Hilton Lets You Buy Back Expired Points

Hilton LogoAs reported in the Loyalty Lobby blog, Hilton now allows you to “Restore Your Points” after they expire. The cost is 1/4 of a cent per point for up to 100,000 points. That will cost $250. Any additional points, up to 1 million, can be restored at no added charge.

You can restore points up to 18 months after they expire, but the Terms & Conditions state that you can do a restoration only once.

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Hilton Danube Waterfront, Vienna

Hilton brands include Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Canopy, Curio, DoubleTree, Tapestry Collection, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton, Tru, Homewood Suites, and Home2 Suites.

Anyone? Can Receive Hilton HHonors Gold Status for Free

Hotel chains like Hilton / IHG / Marriott / etc. grant “status” to their best customers, the customers who stay the most nights. Some typical status names are Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond.

Having status is beneficial, because it often enables you to get free/faster wi-fi, late departure and free breakfast. The latter can really save you money…a few weeks ago I used my Hilton Diamond status to get free breakfasts that would normally cost $15 plus tax per day.

Hilton is currently offering free Gold status to employees of Accenture, but it seems as if anyone can sign up for it.

http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2016/05/08/hilton-giving-away-instant-gold-status-shouldnt-surprise-anyone/

Once you have status from one hotel chain (say, Hilton), you can ask other hotel chains to for a “status match.” They usually will grant you temporary status that they believe is comparable to what you have at their competitor. That is how I came to be a Hilton Diamond…not from stays, but because Hilton matched my IHG Platinum status.

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Hilton Danube Waterfront, Vienna

And how did I get IHG Platinum status, you ask? Did I do a lot of paid stays at IHG properties (Crowne Plaza, Interncontinental, Holiday Inn, Staybridge)? Nope, I just applied for and received one of their IHG credit cards from Chase Bank…one perk of that card is that it grants free Platinum status.

The world of hotel (and airline) status is crazy like that.

Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn

Status Match / Challenge Summary for Numerous Airlines and Hotel Chains

If you have status on one airline or hotel chain, you may be able to have another airline or hotel chain match it. So, for example, if you are Gold on American Airlines and are a nobody on AirBerlin, you can request a status match on AB before your next flight and receive the privileges that your new (temporary) AB status grants.

This post from Dan’s Deals is a very useful summary.

Roundup Of Airline And Hotel Elite Status Match And Challenge Offers

The airlines covered in the blog post are AirBerlin, Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Turkish, United and Virgin America.

The hotel chains covered are Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood.

If you have any airline/hotel status and plan to fly or stay in any of those named brands, you are in luck!

It happened to me in February…I checked into a Hilton Hotel and they would not give me (a Diamond) an upgrade…said they were Full.

I wish I had thought to do this at the time:

http://milesfromblighty.boardingarea.com/2016/03/31/no-upgrade-sorry-sold-out-do-you-believe-hotels-when-they-say-this/

Just accept the crummy room they offer, then go online from it and see what kind of rooms the hotel is selling. Complain to the desk clerk or online.

This should work for any hotel brand.

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Big Hilton HHonors Bonus for No-Fee Credit Card

This is a pretty darn good offer: 75,000 Hilton HHonors points for getting a new Amex credit card and spending just $1000.

American Express Hilton HHonors (No Annual Fee): 75,000 Points After $1,000 Spend [New Highest Bonus]

http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2016/03/31/hilton-hhonors-amex-75k

Best of all, the card has no annual fee. That means it’s a keeper, and if you use it for some small purchase from time to time it will give you a few HHonors points which will preserve the rest of your points.

Just having the card gives you automatic Silver status at Hilton, which isn’t terribly valuable but at least gives you a little leverage. If you spend $20,000 in a year your Hilton HHonors status will jump to Gold and you will have earned at least 60,000 more HHonors points.

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Hilton Will (May) Match Your Status With Another Hotel Program

UPDATE: This morning I realized that I had included the two screen captures in .png format, rather than the required .jpg format. Unfortunately, the Hilton website will not permit a second application for the same HHonors number, so no update for me this time.

ORIGINAL POST: This might be good until 2018. The offer is targeted, but it might work for anyone.

https://hhonormystatus.hiltonapps.com/

I went for it, asking to match my IHG Platinum status. Hilton’s website says they will notify me, there was no email confirmation.

Since I already am Diamond with Hilton (due to another promotion, with a shorter expiration date), I hope that I don’t get downgraded.

http://milestomemories.boardingarea.com/hilton-hhonors-status-match-2016/

Hilton Hotels Flash Sale Until March 13, Rooms as Low as $40

Yes, rooms in a few locations in Turkey and Egypt on some weekend dates are as low as $40. Rooms in other locations in Europe, Middle East and Africa are discounted too.

http://thegate.boardingarea.com/7-day-flash-sale-room-rates-as-low-as-40-on-hilton-hotels-in-europe-middle-east-and-africa/

Don’t expect to find a suite in downtown London or Paris at these rates, but it’s worth checking any existing reservations to see if you should cancel/rebook at the lower price.

Hotel Rooms for Almost Free

Automatic Notification When Hotel Price Drops

TripBAM.com is a website that will automatically notify you by email if the daily rate at your selected hotel (or group of hotels) drops.

http://outandout.boardingarea.com/tripbam-monitors-your-paid-hotel-rates-alert-you-if-the-price-drops/

This works even if you prefer to book directly with the hotel chain, in order to get full points-and-stays credit in their frequent-guest program.

TripBAM does this by checking the rates every day on the hotel’s website. Note that it does not work on AARP, AAA, government, etc. rates.

Sheraton Hotel