These have already been widely covered in other blogs, but I have yet to directly address them. First up is the Hilton HHonors first quarter promotion offering 1,000 bonus points per night and 5,000 additional bonus points if you spend a minimum 2-nights from Thursday to Sunday. Registration is required and there is a list of non-participating properties, but it doesn’t seem as exclusive as their fourth quarter promo. The other good news is that advance purchase rates qualify.
The other promo I might take advantage of is their offer to receive 30% of your points back if you book either a Premium Room Reward or Points & Money Reward. HHonors received a bit of backlash from these new award options as some members noticed certain high-end and resort properties changed their room types to be all premium, thereby increasing the required points for redemption. While that is a devaluation, I’m happy Hilton now offers awards for room types other than standard.
Back to the promo, it, too, requires registration and reservations must be made by January 31, 2012 for stays beginning no later than June 30, 2012. The full points required will initially be pulled for such bookings with the 30% points back being credited to your account six to eight weeks after completing the stay.