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It’s not often I put on my Hilton pom-pom… but I’m about to do so, because HHonors is really impressing me this year.

Hilton HHonors changed up promotions in 2015

At the beginning of the year, Hilton announced that they would change the way they do HHonors promotions as of this year. As I explained, Hilton began offering two global HHonors promotions annually, rather than the four we became accustomed to. In addition to that they promised to offer targeted promotions throughout the year.

Except they’ve way exceeded expectations on that front.

Hilton’s first 2015 promotion — Double Your HHonors — was scheduled to run from March 1 through May 31, 2015. However, Hilton extended that promotion through August 31, 2015, and on top of that even improved it. While the original promotion had a huge list of non-participating properties, the extended promotion included all properties, something which Hilton hasn’t historically done for promotions.

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On top of that, Hilton announced another promotion offering 5,000 bonus points per stay, for a period of a few weeks.

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Hilton’s fall 2015 promotion

Well, Hilton has just announced the details of their next promotion — entitled Triple Your Trip — and it’s really impressive. It’s very similar to the Triple Your Trip promotion they offered last year, except it’s valid longer and all properties are participating.

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Hilton’s Triple Your Trip promotion is valid for stays between September 1 and December 31, 2015. That means Hilton’s two global promotions have spanned a full 10 months this year.

Through this promotion, Hilton is offering double points for weekday stays (Monday through Thursday nights) while they’re offering triple points for weekend stays (Friday through Sunday nights). Best of all, all properties are participating in this promotion.

Registration is required prior to check-out of your first eligible stay. Previously booked stays qualify for the promotion, and bonus points should post 6-8 weeks after completion of eligible stays. If you have an award stay, eligible incidental charges are also eligible for the double or triple points.

You might want to try registering sooner rather than later, since many accounts seem to be eligible for a further bonus when registering. On my registration page I was offered an additional 2,000 bonus points after my first eligible stay during the Triple Your Trip promotion:

In addition to earning Double Points Monday-Thursday nights and Triple Points Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights*, as a new Hilton HHonors member you’re eligible to receive 2,000 additional Bonus Points on your 1st stay during the Triple Your Trip promotion.

Book direct and stay at ANY hotel or resort from September 1st – December 31st, 2015 to earn your Bonus Points!

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Crunching the numbers on HHonors Triple Your Trip

You ordinarily earn 10 HHonors base points per dollar spent at Hilton hotels. That means:

  • Monday through Thursday you’d earn 20 HHonors points per dollar spent
  • Friday through Sunday you’d earn 30 HHonors points per dollar spent

But that’s on top of other points earnings, including the following:

Accounting for all non-credit card points earned, that means you’d earn:

  • 25 points per dollar spent as a Blue member on a weekday night
  • 27.5 points per dollar spent as a Gold member on a weekday night
  • 30 points per dollar spent as a Diamond member on a weekday night
  • 35 points per dollar spent as a Blue member on a weekday night
  • 37.5 points per dollar spent as a Gold member on a weekend night
  • 40 points per dollar spent as a Diamond member on a weekend night

That doesn’t account for the 10 bonus points you earn per dollar spent using the the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card, or the 12 bonus points per dollar spent using the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass Card.

That means this promotion can top out at a total of up to 52 points per dollar spent as a Diamond member using the right card.

I value HHonors points at ~0.4 cents each, so that’s a pretty solid return, especially since all hotels are participating in the promotion.

Hilton’s Triple Your Trip promotion terms

The T&Cs of the promotion are as follows:

*The offer (“Triple Your Trip”) is valid for eligible stays completed between 1 September and 31 December, 2015 (“Promotion Period”) at any hotel or resort in the Hilton Portfolio. Hilton HHonors members must first register at HHonors.com/Triple prior to check-out of your stay within the Promotion Period. Registered HHonors members will receive the bonus only for nights completed during the Promotion Period, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotion Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotion Period ends. For the Triple Your Trip promotion, the Bonus Points you earn per night are calculated based on the average nightly folio of your total stay (average nightly folio is calculated by taking the total net folio of your stay divided by the total number of nights of the stay). Triple Your Trip Double Points are awarded for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in your stay. For a detailed explanation of how points are issued for Triple Your Trip, please see Frequently Asked Questions. “Double Points” means you will receive a bonus equal to double the number of Base Points earned during a stay. Bonus Points earned on Base Points do not count toward tier qualification. Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for points to appear in your HHonors account. Offer is not transferable, is not valid for groups and cannot be combined with other select offers.

This offer is valid for select Hilton HHonors members who receive this offer after registering for the (“Triple Your Trip”) promotion. It cannot be combined with other offers and is not transferable. The offer is valid for eligible stays completed between 1 September and 31 December, 2015 (“Promotion Period”) at any hotel in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. Select HHonors members will receive 2,000 Bonus Points after the completion of their first stay within the Promotion Period. Bonus Points earned on Base Points do not count toward tier qualification. Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for points to appear in your HHonors account.

For all the details, check out the full terms and FAQs.

Bottom line

Kudos to HHonors for their promotions this year. Not only are they offering 10 months of continuous global promotions, but more importantly all properties are participating in these promotions, which is the really exciting development. HHonors has always been a great program in terms of the points earnings rates for hotel stays.

If only they had better guaranteed top-tier elite benefits, like guaranteed late check-out and some sort of substantive suite upgrade benefit.

What do you make of Hilton’s Triple Your Trip promotion? Anyone else feel like Hilton HHonors has been turning over a new leaf on the promotion front this year?

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Comments

  1. Cue DCS comment dissing Hyatt and SPG and saying how he never misses a suite upgrade as a Hilton Diamond in 3…2…1…

  2. Jealous of your bonus offer! I got offered a 4000 point bonus after 4 stays during the promotion period. Stinks because I only have 2, maybe 3 opportunities for Hilton stays this fall. Still an awesome promotion!

  3. I’m eligible to receive 5,000 bonus points on my 5th stay during the promotion, not the 2,000 points on first stay like you received as a new HH member.

  4. What has your experience staying at Hilton?

    It’s been some time since I stayed at a regular Hilton property. I have stayed at the occasional Hampton. My experience there has been mixed. Some are nice and others are not.

  5. We got 4,000 bonus points after the 4th stay. But since I already have 2 stays booked during that time frame, shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve for us.

  6. @Frank – yes, you should get both. Both this promo and the rate promo you paid for will calculate off base points, but they are two distinct things and not mutually exclusive.

  7. RTFLMOA
    @Lucky sez, after practically doing the unthinkable and gushing about the HHonors promo this year: “If only they had better guaranteed top-tier elite benefits, like guaranteed late check-out and some sort of substantive suite upgrade benefit.”

    This is really lame and you know it. Right now, HHonors is the most exciting and rewarding hotel loyalty program on the planet.

    FYI: I have never been denied a late checkout at any HH property, a perk that even blue members (non-elites) enjoy! In fact, at Hilton EZE, I had requested a 6-pm checkout and it was granted without any fuss. So, if you are going to criticize HHonors, you’ll need to do better than bitch about late checkout, which I do not even consider as an elite perk. That you do, in fact, says more about the elite perk deficit in your favorite program and than it does about HHonors.

    Second, I provided incontrovertible pictorial proof that in 2014 I had cleared 12 of 12 or 100% suite upgrades as a HH Diamond. That means that I had cleared 8 more Diamond suite upgrades than a Hyatt GP Diamond could clear of their 4 “confirmed” upgrades before they had to start paying out of pocket to see the inside of a suite again. Diamond suite upgrades are unlimited for HH DIamonds.

    Bottom line: There is no way to spin this one into another negative or Hilton Honors bashing, Ben. No, siree. Not this year! We’ve heard the constant gushing on this blog and in the blogosohere echo chamber about how Hyatt (or SPG) is the most generous loyalty program in the business, but even before this year, that was always a dubious claim. But for this year so far, HHonors’ offers have eclipsed anything that any other program has had to offer…by far!

    Hilton Worldwide is not only the fastest growing hospitality company in the world, its loyalty program, HHonors, is currently the most vibrant out there. Period. And, BTW, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet 😉

    G’day!

  8. @eponymous — Of course I had to it when this blog and others keep making demonstrably false claims of grandeur about Hyatt or SPG that do not survive the most superficial scrutiny, while bashing HHonors, which has been and is, especially currently, the most rewarding and vibrant program on the planet.

    Let me guess, you must have seen a prelude of the bashing somewhere recently 😉

  9. @DCS – While I don’t have anything bad to say about HHonors ( in fact I went out of my way to stay more after reading some of your posts) your claim that late checkout is “a perk that even blue members (non-elites) enjoy” is false. While I am glad you have never been denied late checkout as a Diamond, I have been denied as a Blue, Silver and Gold while I have never had issues as a middling SPG Gold. While you do not think of it as an elite benefit I would beg to disagree as many people need to have the extra time in their rooms without paying for obscene extra hourly or half-day fees.

  10. And my Best Comment of the Day prize goes to . . . DCS. I mean, really, who else?

    I scrolled anxiously down . . . waiting for it . . . past Eponymous . . . waiting for it . . . then voilà.

    Ben finally sees the light (the “earning” side of the equation) and DCS is in at the kill. Nicely done.

  11. I received the same additional offer, the 2,000 bonus points after my first stay.
    That is great for me, since I am no frequent traveler but will have one stay during the promotion period. And as luck would have it, it is a weekend night 😉

  12. DCS: That would be a bit of (hopefully) good natured sarcasm on the whole Hilton over-the-top fan thing; complete sincerity on the underlying substantive merits. People really don’t understand the “full picture” on Hilton.

  13. So I can earn 52 points per dollar (as Hilton Diamond with AMEX Surpass card holder) for my weekend visits. That’s pretty awesome as i am trying to accumulate HH points for trip to Hawaii again in June.

  14. @DCS – I have no idea how you are able to get so many Suites upgrade, but I am a HH Diamond too, and my Suite upgrades are nothing like yours (maybe 30% only – with a few non-upgrades in the remaining 70%), and I often have to battle to get 2 or 3pm late check-out.
    Perhaps you are VIP in HH, but good for you for the great treatment by Hilton.

    At SPG, 4pm is never a problem as a Plat.

  15. @tom

    The problem is Hilton is not really attacked as a program…DCS jumps in anytime someone says the SPG card is good for non bonus spend. 1 SPG point is worth more then 3 hilton points and is better to put your spend on in non bonus categories. The only hilton card good for non bonus is the reserve up to 10k because of the free night (which I use up until that point since I can turn that into 4-5% return).

    He always wants to debate merits of the programs which is not the argument. His whole argument boils down to earning on cash stays (where they are very equal) but that is not the point. The point is if you have a $1000 car repair bill which card should you use….SPG of course. 1000 SPG points are worth more then 3000 hilton points…but he never actually wants to debate that topic…he skims right over it and talks about the earn side of paid stays.

    So DCS what is more valuable 1 spg point or 3 hhonors points (2.2% or 1.5%?)

  16. I’ve been a Hilton HHonors member since the 90’s so I don’t see how I got the new member bonus.

  17. @Mark O — I am not sure why you sent me to the linked site. It thinks that starpoints being worth 2.x cpp, HHonors points 0.x cpp and Hyatt points 1.x cpp means that starpoints are the most valuable points or worth more, ignoring the fact that one earns 6x more HH starpoints a pop — a whopping difference in earn rate that must be taken into account when comparing the “value” points ACROSS loyalty programs.

    As for Hyatt, its hospitality company side boasts some on the most tastefully done properties out there and overall service that is second to none. However, Gold Passport, Hyatt’s loyalty program, is at best a work in progress. Everything that they do seems tentative or is short-lived: the “lucrative” Diamond Challenge came and then went away and then came back again, completely changed; My Elite rate — a great perk, is now defunct; upgrades in points costing per stay rather than per night — that’s gone and now upgrades are per night or 300% devaluation; GP remains the only program that offers cash+points rewards that does not enable their automated booking online; and the list goes on.

    In sum, Hyatt GP had, at the outset, provided some incredibly “lucrative” — read: stupid — perks to entice members, and they came in droves, and loved GP while abusing and thought that it was the best hotel loyalty program ever. Now, most of those sweet things are gone, and GP has been revealed for what it has always been: second rate loyalty program even thought Hyatt is a first rate hospitality company!

    The advantage of HHonors is maturity and consistency. Unlike Hyatt’s, their promos are always clear; the T&C seldom ambiguous; and they provide what they promise.

    SPG is somewhere in the middle. More mature than GP but less generous than HHonors (for example, there is a huge difference between SPG Gold and HHonors Gold with perks for the latter outshining those of the former; loftily named Hyatt GP PLATINUM is a second-tier elite status in name only).

    For this year, however, no one in their right mind would contest the fact the HHonors promos have eclipsed anything that any program out there has offered…by light-years!

  18. @DCS

    I noticed you still avoided my question (again)….what is worth more 3 hhonors or 1 spg point? So which is better for non bonus spend?

    And the link showed that Hilton and SPG are worst at getting value out of your points versus their cost.

    Once again you go to the earning rates for cash rates but this site mostly talks about earning points through traditional credit card spend. Are you afraid to say that SPG is better for NON BONUS spend? Anyone can see it so why do you continue to talk about earning at properties?

  19. @Mark O sez: “I noticed you still avoided my question (again)….what is worth more 3 hhonors or 1 spg point? So which is better for non bonus spend?”

    I have answered that question 100 different ways but you just don’t seem to get it.

    So, here we go again, for the last time: What is the colder temperature between 0 degree Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit?

    If you know to the answer to that question, then you SHOULD know which are worth more between 3 HH points and 1 starpoint 😉

  20. I love that Hilton HHonors IT recognizes me: “As a new Hilton HHonors member you’re eligible to receive 2,000 additional Bonus Points on your 1st stay during the Triple Your Trip promotion.”

    Ummmm…been Diamond for 8 years.

  21. @DCS

    I give up with you…once points are earned they have a value and that value is set in stone for that point in time. Anyone that plays the game knows that 1 SPG point is worth about 2.2 cents and a hilton point is worth about .5 cents so one gives you a return of 2.2% per dollar and one gives you 1.5% per dollar.

    The programs might be equal earning wise but once they are earned the points are not equal and therefor the SPG card is a better return for non bonus spend. It is simple math…only a deluded fan boy could not see it. It is simple math….I would think a “professor” would understand that. It is like saying 2 thank you points are worth the same as 2 UR points…not true.

  22. @DCS, while I am actually on your side in this little pissimg contest, just saying that 3 Hilton points is equal to 1 SPG point does not make it true. HH redemptions are fairly consistently 0.5 cents per point, although of course there are outliers. SPG redemptions vary pretty wildly, but even if you just use them for airline miles, you should get 2.25 cents out of them at a minimum. That makes an SPG point worth 4.5 Hilton points. In my experience, I have gotten 0.88 cents for my Hilton redemptions and 3.06 cents for my SPG redemptions, so, historically for me, one SPG equals 3.48 HH. While my preferred program is still Hilton because it so easy to earn points and Hiltons have always treated me very well, under the very strict conditions imposed by @Mark O, where the source of points is specified that you can only look at non bonused spend, he is correct that the SPG card is superior to the Hilton card. It has nothing to do with which program is better (Hilton, in my opinion) or even which card is better (Hilton Reserve for the Gold Status), but only which card is better for non bonused spend. I don’t know why he would be trying to make this argument (maybe just to prove you wrong about something?), but his argument is sound, it is just not useful. Neither of these cards is best for everyday spend, the AMEX everyday preferred is superior to both, at 1.5 MR points per dollar. Converts to at least 1.5 airline miles versus 1.25 for the SPG.

  23. @Farnorthtrader

    This argument goes back many many articles where lucky brings up best cards for non bonus spend and says SPG is one of the best since their points are the most valuable out there and DCS always says it is not true since it is easier to earn hilton points (which is true but not a part of the argument). That is why I framed it as non bonus spend.

    And everyday prefferred is a better “everyday card” earning 1.5 MR points worth 1.8 cents versus 2.25 cents for the SPG (as long as you get the 30 transactions)..unless you want SPG points for hotel stays since there is no other way to really earn them.

    His love for Hilton will not let him admit this and he goes into a merits of the programs debate every time which is completely off topic for the conversation.

  24. @Mark O says said on August 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm: “I give up with you.”

    You might as well because I see that you failed the 0 Celsius vs. 32 Fahrenheit question, or at least you failed to understand what it was supposed to illustrate.

    Basic point: just because 0 is smaller than 32 does not mean that 0 C is colder than 32 F. They are exactly the same temperature, but expressd on different scales. In order to go from one scale to the other, we need to calibrate them. We will put the C and F thermometers in ice water and mark the C at 0 and the F at 32, and then put the thermometers in boiling water and mark the C at 100 and the F at 212. This allows the relationship between C and F to be derived as:

    C = (F-32)/1.8

    so that for any F you can compute a C and compare them. When F = 32, clear C = 0, so the temperatures are the same even if the NUMBERS are not the same.

    Now, what does that have to do with starpoints vs. HHonors points? Everything, because while startpoints and HHonors points, like C vs. F, measure the same thing (value of points) they do so on different and arbitrary scales. And why are the scales different? Aren’t they both “points”? Here, I will defer to a travel blogger who actually gets it to explain:

    “A mile is not a mile, and a point is not a point, if different programs award more or less of them for the same size transaction. As a result, one can’t easily compare the award charts of two different programs and say that one is “more expensive” than another. Perhaps the program that requires twice as many points for a free night also hands out four times as many to begin with.”

    So what you are constantly failing to do is to include the earn side, which is the “conversion factor” that enables points from different programs to be compared, in your valuations!

    So, while the bloggers’ value starpoints at 2.2 cents each (cents/point or cpp), HH points at 0.4 cpp, Hyatt GP points at 1.4 cpp or IHG points at 0.7 cpp, those are AVERAGE redemption “values” WITHIN each program. They are quite simplistic because one can get smaller or bigger values depending on the redemption conditions, but the averages are okay for estimating, e.g., the cash value of a point offer WITHIN each program.

    What one cannot do with those within program valuations is to try to compare them ACROSS programs, which most bloggers and you do, because that’s like comparing F vs. C without first doing a calibration to express C as F or F as C on the same scale, and claiming that 0 C is colder than 32 F because, well, it is a smaller temperature value!

    To compare loyalty points across programs, one needs to do a “points currency conversion” because, again, “raw” starpoints do not mean the same thing as “raw” HH points, since each program awards the points in different quantities or rates. We need to adjust for that difference in earn rates.

    HH Diamond earns 6x more HH points than a SPG Pure Plat ears starpoints, 3X more than a Hyatt GP Diamond earns GP points, or 1.5x more than a IHG top elite, whatever it is called these days, earns their ponts. Adjusting for those earn rates diffrences to put the points on the scale, and thus make them directly comparable, we get:

    HH points in terms of starpoints: 0.4 x 6 = 2.4 cpp ( vs. the bloggers’ 2.2 cpp)
    HH points in terms of Hyatt GP points = 0.4 x 3 = 1.2 cpp (vs. the bolggers’ 2.4 cpp)
    HH points in terms of IHG points = 0.4 x 1.5 = (0.6 cpp vs the bloggers’ 0.7 cpp)

    See? There are NO differences between the values of any of those currencies when they are adjusted for the earn rate differences to PUT THEM ON THE SAME SCALE SO THAT THEY ARE COMPARABLE, like what we did with C vs F.

    And that’s QED… for the last time with you.

    G’day!

  25. Correction: “HH points in terms of Hyatt GP points = 0.4 x 3 = 1.2 cpp (vs. the bolggers’ 1.4 cpp rather than 2.4 cpp) “

  26. @ DCS
    Tell us how you really feel lol Thanks for your passion on the HH Program nice to hear!
    I worked outside as a consultant for Hilton Corporate /HH right before the recession brought some of the good to a screeching halt 🙁
    Really thought they were the best at that point and were going to reach for the stars over the next few years
    Most the front lines were laid off and they closed Beverly Hills and the company moved East 🙁
    Some of the best management folks at the time moved on who I had the deepest respect for.

    Hilton IMHO was at the top of its game back then offering great member value and did for a short while after that.Its a vastly different program today and many members will look at the program today from many different angles from the past value proposition to what it is today.
    Newer members may not even flinch as they have nothing to compare it to
    80k- 250k for a room with a better view in NYC may seem normal to those folks

    Jeff Diskin and the current team on board knew when they devalued the program massively they would get some hostility/disgruntled members and they did.
    The thought was massively devalue the worth of the points but give some of those points back in bigger promotions to keep members on what they call the moving treadmill. Keeping them in the game
    Its sorting of like putting the bait in the trap until the animal bites.Its been written about in the media so no secrets here
    Its obvisouly working thanks to a strong enough economy so I wouldn’t be surprised to see yet more devaluations and still yet more generous point promotions.
    Back when I consulted promotions were reasonably scarce and the industry was primarily hooked at the time on targeted promotions.Broad based promos were primarily limited to participating properties only. But redemption value was high?
    After they offered any standard room redemption on reward nights the risk exposure was huge with the increased cost across such a massive program.The unexpected recession slaughtered them at the time

    While a small percentage of bright educated members use their points wisely today some of the others buy the room for a massive amount of points per night when the standard room is sold out
    This is brilliant on Hiltons part but obviously not great member value
    I still like Hilton but rarely use the program these days as I find I receive generally greater value out of the other programs. But make no mistake I still use them when/where it makes sense and it clearly does at times
    There is also much Hilton doesn’t get credit for
    Outstanding guest/brand assurance for one. If you fail the hotel or Guest Assistance is going to likely make things right. And I’d argue that many great sales on revenue rooms can be had over competitors
    Hilton when they get real slow isn’t afraid to slash rates like many of the other chains
    How much you like and value their wide selection of properties should also determine your degree of participation. Many guests see price and point redemption value as the Holy Grail
    I’d argue that if I dislike Carlson/Radisson properties except overseas the fact that I earn more points or have greater redemption value means little to me personally. Also today I’m somewhat less price sensitive and more experience/quality sensitive
    I don’t like Wyndham properties for example so there is no amount of points I will ever find their value prop compelling personally.Just some quick thoughts on and off topic. Always enjoy reading these blogs keep up the great conversations!
    Cheers

  27. @Former HH Insider — Thank you for the trip down memory lane. I have very little to disagree with in your take of things except for a couple of rectifications:

    1. The purported massive Hilton “devaluation” was indeed massive, but the net result was to bring their award costs in line with those of their competitors. In other words, Hilton’s awards got so ridiculously cheap that they were no longer competitive and could not be sustained. To “devalue” was the correct decision for them at the time, and the current vibrancy of Hilton, the fastest growing hospitality company in the world, and of HHonors, their new and improved loyalty program, proves that their decision to “devalue” was correct. I write “devaluation” in quotation marks because after the purported “devaluation”, Hilton award costs rose to almost exactly match those of Marriott and Hyatt, while SPG’s were and remain, by far, the highest-priced in the business. Here’s a simple proof:
    The highest standard award cost for a cat 7 (highest) Hyatt hotel is 30K GP points. The highest standard award cost for a cat 10 (highest) Hilton property is 95K HH points. Remember, however, that HHonors awards 3 times (actually 3.2x) more HH points than GP awards GP points, which means that 95K HH points are equivalent to 95K/3 = 32K GP points, which is virtually the same as the published award cost of 30K for a top Hyatt property. See? No Hilton “devaluation”. If you are referring to the exorbitant costs of Hilton “premium” reward rooms, that’s actually more honest than what other programs do. Hyatt, e.g., simply converts standard rooms into premium to make them unavailable for booking. Hilton on the other, achieves the same thing by slapping a ridiculously high costs on standard room and calling them premium rooms, but alt least if one has loads of points, one can still book! All the bad rap that Hilton gets is due to failure to understand the shenanigans the various programs can pull. Hilton is transparent about their changes and gets hammered for it! Did you that Hyatt’s devaluation of their points was more severe than Hilton’s? Well, they got away with it because they were the last to devalue, after Hilton who “devalued” got the flak and numbed everyone. Smart, very smart on Hyatt’s part and also sneaky!

    2.My apparent “passion” for Hilton is exaggerated. I am more like the Devil’s Advocate in the travel blogosphere where every blogger gushes about Hyatt or SPG for no apparent reason at all and I need to counter-balance. But personally, I go wherever I can get the best “value” for my points. I got through booking my annual year-end, multi-city Asian escapade during which I will redeem:

    a) HHonors points for stays at Hilton Shanghai; at the brand new Waldorf Astoria Beijing; and the highly aspirational Conrad Koh Samui; (I will be adding Conrad Hong Kong too, I think)

    b) Hyatt GP points for stays at Grand Hyatt Erawan in BKK (near the shrine that was recently bombed); and at Grand Hyatt Singapore.

    c) Marriott Rewards points for a one-night stopover at JW Marriott Bangkok.

    See, I am not as blindly “loyal” to Hilton and HHonors as it might seem, which gives me a unique perspective in discussing the relative values of the various programs in which I have: Gold status in SPG through my AMEX Biz Plat; Gold status in Marriott Rewards through the Marriott-UA JV and my United 1K status; and Hyatt GP Platinum (the worst second-tier “elite” status in the business) through the Chase Hyatt visa.

    Oh, in just a week, I will be redeeming starpoints for a one-night cash+points award stay at Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel on a stopover…

    So, I am an equal opportunity opportunist 😉

    Cheers!

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