Dec192008

New Hilton HHonors Pointstretcher Hotels Posted through May 2009

Link to the HHonors Pointstretcher List

The next two weeks are your best opportunity to find a Pointstretcher award for the listed offers of the next six months.  Come January 1 the current Pointstretcher list can be purged.  A large portion of the hotels listed do not show any Pointstretcher dates for 2009.

Hilton HHonors Pointstretchers allow an HHonors member to redeem points for hotel rooms at 40% below the standard redemption rate.  An HHonors Category 6 hotel like the Mount Juliet Conrad in Ireland normally costing 40,000 points per night is only 24,000 points if using a Pointstretcher award available most nights during the months of January and February 2009.

The selection of hotels is limited and Pointstretcher dates are sporadic.  Hilton has no Hampton Inn properties listed for Pointstretcher dates despite this brand being Hilton’s largest with about 1,500 hotels. 

There are over 500 Hilton Hotels globally and 23 hotels in the USA are participating in this 2009 Pointstretcher offer while 75 are participating in international locations.  A bit less than 20% of Hilton Hotels are participating in Pointstretcher awards over the next 6 months, however, 9 of the 23 USA Hilton Hotels only list December 2008 dates and 19 international Hilton hotels do not have any 2009 dates listed.

HHonors has always struggled to release Pointstretcher dates in a timely manner.  This offer is no different.  Hilton Garden Inn, primarily a domestic hotel brand, has 31 hotels on the Pointstretcher list offering dates only in December 2008.  There are only about 52 Hilton Garden Inn hotels on the Dec-May 2009 Pointstretcher list, about 1 in 7 HGI properties, and 60% of these Hilton Garden Inns only have award availability over the next 12 nights during December.  Might as well purge the list as of January 1 and show just how few hotels are offering Pointstretchers in 2009.

32 Doubletree Hotels in USA Pointstretcher list and only 12 of these hotels have Pointstretcher dates for 2009.

16 Embassy Suites (about 1 in 20 brand properties) show Pointstretcher availability.   Eight of these hotels only show December 2008 Pointstretcher dates.

Homewood Suites take the prize for the least timely release of Pointstretcher dates.  There are 17 Homewood Suites properties on the just released Pointstretcher list.  Only 2 of these hotels have Pointstretcher dates in 2009.  And if you wanted the Homewood Suites Lancaster, PA on a Pointstretcher, then you will need to wait for the next list to be released.  Last night, December 18, was the last Pointstretcher date shown for this period at the Homewood Suites Lancaster, PA.

Overall Hilton Hotels, a corporate chain with over 3,000 hotels globally included about 225 hotel properties in this Pointstretcher list.  About 40% of these hotels do not show any Pointstretcher dates after December 31, 2008 through May 2009. 

Loyalty Traveler hopes to see more dates added for 2009, but it has not been the normal operating procedure over the years for HHonors Pointstretcher dates to be added after the initial release of the list.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Frustrating to find no availability on-line for the Conrad Mt. Julien the day the new award chart was announced. On another subject, Now that the other major chains have all announced their 1st part of the year promotions, will Hilton continue to stay on the sidelines?

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