launches new Visa credit card for earning reward nights


On September 14, 2020, announced the launch of a new, no annual fee credit card — the first co-branded card from the accommodation booking site.

Issued by Wells Fargo, the Rewards Visa Credit Card earns cardholders 1 stamp for each night spent as a Rewards program member at an eligible property booked on and 1 stamp each time you spend $500 on purchases with your Rewards Visa (regardless of your Rewards program membership). For every 10 stamps you collect, you get 1 complimentary reward night.

“The Rewards program already offers freedom and flexibility to redeem reward nights at half a million properties — you’re not tied to any one city, chain or room type,” said Ben Blake, senior vice president for, in a news release. “And now the Rewards Visa Credit Card helps unlock way more, even faster.”

Benefits of the Rewards Visa Credit Card

As a welcome bonus, new cardholders earn a reward night valued at $125 after spending $1,000 in purchases within the first three months (not including taxes and fees).

Ownership of the card also gets you silver status with for your first year, meaning free breakfast, Wi-Fi and airport transfers for 12 months at select properties.

Additional card features include:

No foreign transaction fees
24/7 fraud monitoring
Trip interruption and cancellation benefits of up to $2,000 per insured person
$600 in cellphone protection from damage or theft when you pay your cellphone bill with the Rewards Visa
Customizable credit card alerts
Zero liability protection
A closer look at the Rewards Visa rewards program

The Rewards program utilizes “stamps,” rather than points, miles or another turn of phrase, and allows program members to collect stamps toward reward nights.

Ten stamps equal 1 reward night, redeemable for future bookings; there are no other redemption options available. It’s important to note taxes, fees and other charges in relation to your hotel stay are not included in your rewards nights.

According to the Rewards program, the value of your stamps depends on the “average value of the 10 stamps you’ve collected,” while also stating the current value sits at $110 per stamp.

“If you earn a free night solely through spending on this card, you’d spend $5,000 to get a free night worth $110,” says Ted Rossman, industry analyst at Bankrate. “That’s essentially a 2.2 percent return on your spending. It’s a bit better than the best flat-rate, no annual fee cash back cards (2 percent), but not nearly as flexible.”

Is the Rewards Visa right for you?

Those who frequently stay with a particular hotel brand may find more value from a co-branded hotel credit card, but if you’re already a frequent user of or aren’t loyal to a particular hotel chain, the Rewards Visa may make sense for you.

“Rewards programs and cards from big chains like Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt usually win in terms of the math, but could be a suitable option for an occasional traveler who values simplicity,” says Rossman.

As for perks to consider, Rossman highlights the ability to cover a reward night with a mix of stamps and cash.

“If you don’t have enough rewards to cover the entire cost of the stay, you only have to pay the difference,” Rossman says. “You’re not shut out entirely. So you could put that $110 credit toward a $200 room and only have to pay $90.”

Additionally, Rossman points out that, per the Rewards program, a stamp is earned for each stay at a property (with 500,000 properties to choose from in over 200 countries across the globe).

“You can mix and match stamps earned via everyday card spending and stamps earned by staying at hotels,” Rossman says. “That could potentially stretch your rewards further.”

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