New Hilton Honors Point Stretchers Announced

by on December 4, 2010 · 5 comments

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An interesting aspect of the Hilton Honors program are their Point Stretcher awards. This is a rotating list of properties whose award nights are discounted at 40%. So a 40,000  point hotel night would only be 24,000 if the property ran a Point Stretcher award. Even if you think Hilton has devalued their program in the past year, I think Point Stretchers are a pretty good deal for some properties.

The list of December 2010-May 2011 awards are listed here. There are hundred of Hilton, Conrad, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites properties available. If your vacation plans are flexible, planning during a Point Stretcher period can really increase the value of your HHonors points.

Tip of the hat to Ric at Loyalty Traveler for help with this post

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  • Joseph Linaschke

    Hi there, been loving the info you’re sharing. Thanks!

    Thought I’d share a thought on HiltonHonors. Or as I would call it… HiltonDishonorable. I read this post and wanted to check my points, and noticed in my address book under my Hilton account that I have a note to myself reading “F*** Hilton… account closed and points lost after one year of not staying at the hotel”.

    I don’t know how many points I had when this happened, but clearly enough to piss me off. After just one year of no activity, the account was CLOSED and all my points forfeited. I’ve avoided Hilton hotels ever since then. I find that pretty poor customer retention, frankly. While they may not care about losing a customer who obviously doesn’t stay there that often (or perhaps used to, but for whatever reason didn’t for a year), I think it’s horrible customer service. That note will live in my address book forever, and if I can help it, I’ll never stay at a Hilton again.

    Perhaps I’m overreacting, but I prefer to keep my loyalty with a company that’s loyal to me.

    -Joseph aka @travel_junkie

  • The Points Guy

    That sucks Joseph. Did you try calling them to ask for the points to be reinstated? They are known to run deals where they will reinstate 5,000 points per stay, up until your balance. I’ve also heard of people really pushing them and getting all of their points back after a paid stay.

    As much as you may not want to deal with them again, it can’t hurt to call and see what they can do. All things aside, Hilton points can save you major money, especially if you use them for points stretcher properties.

    Good luck- let me know if you ask them and what they come back with.

  • Ric Garrido

    Two corrections needed for your article Brian.

    40,000 points category 6 HHonors standard reward is only 24,000 points with a Point Stretcher (40% off), not 32,000 points (20% off).

    There are many Hilton Hotels participating in this set of Point Stretcher hotels. I have not counted the actual number, but a quick stroll through the list shows around 250 Hilton brand hotels currently participating for dates through May 2011. And those are just the Hilton hotels. There are hundreds more in the other brands like Hampton Inn, Embassy Suites and such.

  • The Points Guy

    Thanks Ric- major brain fart on this post- appreciate the corrections. I think Hilton should change their wording “There are no Point Stretcher Dates available for Hilton Family Hotels” is very misleading.

  • Joseph Linaschke

    Points Guy,

    This was years ago, so no chance recovering now, I’m sure. I did raise a fuss at the time (perhaps not a big enough one), and it certainly left a bad taste in my mouth.

    For now I’m ecstatic with SPG group. I tend to stay at Westins for business, and redeem the points on W’s for leisure. Nice way to go :)

    -Joseph aka @travel_junkie

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