Hilton Daily Grand Promo – 1,000 Weeknight and 2,000 Weekend Bonus

March 21, 2013

Hilton just announced a new promo where you get 1,000 bonus points every weeknight you stay at one of their hotels and 2,000 bonus points for every weekend night between April 1 – June 30, 2013. You must register here before your stays to earn the bonuses. Only paid stays (not award nights or cash […]

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Amex and Hilton Confirm AXON Awards To Stay After March 28

March 18, 2013

With the announcement a few weeks ago that Hilton would be devaluing its HHonors loyalty program with changes like adding new top-tier categories, implementing seasonal (more expensive) award redemptions and discontinuing the elite GLON special awards, came speculation that reduced-level AXON awards that cardholders of Hilton American Express credit cards including the Hilton Amex and […]

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5th Night Free With A Hilton HHonors “Resort Escape” – Book Now Through April 30, 2013

March 8, 2013

Hilton has launched a 5th Night Free Escapes promo, where those who book a stay of at least five consecutive nights get their fifth night free at any resort in the Americas. You must book before April 30, 2013, to qualify, for stays between March 15-September 30, 2013.  The list of participating properties includes 62 […]

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How to Top Up Your Hilton HHonors Account Quickly Before D(evaluation) Day

February 27, 2013

With the massive Hilton HHonors program devaluation coming our way starting March 28, I shared some ideas of how you could burn through Hilton points at the current rates for some amazing hotel redemptions – but in order to do so, you’ve got to have the Hilton HHonors points ready to redeem, so here are […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways to Burn Your Hilton Points Before D(evaluation) Day March 28, 2013

February 26, 2013

This past weekend at the LA Times Travel Show, I was doling out high-fives to several readers who stopped by to share their stories of recently burning soon-to-be-devalued Hilton points on upcoming redemptions before the imminent program changes come into effect. Sadly, even after the announcement of category reorganization and additions that will make high-end […]

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Saturday Recap: Up to 50,000 Amex Points, 1,000 Bonus SPG Points for Sheraton Club Stays, Delta Enhancing Transcontinental Flight Services, Pre-Reserve Meals on American, Wyndham Updates Award Chart

February 23, 2013

Update: The 50,000 point sign up offer for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card is no longer available through the Card Match Tool. Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Amazing Deal – 50,000 Membership Rewards Points for the Amex Premier Rewards Gold: Earlier this week, American Express released […]

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The State of Hotel Loyalty Programs: A Devaluation Story

February 20, 2013

President Obama gave his State of the Union address last week, and with all the hotel points program changes coming down the pike, I thought I’d give my own State of Hotel Points address – and the state of hotel points is…worsening! Here’s a recap of the news we’ve gotten so far: Starwood Back in […]

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Major Hilton HHonors Devaluation Announced: Aspirational Awards Become More Expensive, New Categories and Seasonal Pricing

February 19, 2013

2013 seems to be the year of the significant hotel loyalty program changes. Unfortunately, many of these changes have been negative- including Starwood’s inflation of Cash & Points and Marriott’s mass category increase. Hilton joined that club today, introducing new program changes effective March 28, 2013 which include new tiers (read: more expensive redemptions) and […]

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Saturday Recap: Discounted AAdvantage Awards to Hawaii, Air Canada Premium Economy Announcement, Hilton Fantasy Racing Contest, Bonus AA Miles to Seoul

February 16, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American/US Airways Merger Announcement: Earlier this week, American Airlines and US Airways officially announced their merger. As a recap, not including regional fleets, the new airline will have a total of 801 narrowbody planes and 147 widebody jets totaling 948 mainline aircraft. The cost […]

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Expiring Elite Upgrade and Perks Exchange

January 28, 2013

It’s that time of year again – the valuable perks that top-tier elites have earned with airlines and hotels are starting to expire, and if you haven’t gotten around to using some of your systemwide upgrade or suite upgrades yet, rather than losing them, think about helping fellow members of the points community out by […]

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Hotel Review: Hilton Cape Town

January 17, 2013

This is the sixth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the […]

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Tomorrow Only: One Day Hilton HHonors 2,500 Bonus Point Offer

January 15, 2013

As we reported back in November, Hilton HHonors has just announced the return of the “Any Weekend Anywhere” promotion that offers discounted rates at many properties around the world. The great thing is that the discounts are valid through the end of next year, and you have until January 31, 2013 to make a reservation […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Caribbean Hotels Where You Can Use Points This Winter

January 15, 2013

As temperatures continue to drop across North America, I thought it would be a good time to put together a list of the top hotels across the Caribbean where you can use points to stay and spend some time thawing out, so for today’s Travel Tuesday Top 10, here are the top points hotels in […]

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Video Sunday Reader Question: Hilton Gold vs. Starwood Gold?

January 6, 2013

TPG reader Lindsey is thinking about switching hotel loyalty programs and writes in: “I’ve been a Hilton Honors Gold member for a number of years and am looking to change it up and get in with a new rewards program. I’ve heard some great things about Starwood Preferred Guest and I like their contemporary collection […]

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Citi ThankYou Points Now Transferable to Hilton HHonors for Premium Cardholders

January 5, 2013

Citi ThankYou Points may now be redeemed for Hilton HHonors points. It appears that 1,000 Citi ThankYou Points will transfer to 1,500 Hilton HHonors Points – the same ratio that they transfer from American Express Membership Rewards. However, Hilton is currently the only transfer partner of Citi, which makes this much more compelling versus Amex, which offers […]

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The Points Guy 2012 Year In Review

December 31, 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, I wanted to take stock of what turned out to be another exciting, challenging and ultimately rewarding year both on and personally. I visited over 20 countries, flew dozens of airlines, flew about 200,000 miles the good old-fashioned way and spent nearly 160 nights in hotels – and […]

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I Just Transferred 80,000 Amex Points Into 216,000 Hilton Points- Maldives Here I Come?

December 29, 2012

I just decided to take advantage of the Membership Rewards 35% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic (which expired tonight!) by transferring 80,000 Amex points into 108,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles, which posted instantly. Virgin Atlantic allows you to transfer miles into Hilton points at a generous 1:2 ratio, but you have to call them […]

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35% Amex Transfer Bonus To Virgin Atlantic Ends Tomorrow = 80% Bonus to Hilton HHonors!

December 28, 2012

Just a reminder that the current transfer bonus of 35% from American Express Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic Flying ends tomorrow, December 29, 2012 at 11:59pm ET (I confirmed the end time with Amex). The normal transfer ratio is 1:1, so with this bonus, instead of transferring 1,000 Membership Rewards points to 1,000 Flying Club […]

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Register For Hilton’s 2013 Double Your HHonors Promotion – Earn Double Points or Miles

December 27, 2012

Registration is now open for Hilton’s 2013 Q1 Double Your HHonors Promotion, which runs from January 7 through March 31, 2013. HHonors members can earn double Hilton HHonors points or double miles when they stay at participating hotels and resorts. To earn the double points/miles, you must register prior to check-out of first stay within the […]

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End of Year Hotel Point Account Audits – Maximizing the Points That Are Rightfully Yours

December 24, 2012

As year ends comes and everyone is most concerned about maintaining elite status, it’s always good to cross-reference your hotel loyalty program accounts and make sure that all of your stays were credited appropriately. I almost always find discrepancies and I’ve noticed that phone operators are always more than helpful to make things right, and […]

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Comparing Top-Tier Hotel Elite Status

December 7, 2012

To follow up on my post from yesterday about whether or not going for Hyatt Diamond status is worth it, I asked TPG contributor Nick to write up a comparison of the top-tier status levels at the major hotel chains both as a primer to folks new to this game as well as a reminder […]

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30% Amex British Airways Transfer Bonus Now Live Until January 14, 2013

December 4, 2012

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. The 30% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios I wrote about a couple weeks ago has finally gone live and will be available until January 14, 2013. The bonus is, as […]

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Hilton Increases Elite Qualification Requirements

December 3, 2012

Over the weekend, Hilton HHonors surreptitiously increased the number of stays, nights and base points needed to qualify for its elite status tiers. The increase only seems to effect the  Hilton Gold and Hilton Diamond elite tiers. If you’re just going for Hilton HHonors Silver status, the good news is you will still only need 4 […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus Hilton Points, United Club Price Increase, New Delta BusinessElite Wines, Cheap Hertz Weekend Rates

December 1, 2012

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Express 35% Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic: In case you missed this, we posted earlier this week about this new American Express transfer bonus. As a recap, now through December 29, 2012, American Express cardmembers who transfer Amex Membership Rewards points […]

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