Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hilton Any Weekend, Anywhere 24-Hour Bonus Facebook Event, Plus Club Carlson Joins In

Hilton HHonors is really piling on the promotions this quarter! Add this one to the list. Read very carefully, because it gets a little confusing.

First off, be aware of the Any Weekend, Anywhere Sale that has been going on since the end of December. The sale is described as follows: between December 27, 2011 and January 31, 2012, book a minimum two-night weekend stay for any weekend throughout 2012, and receive up to 33% off your stay using the Any Weekend, Anywhere rate. Plus, earn an additional 1,000 bonus points per stay. A weekend stay is defined as any night Thursday through Sunday.

On top of the regular sale, there is now the Any Weekend, Anywhere 24-Hour Bonus Event exclusive to Facebook that was just announced yesterday. This "bonus event" is for HHonors members and Facebook users who take advantage of the Any Weekend, Anywhere sale within a specific 24-hour period. Starting on January 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm EST and ending on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 am EST, you can book a weekend stay through the Any Weekend, Anywhere sale website. Then, you must return to the 24-Hour Bonus Event Tab on the Hilton HHonors Facebook page to enter your booking confirmation number as well as your HHonors number by 11:59 am EST on January 18, 2012. Doing so will earn you an additional 2,500 bonus points for each weekend stay you book during the 24-hour event, up to a maximum of 10,000 bonus points (four stays). The 2,500 bonus points will post after you have completed the corresponding stay.

Now here's where is gets really confusing. If you only want to stay for one night, you can still book the discount rate (up to 33% off), but your stay must occur between Friday and Sunday. You will not receive the normal 1,000 bonus points for a one-night stay. However, you will receive the 2,500 bonus event points if you complete the terms on Facebook. If you require a Thursday check-in, your stay must be at least two nights in order to book the discount rate, earn the normal 1,000 bonus points, and earn the 2,500 bonus event points. Got that? :)

All Any Weekend, Anywhere bookings are non-refundable, prepaid rates, and must be booked at least seven days in advance. Existing reservations booked prior to the 24-Hour Bonus Event will not earn the 2,500 bonus event points even if it is booked under the Any Weekend, Anywhere rate.

These offers can be quite lucrative, especially when stacked with the Hilton HHonors More Points promotion I detailed last week and the various bonus airline miles promotions I wrote about on January 9th. Here's an example: for a two-night weekend stay completed before March 31, 2012 at $100 per night (assuming you booked the Any Weekend, Anywhere rate during the 24-hour event period), you would receive 2,000 base spend points, 1,000 bonus points for the Any Weekend, Anywhere promo, 2,500 bonus points for the 24-hour bonus event promo, 5,000 bonus points + 2,000 bonus points for the More Points promo, plus an additional 2x or 3x bonus airline miles (depending on which offer you register for). That's a grand total of 12,500 bonus points for a two-night weekend stay plus additional bonus airline miles! Not bad at all.

Finally, Ric Garrido over at Loyalty Traveler details Club Carlson's Triple Points promotion for Q1 2012. He calls it the best offer so far of 2012, and I'd have to agree... even though I haven't stayed much at Carlson Hotels. Essentially, you will earn 60 Gold Points per dollar spent at all Carlson Hotels worldwide for stays between January 10 and March 16, 2012. It doesn't get much simpler than that (compare this to the Hilton mess above hah)! Register here.

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