Hilton recently announced a strategic alliance with Playa Hotels & Resorts that will increase the number of ways Hilton Honors members can earn and redeem points.
By the end of 2018, Royal Playa del Carmen and Dreams La Romana will be converted into Hilton resorts, with plans to convert eight additional Playa all-inclusive resorts to the Hilton portfolio by 2025.
Currently, Hilton has 13 all-inclusive resorts on its website. If all goes as planned with the partnership, this move will nearly double the award offerings for Hilton Honors members. The Royal Playa del Carmen is adult-only; Hilton has confirmed that it will remain so after the conversion, making it Hilton’s first adult-only resort in Mexico.
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For those redeeming Hilton Honors points, this means the trip should be free aside from transportation to the resort and spending outside of the resort. The addition of the two new resorts will add 1,269 new rooms to the Hilton global portfolio and expands Hilton’s presence in the Caribbean and Latin America.
In fact, you could even earn your way there with your normal purchases with the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card. Don’t have this card yet? Then take advantage of its welcome bonus: Earn 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply.
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How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2020, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- No annual fee: The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
- Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: The Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
- Premium travel rewards: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Business travelers: The Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
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