Hilton is currently offering a targeted promo where you can elect to receive double points or double miles on stays at participating hotels between March 1 and May 31, 2015. Not all hotels are participating in this promotion so be sure to check this list if you have your eye on a particular hotel property for an upcoming stay. You must register your choice prior to checking out for your first stay during this period.
Hilton is the only hotel chain that allows you earn both hotel points and airline miles for a single stay. You can choose which of their airline partners you’d like to credit your stay to or you can choose to score double points on each stay. Besides the flagship Hilton brand, the Hilton family includes Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Canopy, Curio, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, Home2Suites and Hilton Grand Vacation Club.
Check your email to see if you’ve been targeted for the promotion and make your choice before your first stay.
If you’ve been thinking about changing to satellite TV and looking for an incentive, perhaps this is the offer you’ve been waiting on. If you switch to DirecTV between now and January 5, 2015 you can get two free weekend nights at one of many Hilton properties.
There’s no equipment to buy and no installation costs for up to four receivers though there is a monthly fee for the receivers. Packages start at just $29.99 per month though a 24-month agreement is required. Click HERE to go to the web page. Be sure to find out about all the fees involved before agreeing to anything.
Not all Hilton properties are included but I was surprised at how short the list really is. The list includes many All-Inclusive properties and many Distictive properties but, for example, while the Conrad Koh Samui Residences in Thailand is on the list, the Conrad Koh Samui hotel is not. Rooms there can go for over $630 USD per night! So while it’s not worth changing your TV provider just for the rooms, if you were already considering this here’s the nudge you’ve been waiting for.
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Hilton is currently running a targeted promo that allows you to buy HHonors points and get a bonus. You’ll have to log in to your HHonors account to determine whether you’ll earn a 20%, 30%, 40% or 50% bonus when buying points.
I was targeted for a 40% bonus which means if I buy 1000 points for $10 I get 400 bonus points at no additional charge. Likewise, if I buy the max of 40,000 points for $400 I get 16,000 bonus points. This works out to 0.71 cents per point. As always, I look to One Mile At A Time and The Points Guy to determine whether or not this is a good deal. Lucky (of OMAAT) values HHonors points at 0.4 cents per point while Brian (TPG) sets their value at 0.5 cents each. So buying points probably does not make sense unless you need just a few points to top off an award.
The promotion ends on December 22 at 22:59 ET.
Can you tell that we’re right in the midst of shoulder season? There are all kinds of promos coming through every day. Here are recent ones I’ve seen, in no particular order:
IHG Rewards Club is featuring a bonus on purchased points this month. The bonus depends on how many points you’re purchasing. I’ve got a nice stash of points at the moment so I’ll sit this one out.
Club Carlson is having a sale at select hotels when you book by this Friday, October 10 and stay on select dates through the end of the month. Talk about restrictions! Since I just returned from vacation I won’t take advantage of this either.
I’m not an aviation geek by any means but one of the few planes I can recognize on sight is the Airbus A380, since it’s a full-length double-decker. Air France is starting a new route, Miami to Paris (CDG), on December 1st. Remember Air France is part of SkyTeam which means you can use Delta miles on this flight. Sadly, Delta will not allow you access to La Premiere (first class) and if you book before the end of the year a one-way ticket will cost as much as a round-trip. However, Air France’s Flying Blue program is a transfer partner of both Starwood and Amex Membership Rewards, so that’s the way to book first class on the new bird.
And finally, if you hold one of the Hilton co-branded credit cards (Amex has two, Citibank has one) you should have received this offer via email. The link in the mail is specific for each recipient but you can buy or give Hilton HHonors points until October 22 and get a bonus, depending on how many points you buy or give. Might be a nice way to top off your account if you’re just a little short.
Hilton Hotels and their related brands like DoubleTree, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Conrad, Homewood Suites and Embassy Suites are usually very easy to find wherever you’re traveling. Their rooms can often cost what seem to be a lot of points, but Hilton points are easy to come by, especially if you have one of their co-branded credit cards.
Right now they’re running a promotion on paid stays where you can earn double or triple points per night. Double points are awarded for stays on Monday-Thursday nights and triple points for weekend nights, Friday-Sunday.
You must first register for this promotion at HERE and then your paid stays between August 1 and October 31, 2014 will be included.
I really enjoy Hiltons as the lower-tier properties like Hamptons usually include breakfast with the room and even though it may cost more points, we can use those points to get larger rooms that have a sofa bed whereas a lot of hotel chains only allow standard rooms when using points.
Even if you don’t think you’ll be staying at a Hilton during this time period, go ahead and sign up for the promotion. That way if your plans should change you’ll be covered!