Monday, January 28, 2008

Hilton HHonors Gets Better

As we’ve noted before, we’re pretty big fans of the Hilton HHonors frequent guest program. According to an email just received, the program has gotten even better. Hilton as now instituted no blackout days and no capacity controls. To quote Hilton: “Reward stays are not subject to blackout dates or capacity controls.” That seems pretty unambiguous to us.

We’ve previously endorsed the HHonors program and the Hilton American Express card, which earns 3 to 5 HHonors points per dollar spent (depending on purchase category). The way we’ve redeemed points (and we’ve used points for both hotel stays and converted them to airline tickets), that translates to roughly 4 cents per dollar – better than most cash rebate credit cards, and generally far better than most airlines’ approximate 2 cents (or less) per dollar redemption rates.