One of the pleasures of the travel junkie game is when you run into a major unexpected benefit. For me the first one this year was finding that the Chase OnePass Plus card comes with primary rental car insurance. Another was when booking a Starwood property using the Cap 1 Venture card, acquired under the Match My Miles promotion, generated an unexpected Cap 1 points bonus. Booking this with an SPG card of course would yield one bonus SPG point per $ spend - perhaps 2 1/2 cents in additional value or even more in some circumstances such as a cash and points redemption. However, the Cap 1 Venture bonus points certainly put this card in the same league, and gives you additional options such as using Priceline which comes with a 4 point bonus. Bonus points (above the two points for all Cap 1 Venture purchases) and note this is for online (not walkin) bookings: Starwood: Four Points +2 Sheraton +3 Westin +5 Redemptions: general travel credit 1 point = 1 cent Fairmont, Hyatt, Ritz, Raffles 64,500 points = $900 gift card Other hotel bonus point offers - online only: Baymont Inn +4 Cambria Suites +5 Clarion +5 Comfort Inn/ Suites +5 Days Inn +4 Econolodge +5 Fairmont +15 (!) Ho Jo +4 Hotels.com +6 IHG +5 KnightsInn +4 MainStaySuites +4 Marriott +2 Microtel +4 Priceline +4 Quality Inn +4 Ramada +4 Rodeway Inn +5 SleepInn +5 Super8 +4 Travelodge +4 Wingate +4 Conclusion: The Cap 1 Venture Card is competitive with the SPG Amex even at Starwood properties in many situations. It may be the overall best hotel card, if you are willing to accept the odd premise of earning in one set of hotels (Starwood, Choice, Wyndham, IHG, Fairmont) and redeeming at a largely different set (Ritz, Hyatt, Raffles, Fairmont).