I am already an IHG/PC person. My wife and I both have the PC Visa and about 200,000 points between us, but we don't have an alternative chain at the moment. I am a member of all of the major ones, but haven't yet attempted to accrue points with any others. We both like that the PC has a very strong variety between mid-to-lower budget to upscale properties, but we also recognize that now that we have the means to travel abroad a lot more, there are going to be places (SXM for example) that have no IHG properties, or ones that might be less convenient for our travels. I've heard good reviews about the Radisson Blu in SXM, but I don't believe they have the market penetration in the US that we'd be looking for, along with the variety of tiered quality hotels. Our primary domestic travel is to SDF/LEX/CVG (family) and MSN, ORD/MDW and IND for friends. I'm going to end up with the SPG card eventually (probably in a future churn when the offer bumps again), but I'm thinking either Hilton or Hyatt. Assuming I am starting from zero for both, and that we're considering travel to Thailand, India, Spain, France, Italy, SXM, Panama, and Peru in the future, which one would you choose and why? Please also take their credit card offers into consideration as well, and/or ability to xfer to Star or Oneworld airlines. I'm still researching it myself, and I am leaning toward Hyatt because I already have the status there from this awesome site, but I'm less sure about the quality and selection in our overseas destinations in the future. Any opinions, tidbits of info I should also consider, and even snide remarks are appreciated.