Category Archive: Hotel points

Mar 23

Hilton Brings Back Big Bonuses On Two Cards

hilton

Yesterday, I wrote about increased sign-up bonuses on several credit cards, including a Marriott Rewards Credit card that is now offering 80,000 points. Today, we’ve got Hilton cards offering up to 100,000 points.* I’m not sure we’re quite ready yet for your first million point card, but who am I to rule it out? Just …

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Mar 22

60/70/80: Credit Card Offers Are Heading Up

Delta Airlines

One of the benefits of intense bank competition is that they are willing to pay increasingly higher costs to acquire each new customer. In the case of credit cards, those acquisition costs include the sign-up bonuses that they will pay you when you get approved for the card and meet a minimal level of spending. …

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Mar 14

SPG Cardholders: Take Advantage of Your Friends

Starwood American Express

Got a Starwood Preferred Guest credit card? Want a friend to get one? Here’s a little chance to pick up something extra. 5,000 SPG Points to Refer A Friend Banks know that their best advocates are often their current cardholders. That’s why they are often willing to refer you for referring a friend. Starwood will …

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Mar 13

Marriott Expands Benefits with United Airlines

marriott rewards, mileageplus

In the mid-1980s, United Airlines decided that it was time to consolidate the travel industry. The CEO, Richard Ferris, felt that he could achieve massive economies of scale by buying up hotels and a rental car agency, allowing consumers to book their entire vacation with one telephone call (For my younger readers, a “telephone” is …

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Mar 10

Environmental Sins And Mobile Madness…

Citi Violates The Environment… Okay, look, I try to remain apolitical in this blog, but seriously, Citi, exactly how much cardboard do you need to hold a credit card? My new Citi AA Executive Card came yesterday and, to say the least, it was over-packaged. Keep in mind that we’re talking about a credit card. …

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Feb 19

Marriott Redemptions: Hotel Nights And Miles

marriott flights and hotels

Note: I’m going to be out of town for the next two weeks. Posts will be fewer and further between.   A few weeks ago, I discussed the Hilton Honors program, which allows you to earn both hotel points and miles when you stay at a Hilton property. But it works in reverse, as well: …

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Feb 15

Hilton And American Airlines Stay Bonus

Hilton Honors

One of the unique features of the Hilton Honors plan is the ability to “double dip.”* You can earn extra points, or points and miles on your favorite airline. Hilton is upping the ante a bit to allow you to earn extra American Airlines miles. Earn Miles In Your Sleep For those who earn Points …

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Feb 10

Two (Smaller) Hotel Cards That Pay for Themselves

club carlson

I spend a lot of time talking about Hilton, Marriott, Starwood and Hyatt because of the breadth of their programs but, the truth is, if you want the best rewards programs, you often have to look elsewhere. The same may hold true for credit cards. Two Cards That Pay for Themselves I view credit cards …

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Feb 01

Hilton “Enhances” Redemptions; Be Prepared for A Devaluation

hilton honors

Hotel loyalty programs are good at many things, but the one thing that they are best at is disguising stealth devaluations as a benefit, which they will usually call “an enhancement.” The last thing that you want is for your program to get enhanced. Prepare for The Hilton Honors Devaluation Hilton recently issued a press …

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Jan 31

Hilton HHonors 2K Every Day Promotion

hilton

Hilton has announced its next promotion, which will cover the period February 1 – April 30. Called “2K Every Day,” the premise is simple. You’ll earn 2,000 points for every night that you stay during the promotion period. You earn 10 HH base points for every dollar that you spend, so the promotion may actually …

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