Monday, September 26, 2011

Hilton Q4 Promo: Fast Ways to Free Stays

Hilton just announced their Q4 promo and it looks to be a good one. Summary as follows:
  • Get 1 free night for every 4 stays/10 nights OR
  • Opt for double points after your 4th stay or 10 nights.

Some key points to take note of:
  • There is no limit to the number of free nights you can earn.
  • The free night is only valid for 6 months after the voucher is generated. 
  • Once you signed up for either the free night or double points option, you cannot change that option mid way.
  • There is a long list of hotels who are not participating in this promo. This hotels are mostly in the US but there are some international locations.
  • There are some rates that do not qualify for this promo. One example would be the "PR13CB" code which I used for the Christmas trip back to Kuching. Wasted a stay here.

The natural question right now would be to whether opt for the free night or double points option. This would depend on everyone's unique situation. For example, if you have long stays at relatively expensive locations, I would opt for the double points. Conversely, if you have a bunch of short stays at cheaper options, it would make more sense for the free nights with the caveat that you can use them in the next 6 months.

This promo would make a good mattress run sense in Q4 if you have a cheap hotel in the Hilton family that you can stay in. An example would be to stay at a $100/night Embassy Suites and after 4 stays, you earn a one free night voucher where you could use at say Conrad Bora Bora, Koh Samui or Maldives where the room rates are about $600 giving you a savings of about $200.

Personally, I am going for the free nights. I have two stays for a trip to Brisbane in December and adding a couple of mattress runs back home in Kuching, I would earn that one free night which we plan to use at Koh Samui or Bora Bora. The question I am pondering is whether to make some more trips that I really don't need to make to Kuala Lumpur and/or Phuket to get another free night. Kinda wish there was a Hilton in Penang.......

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