Save Up To 50% this Season: Hilton Friends and Family Sale
Book by January 7th, 2013 and complete your stay by the same date, and you can save up to 50% off an upcoming hotel stay.
Save 50% at these participating hotels and resorts:
- Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites, and Hilton Grand Vacations
Save 30% at these participating hotels and resorts:
- Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton, Homewood Suites, and Home2 Suites
My wife and I just got back from a night at the Curtis Denver. We were heading down to Denver to watch a show at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. The hotel is right next door to the theater. At $59.50 per night (50% off), we were happy to get a booking. As a Hilton Gold member (more about that later in the post), we enjoyed a room upgrade and a free buffet breakfast. The normal cost for breakfast alone is $17.95 per person.
If you have any travel plans coming up, I suggest you check and see the best rate you can find at a Hilton brand hotel.
To learn more or make a booking, you can check out this Hilton sale.
40% Off Any Weekend, Anywhere
Book by January 31st, 2013 and stay any weekend throughout 2013, and you’ll get 40% off.
There may be some good deals to be found. I found a few nights available when I’m planning to travel, but none of the rates were much to get excited about.
To make a booking or learn more, check this out.
Hilton Gold Membership With a Credit Card
I think that Hilton Gold membership is the best mid/bottom level elite membership with any hotel chain.
This year, I’ve enjoyed low/mid level membership at Hyatt, Starwood, Hilton, Club Carlson, and Priority Club.
What sets Hilton apart from the other programs is that, as a Hilton Gold member, you get free breakfast (along with internet, bonus points, and upgrades when available). I love the Starwood program, but my Gold status only gets free internet, bonus points, and possible room upgrades (not suite upgrades). There have been a couple of properties overseas that gave me lounge access so I got free breakfast, but this is not a listed gold benefit and will fluctuate based on the hotel.
However, with Hilton Gold I had free breakfast and lounge access for the four nights we stayed in Budapest. We had free breakfast and lounge access for the seven nights we stayed in Hawaii.
Of course, if you typically use the internet when you’re traveling, Hilton Gold can save you a lot.
How to get Hilton Gold with a Credit Card
The best current current hotel credit card (IMHO) is the Citi Hilton Reserve card.
With that card, you get two free weekend night certificates after spending $2,500 on the card. You’ll also get Hilton Gold status as long as you remain a card member. The card has a $95 annual fee. You can learn more here.
Personally, I’d pay the $95 a year just for Hilton Gold.
There are two Hilton American Expresses that offer Hilton benefits.
- American Express Hilton HHonors – This card gives you 40,000 points after spending $750 in the first three months. There is no annual fee for this card.
- American Express Hilton Surpass – This card gives you 40,000 points after your first purchase and 20,000 more after spending $3,000 in the first three months. The Hilton Surpass card comes with Gold membership for the first year. This card has a $75 annual fee.
Maximize the Two Hilton American Express Cards
If you start off with the Hilton HHonors card, you’ll get 40,000 points after spending $750. After having the card for a year or so, you’ll probably start noticing an offer to upgrade to the Surpass card with another 50,000 point bonus for spending $3,000 in 3 months. This way you’ll end up getting 90,000 Hiltion HHonors points with only one pull on your credit report. Remember, you’ll only have Hilton Gold if you have the Surpass card.