Lodging: Hilton HHonors is now Hilton Honors

Someone has been searching Points and Miles Beyond Hawaii almost daily looking for any information on Hilton HHonors/Honors. I’m guessing it’s a low level marketing or PR person on behalf of Hilton, seeing if the word is getting out. So, here’s my (obligatory) post on the changes coming to the Hilton H/Honors loyalty program (and if Hilton is willing to drop me some free stays, let me know, and I’ll be more enthusiastic next time!).

Anyway, Hilton dropped an “H” from HHonors. And announced four other changes.

Hilton Honors logo. Image Credit: courtesy of Hilton.

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Updated Review: Increased 100,000 Point Offer, Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express

Via Running with Miles and Million Mile Secrets, the initial spending bonus for the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express has been increased to 100,000 points! You are still required to spend $3,000 in 3 months and the $75 annual fee is not waived in the first year.

This is the historical high bonus for this card and is worth something in the neighborhood of $500 or more. I just reserved 3 nights at the Hilton Tokyo for 50,000 points/night and the ‘flexible’ rate for those nights was $401 each, making the 100,000 bonus worth $802 in this example.

Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express

Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express. Image Credit: courtesy of Hilton and American Express.

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Review: Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express

Hilton is an interesting hotel chain for travel hackers because of the array of cards they have available: 2 from Amex and 2 from Citi, and because Hilton hands out points (and free nights) like candy. Unfortunately, there is a downside to this oversupply: Hilton HHonors points are amongst the most devalued loyalty programs out there; category 1 rooms can cost 5,000 points for a standard room (which, when available, is a bargain), but top category 10 rooms can cost 75,000 to 90,000 points, and based upon some arcane, unknowable formula, the cost can shoot up to 210,000 per night or more. Read to the end of the post so I can tell you the story about how I got the (elevated) 75,000 bonus on the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express not once, but twice.

Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express 

Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express. Image Credit: courtesy of Hilton and American Express.

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Tips, Tricks and Tactics: Eating Your Way to Points and Miles

First thing, I’m a real hardcore food snob (and T is getting there). So hardcore, I would rather eat Zippy’s or Jack in the Box or home lunch for 364 days just so I can go to a super awesome place on day 365. There, I admit it. Now the healing can begin (by sending me to Japan)!

Prelude aside, let me introduce you to Carval Cafe, located at Waterfront Plaza (née Restaurant Row). It’s convenient for me at lunch and they serve a decent plate lunch — maybe 2 or 3 notches above your regular one.

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