• Hilton HHonors offers extended Diamond status amid program tweaks

    Hilton HHonors members will find several new features available to them this year including family pooling and a complimentary 12-month membership extension for Diamond-tier cardholders, not to mention a new program name under the ‘Hilton Honors’ banner – sans the additional &ls...

    POSTED 3 Feb, 2017 7 Comments

  • New Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok hotel opens next month

    Hilton HHonors members travelling to Hong Kong, rejoice: the chain will open a new Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Mongkok next month, proving an affordable alternative to the five-star Conrad Hong Kong: currently Hilton’s only HK location. Roughly a seven-minute walk from the Mong Kok MTR stat...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2016 0 Comments

  • New hotel credit card fees could hammer your hip pocket

    Hotel chains nationwide including Accor, IHG, Rydges and Starwood are amending their credit card fees in line with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s reforms on credit card surcharging. As a result, many hotel guests will now pay a lower credit card fee when using Visa or MasterCard, but whip...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2016 27 Comments

  • Luxury Conrad Xiamen hotel opens in China

    Conrad Hotels and Resorts continues to expand in Greater China with the opening of the Conrad Xiamen hotel: the brand’s first hotel in Fujian province and found on the south-western coast of Xiamen Island. Occupying floors 37 through 54 of the Shimao Straits Tower, the building adopts a sa...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Hilton Edinburgh Carlton opens with Marco Pierre White restaurant

    The new Hilton Edinburgh Carlton hotel is now open, welcoming guests into its 211 spacious rooms and bolstered by a flagship restaurant created by none other than Marco Pierre White, one of the world’s most renowned chefs and a frequent international guest on MasterChef Australia. Simply n...

    POSTED 12 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Chateau on the Park Christchurch joins DoubleTree by Hilton family

    Hilton is expanding its reach across New Zealand with the Chateau on the Park Christchurch hotel joining the DoubleTree by Hilton brand from September 1 2016 as Hilton Worldwide's first property in the South Island's largest city. That’s when members of the Hilton HHonors loyalty program w...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2016 3 Comments

  • New Hilton Wuhan Riverside hotel opens in China

    Hilton HHonors members can now earn and redeem points at the new Hilton Wuhan Riverside hotel in Central China’s most populous city. Guests can enjoy views of the city and Yangtze River from the property’s 338 guest rooms and suites, which also offer the chain’s signature Seren...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2016 0 Comments

  • Luxury Conrad Washington, D.C. hotel planned for 2019

    Conrad Hotels & Resorts will add a new luxury property to its growing portfolio in 2019 with the opening of the new-build Conrad Washington, D.C. hotel in the United States capital. Part of an expansive ‘CityCenterDC’ development, the hotel includes 360 rooms among a broader 10-a...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2016 0 Comments

  • Buying Hilton HHonors points to trim your business travel costs

    Buying loyalty points to save on business and first class flights is a topic frequently covered on Australian Business Traveller, and in the same vein you can also buy hotel loyalty points to deliver similar savings while you’re on the ground. A timely example is the Hilton HHonors pr...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2016 2 Comments

  • This week's wrap for frequent flyers

    We’re off to a busy start this April with free lounge access for Virgin Australia travellers both at the airport and at Australian Hilton hotels, a new way to use Flybuys points to book flights and a new way to earn frequent flyer points through Qantas Assure health insurance. Also on this...

    POSTED 8 Apr, 2016 0 Comments

  • Conrad Pune hotel opens its doors in India

    Conrad Hotel & Resorts plants its flag in India this week with the opening of Conrad Pune on Mangaldas in the heart of the Pune’s central business district. Also nearby Koregaon Park, the city’s primary commercial, residential and entertainment districts, guests also enjoy easy a...

    POSTED 7 Apr, 2016 0 Comments

  • The top five credit cards for hotel perks and privileges

    Many credit cards offer predictable perks like travel insurance and airport lounge access, but a select few also make sure you’re taken care of after your flight through great hotel benefits like free room upgrades and breakfast for every day of your stay. Some cards achieve this by unlock...

    POSTED 4 Apr, 2016 12 Comments

  • Your mid-February frequent flyer wrap

    It’s been a busy fortnight in the world of frequent flyer programs with both Qantas and Virgin Australia gaining new points partners in Vodafone and Sendle, respectively, with Qantas also toying with the idea of frequent flyer upgrades on American Airlines flights. Added to that, this Febr...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2016 0 Comments

  • Is buying hotel points to 'save' on hotel stays good value?

    Buying airline miles to book low-cost business class and first class flights is an almost-secret trick of savvy travellers as the cost of those miles is significantly lower than buying a ticket on the same flight in the ‘usual’ way: but does that same principle also apply to hotel poi...

    POSTED 4 Feb, 2016 5 Comments

  • Hilton Hotels unveils new 'Tru by Hilton' hotel brand

    Hilton Hotels and Resorts will add another hotel brand to its stable with the launch of the midscale ‘Tru by Hilton’ chain later this year. With a focus on the United States and Canada, Tru by Hilton hotels carry the philosophy that “being cost conscious and having a great stay...

    POSTED 27 Jan, 2016 7 Comments

  • New in London: the DoubleTree by Hilton London ExCel hotel

    Only a week after opening a new property in London Kensington, DoubleTree by Hilton is forging ahead in opening the new, 260-room DoubleTree by Hilton London ExCel hotel for business travellers. Located close by to the ExCeL London convention and exhibition centre, guests are well-located for ...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2016 2 Comments

  • DoubleTree by Hilton London: Kensington hotel opens its doors

    Travellers to London can now kick back at the new DoubleTree by Hilton London: Kensington hotel, within walking distance of major attractions like the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Harrods and Kensington Palace. Also close by to the Gloucester Road and South Kensington Tube s...

    POSTED 12 Jan, 2016 0 Comments

  • This week's frequent flyer wrap

    It’s a big week for Virgin Australia Velocity members with Hilton offering double Velocity points on stays over the coming four months and Starwood serving up double Starpoints, which can be converted into Velocity points on a 1:1 basis. However, Velocity members will begin to earn fewer p...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2015 0 Comments

  • Hilton HHonors offers Diamond status match

    Want to enjoy perks such as free breakfast, space-available room upgrades and access to Executive Lounges at hotels like Hilton, Conrad and DoubleTree by Hilton? Then move fast and take advantage of a Hilton HHonors ‘status match’ deal whereby your existing top-tier loyalty card with...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2015 13 Comments

  • Here's a hotel status match with a difference...

    Hotel status matches are a treat for business travellers and frequent flyers – and now there's a way to turn your status with some of the world's leading hotel chains into VIP standing with a cruise line! A unique promotion from the popular Mediterranean line MSC Cruises offers a free upgr...

    POSTED 27 Nov, 2015 7 Comments

  • This week's wrap for Qantas, Singapore Airlines high flyers

    It’s been a busy week for Qantas Frequent Flyer members who can now earn Qantas Points on taxi fares throughout the country and at seven new partners including Microsoft, Priceline, and ASOS. Also up for grabs: quadruple Qantas frequent flyer points when staying at Hilton Hotels and Resort...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2015 0 Comments

  • Hilton

    Now part of Hilton’s worldwide portfolio, the Hilton London Bankside hotel welcomes travellers bound for the UK’s capital amidst an urban design with a contemporary ‘industrial’ feel. Nearby to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the hotel boasts 25 bespoke suites among it...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2015 0 Comments

  • Hilton expands Canopy brand with eight new hotels

    Hilton’s upcoming Canopy brand continues to boost its future footprint in the United States with the signing of eight new hotels including the Canopy Chicago The Loop, Canopy Dallas Uptown and Canopy Washington D.C. Southwest Waterfront. Joining that list are the Canopy Minneapolis Mill Di...

    POSTED 7 Oct, 2015 0 Comments

  • New Hilton Tokyo Odaiba hotel opens its doors

    Hilton continues to bolster its portfolio in the all-important Japan market with the opening of the 453-room Hilton Tokyo Odaiba hotel. Nestled in Odaiba’s waterfront area, the 15-storey property is well-connected to the Shinagawa, Marunouchi and Ginza business districts while residing rou...

    POSTED 6 Oct, 2015 0 Comments

  • Conrad Shenzhen, China hotel to open in 2019

    China will boast a new five-star Conrad property come 2019 with the opening of the Conrad Shenzhen hotel in a city that’s just across the border from Hong Kong. With 300 rooms in the centre of Shenzhen's rapidly developing Qianhai CBD, the hotel will reside amidst a larger development proj...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2015 0 Comments

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