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How I Traveled for Free: Saving Points for a Conference in Maryland

Jan. 11, 2019
Loyalty Programs, Travel
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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.

The cardholder

Name: Roni Weiss
Age: 34
Occupation: Consultant
Home: Pleasantville, New York
Loyalty program: Hilton Honors

The stay

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?

A: No

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?

A: No.

Any surprises or hassles?

A: No.

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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