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Earlier today I wrote about the insane promotion being offered by the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection, where you can basically get a buy one get one free offer Conrad, Curio, and Waldorf Astoria properties around the world. While this promotion is in theory valid for bookings made through December 31, 2016 (and for stays through March 31, 2017), it really does seem too good to be true, so I’d take advantage of it sooner rather than later.
On top of that, this should be stackable with an offer for a $75 gift card after your first stay booked through the program at a Conrad, Curio, or Waldorf Astoria hotel.
I wrote about this promotion earlier today, but wanted to emphasize again how insanely generous it is, and hit on a few of the things I find most interesting.
This makes some expensive hotels affordable
Take the Conrad Maldives, for example, which is usually $700+ per night. Through this promotion you can get a two night stay for that price, knocking down the price to $350 per night (before even factoring in the perks you get).
Do keep in mind that the rate through Visa will generally be the same as the flexible rate available directly through the hotel directly. There might be cheaper pre-paid or member discount rates, but typically they’re marginally less, and not less than half the cost of a stay, as you can get through this promotion.
Maximizing this promotion for a longer stay
I’ve been asked a lot of questions about whether you can use this promotion for longer stays.
You can certainly use it for longer stays in the sense that you can book two nights under this promotion, and then add on more nights using points, a normal rate, etc.
However, there are certainly some ways to use this promotion multiple times on a single vacation. Here are the terms regarding using this offer multiple times:
Maximum one free night per room, per stay. Back-to-back stays within 24 hours at the same hotel are considered one stay, regardless of check-out and check-in activity.
So in practice you couldn’t book this promotion for two back-to-back promotional stays at the same hotel.
You also couldn’t book this promotion once for a two night stay, then book another paid stay at the same hotel the next night, and then another two nights under this promotion, since you never checked out. You’d be trying to use the promotion twice on a single stay, which violates the terms.
However, you could book a two night stay under the promotion, spend a night at another hotel, and then spend another two nights at the first hotel under the same promotion. That would be within the terms, since you’d be making two stays.
There’s one other potential option. If you’re traveling with someone, you could book the promotion for two nights under one person’s name, and then book the promotion for another two nights under the other person’s name at the same hotel.
That should technically be allowed since it doesn’t violate the terms, though probably isn’t within the spirit of the promotion.
You earn points & stay credits on these stays
While third party bookings through most online travel agencies don’t earn points or stay credits, stayed booked through this program do (just as they do through Fine Hotels & Resorts, Virtuoso, etc.).
Do keep in mind you’ll likely only earn points for the first night, since the cost of the second night will be taken off at check-out.
Hilton has great earnings rates for hotel stays, and their current promotion makes that even better. For example, as a Diamond member I’d earn:
- 10 base points per dollar spent
- 5 additional points per dollar spent for choosing Points & Points
- 10 bonus points per dollar spent through this promotion
- 5 bonus points per dollar spent if a Diamond member
- 10 points per dollar spent on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card (which is also a Visa Signature Card)
That’s a total of 40 HHonors points per dollar spent!
This promotion is insanely generous, so I’d highly recommend taking advantage of this as soon as possible. Not only is this a buy one get one free offer, but you’re getting perks on top of that, and maybe even a $75 gift card.
Have you taken advantage of this promotion? If so, for which property?