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Hilton Points & Money Awards Are Being Rolled Out March 1, 2017

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At the beginning of the month we learned about the changes that Hilton is making to their loyalty program.

We’re seeing five major changes coming:

— The name of the program is being changed from Hilton HHonors to Hilton Honors
— The introduction of points pooling, where you can pool points with up to 10 Hilton Honors members at no cost
— The ability to redeem points for Amazon purchases; this isn’t something any of us will likely ever use, but I can see value in this for the “average” person

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Earn 75K Hilton Bonus Points On A No Annual Fee Card For A Limited Time

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Link: Citi® Hilton Honors™ Visa Signature® Card Hilton is unique as far as their co-brand credit card agreement goes, in that they have cards issued by both American Express and Citi. They’re the only hotel chain where that’s the case, and that means there are four types of personal credit cards available to consumers. An…

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Earn 500 Bonus Hilton Points Per App Booking For All Of 2017

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Hilton Honors deserves a lot of credit for the continuous promotions they’ve been offering for a while.

As of February 1, 2017, Hilton Honors is running their “2K Every Day” promotion, which is straightforward. Members who register earn 2,000 bonus points per night, regardless of how long they stay for, at what Hilton hotels they stay, etc.

While 2,000 points per night isn’t a huge bonus, it’s solid, especially given the lack of compelling promotions from other hotel loyalty programs at the moment.

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Here’s The Real Reason Hilton Is Changing Their Award Pricing

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Yesterday I shared all the details of the new Hilton Honors program, which will be implemented this year. Perhaps the most significant change is that Hilton is completely reinventing their award pricing. Rather than having a fixed award chart, Hilton will have variable award pricing. The absolute maximum award price for a hotel won’t be increasing, while there will be more flexible low season pricing.

Hilton has a handy calculator that lets you compare the cost of redemptions before and after the change. Understandably a lot of people are skeptical, because we’re used to loyalty program changes being negative nowadays.

Personally I don’t view these changes quite as negatively. Vineet emailed to explain his perspective on these changes, and I think he’s spot on, so I’d like to share his explanation, which is definitely worth a read:

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Earn 3,500 Bonus Amex Points For Spending $250 With Hilton

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For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings and bonus offers. In many cases the offers can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on a card.

To view Amex Offers, go to the bottom of the account summary page of any American Express card, where you’ll see all the offers you’re eligible for. These offers come in different forms, including discounts and even in some cases bonus points.

At the moment there’s a targeted Amex Offer for 3,500 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $250+ at a Hilton Hotels & Resorts or Curio Collection properties. The offer is valid for stays at participating properties through April 15, 2017. The promotion is only valid for stays at U.S. properties, and isn’t valid at any Hilton family brands other than Hilton or Curio.

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A Closer Look At Hilton Honors’ New Award Pricing

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Yesterday I shared all the details of the new Hilton Honors program, which will be kicking off over the coming months.

We’re seeing five changes, really:

— The name of the program is being changed from Hilton HHonors to Hilton Honors
— The introduction of points pooling, where you can pool points with up to 10 Hilton Honors members at no cost
— The ability to redeem points for Amazon purchases; this isn’t something any of us will likely ever use, but I can see value in this for the “average” person
— The ability to extend Diamond status for free as a one-time benefit, assuming you’ve earned Diamond for three years and have at least 250 lifetime elite qualifying nights or 500,000 base points
— The introduction of Points & Money awards, and in the process, Hilton is getting rid of their traditional award chart

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Register Now For Hilton’s 2K Every Day Promotion

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Last week I first shared the details of Hilton Honors’ newest promotion, called 2K Every Day. While we already knew the details of the promotion at the time, registration hadn’t yet opened. Well, registration is now open for Hilton’s 2K Every Day promotion. You can also find the full FAQs for the promotion here.

The promotion is valid for stays between February 1 and April 30, 2017, so there’s no gap at all between this and Hilton’s last promotion, which ended on January 31. The promotion is valid for stays at all Hilton properties, and you earn 2,000 bonus points per night, with no limits. Bonus points should post 6-8 weeks after eligible stays, and even award stays should qualify towards this promotion, as long as you have an incidental charge on the room.

I value Hilton Honors points at ~0.4 cents each, so to me 2,000 bonus points per night is like an extra return of $8 per night. That’s not half bad, especially when you consider it applies to all hotels.

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Full Details Of The New Hilton Honors Program

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Hilton has revealed some major changes to their loyalty program, and I just had the chance to speak to Aaron Glick, Hilton’s VP of loyalty, about them. While the new program will officially be communicated to members tomorrow, details of it are already emerging. My initial impression is that I’m quite excited and optimistic about these changes.

Here’s an infographic with the details:

And then here’s more info based on my call with Aaron:

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Hilton HHonors’ New “2K Every Day” Global Promotion

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Hilton HHonors has really stepped up their game the past year or so. I’ve been very impressed, both by their transparency, and also by their promotions.

Through January 31, 2017, Hilton is offering two compelling promotions that can be stacked, which were launched last year:

— You can earn double base points for all stays, or triple points for all stays booked through the HHonors app
— You can earn 5,000 bonus points per stay booked with a Visa card

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Hilton Introduces Their 14th Hotel Brand — Tapestry Collection

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Hilton has just announced their 14th hotel brand, called Tapestry Collection by Hilton. The brand is described as “a gathering of original upscale hotels catering to guests seeking reliability and value in their independent hotel choices.” Interestingly Tapestry Collection is Hilton’s second independent brand — Curio Collection is Hilton’s other independent brand.

Tapestry Collection is supposed to be upscale, but slightly lower end than Curio Collection, which Hilton launched in 2014. It’s similar to how Starwood has Luxury Collection, which is a collection of independent hotels, and then introduced Tribute Portfolio, which is supposed to be slightly lower end.

Per the press release, the first Tapestry Collection property will open in the third quarter of 2017, and seven hotels have signed letters of intent:

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The 7 Best Hotel Perks Offered By Credit Cards

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There are many reasons to pick up a credit card — some are worth picking up for the sign-up bonus, some are worth picking up for the return they offer on everyday spend, and some are worth picking up for the long-term perks they offer.

While there are all kinds of perks offered on cards, in this post I figured I’d look at the best hotel perks you can get with credit cards. Here are my favorites, roughly in order:

The Citi Prestige® Card has my single favorite perk offered by any credit card. While a lot of credit cards offer some type of “free night” hotel benefit, there are usually major strings attached. Citi Prestige’s fourth night free benefit is the most straightforward out there. To sum up the basics:

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Hilton Is Offering An 80% Bonus On Purchased Points

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Through February 17, 2017, Hilton HHonors is offering an 80% bonus on purchased points.

The cost to purchase points with HHonors is ordinarily one cent per point (including tax), so through this promotion you can purchase Hilton points for ~0.56 cents each. This bonus applies as long as you purchase at least 5,000 points in one transaction.

You can purchase a maximum of 80,000 HHonors points before any bonuses per account per calendar year, meaning the highest number of points you can pick up through this promotion is 144,000 at a cost of $800.

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Hilton HHonors Does The Right Thing, Temporarily Brings Back AXON Awards

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Last week I wrote about how Hilton HHonors eliminated AXON awards without any sort of advance notice. For those of you not familiar, AXON awards were special discounted award opportunities for those with co-brand Hilton American Express Cards.

It appears that this redemption opportunity was eliminated as of December 31, 2016, without any sort of advance notice. Hilton has been very focused on being transparent with members and announcing changes in advance, so I was a bit surprised to see this.

Well, I just had the chance to speak about this with Aaron Glick, the VP of Hilton HHonors. He’s a great guy, and was embarrassed by the lack of communication about this change. It’s clear that the intent was for this to be communicated, but that just didn’t happen. Apparently this was discontinued due to how few members were using this benefit.

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Which Hotel Programs Let You Earn Points & Elite Nights For Multiple Rooms?

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Different hotel loyalty programs have different policies as to how many points, elite qualifying stays, and elite qualifying nights you can earn if booking multiple rooms. In other words, if you often travel with family and book two rooms, can you receive elite credits and points for each of the rooms?

The rules vary by program, so in this post I figured I’d look at the policies of the major hotel loyalty programs, as they impact earning points and elite qualifying credit for multiple rooms (in the title of each section I’ve added a link to the terms & conditions):

Club Carlson lets you earn points for up to three rooms booked on the same reservation. However, you don’t earn elite qualifying nights for multiple rooms.

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