Most Rewarding Hotel Loyalty Program

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The other month, I gave a promise that I would try to tackle the issue about the most rewarding hotel rewards program this spring. I haven’t forgotten it. I have been contemplating the best way to incorporate the number if variables to the review to get objective results. Today I will have the first hotel program evaluated: Club Carlson.

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In the next three weeks, I will tackle two programs per week; Club Carlson and Hilton HHonors this week, Hyatt Gold Passport and InterContinental Hotels Group next week, and Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest the week after that.

Top Hotel Promotions For April (2013)

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It is already spring time and hotel programs are starting to launch their summer 2013 promotions. Most of the spring promotions are on their last leg.

1. Hilton’s promotion for quadruple Virgin Atlantic miles in London & Scotland + combining it with the Daily Grand

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Quadruple Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles At Hilton Hotels In London & Scotland

It is difficult to suggest participating to Hilton’s promotions after the huge devaluation last month, but combining these two promotions for stays in London & Scotland can earn you lot of points.

Hilton HHonors United Bonus Offer Of 1000 Bonus Miles Per Stay

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Hilton has a new offer for United Airlines Mileage Plus members for stays between April 4 and June 30, 2013. You can earn 1000 bonus miles per stay of 2 nights or longer for maximum of 5 stays (5000 bonus miles). You can access and register for this offer here.

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You need to have your Hilton HHonors Double Dip option set to variable or fixed miles and have United as your partner airline. You can read more about double dip options in mu piece that I wrote about this topic here.

Hilton HHonors Miles & More Offer For Quadruple (4X) Miles For Weekend Stays

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Hilton HHonors members that have Miles & More as their airline Double Dip partner and register for this promotion can earn quadruple miles (500 base + 1500 bonus) for their weekend stays (Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights) between April 1 and June 30, 2013.

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You can access and register for this promotion here.

Hotel Promotions Update April 2013

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Here’s monthly update on current hotel promotions. Most Priority Club one time bonus offers expired on March 31, 2013, and we will do a post about new valid one time offers next week. Club Carlson doesn’t have a global promotion right now.

You can get cash back for most of your hotel bookings and you can read more about it here:Cashback for Your Hotel and Travel Bookings.

If I have missed any hotel points or rate promotions, just leave a message below or send me an email to john@loyaltylobby.com.

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Hilton HHonors Delta SkyMiles Offer: 2013 Bonus Miles For Stays Of 2 Nights Or Longer

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Hilton has a new offer for 2013 bonus Delta SkyMiles for stays of two nights or longer between April 1 and June 30, 2013. You can access Hilton’s web page and register for this promotion here.

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This bonus can be earned maximum of seven times during the promotion period for a total of 14091 miles. You need to have Delta as your fixed or variable miles partner.

US Airways Dividend Miles 50% Hotel Conversion Bonus

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US Airways is again offering 50% bonus on hotel points conversions to Dividend Miles between April 1 to 30th, 2013. Note that converting of SPG Starpoints to Dividend Miles is excluded from this offer unlike in 2012. You can access US Airways page for this offer here.

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The hotel conversion partners are:

Hilton HHonors Gold Fast Track (4 Stays) + Instant Silver Status

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A reader of LoyaltyLobby sent me this link for instant Silver status with Hilton HHonors that comes with a fast track offer for Gold just after 4 stays within 90 days of signing up. You can access this offer here.

EDIT: (April 2) Hilton has now retired this promotion and this fast track offer (other fast track offers are still available – see below) with instant Silver status is no longer available. 

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Hilton must have forgotten this offer altogether as the terms and conditions indicate that this offer would be valid only until September 30, 2011.

Hilton HHonors Points & Money Awards (March 28 Onwards)

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Now, that Hilton has introduced the new categories and seasonal award pricing, I thought that it would be right time to revisit this award type. Hilton Points & Money awards allow you to pay your award stay partially using points and cash.

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Hilton HHonors hasn’t released a category dependent Points & Money schedule. They did this when the program was first launched, but later removed it from the website. The Points & Money requirements were no longer entirely hotel category dependent.

Any Hilton Award Glitches Due To Category Changes?

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I have been going through the updated point prices on Hilton’s website and haven’t found any glitches so far. The following property, however, doesn’t make any sense:

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Hilton shouldn’t have any award category that would require 7500 points per night and this property was not listed on the Hilton’s PDF about the future (now in effect) award categories that is available here.

Will Marriott & Hyatt Start Counting Award Nights Towards Status Qualification?

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Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group (soon) and SPG are all counting consumed award nights towards their loyalty program qualification requirements. Would it now finally be the time for Hyatt and Marriott to start counting them as well?

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Hilton has counted the award nights to yearly qualification requirement as far as I can remember. Starwood did the switch couple of years ago and IHG announced the other day that they will star count them later this year.

Any Bright Spots On Hilton’s New Award Category List?

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Today (March 27) is the last day to redeem at the current point levels before Hilton HHonors introduces a new award categories and pricing tomorrow. You can read my post about this change here.

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Loyalty programs evolve from year to year. I would compare this Hilton change to the one British Airways did couple of years ago. BA Avios used to be very good currency for international business and first class tickets on partner airlines due to flexible routing and stopover rules. This all changed and now they are best used for short haul flights in economy. That’s quite a drastic change.

Quadruple Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles At Hilton Hotels In London & Scotland

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Hilton HHonors has a new promotion for quadruple Virgin Atlantic miles between March 31 and June 30, 2013, at participating Hilton family of hotels in London and Scotland. You need to register for this promotion and access Hilton’s web page for this promotion here.

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The beauty of having Virgin Atlantic as Hilton HHonors double dip fixed mile partner is the earning rate of 1000 Flying Club miles per stay at full service properties. This is quadrupled to total of 4000 miles per stay during the promotional period.

Last Call For Hilton Awards At Old Rates (Use Them Now Or Regret Rest Of Your Life)

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Hilton HHonors drop a bomb last month by introducing new hotel award categories. You have until 12:01 CMT on March 28 to book under the current award categories & rates.

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If you have accustomed to use your Hilton points for aspirational awards such as Conrad Maldives, you are really getting “screwed” by this change. There is really no polite way of saying this. The number of points required for awards often doubles.

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