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Roni Weiss had a sustainable travel conference to attend in Maryland and Hilton Honors points to spare, so he booked a room in Camp Springs and fueled up on free breakfast before sessions.
Name: Roni Weiss Age: 34 Occupation: Consultant Home: Pleasantville, New York Loyalty program: Hilton Honors
Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Camp Springs/Andrews AFB in Camp Springs, Maryland Dates of stay: Sept. 26 - 28, 2017 What kind of room? Single king room
Q: What amenities did you take advantage of?
A: I always take advantage of the free breakfast.
Q: Did you travel alone or with someone?
A: I traveled alone to attend a conference hosted by the Center for Responsible Tourism.
The loyalty program
Q: What loyalty program did you use to get a free stay?
A: Hilton Honors.
Q: How long were you a member at that time?
A: Since 2011.
Q: How long were you saving for this stay?
A: I wasn't specifically planning for it, but I was happy to have points for the occasion.
Q: What's your favorite perk of this program?
A: It's great that you can cancel if needed so you don’t waste your points.
Redemption and booking
Q: Did you take advantage of promotions while earning points for this trip?
Q: Where/how did you book?
A: I booked online.
Q: How many points did this cost?
A: 54,000 points.
Q: Did you book in conjunction with a promotion or deal?
Any surprises or hassles?
What’s your next travel rewards goal?
Someday I hope to go on a family trip to upstate New York when our schedules allow it.
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