Hilton HHonors points are relatively easy to rack up from a number of rewards credit cards, one of which is the Citi HHonors Visa Signature Card.  This particular card comes with no annual fee, so it can be an easy one for some to hold onto.  For two more days until April 18, 2014, (according to the terms in the ad) it has an increased sign-up offer.  Hilton has some family friendly Hilton properties that weren’t impacted by the big award chart changes last year, and some even got less expensive on points.  They have announced very few hotels going up in category this year (at least so far) with no big changes to categories.  Bottom line is Hilton HHonors points aren’t always useful for the same things they were a year ago (like luxury redemptions), but they are still a good tool to consider when looking for family vacations on points.

Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Visa Signature® Card – LIMITED TIME OFFER:  50,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first four months + $50 statement credit after you spend $50 or more on your first hotel stay within the Hilton HHonors Portfolio during the first six months of cardmembership

Citi HHonors Visa

This card provides HHonors Silver status and a fast track to HHonors Gold status if you have four stays in the first 90 days of card membership.  However, I think it is the sign-up bonus points and statement credit that would be most interesting to the majority of folks.

As I mentioned, there are many other Hilton cards issued by both Citi and American Express for you to choose from, with the Citi® Hilton HHonors Reserve Card typically coming out on top by my calculations as it awards two weekend night certificates after $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening, and awards Gold status for the life of card membership.  However, if you are looking for points you can use any day of the week, then that sign-up bonus of two weekend nights won’t be of much help.  The highest Hilton sign-up bonus currently in terms of points is via the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express, though that card does come with an annual fee that is not waived the first year.

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It’s no secret that using British Airways Avios for American Airlines operated flights can be a very good deal since the Avios chart is distance based and charges as few as 4,500 points for a flight that is up to 650 miles, 7,500 points for flights 651-1,151 miles, and 10,000 points for flights 1,152-2,000 miles.  However, just like when booking with many airline partners in a variety of programs, the process often involves some extra steps beyond what is usually required when you are booking directly with the operating carrier.

One of those big steps in this case was related to getting and/or changing seat assignments…something that is clearly important to pretty much all family travelers.  Previously to do this you had to get the American Airlines record locator number from British Airways (as it was not the same as the confirmation number you get from British Airways).  There was a website that helped with this process, but it was still a process.  You then had to take that AA record locator number to the AA site to try and select or change your seat assignments.

However, recently the process has been greatly improved, and you can actually click to select your seats on the AA site directly from the British Airways site.

BA Seats

This will then take you to the American Airlines site where you will see your AA record locator number (deleted below) and be able to select or change your seats.

BA Seats AA

This may not seem like a huge improvement, but for us it is a very helpful improvement.

BA Seats AA plane

Using British Airways Avios for short flights on their partners can be a tremendous deal, so don’t overlook this option for flights operated by partners such as American Airlines, Alaska, and US Airways.  Alaska operated flights have to be booked over the phone with BA.  As a reminder, you can easily earn British Airways Avios by getting the British Airways Visa Signature® Card, or by transferring points in from cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, or even the Starwood Preferred Guest program.

Now with American Airlines operated flights, the process isn’t just a good deal, it is actually even simpler than before!

 

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Slowly but surely over the past several months we have been working to make this site a bit more user friendly and helpful for your travel/miles and points planning.  The look, feel, and display of newer blog posts hasn’t really changed (yet), but we have tried to make some of the other resources and information on the site easier to use.

For now, we have made most of this information more user-friendly by better utilizing the drop-down tabs at the top of the blog.  If you hover any of the main topics, you will see several additional options you can click on for archived information.

Mommy Points Improvements

Here is a full listing of what is available via the drop-down tabs.

CREDIT CARD OFFERS

Top Card Offers

Airlines

Hotels

Flexible Points

Business

Cash Back

PROMOTIONS

Airlines

Hotels

Shopping Portal Payouts  -  April

GETTING STARTED

Beginner’s Guide

Airline Frequent Flyer Programs

Hotel Award Programs

Child’s First Flight Tips

FAQs

TRIP REPORTS

Airline Reviews

Airport and Hospitality Lounge Reviews

Destinations Tips

Hotel Reviews

Little C’s Traveling Friends Series

Over the past several years, we have built a pretty extensive listing of all the family friendly hotel reviews, destination tips, and more that we hope will be a good resources for families looking to decide where to spend their points.  Some of these reviews have started to also include a video review component so you can see more about the hotel or destination with your own eyes.

We have a more extensive listing than in the past of some of the top credit card sign-up offers out there broken down by the type of card (airline, hotel, flexible point, etc).  To make the list as helpful as possible, we have listed offers well beyond just the standard ones we may or may not have affiliate links to, but included the best public offers we are award of for each card.

We also keep a pretty up-to-date listing of the current airline and hotel promotions so you don’t miss out on miles and points in your travels.

There is a whole Getting Started tab with a Beginner’s Guide, links to the sign-up pages for various reward programs, tips on a child’s first flight, and other FAQ’s.

My hope is that Mommy Points will be a helpful resource for you not just based on whatever the posts of the day are about, but that some of these other travel resources we put together will be useful for you to refer back to whenever you need them.

We are working toward giving the whole site a face-lift at some point later this year, and I’d love to hear what type of improvements or additions you would like to see.  We aren’t looking to make changes just for the sake of change, but after running this site for the past three years without any major changes, we want to continue to make sure we are meeting your miles, points, and travel needs as much as we can.  As always, thanks for reading and spending a part of your busy day here with us!

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Can’t argue with free hotel points, and MeliáRewards is handing out a total of 12,000 of them for new rewards accounts.  In theory that is enough for a free night at some of their properties around the world (only three properties in the US), but I’ll add up front that many of the hotels require significantly more than 12,000 points for a free night.  They seem to have the largest… Read the Rest.

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It’s Tax Day.  Yeah, not the most awesome of the 365 days of the year for many of us.  So, let’s shift the focus to something way better.  Travel. I want to know what upcoming trip you are most looking forward to.  There have been plenty of set-backs in this hobby of ours recently, but for most of us the purpose of putting the time and energy into collecting miles… Read the Rest.

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One of the rare times when it can make sense to use miles or points for something outside a strictly travel redemption is via SPG Moments.  They have some pretty awesome opportunities to those willing to spend some SPG points.  Best of all, sometimes these opportunities are actually priced at a very reasonable number of points.  They offer things like concert tickets, sporting event tickets, musicals and shows, meet and… Read the Rest.

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Last week I chronicled my efforts at trying to make a change to an existing LifeMiles award reservation both in this post and on Twitter.  If you aren’t familiar, LifeMiles is a Star Alliance partner that can be used to award book flights operated by United, Lufthansa, Singapore, and other Star Alliance partners.  The process to try to redeposit an award that my friends were no longer going to be… Read the Rest.

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Ski properties are often very good uses of hotel points if you plan to visit during peak ski season.  Rates are usually high, but point rates can be a very good bargain.  This is indeed the case at the The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler that we had the privilege to visit in March 2014. After spending the night in Vancouver, and taking the beautiful drive to Whistler, we excitedly… Read the Rest.

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Today is the last day to “buy” US Airways miles at 1.1 cents each, and I’m not remotely interested.  I’ve seen plenty of posts about this deal, and most of them seem to indicate it is a good deal, and you should consider buying.  Well, it can be a good deal in a limited set of circumstances, but it’s probably not a good deal for most of us. For those… Read the Rest.

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Learning about miles and points online is a great place to start, and for many it is all they ever want or need.  However, for some people it makes sense to take the next step and attend an in-person miles and points conference.  Yes, there are several miles and points conferences! This is a good time of year to think about whether an in-person miles and points event sounds interesting… Read the Rest.

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A easy and free (and maybe even sort of fun) way to earn some points is via the Barclaycard Travel Community.  You write up very short stories about your travels (including a picture), and earn easy points.  If you also have the Barclaycard Arrival(TM) World MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchases then those points you earn could be used essentially as cash toward travel just like the points earned… Read the Rest.

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