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Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Amex Hilton HHonors, Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hilton, Hotel | 0 comments

Hotel Review: Conrad Tokyo King Suite Bay View

After flying ANA First Class Square to Narita International Airport and taking the Narita Express to Tokyo, we headed to the Conrad Tokyo, where we were staying five nights. We booked the stay using Hilton HHonors points and because I was a Hilton HHonors diamond, the hotel upgraded us from a standard room to a King Suite Bay View room, which was a nice surprise!     How You Can Do It The Conrad Tokyo is a category 10 hotel on the Hilton HHonors award chart, so a standard room will cost 70,000 to 95,000 points per night depending on what time of the year you stay at the hotel. If you are a silver, gold, or diamond Hilton HHonors member, however, you get the 5th night free whenever you book a 5-night stay. As a result, The total cost will be between 280,000 and 380,000 Hilton HHonors points. You can earn Hilton HHonors points via credit card signup bonuses. Credit cards, such as the Amex Hilton HHonors credit...

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Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hilton, Hotel | 0 comments

How to Redeem Free Nights at Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach

When I reviewed our free stay at the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach, I mentioned that we were able to redeem the 2 free weekend nights that came with the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card. Booking the free nights, however, is not as simple as going to the Hilton HHonors website and reserving your stay, because redeeming the free weekend night certificates requires calling the Hilton HHonors hotline. But more importantly, it looks like the Hilton Bentley could be making award nights hard to search for so you’ll have to use a workaround.   Redeem Free Nights at Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach Step 1: Go to the Hilton HHonors website and search for the nights you want to stay at the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach but make sure to search one night at a time. If you search for two or more nights, it may show you no availability! I’m not sure why that is the case, but it could be because the Hilton Bentley wants to discourage...

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Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hilton, Hotel | 0 comments

Hotel Review: Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach Part 2

Last time, I reviewed the Partial Ocean View One Bedroom Suite at the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach. As great as the rooms are, the best part of the hotel is actually its location and beach club. Maybe it’s just me, but I really like that you can be in the ocean one second, grab something in your room 5 minutes later, then be back in your beach chair shortly after that. In addition, the restaurant, gym, and spa facilities are also nice.   How You Can Do It We booked two nights using the 2 free weekend nights that comes with the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card. The card gives you 2 free weekend nights after spending $2,500 within 4 months and also gives you free Hilton HHonors gold status, which means you’ll get free breakfast and the resort fee waived if you are on an award stay. Paid stays require the additional resort fee, which includes Internet access, two mojitos, and rentals (umbrella, chairs, and towels) at the...

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Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hilton, Hotel | 0 comments

Hotel Review: Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach One Bedroom Suite

Because our recent trip to Aruba and Turks & Caicos were both cancelled due to weather, my wife and I decided to do a makeup trip by heading down to Miami’s South Beach for a weekend. Being a major airport hub, Miami has so many incoming flights that it’s easily accessible from many cities across the United States. The nice beach and vivid cultural scene make it a great honeymoon destination for those seeking an active nightlife rather than a low-key atmosphere. We stayed at the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach, which is known as the hotel where the Kardashians stayed at while filming Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami. I actually consider that a negative aspect of the hotel but Kardashians asides, the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach offers fantastic rooms at a prime location in South Beach.   How You Can Do It We booked two nights using the 2 free weekend nights that comes with the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card. The card gives you 2 free...

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Amex Hilton HHonors, Barclays Arrival, Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hilton, Hotel | 0 comments

Hotel Review: Hilton Garden Inn Mystic Groton

During our recent trip taking the Amtrak Northeast Regional up to Mystic, Connecticut, we also stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Mystic Groton. Hilton Garden Inns are generally considered mid-tier hotels good for both business and leisure use; the Hilton Garden Inn Mystic Groton seemed to fit that mold. It wasn’t fancy by any means, but it was clean and perfectly fine.   How You Can Do It I booked one night using 30,000 Hilton HHonors points, and you can use Hilton HHonors points to book a stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Mystic Groton as well. The easiest way, however, is to just open the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card. The card gives you 2 free weekend nights after spending $2,500 within 4 months and also gives you free Hilton HHonors gold status, which means you’ll get free breakfast. For the night we were staying, the Hilton Garden Inn Mystic Groton was pricing at $289 a night before taxes. That’s pricey so it’s not a bad idea to...

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hilton, Hotel, Manhattan | 0 comments

Wedding Hotel Stay at the Conrad New York Luxury Suite

While I live in New York City as do many of my groomsmen, my fiancé at the time and some of her bridesmaids did not live in the city. Given that our wedding was in Manhattan, we had to find a place that was big enough for my fiancé and three out of four bridesmaids (one lives in the city), was not too expensive, and was clean. For those familiar with New York City, you know how impossible that can be sometimes! Except it’s a whole lot easier if you use airline miles and hotel points especially when you leverage the free Hilton HHonors gold status and free Hyatt diamond status you can obtain. In the end, we decided to book the Conrad New York, which is a Hilton property and was recently remodeled thus very clean. It’s not in a busy touristy area (which may be a negative to some but a positive for us) but instead located near the Hudson River down by Battery Park. Most importantly, I...

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Barclays Arrival, Chase Hyatt, Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

Free Hotel Suites with the Chase Hyatt Credit Card

The Chase Hyatt credit card is a great credit card by itself, because the signup bonus gives you two free nights at any Hyatt after you spend $1,000 within 3 months. But if you obtain a Hyatt diamond trial to get Hyatt diamond status BEFORE opening the credit card, your two free nights will be in a Hyatt suite! Let’s take a look at the benefits of the Chase Hyatt credit card.   Chase Hyatt 2 free nights signup bonus after spending $1,000 within 3 months Free Hyatt platinum status No foreign exchange fee Free night at any category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel on your card anniversary 3 Hyatt Gold Passport points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels 2 Hyatt Gold Passport points per $1 spent on dining, airlines, and car rentals 1 Hyatt Gold Passport points per $1 spent on everything else $75 annual fee not waived the first year Normally you get two free nights in a standard room at any Hyatt when you open the Chase Hyatt...

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Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hotel, Hyatt | 2 comments

Free Hyatt Diamond Status with a Hyatt Diamond Trial

Yesterday, I wrote about how you can open the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card to get free Hilton HHonors gold status along with a handful of other perks. If you are staying at a Hilton-related hotel or resort on your honeymoon, HHonors gold status can save you a lot of money since it provides free breakfast, free internet access, and free gym not to mention the potential room upgrade etc. I also mentioned that you may want to get Hilton HHonors gold even if you aren’t staying at a Hilton hotel, because you can leverage your Hilton HHonors gold status to status match at other hotel chains, such as Hyatt.     Hyatt Diamond Trial It’s really easy to get Hyatt diamond status (their highest status tier) for your honeymoon, because you can request a Hyatt diamond trial, which will give you Hyatt diamond status for 60 days. The purpose of the trial is to challenge you to stay 12 nights at Hyatt hotels in that time period...

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hilton, Hotel | 0 comments

Free Hilton HHonors Gold Status with the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Credit Card

A lot of couples getting married are not frequent travelers so they won’t have status with the airlines and hotels. At the same time, couples want to make their honeymoon special since it’s not just any other vacation. It’s a time to celebrate the start of a lifelong adventure with your newly-minted husband or wife. So how do you increase your chances of getting free upgrades and special treatment during your honeymoon without breaking the bank? It’s actually very easy these days to use credit cards to earn airline and hotel status without ever stepping foot in a plane or hotel, and free Hilton HHonors gold status is one of the easiest to obtain. While Hilton has recently made their HHonors program a lot less valuable than it use to be, it’s still worth getting the free Hilton HHonors gold status if you are going to be staying at a Hilton anyways. Simply open up the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card.     Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve 2...

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