Double up on Hilton Points with the latest promotion!

This is another of our No Credit, No Problem series of posts that you can do with no special credit needed!

Hilton has released their latest promotion for the period of November 1, 2014 – February 28, 2014. Don’t think, just sign up now to double up on Hilton points then forget about it.Hilton Double UpAs you can see this promotion is for double points starting with your second stay.  This promotion pales in comparison to the other ones offered such as the Into the Nights IHG Promotion and the Club Carlson 3000 point Mobile Booking Bonus. But if you have stays planned at Hiltons then why not get double points!  Since it is double points after the second stay, if you have a long stay planned (for example a week at a Hilton somewhere), it might make sense to do a quick one night stay somewhere before it so you get double points for the larger trip.

In any case, click here and sign up for this promotion.  You literally have nothing to lose and it will take less time than it took to read this article 🙂

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10 Amazing Island Hotels. Number 3 is incredible!

Feel like getting away?  Really far away?

We have scoured the world for 10 of the most amazing island hotels!  And even better all of these you can book using points so your stay could be free.  Don’t have points yet?  Why not start with our Getting Started page?  These 10 hotels should be all the motivation you need!

10. The St. Regis Mauritius Resort – 20-25K Starpoints/night depending on season.

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1000 bonus Hilton points per night with their Weekend Rewards promotion

Hilton WeekendHilton just announced their Weekend Rewards promotion for February 1 to April 30 where you can get 1,000 bonus points for every night you stay plus an additional 5,000 bonus points if you have a weekend stay of two nights or more.  You can get a total of 9,000 bonus HHonors points on top of your usual earnings with this promotion.  Don’t think about it, just sign up now!  Then if you have Hilton stays during the quarter you won’t have to remember to sign up later.  There is also a spot to sign up for the free Hilton HHonors program if you haven’t signed up yet.

Just to show you what these 5000 bonus points for a weekend stay could get you, here is a Doubletree by Hilton located in Goa, India that you can get for 5000 HHonors points per night!Hilton Goa

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1000 bonus Hilton Points for bookings made through 12/31/13 using their mobile app.

Hilton1000This started back in September but I realized I hadn’t written an article about it so here is a quick one so you don’t miss out on any points on bookings coming up.  From September 6 – December 31, 2013, any bookings you make for stays until December 31, 2014 using the Hilton Mobile App will give you 1000 bonus HHonors points.

So if you have Hilton stays planned, make sure you use the mobile app to book!  Even if you are not sure on your travels it might be a good idea to book any stays using a non prepaid rate where you can cancel and then rebook them or cancel them if your plans change.


Eurotrip 2013: Part 8 – Two Days in Dublin

This is the eighth post in a series about my 2013 trip to Ireland, Scotland and Great Britain. Part of the free plane tickets were funded by the 40,000 point sign up bonus of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

After a long flight, a full day in Brussels, and another two flights we were happy to pay for a taxi from the airport to The Morrison, a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. Dublin is a very expensive city to stay but since we only had two days scheduled I wanted to have something centrally located where we could walk if we wanted to.  As soon as we walked in, I knew we made the right choice.  It had a very chic and modern lobby.


Initially they had given us an upgraded room due to my Gold HHonors status, but it had an interior courtyard view which was pretty horrible.  So one of my rules, especially when you have status with a hotel chain is “Don’t be afraid to complain!” You have worked hard to get this status (although I work smarter not harder), so it is not unexpected for you to expect a high level of service and upgrades.  I went back and forth with the manager for a bit and he told me the only room he had with a view of the River Liffey was a suite with a King size bed but he would have to get an extra 50 Euro a night.  I did my best to drop the words “gold status” as many times as I could in a few sentences and eventually I think he just gave up and said I could have it for the same rate.  Score! (I forgot to take a pic, but this is a similar one I found)

King One Bedroom Suite


Here was our view!


We had a lot to see so we woke up early and took advantage of the complimentary breakfast (love my gold status!) which ended up being probably my favorite breakfast of the whole trip! Homemade fruit and yogurt in these old style jars.


Meats, salmon, cheeses.


They would also cook to order a whole list of hot dishes such as the eggs benedict I had.


It was sooooo good!  The whole breakfast room had this trippy Alice in Wonderland theme to it that I really liked too.



With the help of the front desk, we headed to a nearby pedestrian mall and got SIM cards for our phones.  10E each with enough data for the whole time we were in Ireland! Since we had limited time, I thought one of those hop on hop off buses would be a good way to see all the main sites and hop off when we found one that interested us.  We paid 29 Euro total and got a 15% discount by buying them online that morning.  It took a while for the bus to come around because they had a breakdown they told us, but we were soon tooling around Dublin with cheekily named sights such as Knobs and Knockers


We stopped for a bit and picked up some beers for the ride which may or may not have been a good idea.  Remind me to tell you the story how I the bus left with my Dad on it while I getting the beers (oh the memories!)


Now I had always thought that Butler’s had come from England, and it turns out that we are really Irish!


Phoenix park in Dublin was actually founded by James Butler the first Duke of Ormonde.  This ended up being a very important name in Irish history. We didn’t have time to go into the Jameson Distillery, but saw where it was.


We saw St. Patrick’s Cathedral where an important standoff in the Butler-Fitzgerald dispute played out.


Christchuch was very impressive as well


We actually caught a group of children singing while we were there.  The acoustics were amazing!


We saw Strongbow’s tomb.  He was kind of a big deal in Ireland 🙂


That night we went to Temple Bar, met some bartenders and I dragged my Dad to one of the local hot spots for more beverages.  The jet lag caught up with us and eventually we headed back to the hotel, walking beside the River Liffey at night.


We toured the Guiness Brewery and went to the Gravity Bar on the top floor for a pint of the black stuff!



And just like that our time in Dublin was done, and it was time to get our car rental and see the countryside! But that will have to wait for the next installment… 🙂

Hilton HHonors announces 3Q2014 promotion for double or triple points.

Hilton HHonors 3Q2014 Promotion


From July 9 to September 31, stays at Hilton can earn you more points than usual.  For nights during the week Monday through Thursday you will get double points and for nights on Friday, Saturday or Sunday you will get triple points.  This is a decent offer depending on how much you normally spend, but I typically am able to extract better value out of the fixed points bonuses such as the Daily Grand they had last quarter. As with a lot of these promos, it doesn’t cost anything to sign up so just sign up now so you won’t forget and if you end up having any Hilton stays then you are already covered!

Eurotrip 2013: Part 2 – Planning for Hotels in Europe for Maximum Miles

Turnberry Resort by Starwood Preferred Guest

This is the second post in a series about my 2013 trip to Ireland, Scotland and Great Britain.  Part of the free plane tickets were funded by the 40,000 point sign up bonus of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

When I started planning the hotels for my Europe trip, I wanted to take advantage of many of the hotel promotions that were going on this quarter and strategically redeem points where necessary when I was getting good value.  I don’t consider myself a hotel expert and rely on the excellent Loyalty Lobby blog to get a lot of my hotel promotions information.  In particular for this trip I accessed the Top Hotel Promotions June 2013 Guide.  I had Platinum status with Starwood and Le Club Accorhotel and Gold Status with Hilton going into the process.  I did a status match with Priority Club and Club Carlson via my Starwood status to get Platinum status with Priority Club and Gold status with Club Carlson. This would insure that I got the best treatment for my bookings on my trip. I saw from the promotions guide that Priority Club, Marriott, Hilton, and Club Carlson had the best promotions currently.

I’m going to give a run down of which hotels I chose in which cities, the prices, and why I thought each was the best choice. I knew we were going to have some expensive stays in Dublin, St. Andrews, and London so purposefully picked some cheaper properties with a good location when I thought I could.

Fairfield Inn by Marriott JFK Airport – $152 on a senior rate (traveling with Dad pays off!)

The Morrison Dublin, a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel – 2 nights @ 246 Euro on a senior rate

  • Hilton’s Daily Grand promotion should give me 1,000 bonus points and 1000 Virgin Atlantic Miles and my Gold Status will get us free breakfast so we can hit the ground running each day without having to go to an outside restaurant.

Waterford Marina Hotel in Waterford, Ireland – 79 Euro

  • This was one that my Dad’s picks because of the golf course located here.

Holiday Inn in Killarney, Ireland – 129 Euro

  • By stacking multiple promotions I expect at least 10,000 Priority club points from this stay (which could be enough for two PointsBreak nights in the future.)

Radisson Blu Galway, Ireland – 2 nights @ 136 Euro on a AAA rate

Holiday Inn Express Queen’s Quarter in Belfast, Ireland – 85 GBP

  • Stacking Multiple Promotions and multi stay bonuses.

MacDonald Rusacks in St. Andrews, Scotland 2 nights @ 282 GBP

  • This was one of my Dad’s picks because of the golf course located here.  They did have “The Club” loyalty program that I signed up for but it doesn’t look like it gives much to start.

Holiday Inn Express in Inverness, Scotland – 93 GBP

  • Stacking Multiple Promotions and multi stay bonuses.

Turnberry Resort, Luxury Collection Starwood – $110+6000 Starpoints

  • This was one I added on because of the golf course and that I could get a Cash and Points rate of $110+6000 star points which gave me a value of 4.1 cents per point redeemed.

Hilton Paddington London – 129 GBP

Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt London – 2 nights @ 44,000 Club Carlson Points

  • Redeemed 88,000 Club Carlson points for 2 nights in a 328 GBP a night room, yielding a value of 1.1 cents per point

Renaissance by Marriott London Heathrow Airport – 135 GBP

Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt – 114 Euro

  • Stacking Multiple Promotions and multi stay bonuses.

Once all of the points post I will do a summary post to see how I did.  I hope this gives you a feel for some of the thought that goes into booking hotel stays on an extended trip for maximum value.

2,500 bonus Hilton HHonors points if you make a reservation in the next 17 hours.

hilton24hourbonusHilton is having a great Facebook promotion for the next 17 hours for a 2,500 point bonus on any stay at any Hilton until September 30, 2013.  To get these bonus points you need to complete the following before 11 AM EST on May 24:

  1. “Like” their Facebook page for the offer here.
  2. Make a booking at any Hilton Property for a stay before September 30
  3. Return to the Facebook page and enter your name, email address, confirmation number, and your HHonors number.

This is limited to the first 4,000 people to complete these steps so I wouldn’t wait too long if you have travel planned.  2,500 points is a nice extra bonus to have! I’m going to make a booking for an upcoming Europe trip today.

You can also get 5% cashback though the UK topcashback portal here.


Hilton reveals extra 4Q2012 Promotion for 1000 Bonus HHonors points per night

Hilton has another 4Q 2012 promo of 1000 bonus HHonors points per night.  Don’t think, just sign up for it, because it can’t hurt anything!  I hope you have a Hilton account because you should have gotten 1000 free HHonors points last week with our help! Before you make any booking decisions based on this additional excellent bonus, check the non-participating properties list though.  Click here to sign up for this bonus. Hat tip to Loyalty Traveler which is where I found this one.

1000 Free Hilton HHonors points! Yeah, FREE stuff! Also the 4Q 2012 Hilton Promo.

It doesn’t get any easier than this folks.  No money needed, no credit, just a Facebook account. You will need a Hilton HHonors account too, so click here to sign up for one free if you don’t already have one, but you should if you have read our Getting Started Guide. Make sure you click on the confirmation email they send you if you have to set up a new account before you do the next steps.  While you are there Click Here to sign up for the Hilton 4Q 2012 promo for extra points if you have a Hilton stay this quarter.

For 500 free HHonors points, click here or on the screen shot below, enter your HHonors number and click connect!  Easy free points!

For 500 more points, Click here or on the banner below and 1) Like Hampton Inn on Facebook, 2) wait for the 3 minute video to finish, then 3) unclick the box stay says “share on my own wall” and then click Share.  4) Enter your HHonors number and date of birth then hit submit. This second offer expires October 12, so don’t delay.

Bing, Bam, Boom, another free 500 points!  So for all those people who don’t have cash or credit, for these points you don’t need either.  Enjoy!