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There’s so much to like about San Francisco, but hotel prices are NOT on that extensive list. The city is notoriously, perennially amongst the world’s most expensive cities in the world for four and five star hotels, leaving those of us without Facebook money, without many viable options. Oh well, at least there’s good wine. However, since anyone can earn enough points for a free night just by posting on social media, there are actually quite a few great options to bypass the high prices- and stay in the amazing city by the bay, for free! Here are some amazing San Francisco hotels that take points…

a large room with a large sculpture in itHyatt Regency – Ferry Market

Points Per Night: 20,000 Hyatt Points versus $350+.

Location: Ferry Market, Financial District.

Vibe: grand, great views, sharp rooms.

Get The Points: Hyatt credit card, Hyatt Hotels stays, Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

Book With Cash: Booking.comAgodaHotels.comTripAdvisor.

a room with a mirror and a mirror on the wallSt. Regis – SoMA

Points Per Night: 30,000 SPG Points or 90,000 Marriott Points versus $550+.

Location: South market, Union Square.

Vibe: luxury, sophisticated, soft tones, plush.

Get The Points: SPG card, Marriott card, SPG or Marriott stays, Uber rides.

Book With Cash: Booking.comAgodaHotels.comTripAdvisor.

a living room with a large windowIntercontinental – Union Square

Points Per Night: 60,000 IHG points per night versus $250+

Location: Union Square, SoMA, Ballpark.

Vibe: chic, grand, modern, floor to ceiling glass.

How To Make The Points: IHG Credit Card, Purchase Points (current sale), Chase Points.

Book With Cash: Booking.comAgodaHotels.comTripAdvisor.

a living room with a tv and couchesRitz Carlton – Chinatown

Points Per Night: 60,000 Marriott points or 20,000 SPG Points versus $475+.

Location: Notre Dame, Folie Méricourt.

Vibe: iconic, grand, swanky, modern, plush.

Get The Points: Marriott card, SPG card, SPG or Marriott stays, Uber rides, Chase Points.

Book With Cash: Booking.comAgodaHotels.comTripAdvisor.

a long room with tables and chairs in front of a large windowHilton – Financial District

Points Per Night: 45,000-70,000 points per night versus $220+.

Location: Financial district, Embarcadero, Ferry Market.

Vibe: business, sharp, sophisticated.

Get The Points: Hilton card, points purchase (100% bonus), Hilton stays, Citi + Chase Points.

Book With Cash: Booking.comAgodaHotels.comTripAdvisor.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. Bogus picture of Hilton Financial Center. But Hilton FC is great hotel – north side rooms have great pictures of Coit Tower and Bay!

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