After the terrible news last week from Hilton about heavily devaluing their award program, Joann and I decided that we needed to burn our stash of Hilton HHonors points before these new changes take effect on March 28, 2013.
Thanks to Loyalty Lobby who found out a great loophole that allows one to book award nights further than the standard 1 year out.
Using this great tip, I was able to use 300K Hilton points for 8 nights at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort in 2015!
If this booking stays (and I think it should), Joann and I should be spending our anniversary in the Maldives!
I know it’s really far off, but I’d rather try this for 8 nights at 37,500 a night (the ‘GLON’ award rate for Hilton elites) than be stuck trying to redeem this property at 95,000 points per night after the devaluation.
Speaking of Hotel Loyalty
I’m happy I get to use these Hilton points; I’m slightly sad because I doubt I’ll ever turn my attention to a Hilton property again unless it simply has the best rate available. No way in hell I’ll go out of my way to earn points at a Hilton ever again.
In fact, will I ever go out of my way to earn points at any of my preferred hotel chains? Seth at The Wandering Aramean brought up some great points regarding the casual traveler (like myself) and the actual benefits of hotel loyalty.
In almost every case, finding the cheapest rate at any hotel and booking through Hotels.com will yield the most return. No, you won’t accrue “points”, but you will get 10% ‘cashback’ in the form of a nightly credit. It’s a pretty great loyalty program that I’ve written about before.
For a casual traveler like me, it’s the best way to earn and burn at a good pace and not get caught up in points hoarding.
Anyway, just food for thought. Anyone else have a successful booking experience using this trick? Where is everyone burning their HH points? Does anyone actually LIKE these changes?