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July 2013 Trip to New York: DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District

  • Introduction
  • Flight DL 107 FRA to JFK
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District
  • New York City Day 1
  • New York City Day 2
  • New York City Day 3
  • New York City Day 4
  • Flight DL 106 JFK to FRA

After going through immigration and customs we took the AirTrain to Howard Beach Station from where we took A and then the R train to get to Whitehall Street Station.

From there it was just a few steps to our hotel. Weiterlesen

July 2013 Trip to New York: Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Flight DL 107 FRA to JFK
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District
  • New York City Day 1
  • New York City Day 2
  • New York City Day 3
  • New York City Day 4
  • Flight DL 106 JFK to FRA

Last December I looked for some low level award flights in BusinessElite with the itinerary starting in Frankfurt. I narrowed down my search to a roundtrip between FRA and JFK and for dates in the summer. As already written in my travel plans for this year I then found low level flights on the following dates

Day Date Org Dest Flight No Dep Time Arr Time Plane Type
Sun 06/30 FRA JFK DL 107 1345 1625 B767-300ER
Fri 07/05 JFK FRA DL 106 2009 1020 B767-300ER

After my post last December it just happened so that a few schedule changes occurred. As mentioned, this roundtrip was priced at the low level, so I spent 200k miles for the two of us. That was awesome, however, the cash part (taxes and fees) was not quite nice, it were a little more than 480 EUR per person that needed to be paid out of pocket. Well, that’s the way it is. At least the number of miles was reasonable.

I then looked at Hilton and Starwood hotels to find some accomodation for that period. A main factor in deciding was the room rate, so I ended up in booking the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in the Financial District.

March 2013 Trip to California: Hampton Inn ATL

After a short wait outside the terminal at the airport a hotel shuttle arrived and took us to the Hampton Inn ATL. After a short ride we arrived, took our bags, and entered the hotel. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: DoubleTree by Hilton LAX

  • Introduction
  • Flight DL 15 FRA to ATL
  • Flight DL 2255 ATL to LAX
  • DoubleTree by Hilton LAX
  • Red Roof Inn Fresno
  • Comfort Inn Cordelia
  • Westin Verasa Napa
  • Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Sheraton Pleasanton
  • Clarion Hotel in Concord
  • Sleep Inn & Suites in Bakersfield
  • Super 8 LAX
  • Flight DL 1754 LAX to ATL
  • Hampton Inn ATL
  • Flight DL 14 ATL to FRA

Huge Devaluation of Hilton HHonors Award Chart Coming March 28, 2013

It was just yesterday that I was happy about the posting of my first HHonors bonus points from my Hilton HHonors credit card. Then just a few hours later I was sent an e-mail from HHonors informing me about upcoming changes to the program. As of March 28, 2013 three changes will go into effect:

  • Reward Categories – We will be expanding to ten hotel reward categories to account for all of the new hotels and resorts that have opened in the past few years. With 3,900 hotels and resorts in 90 countries you are sure to find the perfect place for your next reward stay.
  • Seasonal Hotel Reward Pricing – For most of our hotels and resorts, we will introduce seasonal pricing for reward stays. The amount of points needed for a Standard Room Reward and a Points & Money Reward will vary during certain times of the year.
  • 5th Night Free – Now members with Silver, Gold or Diamond elite status will get a free night when they book a Standard Room Reward stay of five or more consecutive nights.

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First Points from HHonors Credit Card Posted

The wait is finally over and I don’t need to be nervous anymore. Early this year I applied for the Hilton HHonors Credit Card and almost two weeks later the card arrived in my mail.

And today the 10,000 welcome bonus points plus the points I earned by using the card posted to my HHonors account. It is funny that it was just yesterday that I contacted the card issuing bank and asked how long it is supposed to take for the points to actually post to my account. Before they were able to answer my information request I saw the updated account balance today.

I have to admit that I am a little bit relieved since I was afraid that for some reason something went wrong with the linking of my credit card account and my HHonors account. Now that the points have posted I can be assured that I will be granted gold status, too. Right now I have still gold status from last year when I successfully entered some valid number sequence that instantly gave gold status for one year.

Hilton HHonors Credit Card Arrived

Today I picked up my new Hilton HHonors Credit Card from my mail. Yes, it finally arrived! A little less than two weeks ago I applied for the card.

This card comes with a sing-up bonus of 10,000 points, gives me 3 points per euro hotel spend and 2 points per euro for all other spends, and Gold status with no stay/night requirements.

If I spend 20,000 euros in a calendar year using this card then I hit Diamond level, but I don’t think I will pursue this. Though it would be cool to have some top tier status in any program.

I agree with Gary of View from the Wing that Hilton Gold status is a great thing.

Since I usually have only one-night stays at properties like Hilton I tend to take the 1,000 bonus points instead of a free breakfast. If I am lucky and get upgraded to the executive floor I happily take in breakfast in the executive lounge. If not? Well, I’ll have breakfast somewhere outside the hotel.

Today is a good day 😉

Applied for Hilton HHonors Credit Card

Until recently I was not aware that there is such a thing as an HHonors credit card that is available in Germany. It was just yesterday that I saw a link when I checked my HHonors account.

After reading through the benefits etc. I decided to apply for one. Application starts with filling out an online form. After providing all important information a pdf file is created that needs to be printed out, signed, and brought to a post office for identification purposes (Postident).

Today, I printed out the file, signed it, and brought it to the nearest post office. Now my application is on its way and, in theory, within two weeks I should receive my new card … if approved. Well, I can’t imagine why my application should be declined.

The facts:

  • Complimentary HHonors Gold status as long as one has the card
  • Signup bonus of 10,000 HHonors points (no spending requirement)
  • 3 points per Euro spent at Hilton hotels
  • 2 points per Euro for all other spend
  • 10% off dining at Hilton hotels in Germany
  • Annual fee is 48 Euros

I really like the fact that this card will give me gold status. This means complimentary internet usage, chances for room upgrades, more points and/or complimentary breakfast.

The signup bonus is also welcomed. It’s almost worth the fee for the first year. Not completely, but with the gold status? I do think so and I am really excited.

Earn double points or miles with HHonors

Hilton just announced their new promotion for the first quarter of 2013. Registration is already open. You may choose between either double points or double miles for stays between January 7 and March 31, 2013.

Once you have selected either option, you are automatically registered and cannot change your selection anymore. To take advantage of this offer you have to register before check-out of your first stay during the „Promotion Period“.

As is often the case with Hilton promotions, the list of non-participating hotels is very large. I had just completed two bookings of one-night stays right before I received the e-mail. Luckily, both hotels are not in this list.

Registration link: HHonors.com/Double

List of hotels that have chosen not to participate