Sunday, July 27, 2014

Save 20% on Hilton HHonors Points

I’m cutting down on all my points bearing accounts.

I used up my points for a Hampton Inn stay. This brand has free WiFi and free hot breakfasts but Elite members get perks too. IMG_0928

The cheapest category for a Hampton Inn stay requires 10,000 points for a stay.

A Staycation sounds good if you don’t enjoy flying anymore. The saying: If pigs could fly...well, they might have it better than humans flying in coach and upgrades are few and far away these days.

So I saved  20% on buying Hilton HHonors Points and was able to clean out my account. Redeeming Miles or points is a good idea for a weekend Staycation. Most miles expire so use them while you can. The best is to use them up, because they devalue every year and as I was saying, upgrades are becoming less frequent. For example: . You need 100,000 miles for Executive Platinum Elite on American Airlines (or 100 segments) this highest elite status gets you Unlimited complimentary upgrades. The American Executive Platinum Status gives you One world Emerald Elite Status. Just Regular Platinum AA status only gets you complimentary upgrades on full-fare tickets(booked in fare classes Y or B)

Hiltons offer to earn double points became too complicated. Annoying to not have read the small print and to have booked a Hilton stay on the strength of this offer, only to discover, after the stay, that no bonus points were on offer at that particular hotel. The list of non-participating properties for the promotion ending in October, consists of about 1,400 hotels. So be sure to confirm your hotel’s participation. I understand that most branded hotels are independently owned and operated, but it makes it too time consuming to check out the small print. Loyalty programs should make it Uniform, because the value of brands is that they get mass loyalty. Stays at any and all properties in a hotel Brands network should be uniform.

Hiltons Earn 2x points during the week and 3x at weekends, offer ending this month. You get Double Points or Double Miles applies to all eligible stays completed during the Promotion Period at participating hotels. But one third of hotels don’t participate.

The new promotion by Hilton is much better:

BUY OR GIVE HILTON HHONORS POINTS and Save 20% when you buy the Hilton HHonors Points.

From now through September 3, 2014, HHonors members can buy or give HHonors Points for 20% off the purchase price. Use Points to book your next reward night faster, help send a friend or family member on their dream trip, or simply top off your own balance.