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Overall this is a very nice hotel and definitely worthy addition to the Hilton’s Conrad brand. There was only couple of small service issues that can probably be attributed to the hotel having been open for bit over a month when I was there. I had visited the island couple of time previously and both times stayed at the Renaissance hotel which is closer to the Lamai beach. This time I stayed also one night at the Le Meridien hotel.

I was going to be around Bangkok in late November, and realized that I could take advantage of Hilton Points Stretcher deal, that had the Conrad Koh Samui at 40% discount off of the regular point rates.  Considering that the regular rates at this all villa property are normally in excess of 16K THB + tax/service charge (around $600 per night) even the 50K/night is a reasonable deal.

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If you stay for four nights (probably my ideal stay at this property), the best award would be AXON7  that would require 145K points averaging 36250 HH/night. For stays of six nights or longer (except 8/12/16 etc. nights) the VIP/GLON award is the best bang for the buck at 37500 HH/night. [click to continue…]

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Hilton has been offering Premium Room Rewards and Points + Cash option since the second half of this year. These are not available at all the properties but are slowly being introduced.

Hilton HHonors Get Points Back Promotion

When I was looking at the Hilton Abu Dhabi back in October, I came to conclusion that the premium room awards at the property in question were valuing Hilton HHonors point at around $0.004. Another value that I have come across is $0.007 per HHonors point.

Whenever I have seen these premium room rewards at a reasonable level, the normal rates have been so low that it wouldn’t have made any sense to use points for the stay in the first place. There have been, however, few glitches here and there. [click to continue…]

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Hilton just launched their latest ‘Resort Escapes’ promotion. You can get a free night certificate after five night contiguous stay at any of the more than 100 participating properties or two certificates after ten night stay. Alternatively you can complete two five night resort stays. This promotion is valid from December 1st, 2011 to April 30th, 2012. The free night certificate(s) are valid for 6 months after earning them.

Hilton 'Escape to a Resort' Promotion

This promotion is nice because you don’t have to hotel hop. The current free night certificate promotion is for a free night after every four stays or ten nights. It encourages people to switch hotels every night if they wish to maximize the number of free night certificates earned. [click to continue…]

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Hilton is very active on their limited time sales. Just came across this latest one when I was searching for Hilton properties in the United Arab Emirates for later this month. This promotion is available worldwide. Apparently, the set discount for Americas is 20% and the maximum elsewhere is 33%. You need to book at least seven day in advance for stays between December 8th and January 8th. Stays of two days or longer will also receive 1000 bonus Hilton HHonors points.

Hilton HHonors December Sale

What is weird about Hilton’s websites is the fact that their UK website has far clearer display of properties that participate to this promotion and their prices. The US website doesn’t have this functionality. If you are planning to book a Hilton stay during this period, it does pay to visit Hilton.co.uk and can use the following direct link. http://bit.ly/tXTFGW [click to continue…]

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Hilton HHonors participating Airline PartnersIt is always good to have the possibility to transfer miles and points between programs. If you happen to need some (or even a lot) Hilton HHonors points, you can currently transfer in from number of programs including American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. Most of the programs have transfer ratio of 5000 points/miles into 10000 Hilton HHonors points. The only two programs where this 1 mile/points to 2 HHonors doesn’t apply are American Airlines and CSA. With American, CSA, and Icelandair the transfer can be completed online. Others must be called in. [click to continue…]

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Due to the ongoing promotion of a free night certificate for every four stays, I have found myself staying at Hilton properties more regularly than usually.

Hilton has had the Nor1 upgrade options for cash already for few years. These Nor1 upgrades are space available and confirmed at the time of checking in. Now, they are also promoting points based and guaranteed upgrades at the time of reservation, and when you are accessing your reservation online.

I now have five examples when it comes to these space available and guaranteed upgrades using points, and what I have actually received at hotels without applying them at all based on my Hilton HHonors Diamond status. [click to continue…]

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When you have look at the terms and conditions of any of the recent Hilton promotions, there is a long list of excluded rate codes. Most of these rate codes are associated with online travel booking sites like Expedia and Orbitz. There are other excluded rates as well, and I have found out that the PR13CB (Corporate Benefits Employee Offer) is really beneficial at times.

Who is eligible for this “Corporate Benefits Employee Offer” or “Corporate Benefit Partner Rate” as it is described in the rate details? That is really a good question. I have used it several times at various hotels. To my understanding this rate is intended for personal, non-business travel for Hilton’s corporate partners who have negotiated rates with them. [click to continue…]

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In the past few months, when I have been checking prices for various Hilton chain hotels, I have been offered variety of Premium Room rewards. Most of the times, sans few obvious mistakes, the prices in points have seemed rather high.

Hilton HHonors Premium Room Rewards Hilton Abu DhabiToday when I was checking rates for Hilton Abu Dhabi hotel, I decided to do a simple Excel spread sheet to find out the value that Hilton assesses to their points. [click to continue…]

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Hilton HHonors United Airlines Mileage Plus Promotion 1000 Bonus Miles Per Two Nights StayHilton HHonors is offering 1000 bonus United Airlines Mileage Plus miles per two nights stay at all Hilton properties between October 1st and December 11th. You can earn up to 5000 bonus Mileage Plus miles. These are in addition to the 500 miles that one would earn having United as fixed partner on most full service locations, or 2 miles per dollar spend if United is variable miles partner.

You need to register for this promo and have United Airlines Mileage Plus either you variable or fixed airline partner. Bonus miles will be posted to your account shortly after the stay, based on my personal experience with Hilton, although the Terms and conditions of this offer say that it can take up to 6 weeks. [click to continue…]

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Hilton HHonors has the most beneficial mid-level hotel status (HHonors Gold) of the chains I frequent. Gold basically gives you a free internet access and club level accommodation/free breakfast.  You will also receive some extra points and have access to VIP only rewards (basically discounted awards for multiple day stays).

Hilton HHonors Gold VIP Fast Track Offer - Gold Status After Four Stays or Nine NightsNormally Hilton HHonors Gold status requires 16 stays during a calendar year. Hilton is, however, offering a MVP Fast Track offer where four stays or nine nights during a 90 day period after registering gives you a Gold status. The status is valid until the end of April of the second calendar year i.e. if you qualify this year the status is valid until April 2013. [click to continue…]

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Delta and Hilton HHonors have teamed again to offer MQM’s (Medallion Qualifying Miles) for Hilton stays. Last year one could have earned 500 MQM’s per stay. This year’s offer is 250 MQM’s per two nights stay + double miles.

Hilton HHonors Delta SkyMiles Promotion 250 Medallion Qualifying Miles per Two Nights Stay + Double MilesI would probably go for this ONLY if I was really close to qualifying for the next level and could do it without having to take any extra flights. If this bumps you to next level with Delta’s program, it is a great promo otherwise not so. [click to continue…]

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Hilton is having a three day advance purchase Flash Sale. I am not normally a huge fan of sales like this as they don’t often give significant discount, but on this case some of the prices are actually really good and worth booking.

Hilton Flash SaleI was looking to make a booking for couple of properties in the Middle East and tumbled to this sale. According to the rate rules the sale rates are valid on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday in the Middle East, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday elsewhere. Some properties appear to have loaded the lower rate for other days as well so it is worthwhile checking out. [click to continue…]

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Hilton just announced their latest promo that runs from October 1st to December 31st. You can either choose to receive a free night certificate for every four stays/ten nights or double points. Unless you have absolutely no plans to redeem your free night certificate within six months of its issuance, it is really a no brainer to choose the free night certificate option over double points.

Hilton Q4 Promo - Fast Ways to Free Stays - Free Night Certificate for Every Four Stay or Ten NightsThere are few hotels that have decided to opt out of this promotion, but you can still use the free night certificates at them. The exclusion list is not that bad but makes sense to double-check before making a booking just to make sure. The list of international properties that are excluded is really short. [click to continue…]