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!).
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 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.
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.
Carval Cafe Entrance, Waterfront Plaza (née Restaurant Row). Image Credit: courtesy of Carval Cafe.
Shrimp and soft shell crab Po’Boy with side cup of tomato bisque. Image Credit: Ryan.
Chimichurri rubbed sirloin steak and shrimp on garlic mashed potatoes and salad. Image Credit: Ryan.
Kalua pig sliders with lomi tomato, sweet potato fries (salad available if you’re into that kind of thing), and a side of red velvet brownie. Image Credit: Ryan.