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Between December 7, 2011 and June 30, 2012, you can receive 30% back on redeeming your Hilton Honor points for Premium Room Rewards and Points & Money Rewards. This past year, Hilton introduced these two new reward categories and this promotion a definitely an attempt to promote these reward options.
These two new reward categories definitely has its pros and cons. While it is nice that you now have the option to redeem for suites and other upgraded rooms, some hotels now primarily only offer premium rooms, i.e., Hilton Bora Bora. The Points & Money, while not as good as Starwood’s Cash & Points redemption, is a great way to make your points go further.
Now, back to the promotion… as long as you book your award stay by January 31, 2012 and register here (for stays between 12/7/11 and 6/30/12), you will get the 30% back after your stay is completed. For the Points & Money option, you only get 30% back on the points redeemed, not the cash portion.
With the 30% off, it could potentially be worth it to book a premium award as it could result in less points than a regular room. For example, I will be in Hong Kong in January and a regular award is 50,000 points/night. A premium room which contains a harbor view is 67, 543 points, but with the 30% back will end up at 47,280.10 points/night – a savings of about 2,700 points and a guaranteed better room. While I actually will not be staying at this hotel, I did look into it as I could easily be convinced otherwise!
While I am still bummed that it is more difficult to redeem standard awards in Bora Bora and the Maldives, this might be an opportunity to still get those awards at a relatively decent rate.
Terms & Conditions:
This offer is valid for Points & Money Rewards™ reservations or Premium Room Rewards reservations booked before January 31, 2012 (“Booking Period”) with a check-in date between December 7, 2011 and June 30, 2012 (“the Promotional Period”). Hilton HHonors™ members must first register at HHonors.com/PointsBack during the Booking Period to be eligible for this promotion. “30% points back” means 30% of the points used to book a Points & Money Rewards reservation or a Premium Room Rewards reservation will be credited back to your HHonors account after your stay is completed. The 30% does not apply to the money used for Points & Money Rewards. Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for points to appear in your HHonors account. Stays extending beyond the Promotional Period will be eligible for each night of the stay for the 30% points back as long as the check-in occurs on or before June 30, 2012. Changes to existing Points & Money Rewards reservations or Premium Room Rewards reservations after the Booking Period has ended are still eligible for the 30% points back as long as the stay begins within the Promotional Period. This offer not available for Standard Room Rewards or Room Upgrade Rewards.