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Hilton Select Has Changed — But Has It Improved?

“Well, if you enjoy fiddling with rebates which expire within six months for minimal benefits whose opportunity cost is not worth your time and paying for benefits which you can receive elsewhere for less money, then you should consider it. If you intend to be diligent about receiving significantly more value than the $299.00 annual membership fee, then perhaps you should consider it.”

That was part of my blistering assessment which I included in this article back on Friday, February 28, 2014 of a program called Hilton Select. I then ended that article with this thought:

“For me, I will avoid this like the plague: many of the benefits can be procured through many other venues which cost less and are more flexible; while other benefits are little more than useless marketing fluff — and the few benefits which may actually have value are not worth tying yourself to this program.”

Ouch.

Since that article was posted, the Hilton Select program had changed — but are the changes for the better?

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Valet Gives Keys of Porsche to Wrong Person Who Drives Off With It. Who is Liable For the Theft?

An employee of a valet parking service for a hotel property in Houston allegedly gave the keys of a 2014 Porsche Panamera to the wrong person — which turned out to be a mistake worth approximately $120,000.00, as the person drove off with the car and has reportedly never been recovered.

Carlo DiMarco handed the keys of his car to someone who works for an independent valet parking service of…

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Two Men in Bed; and a Ride Share Service for Women Only

You see an advertisement with a photograph showing two men in bed together, both wearing shirts. One man has his arm around the other man, who is holding his hand. Both appear to be having a good time listening to music.

Would you be offended?

Would you be offended if the advertiser is Hilton Worldwide; and the advertisement ran in the June 2016 issue of Travel + Leisure magazine?…

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The Hilton Big World Sale is On: Save Money on Room Rates Around the World

The Hilton Big World Sale is now in effect where you can save up to 30 percent off of the best available room rate at hotel and resort properties around the world which are part of the brand portfolio of Hilton Worldwide; and members of the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program receive an additional discount of five percent across the board — except…

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New: See the Surroundings of Your Hotel With Hilton and Google Maps

In a new benefit available exclusively to members of the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program, Hilton Worldwide has integrated the technology of Google Maps into its software application program for mobile devices and portable electronic devices, offering an unprecedented ability to see more detailed geographical information pertaining to the surroundings of a particular hotel property and the potential view of a room before selecting a room — as well as the location of the room within the hotel property when using the updated digital floor plans.

This means that…

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No More Room Service? Five Reasons Why I Still Say Good Riddance

“So I’m staying at this hotel for the first time in over 10 years. Wow, how far this place has fallen. I remember it being a decent place in the early 2000s. Now after checking in, I find out they don’t have room service??? WTH?? Instead of room service, they have ‘food delivery,’ which is just delivery of a few deli items from downstairs. I like having a full breakfast in my room, but all I can get are things like bagels and breakfast burritos!

“And here’s the other thing that floored me…

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Save Up to 40 Percent Off Room Rates During Hilton Asia Pacific Flash Sale

You can save up to 40 percent off of room rates — plus receive access to the Internet via free Wi-Fi — at most hotel and resort properties in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio across the Asia Pacific region for stays booked during a flash sale between Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 5:00 in the morning Eastern Daylight Time and Monday, April 4, 2016 at 11:59 in the morning Eastern Daylight Time; and completed between Friday, April 1, 2016 and Saturday, December 31, 2016.

That means your room rate can be as low as $52.00 per night at…

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Meet Connie, the New Robot Concierge — a Pilot Program by Hilton Worldwide and IBM

Have you met Connie yet?

Connie is the newest employee of Hilton Worldwide whose job is to be a concierge and will work alongside team members of Hilton hotel and resort properties to assist with requests from visitors; personalize the guest experience; and empower travelers with more information to help you plan your trips.

In fact, Connie is so special that he was named after Conrad Hilton, who founded the Hilton brand of hotels.

Oh; and Connie is also…

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Discount Rate to Stop Clicking Around? Not Exactly…

Members of the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program can now receive an exclusive discount on room rates through “Stop Clicking Around” — the largest marketing campaign ever launched by Hilton Worldwide in its history of 97 years — by booking directly through the official Internet web sites of its brands; the mobile application software program of Hilton HHonors; its reservation call centers; or through preferred corporate travel partners and approved travel agents.

Here is the official video for Stop Clicking Around…

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