Free Hilton Internet, Tons of Club Carlson Points, and More!

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Here is a quick round-up of today’s miles and points news…

Hilton HHonors Providing Free Internet Beginning in August 2015

Hotel internet is official going the way of the beeper and the last big chain to hold-out, Hilton, has now announced pathways to free internet beginning in August.  They are requiring guests to be Hilton HHonors members and book via select booking channels.  As was shared on Flyertalk by HHonors Representative, here is how the free internet will work:

  • Our most loyal guests, Diamond members, will receive complimentary premium Wi-Fi beginning in the second quarter this year at all of our properties when they book directly through a proprietary Hilton channel or via one of our corporate travel partners.
  • Starting in August, we will extend complimentary standard Wi-Fi access to Blue and Silver members when they book their stays directly through a proprietary Hilton channel or one of our corporate travel partners.
  • Complimentary standard Wi-Fi will continue to be a benefit for HHonors Gold members who also book directly through our proprietary Hilton channels or one of our corporate travel partners.
  • Booking directly through a proprietary Hilton channel one of our corporate travel partners:
    • The Hilton HHonors mobile app
    • Online from hilton.com, HHonors.com, or any of our brand/hotel websites
    • Calling Hilton Reservations Customer Care: 1-800-HHonors or your local Hilton reservations office
    • Calling an individual hotel (plus walk-ins and physical on-property too)
    • Via corporate travel agencies and travel professionals that book via a Hilton proprietary channel
  • This update doesn’t apply to hotels where there is a resort charge.

Just like IHG, Marriott, and SPG, HHonors is requiring some hoops to be jumped in order to qualify for free internet.  Hyatt, on the other hand, is giving it away to everyone.  Either way, I’m glad that 2015 is the year of free hotel internet!

Club Carlson Triple Points in March 2015

Check your inbox to see if you were targeted for triple Club Carlson points in March.  The email subject line is “We Have a Private Offer Waiting for You”.  If you were targeted this will up the earning to 60x base points per dollar spent + the earnings on your rewards credit card.  That is very good all by itself, but remember that Club Carlson is also running the most lucrative hotel promotion right now where you earn 30,000 bonus points for eligible stays of 3 nights and 15,000 bonus points for 2 night stays.  They also have some other point bonuses at select properties, so it is not hard to rack up a ton of Club Carlson points on eligible stays right now!

Add that to being able to get the last award night free when it comes time to redeem your Club Carlson points if you have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card and Club Carlson is easily the most lucrative hotel loyalty program right now.

Club Carlson Triple Points

I have some Club Carlson stays this month, but sadly they are already booked on points, and the cash rate makes it prohibitive to switch, but hopefully your travel plans will result in racking up some Club Carlson points to use on future stays!

Costco Co-Branded Card Going to Citi and Visa:

The Costco Amex is reported to be on the way out in favor of a new relationship between Costco and Citibank where Visa will be the card accepted in the store instead of Amex starting in April 2016.  I’m not personally a Costco Amex cardholder, but I know many people who barely dabble in rewards cards, yet swear by their Costco Amex, so I’m guessing this is big news to that crowd.  Thanks to Kalboz on Milepoint for sharing this update.

 

 

Comments

  1. I used to think getting 1.5% cash back on the Costco Amex was a good deal, before I was enlightened. Now I earn probably 3-4x that (when including bonuses) in rewards every year on the same spend! Not a dime goes on the Costco Amex now, but I keep it as my oldest Amex card.

    • JL100, I think for whatever reason lots of people use the Costco Amex without knowing they can often do so much better! I mean, it’s way better than nothing, but there’s a whole world of rewards out there. 😉

  2. @mommy

    I’m trying to figure out the 60x points on CC with Visa Signature. I’m only coming up with 30 points per dollar on stays at 3x. Isn’t it 10x per point on stays?

    • G, the base payout for Club Carlson members is 20 points per dollar at Club Carlson properties (whether you have the card or not). If you were targeted for this promo you get 3x base points, so 60x points per dollar. The 10x you can earn for paying with your Club Carlson card would be on top of that for 70x total.

  3. A few years ago IHG had a fun promo. I can’t remember exactly but I think you had to guess where a picture was taken. Before the promo I would never have considered a Priority Club hotels. With a little help from Gleff and others it rained Priority Points. Ever since then IGH hotels are up there with SPG, Hyatt, and Hilton as go-to hotels to stay at.
    Fast forward to 2015. With these latest Club Carlson promos are the CC chain has gone from “What’s Club Carlson?” to “Is there a Club Carlson I can stay at?” I recently stayed at the Dublin Radisson Blu (excellent) and Radisson PVD (also excellent with equally stellar staff and room). Bye Hilton, hello Club Carlson.

  4. I would love some recommendations for some Club Carlson hotels on the east coast. We recently stayed at the Country Inn and Suites in Orlando on University Blvd for two nights. I wouldn’t recommend it. The hotel is pretty dated– just felt grungy. I would love the opportunity to earn a bunch of points but only if I knew I was gonna use them.

  5. RE: Club Carlson, yes, a ton of points on tap. My local Radisson offers a bonus 10k/night rate, so stacking everything for 3 nights will earn a bit over 90k points for around $360 total. And I don’t even have the card…

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