Hilton brand hotels offering Point Stretcher rewards posted dates through November 2011. Hilton HHonors Point Stretcher rewards offer a 40% discount on the standard reward night. There are several hundred participating hotels in this set from Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites and Conrad.
The reward dates at most properties give the appearance of Point Stretcher rewards being a weekend stay discount program. Most hotels offer these rewards only for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
New Zealand caught my attention as a location offering full months of Point Stretcher availability for their winter months at the Hilton Queenstown, Kawarau Hotel in Queenstown on the South Island and Hilton Lake Taupo on the North Island. June, July and August are winter days and nights in New Zealand.
Hilton Cape Town City Centre South Africa also has full month Point Stretcher dates for June through August. I read a travel piece a couple years back by a writer who hung out in Cape Town during the winter and described the tranquility of the off-season while working on a book and the terrific storms that hit the Cape.
Point Stretchers are great value rewards for one to three night stays where no other discount option is available. HHonors VIP elites have regular access to VIP Rewards for 15% discount on 4-night stays, 20% on 5-night stays, and 25% on stays of 6 to 14 nights.
American Express cardmembers also have the option of Hilton AXON reward stays of 4 nights at category 6 and 7 hotels.
AXON category 6 reward = 125,000 points (regular cost = 160,000 points) = 21.9% discount.
AXON category 7 reward = 145,000 points (regular cost = 200,000 points) = 27.5% discount.
Point Stretcher rewards can be a great value. The best hotel room upgrade Kelley and I ever had with Hilton was on a Point Stretcher stay in July 2002 at the Hilton Budapest in the King Duna Suite overlooking the Danube River.
Hilton Budapest is on the current Point Stretcher list. Pack your coat though since dates are only available for November 2011 stays at 21,000 points per night for this category 5 HHonors hotel.
Related Post: Loyalty Traveler’s Hilton HHonors Comprehensive Reward Charts for HHonors Standard Rewards, HHonors VIP rewards, Waldorf Astoria Collection rewards, Hilton Grand Vacations rewards, American Express AXON rewards, and Point Stretcher rewards. (September 13, 2010)