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Hilton Visa Infinite Cardholders Instant HHonors Gold Status & 40,000 Bonus Points Offer

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This Flyertalk thread discusses instant Hilton HHonors Gold status which can be earned simply by registering at this page. This is a great offer as Hilton Gold status enables you to receive free internet, free breakfast, and an upgrade to an Executive floor if space is available or upgrade to the next best room category for those hotels not having an Executive floor. You must register for this promo by May 31, 2012, and it is possible to earn 40,000 bonus HHonors points by completing 4 stays paid with a Visa Infinite card after registration for the offer. Full terms and conditons are described as well.


Written by chitownflyer

December 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm

What is a mattress run?

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A mattress run is a stay at a hotel for the purpose of earning elite status, points bonuses in a hotel loyalty program, or any other activity needed to qualify for a promotional offer. Mattress run are best done by booking inexpensive hotels especially on the weekends, and then using the benefit acquired for something really expensive. For example, Starwood is currently running a 3 stays = 1 free night promo that can be redeemed at over 200 resorts with an unlimited number of nights that may be earned. By checking in and out of a hotel 3 times, one may then redeem the free night at someplace quite expensive such as the St. Regis Kauai even though the stays for earning were 3 cheap mattress runs at Washington Dulles and the surrounding area Starwood properties. Starwood’s top elite status is the Platinum level which requires 25 stays, so one can earn both 8 free resort nights and book one additional stay for gaining Platinum status, but you might as well book 3 more stays and earn another free resort night.

Written by chitownflyer

April 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm