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Here’s a recap of points, miles and travel industry news from the past week:
Earn 2X Hilton HHonors points during the week and 3x on weekends: The Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip promotion allows HHonors members to earn bonus points for stays at participating properties: triple HHonors points on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights; and double HHonors points on Monday through Thursday nights. To participate in this promotion, sign up and stay at participating hotels and resorts from August 1 through October 31, 2014.
TSA offering $15,000 to anyone who can redesign its PreCheck security line: If you’ve always felt you could do a better job of organizing security lines than the TSA, now’s your chance to make a difference. Since December 2013, more than 400,000 travelers have been approved for the TSA’s expedited security service, PreCheck – but few of America’s 118 PreCheck-approved airports are yet prepared for this extra lane of security traffic. To find a solution, the TSA is running a crowd-sourced competition that will award $15,000 to the person who can effectively design a line with a wait time of five minutes or less. Hosted on a crowd-sourcing platform called Innocentive, the competition asks entrants to consider variables like peak and non-peak hours, site specifics and staffing schedules. (h/t Fast Company)
Save 25% at Wyndham properties and earn 500 Wyndham Rewards bonus points: Book a hotel reservation online – at least seven days in advance – at a Wyndham brand-family hotel and get up to 25% off a participating hotel’s best available rate, and receive 500 Wyndham Rewards bonus points. To take part in this promotion, use Wyndham’s booking widget to find a hotel at your chosen destination, then find the “Pay Now Get 500 Points” price under the Rooms & Rates tab on each participating hotel’s webpage; note that if this price doesn’t appear, that hotel doesn’t participate in this promo. You must book your stay by September 30, 2014.
Conrad returns to London this September: After a seven-year absence from the Big Smoke, Hilton’s luxury brand, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, will return to London on an as-yet-unspecified day in September 2014. The 256-room Conrad London Westminster, set about halfway between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, is presently known as the InterContinental London-Westminster, a property that opened less than two years ago. London’s previous Conrad property in Chelsea Harbour was rebranded as a Wyndham in 2007. With the opening of The Conrad London Westminster, the Conrad brand will have 24 properties worldwide, including the spectacular Conrad Rangali Island in the Maldives, where I stayed in December 2013. (h/t Travel Weekly)
Mobile network manager Wefi names US hotels, beaches and airports with this summer’s fastest Wi-Fi: Wefi, a company that specializes in mobile network analytics, collected 45 days’ worth of data to determine which travel hotspots offer the fastest wireless connectivity, and this week revealed their findings. Topping their respective lists, Red Roof Inns offer the fastest Wi-Fi of any American hotel chain, Florida’s Clearwater Beach wins the web on the sand, and Detroit’s DTW offers the country’s most powerful airport Wi-Fi. The other speedily-connected hotel chains include Sleep Inn, Ramada, Holiday Inn and Best Western, additional beaches include Atlantic City and my own beloved South Beach in Miami, and other airports with blazing fast Internet include Denver (DEN), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Los Angeles (LAX), and Washington Dulles (IAD). (h/t Marketwired) This card is one of several solid options for Hilton guests, and it offers some outstanding benefits like no annual fee, complimentary HHonors Silver status and getting the fifth night free on award redemptions. This card also lets you upgrade to HHonors Gold status when you $20,000 on the card in a calendar year or complete four eligible stays within the first 90 days of account opening.
This card is one of several solid options for Hilton guests, and it offers some outstanding benefits like no annual fee, complimentary HHonors Silver status and getting the fifth night free on award redemptions. This card also lets you upgrade to HHonors Gold status when you $20,000 on the card in a calendar year or complete four eligible stays within the first 90 days of account opening.