of I Prefer Hotel Rewards, this luxury hotel offers guests the chance to earn or redeem points for discounted stays.

9. Thompson Austin (World of Hyatt)

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Located in the heart of downtown Austin, the Thompson Austin will open in November and bring the Hyatt brand’s signature style to what it calls an “urban playground” hotel. The property is just steps away from the city’s famous music and entertainment district. James Beard-nominated Chef Mashama Bailey and Culinary Partner Johno Morisano will take the helm at two of the hotel’s dining options, while an infinity pool with cabanas and lounge chairs will help guests beat the Texas heat.

As a World of Hyatt Category 6 property, redemption rates start at 21,000 points per night for off-peak, standard rooms.

10. The Shay Culver City, California (World of Hyatt)

Photo courtesy of The Shay

If you’re looking for new hotels opening this year in the Los Angeles area, The Shay, a Destination by Hyatt hotel is one to check out. It features a rooftop pool as well as two dining options by Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant. Its November opening means World of Hyatt fans have a new Category 5 option with beautiful views of downtown LA. A redemption night starts at 17,000 points for off-peak nights.

World of Hyatt credit card

If you’re a fan of Hyatt hotels, the World of Hyatt Credit Card could be a great way to earn and redeem points. Not only does it offer up to 9 points per dollar spent on Hyatt stays and experiences, it has one of the highest hotel point values compared to its competitors.

If you want to travel on a budget this fall

Some of the best new hotels in the U.S. are bookable using points, and if you want to travel on a budget this fall, it pays to know where they are. You can earn more points with each stay if you hold a hotel company’s co-branded credit card in your wallet. Even better are hotel credit cards that come with automatic elite status or free anniversary award nights. Among the new hotels opening this year, these 10 options offer plenty to look forward to on your next trip.

To view rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card, see this page.

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