Monday, April 21, 2008

Points Concierge - Hilton HHonors

View of urban Buenos Aires, Argentina

Points Concierge Hilton HHonors

10,000 points bonus for Hilton brand stays in Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
2-night minimum stay required.
1 stay = 2,000 HHonors points bonus
2 stays = 3,000 HHonors points bonus
3 stays = 5,000 HHonors points bonus

Registration is required. Bonus is not valid for retroactive credit.
Eligible stays between May 1 – September 30, 2008

Earning the full benefits of this promotion requires 3 stays and at least 6 hotel nights. The value of 10,000 HHonors points is $100 (the cost to purchase points). This is certainly not a promotional bonus offer worthy of a special trip or a significantly higher price than other comparable properties. That said, it is a small token offer for travelers thinking upscale and considering Hilton.

The points bonus value is about a $10/night rebate after first stay, a $15/night rebate for second stay, and $25/night rebate on third stay.

Sample room rates:

Hilton Quito June 13-15, 2008
$109 nonrefundable rate with nearly $30 in taxes on top of nightly rate. An issue with most properties in Latin America is the high tax (generally over 20%).
(I stayed at the Hilton Quito in 2000 for the LatinPass mileage runs. Nice executive lounge and wonderful treatment as a Gold member back then. The hotel even sent me a birthday card in the mail from Quito in 2001.)

Hilton Sao Paulo, Brazil May 13-15, 2008
$152.15/night + tax = $325.15 for 2 night stay. (Tax is less than 10% for this hotel.)

Hilton Nassau
June 16-18, 2008
$164 nonrefundable/night or $179 refundable rate/night or $195 Breakfast rate for 2 nights with tax = $436.80

Participating HHonors properties:

Bahamas - British Colonial Hilton Nassau
Barbados - Hilton Barbados
Curacao – Hilton Curacao
Dominican Republic – Hilton Santo Domingo
Jamaica – Hilton Kingston
Puerto Rico – Hilton Ponce and Casino
Puerto Rico – Caribe Hilton San Juan
Trinidad – Hilton Trinidad
Tobago – Hilton Tobago Conference Center
Venezuela – Hilton Margarita Island

Central America

Costa Rica – Doubletree Resort Punta Arenas
Costa Rica – Hilton Resort Papagayo
El Salvador – Hilton Princess San Salvador
Honduras – Hilton Princess San Pedro Sula
Nicaragua – Hilton Princess Managua

South America

Argentina - Hilton Buenos Aires
Brazil – Hilton Belem
Brazil – Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi
Colombia – Hilton Cartagena
Ecuador – Hilton Colon Guayaquil
Ecuador – Hilton Colon Quito

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