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Just a day or two ago, I phoned Hilton to check on a reservation I have for this weekend.
Hugh, the helpful employee asked me if, at the end of the call, I’d like to be transferred to another Hilton representative to hear about a vacation offer and to receive 500 points “just for listening.” Without missing a beat, I said: “SURE.”
I was then transferred to Sean, who told me of some interesting Hilton Vacation/Resort offers. Two or three nights, at a choice of five different Hilton Resort properties, for some amazing price like $200 or less. Honestly, the deals sounded great, but I’d have to fly to get to any of the properties, and frankly, I already have too much on my plate to commit to that (OMG, did I actually say that I have too many travel plans???).
Anyway, Sean was nice and not overly pushy or aggressive, as some of these sales persons are often known to be. After an attempt or two, he said thank you and that I’d be getting the promised 500 Hilton Honors points just for listening.
This literally took 2 minutes and was a pleasant experience.
Those 50, or 100 or 1000 point bonuses actually add up. I’m not saying sign up for netflix or alternative energy plans to get points when you don’t want the service in the first place, but there are simple ways to earn points that are easy and advantageous. If nothing else, they start the clock running anew on the expiration of points or miles.
So, I encourage you to take advantage of offers such as this, as well as shopping portals and dining programs. They are easy ways to earn free points and miles. (I am also fond of getting points by “checking in” on Foursquare and Topguest, but that will be discussed in a separate post).
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