Confirmed Changes to Hilton HHonors Benefits at Hilton, DoubleTree, Conrad, and Waldorf-Astoria Properties

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Last week, I wrote about the possible positive changes coming to the Hilton HHonors program. Hilton still hasn’t announced them, but they have now changed the Terms and conditions of the Diamond benefits on the website.


The changes are pretty much what I wrote earlier:

1. The language now also includes suites when they describe possible upgrades for Diamond members, although not as strongly as I would have preferred:

Diamond HHonors guests will receive upgrades to preferred rooms, based on availability for the entire stay at the time of check-in. Upgrades for Diamond HHonors guests may include the next-best available room from the room type booked. Upgrades may also be rooms with desirable views, corner rooms, rooms on high floors, rooms with special amenities, rooms on Executive Floors**, or suites, as identified by each property. Some exclusions based on rate and room type may apply.

Then it continues:

Upgrades exclude executive suites, villas and specialty accommodations, subject to the discretion of the hotel.

2. You no longer have to choose between upgrades/breakfast or 1000 bonus points. You will receive the 1000 bonus points nonetheless.  On Waldorf-Astoria’s you can choose between two options out of three of which one is the bonus points. The breakfast is still not complimentary at Waldorf-Astoria locations, however.

Overall, these are definitely positive enhancements to the program. We’ll see how adding the suites to the pool of possible upgrades for Diamond members will play out at the end. If you have trouble falling in sleep, may I suggest that you read the terms and conditions of the Hilton HHonors program?

Triple ANA and Double Emirates Miles for Hilton Stays Until March 31st

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UPDATE: Please note that Hilton confirmed that both the ANA and Emirates offers are valid at all Hilton family of hotels. There are no restrictions.

Hilton is slowly releasing all airline related bonus promotions for the first quarter. I have already written about the promotion with Delta for 2012 bonus SkyMiles for stays or two days or longer. The beauty of this promotion with Delta is that all the Hilton family of hotels are participating. Also, I wrote last week about triple miles with US Airways Dividend miles, and double miles with Air Canada’s Aeroplan, American’s AAdvantage and Lufthansa’s Miles & More.


Now, there is also a promotion with Emirates for double Skywards miles for your stays until March 31st. But, I would actually call this triple miles offer, as you will get 1000 bonus Skywards miles per stay in addition to the 500 base miles.  There is a small print that this would only be valid at participating properties, but no properties listed.  I have requested further clarification from Hilton, and will update this post once I have heard back from them. Please note that you need to register for this promotion prior to your stay at

To participate, you must register at Offer is valid for eligible stays completed after registration, at participating hotels between January 1 2012 and March 31 2012 HHonors members choosing Fixed miles award will earn 500 Skywards miles per stay, plus 1,000 bonus Skywards miles per stay. HHonors members choosing Variable Miles award, will earn one Skywards mile per one USD spent, plus two bonus Skywards miles per one USD spent. Customers must be an HHonors member to earn bonus miles. For Homewood Suites hotels under fixed miles award, 200 bonus Skywards miles will be offered per stay. For Home2 Suites under fixed miles award, 100 bonus Skywards miles will be offered per stay. Under Variable miles award, 1 mile per $1 up to 100 miles will be offered per stay. Hilton HHonors members must have their earning preference set to ‘Points & Miles’ and must have Skywards (Emirates) as the preferred airline partner. Skywards miles accrued and awards issued are subject to Skywards Terms and Conditions. Hilton HHonors membership, earning of Points & Miles, and redemption of points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.


Then there is a triple miles offer for ANA Mileage Club members. Again, this offer is valid at participating properties, but Hilton has not provided a list. Also, not sure how they calculate the triple miles. If they would follow the Emirates example above, it would be 1500 ANA Mileage Club miles in addition to the 500 base miles. I doubt that this is the case, however. You will most likely receive the base miles (500) and the “triple” miles (1000) to triple the total earning per stay to 1500. Please note that you earnings are dependent of the Hilton brand. The full service brands will receive the above miles, but the lower end ones will not. You can check the earnings from the following Hilton web page. Please note that you need to register for this promotions prior to your stay at

Offer valid for stays completed at participating properties between January 16 and March 31, 2012 (“Promotion Period”). Must be a member of both Hilton HHonors™ and ANA Mileage Club to participate in this promotion. Members must first register at prior to check-in of your stay within the Promotion Period. You must have HHonors Points and Fixed Miles selected as your earning style and ANA as your preferred airline in your HHonors profile in order to earn Triple miles in conjunction with this offer. Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of the Promotion Period for miles to appear in your HHonors account. All ANA Mileage Club program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit For details on the eligibility of your stay to earn miles, please click here. Offer is not transferable and is not valid for groups.

There are three other ongoing promotions that you can combine with these. The other promotions are Resort Escapes for free night certificatesMore Points for extra points, and Visa Infinite promotion for instant Gold status and 40K HH after four stays.

Both of these are good offers if you are collecting ANA or Emirates miles. My favorite still is BMI’s Diamond Club, however. You will receive 1000 miles per night up to three nights regardless of the Hilton brand stayed at. This is valid year around. Lufthansa is in the process of selling BMI to AIG, the parent of British Airways, and the deal is expected to close late in the first quarter.

Hilton HHonors Diamond/Gold Benefits Changing At Waldorf-Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, and DoubleTree Properties?


Please note that this change is not yet officially announced by Hilton and there might be some changes, although this enhanced program is due to debut next month. Last week, I wrote about possible changes in the Starwood’s Preferred Guest program.

These new planned changes would only apply to Waldorf-Astoria, Conrad, Hilton and DoubleTree properties. The benefits would stay same as before at Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, Home2, and Hilton Grand Vacations locations.

The planned new benefits would be:

– Space available upgrades would be available for Gold/Diamond members

– Diamond members would be eligible for suite upgrades

– Diamond members would receive the MyWay selections except at Waldorf-Astoria’s

Overall, I would welcome this change. These all three would be in addition to your selected MyWay preferences. At the moment one can choose between i.e. 1000 Hilton bonus points per stay in lieu for room upgrades/breakfast.


With the Starwood you get your space available suite upgrades (platinum members) and lounge access, if there is a lounge, in addition to the 500 SPG Amenity points or local amenity. As I wrote last week, SPG is planning to offer breakfast for Platinum members in locations where there isn’t a lounge. This is not yet confirmed by Starwood, however.

Hyatt is already offering a breakfast for Diamond members at ALL locations and a lounge access. Confirmed suite upgrades are limited to four per year. Properties do not have to offer suites for Diamond members on a complimentary basis, but quite a few do.  Diamond members are eligible for amenity at all locations, and can choose 1000 bonus points instead amenity at North American Hyatt locations.

Marriott upgrades Platinum members to concierge floors and give the lounge access. At locations where the lounge is closed during the weekends or resorts, Platinum members are not eligible for breakfast.

Hilton HHonors Offering Additional 2500 Bonus Points for “Any Weekend Anywhere”-Bookings

Hilton has been very active in the past month when it comes to promotions. There are currently several overlapping promotions that you can combine with this one; Resort Escapes for free night certificatesMore Points for extra points promotion, Visa Infinite promotion for instant Gold status and 40K HH after four stays, 2012 Bonus Delta Miles for two night stay, or double Lufthansa Miles & More miles.


Now Hilton is offering an additional 2500 bonus points for those who “register” on Hilton’s Facebook page and make the reservation through Hilton HHonors page on January 17th to 18th. Apparently, these points are addition to the regular “Any Weekend Anywhere” 1000 Hilton HHonors bonus points for a weekend stay of two nights or longer.

In order for you to take advantage of this offer:

Hilton HHonors Airline Promotions for Air Canada Aeroplan, US Airways Dividend Miles, Lufthansa Miles & More and American Airlines AAdvantage

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Hilton HHonors severed the relationship they had had with the Southwest and discontinued the ability to earn Rapid Rewards points from Hilton stays at the end of last year. To counter this change Hilton is having several promotions going on for double or triple miles with five airline partners. I have already written about the promotion with Delta for 2012 bonus SkyMiles for stays or two days or longer. The beauty of this promotion with Delta is that all the Hilton family of hotels are participating.

There are three other ongoing promotions that you can combine with these. The other promotions are Resort Escapes for free night certificates, More Points for extra points, and Visa Infinite promotion for instant Gold status and 40K HH after four stays.


You can earn triple miles with US Airways Dividend miles, and double miles with Air Canada’s Aeroplan and American’s AAdvantage.  You need to designate the airline as the double dip partner and choose the variable or fixed miles.  With these airlines you really need to check the participating properties. The list is rather short.


Earn 2012 Bonus Delta SkyMiles per Two Night Hilton Stay (Combine with Other Promotions).

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Last quarter Delta and Hilton run a promotion for Medallion Qualifying miles. This time they have teamed up to offer 2012 bonus Delta SkyMiles per two night or longer Hilton stay. These points are addition to the variable miles or fixed miles that you can earn if you choose the double dip option.


This promotion is valid from January 2nd to March 31st, 2012. You need to register for this promotion before check out at The terms and conditions indicate that this offer is not combinable with other offers.

Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott, and Starwood Preferred Guest Promotions for January, 2012.

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Please refer to February hotel promotions update: February Hotel Promotions Update: Carlson, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott/Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood

By now all hotel chains except Hyatt have announced their first quarter 2012 promotions. Here are the Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott, and Starwood Preferred Guest promotions.

Hilton HHonors

Hilton HHonors has two ongoing promotions that should be combinable. “Resort Escapes – you can get one free night certificate after contiguous five nights stay and second one after another five.

Hilton 'Escape to a Resort' Promotion

The other promotion is More Points promotion that is basically extra 1000 Hilton HHonors bonus points per night + 5000 extra bonus points for two night contiguous weekend stay. Weekend is defined as Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night. You can earn one 5000 bonus points per weekend.

Hilton HHonors Discontinues Point Stretcher Rewards.

Hilton HHonors has had their Point Stretcher rewards since the 1990’s. During the low periods of the year the some of the hotels have discontinued their point award rates by 40%. I have used these discounted awards couple of times. Last time at the end of November when Conrad Koh Samui was on the list for 30K HH per night.


Last year Hilton introduced Premium Room rewards and Points + Money rewards. Premium Room rewards are tied to the going best available rate for the nights in question and values Hilton HHonors points between $0.003 to $0.007 / point. Hilton currently has a promo for getting 30% of the points back when using Premium Room rewards.

The Hilton gave the following reason for discontinuing this reward option:

With the recent launch of Points & Money Rewards the Point Stretcher rewards have been discontinued. Our new Points & Money Rewards option lets you get away faster than ever using fewer HHonors points. While the availability and points required varies by participating hotels and stay dates at time of booking, Points & Money Rewards allow more flexibility throughout the year as opposed to limiting the availability to a list of predetermined dates.

It is sad to see these go because they have provided quite good value at times. Premium Room rewards won’t because the number of points required fluctuates with the room rates.

Hilton HHonors 1st Quarter 2012 “More Points” Promotion.


Now Hilton joins Starwoord, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Marriott (both miles and points based) by announcing their promotion for the first quarter of 2012. Hyatt’s promotion is still unclear at this point but would expect an announcement in the next ten days.


The promotion is called “More Points”. You will get 1000 bonus points per night during the promotional period from January 1st to March 31st, 2012. For two nights weekend stays you will receive an additional 5000 bonus Hilton HHonors points. Based on the terms and conditions that Hilton has published on their website, it appears that the weekend nights are defined as Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Sunday appears to be excluded from the 5000 Hilton HHonors bonus points promotion. I hope to be wrong, however.

You need to register for this promo before your stay at It makes sense to check that the property you are intending to stay at is not on the non-participating hotels list. You can find these non-participating hotels at

Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Visa Infinite Card Holders + 40K HHonors Points After Four Stays (For All?).


Please note that as of March 4th this offer is still working. You may need to change your address to Australia for the registration to go trough successfully. Use Google Image search to find out the first six digits of  various Visa Infinite cards and keep plugging them in until one works.

Hilton has been courting travelers and giving out Hilton HHonors Gold status for almost just signing up. Their usual MVP offer of Gold status for just four stays has been going on for several years. Now, Hilton HHonors has even better offer for Visa Infinite card holders. You can get instant Gold status until 2013 and 40,000 Hilton HHonors bonus points after just four stays. The link to register for this offer is


This promotion is intended to the following regions:

Who is eligible to participate in this promotion?

This offer is open to selected Visa Infinite cardholders residing within Asia Pacific, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa and who are enrolled in Hilton HHonors and register for the promotion.

*Asia Pacific denotes Australia, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Philippines

Hilton Worldwide Rate Promotion “Save 25% with the Any Weekend, Anywhere Sale”-Book By January 31st for Stays Until December 30th, 2012

Last year during the “Any Weekend, Anywhere Sale” there was some deals to be had in the Hilton Hotels in the EMEA region. Some rates were discounted up to 50% off:

Europe, Middle East and Africa: Participating hotels are offering up to a 50% discount. Participating Hilton, Conrad, Waldorf Astoria, Doubletree and Hilton Garden Inn hotels will relate the discount to the Best Available Bed and Breakfast Rate. Participating Hampton Inn hotels will relate the discount to the Best Available Rate.

This year the discount is 33%:

Europe, Middle East and Africa region: Participating Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn™ and Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts properties are offering a 33% discount on Best Available Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate. Participating Hampton by Hilton™ properties are offering a 20% discount on Best Available Rate only.

Hilton properties in the United States can be had for about the same price or lower during weekends using either AAA or MVP rates, that are normally fully cancelable and not prepaid.


Conrad Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Koh Samui, Thailand – Review of My Stay at Villa 219


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.

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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.


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.

Hilton Offering 30% Back In Points When You Book One of Their New Hotel Rewards.

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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.

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