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    How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    Just thought I'd create a thread for this - looking back over the last year, I thought I'd done a thread here as well as on Priority Club.

    I'm a Gold member.

    Friday, 22 May to Sunday, 31 May (yes, 9 nights)
    Property: Hilton Cairns
    Room booked: King Room
    Rate: Travelzoo $135 package rate (included bottle of red wine)
    Received: Upgrade to King Suite, card from GM and the wine, obligatory 2 free water bottles per day

    Wednesday, 8 July
    Property: Hilton Parmelia Perth
    Room booked: King Room
    Rate: Award room
    Received: Upgrade to King Suite, card from GM and the obligatory 2 free water bottles

    Thursday, 9 July
    Property: Hilton Adelaide
    Room booked: King Room
    Rate: Award room
    Received: Upgrade to Exec Floor, card from GM and the obligatory 2 free water bottles

    Saturday, 11 July
    Property: Hilton Brisbane
    Room booked: King Room
    Rate: Met Package (birthday present for Mrs LW, included 2 buffet breakfasts at Atrium Cafe & 2 tickets to Qld Art Gallery for Impressionists Showing from Metropolitan Museum New York - to get some culture)
    Received: Upgrade to Exec Floor, card from GM and the obligatory 2 free water bottles

    Got some more travel to do to Melbourne this Friday, so hoping to fly down Thursday night to sample the new Hilton.
    FF Programs: QFF Gold (OW Sapphire) QC Life, LTSilver & 80.8% to LTG, AAdv (65.95% to LTG), VA Plat + PG. Hotel: HHonors Diamond, PC Club, Hyatt GP Gold, SPG, Marriott Rewards, PriorityGUEST, AClub. Car Rental: Avis Pref, Hertz Pres Circle Cards: Amex Plat, Visa Plat.
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    Thursday, 21 May to Friday 22 May

    Property: Hilton Sydney
    Room booked: KING GUESTROOM PLUS
    Rate: Adv Purchase with HPC Discount $166
    Received: Upgrade to Kin Executive Spa Suite, Card from GM and the wine, comp water

    Friday, 22 May to Monday 25 May

    Property: Hilton Cairns
    Room booked: King Executive
    Rate: Adv Purchase with HPC Discount $172
    Received: Gold VIP free internet (@$29 per day) Card from GM and the wine, obligatory 2 free water bottles per day

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    Re: How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    Well I have been Hilton Diamond now for 7 years.
    This year(my seventh) my profile reads-
    Stays-0
    nights-0
    base points-0
    For my last year,with the rolling qualification,ending 9/08 my profile was
    stays-36
    nights-78
    base points-242500
    So you might guess they have not been that great in Elite recognition.
    In general I have been upgraded to exec floors but in 6 years,about 200 stays have been upgraded to a suite on 3 occasions.
    Hilton brisbane on my sixth stay.
    Hilton Kuching-recognition here was superb.
    Hampton rockville,NY.
    Amongst those where not upgraded to exec floor was Hilton Adelaide,millenium bangkok 1 out of 6 stays,brisbane on first stay,sydney.
    Particularly poor service at hilton KL-booked exec floor and got smallest room next to elevators when my profile says away from elevators,despite their website showing more availability they would not move us.
    -Waldorf Towers,NY-quite simply overrated.Requests ignored-eg for a room service menu,fixing in room safe.Then extra charges after left.Had to involve Hilton head office before resolving it.Just to rub it in they refunded with a US cheque which would have cost me nearly as much to cash as it was worth-sent it back to Hilton in December and no response.

    So I status matched to SPG platinum-24 stays so far with suite upgrades at 50%.

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    Re: How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    @Serfty & LW

    Did you have to ask for the upgrade.

    As a HHG I stayed at Hilton Sydney and no HH amenities given

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    Suite upgrades are not a defined benefit of the HHonors program, but can be nice when they happen.

    Note that things changed in August last year and if upgrade is selected as the VIP option, Diamonds are Guaranteed Executive lounge access at properties that have them.

    Me? As a gold I'm happy to get Guaranteed breakfast. For me, that is far more useful than a bigger room.

    Note I have an upcoming stay in BNE next week and will be selecting Internet access as my VIP benefit as I need to check out of the Hotel at 6am.


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    Quote Originally Posted by somebol View Post
    @Serfty & LW

    Did you have to ask for the upgrade.

    As a HHG I stayed at Hilton Sydney and no HH amenities given
    Not for me at SYD - I have never had to ask. (At Melbourne and Brisbane I have had to ask though - however I've stayed at those places many more times than at Sydney).

    Each time I stayed at Sydney I was upgraded and given exec lounge access on check-in. I do not expect it.

    At the very minimum an HH Gold can expect complimentary continental breakfast (since August 15th Last year).

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    Re: How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    LW, stay at the airport Hilton, the new one has no pool

    However it's looking good and food more than passable !

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    Re: How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    In the last twelve to eighteen months or so have had good recognition as HHonors gold.

    Hilton Syd - no exec floor rooms avail, given choice of $35 F&B credit or hilton hhonors bonus
    Hilton Bris - exec floor
    Millenium BKK- 4 out of 4 upgrades to exec floor
    Conrad BKK - upgrade to exec floor
    Hilton KL - 2 out of 2 upgrades to exec floor
    Hilton Petaling Jaya - breakfast after requesting.
    Hilton Kuching - upgrade to exec floor
    Hilton Cebu - upgrade to exec floor
    Hilton Singapore - 2 out of 2 upgrades to exec floor
    Conrad Singapore - 1 out of 4 to exec floor, others to "business" floor with free brekky
    Hilton Seoul - upgrade to exec floor
    Hilton Frontenac St Louis - upgrade to executive rooms/floor
    Hilton Montreal - free breakfast
    Hilton Tokyo - upgrade to exec floor
    Hilton Narita - free breakfast
    Hilton GI Times Square NYC - free breakfast & water, top floor
    Doubletree Chelsea NYC - free breakfast, high floor
    Hilton GI 35th St NYC- free breakfast, high floor
    Hilton London Metropole - exec lounge access
    Last edited by dajop; 14th July 2009 at 06:05 PM. Reason: forgot about london stay

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    Re: How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    I hardly ever stay at Hilton hotels but I'm a Gold VIP courtesy of American Express. On our last DONE4 a few months back I did stay at a couple of Hiltons and they were quite comfortable and reliable even if they didn't set your hair on fire. I really liked the Hilton Tower Bridge for its location and modern feel (it's only about two years old) and the staff on the executive floor really made us feel at home for the five days of our stay.

    Anyway, using Lindsay's format, here's the short summary:

    March 2-5
    Property: Hilton Buenos Aires
    Room booked: Queen Room
    Rate: USD 254
    Received: Full buffet breakfast in lieu of upgrade plus 2 free water bottles each night

    March 7
    Property: Hilton Buenos Aires
    Room booked: Queen Executive Room
    Rate: USD 339 (included breakfast on executive floor lounge)
    Received: Upgrade to King 1- Bedroom Suite, 2 free water bottles

    April 10-15
    Property: Hilton Tower Bridge, London
    Room booked: Double Hilton Deluxe Room
    Rate: GBP 209 (room only rate but breakfast was provided on the executive floor)
    Received: Upgrade to Executive Floor Deluxe Room, note card from GM accompanied by platter of strawberries with chocolate sauce (must have thought we were honeymooners) and 2 free water bottles each night

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    Quote Originally Posted by somebol View Post
    Did you have to ask for the upgrade. As a HHG I stayed at Hilton Sydney and no HH amenities given
    Hmm, I have never stayed at Sydney and have no desire to eiher, so I guess I'll never know how they would treat me as a Gold. I'm not a fan of the property, too many negatives for me. At all other properties, I am usually greeted with "Mr Wilson, we have ugraded you...", but I have good stay history with PER and ADL dating back to 2002. So being Gold and a regular guest probably helps me.

    Like serfty, I update the "My Way" page in my profile for every stay where applicable.

    Choose Your On-Property VIP Benefits
    As a current Gold or Diamond VIP, you can choose from a variety of on-property VIP benefits to enjoy at Hilton Family hotels
    then when you opt for Hilton Hotels, it will then bring up a screen:

    Receive a space-available room upgrade, including breakfast.*
    You will be upgraded to an Executive Floor room (where/when available) at time of check-in. If an Executive Floor room is unavailable, you will be upgraded to the next best available room from the room type booked. Upgrades exclude suites, villas and specialty accommodations. At hotels with Executive Floor lounges, if an Executive Floor room upgrade is available, you will also receive access to the lounge. In addition, you will receive complimentary Continental breakfast for you and up to one additional registered hotel guest each day of your stay.
    Enjoy complimentary high-speed internet access, each day of your stay.
    At hotels that already offer a choice of a standard or higher-speed connection, you will receive access to the higher-speed connection at no cost. If a hotel does not offer high-speed internet connectivity, simply choose another option.
    Earn 1,000 Hilton HHonors bonus points per stay.
    A great way to maximize your points earnings.
    For me, I choose either the Upgrade with breakfast or internet access (generally the former), so I suppose that is also how my upgrades have been coming through.

    Quote Originally Posted by StrikersWings
    stay at the airport Hilton, the new one has no pool . However it's looking good and food more than passable !
    No desire to stay out there. My appointments are all within easy walk of the new South Wharf property and start at 8.30am. Plus another AFF'er is staying there tonight and we are catching up.

    Will be interesting to see how they treat me. A virgin stayer at the property, booked King Deluxe Room on Best Available Rate $275 ( -20% HPC discount, so $220). Hope to get the upgrade to Exec Floor, as my friend said he was the only person in the Exec Lounge for breakfast until he was leaving (around 9am).

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