Apr292009

Happening at Hilton HHonors

There is a lot happening at Hilton HHonors. Waldorf Astoria moves in at the Maldives, Czech Airlines added to exchange partners, Triple Virgin Flying Club miles, Freddies Award Wins, dining partners, and all this is just some of the events for April 2009. There is plenty happening at Hilton HHonors.

The Freddie Awards are hosted by Randy Petersen of InsideFlyer, WebFlyer, BoardingArea.com blogger, and FlyerTalk founder. Frequent flyer and hotel frequent guest Industry executives around the globe flew to Fort Lauderdale for a night at the Hilton and a chance at an award. Hilton HHonors walked away the Freddie Award for Best Award for Europe/ Middle East/Africa hotels. Hilton won Best Promotion for Asia Pacific Hotel programs which I think was a free nights offer. HHonors also won Best Award Redemption for both the Americas region and Europe/Middle East/Africa hotels. Hilton took Best Customer Service awards for Asia/Pacific region and Europe/ Middle East/Africa.

Other Freddie Award winners are located here: http://www.freddieawards.com/events/21/results.html

 

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Instant Complimentary HHonors Gold Membership when you join the US Airways Club by April 30.

Call 1-800-828-8522 to join US Airways Club at the Dividend Miles Preferred Member price of $315 per year. Offer is only available over the phone to eligible Preferred members of US Airways.

Offer expires 4-30-09 so you only have a day to think about this one.  Unfortunately I did not post this offer when I came across it March 16.

Hilton HHonors normally requires 16 stays, 36 nights, or 60,000 base points ($6,000 hotel spending) in a calendar year. I received a targeted offer for Gold VIP after four stays this summer.

The US Airways Club is a cheap way to get Gold VIP status and its loyalty benefits at Hilton Hotel brands. Access to discounted HHonors VIP awards for hotel stays of 6 to 14 nights are a primary benefit of VIP elite membership. A six night stay for a Category 6 hotel drops from 240,000 points to 175,000 points with a VIP elite award.

HHonors Gold VIP members earn 25% bonus on base points earned for Hilton stays.

 

http://www.usairways.com/awa/content/dividendmiles/promotions/hiltongold.aspx

 

 

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CSA Czech Airlines is a Skyteam airline member and HHonors miles-to-points exchange partner.

The good news is CSA Czech airline miles can be exchanged into HHonors hotel points.

The bad news is CSA Czech along with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles exchange at a 1:1 rate compared to most airlines offering 2 Hilton points per 1 airline mile.

Airline Miles to Hilton HHonors points is one way to accrue major hotel points for someone who flies but does not have large amounts of hotel spending or business credit card spending.  A frequent flyer can easily earn 25,000 airline miles with promotions and elite bonuses for a flight to Europe or Asia. Transfer airline miles into Hilton HHonors and you can benefit from free hotel nights after your flights.

http://hhonors1.hilton.com/en_US/hh/points/milesforpoints.do

Participating airline partners for frequent flyer miles to HHonors points exchanges include:

·         American Airlines (1 mile = 2 points) ($25 processing fee)

·         Amtrak (1 mile = 2 points)

·         CSA Czech Airlines (1 mile = 1 point)

·         Hawaiian Airlines (1 mile = 2 points)

·         Icelandair (1 mile = 2 points)

·         Mexicana Airlines (1 mile = 2 points)

·         Virign Atlantic Airways (1 mile = 1 point)

Another restriction on miles-to-points exchanges is some airlines like Hawaiian and Mexicana may not allow miles earned through credit cards or partner activity to be transferred to Hilton HHonors points. 

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Want Virgin Flying Club Miles? Triple Miles Offer

https://www.hiltonhhonors.com/processLanding2.aspx?lp=Q2TplMlsVirginAtl&cid=OM,HN,Q2TplMlsVirginAtl,Q209

Register and Earn Triple Flying Club miles between April 1 and June 30, 2009. Registration is required prior to check-in for promotion eligibility.

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1,000 Bonus Points per Night through June 30, 2009

HHonors stuck with their first quarter 2009 promotion for the second quarter while the other hotel loyalty programs decided to really shake things up. 1,000 bonus points for every night.  Unfortunately there is limited hotel participation. Participating hotels list.

https://www.hiltonhhonors.com/processLanding2.aspx?lp=Q2DblPts&cid=OM,HN,Q2DblPts,Q209

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The Beach House Maldives Resort to be branded Waldorf Astoria Collection

Waldorf Astoria Collection to add the Beach House, Maldives to the hotel portfolio November 2009. The global financial shake-up and tourism downturn will likely allow the major hotel companies to branch out around the world snapping up luxury properties. Waldorf Astoria has already added Trianon Palace, Versailles formerly a Westin and the Arizona Biltmore to the Waldorf Astoria Collection this year.

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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