Stacking Deals: Turning a $260 Hilton Hotel Stay Into $213 in Cash and Points

Aug 29, 2018

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Free hotel stays are the very best kind, but most of us don’t have the points to cover every single stay, and sometimes the return per point simply doesn’t justify the redemption. We post various hotel deals and offers, but sometimes it is helpful to see how the deals, offers and bonuses can all stack to take a hotel booking from ho-hum to pretty darn rewarding.

Make Family Visits More Enjoyable By Booking a Hotel Room

We have family coming to visit later this week. This is very exciting, but it also comes with its own set of stressors. Let’s be real, most of us don’t live in houses that were built to comfortably accommodate a few additional adults for several days at a time — I know mine isn’t. Making it work means rearranging sleeping arrangements, sharing bathrooms, bumping into each other in the kitchen making morning coffee, etc. Those aren’t bad things, just realities of family visits.

While there is a quaint and enjoyable element to all bunking up together for a while, there is also something to be said for getting everyone their own comfortable space. Here in Texas, we are just settling into the routine of school with somewhat respectable bedtimes, homework and the morning rush to hop on the bus that arrives just a few ticks after 7am. As excited as my girls are to have their grandparents visit, the odds are high that mixing in grandparent fun at night and first thing in the morning won’t be the best ingredient for adjusting to the school grind.

Nonstop fun with grandparents (Photo by Andrea Bacle Photography)
Nonstop fun with grandparents (Photo by Andrea Bacle Photography)

Given all of that, we booked them a room at a new and nearby Hilton Homewood Suites for the first two nights of their visit that happen to fall during the school week. The rates at the hotel were neither great nor atrocious at around $115+ per night. Award prices were 27,000 Hilton points per night, which wasn’t a good enough return to make me pull the trigger on using our Hilton points.

At the hotel, they will have access to their own shower, breakfast and can stay up or sleep in as late as they want without worrying about the kids’ schedules.

Photo courtesy of Hilton Homewood Suites
Photo courtesy of Hilton Homewood Suites

Here’s how we took this needed $260 two-night booking (including tax) at the newest hotel in town and made it more rewarding for us without sacrificing comfort or convenience for Grandma and Grandpa.

Stacking Deals to Earn $213.54 Back on a $260 Hotel Stay

  • Before booking the stay, check available cash-back payouts using I will earn 10% cash back by getting to to make my booking by first clicking through I actually don’t have Hilton elite status right now, so my payout rate should be 10% cash back. Those with Hilton status sadly have a much lower payout through TopCashBack, but that is not the case with all chains. Value: $26 cash back.
  • Register for global hotel promotions and use your loyalty number on the reservation. There is currently a double points Hilton promo running until September 9. This means for for every dollar spent, you can receive 10 Hilton bonus points in addition to the 10 base points that Hilton would grant you through this program (5 bonus points plus 5 base points for Home2Suite by Hilton and Tru by Hilton). With the double points promotion, on a $230 base rate stay, we should earn 4,600 Hilton Honors points that TPG currently values Hilton points at 0.6 cents each. Value: $27.60 in points.
  • Check your account and email for targeted promotions. It just so happened that I received a targeted Hilton promotion via email right around the time that I was making the booking. Always do a search of your inbox so you don’t leave points on the table. My offer was for 10,000 bonus Hilton Honors points on a two-night stay, so registering for that promotion is as good as points in the bank. Value: $60 in points.

The real value of booking this Hilton stay is enjoying time with grandparents while creating a comfortable environment for everyone. However, by stacking available deals and offers, we turned what would have simply been a $260 hotel expense into a total of $213.54 in cash back and earned points at current valuations.

Time with grandparents is the best (Photo by Andrea Bacle Photography)
Time with grandparents is the best (Photo by Andrea Bacle Photography)

I’d love to hear your stacking success stories!

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