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Could interest some folks here - Hilton "Diamond Club" for ~ $A200 a year

Could interest some folks here - Hilton "Diamond Club" for ~ $A200 a year

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Old Feb 9, 05, 12:24 am
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Chad - all the vouchers are intra-useable. I do not think where you live is relevant.

I signed someone up this week who lives in the USA for instance. All he wanted was to stay in SYD for $A55, which to him, added to ~$A200 sign up gave him a FAR better rate than he'll ever get off Hilton or online. He'll probably be $100 in front right off. All other coupons are simply a bonus to him.

The $55 a night is good for ALL ozzie Hiltons.
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Old Feb 9, 05, 12:25 am
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Hi Ozstamps,

I'd like to take up the offer for the Diamond Club. Let me know what you want from me. I had been staying regularly at the Adelaide Hilton until I couldn't bear the dated 1970's rooms anymore and jumped to the Pacific Int'l Suites on Hindmarsh square - very nice and really big but no FF on the rate my company gets. Actually virtually the same as the Hilton.

Do I infer correctly that I'll be upgraded as a Diamond club member to one/any of the better rooms which I now know must actually exist in the Hilton Adelaide becuase if it does then this alone will bring me back to Hilton? The coupons etc will be a very nice bonus.

Thank for advice and coordinating!!

Paul (pm'd you as well)
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Old Feb 9, 05, 12:26 am
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Originally Posted by ozstamps
Chad - all the vouchers are intra-useable. I do not think where you live is relevant.

I signed someone up this week who lives in the USA for instance. All he wanted was to stay in SYD for $A55, which to him, added to ~$A200 sign up gave him a FAR better rate than he'll ever get off Hilton or online. He'll probably be $100 in front right off. All other coupons are simply a bonus to him.

The $55 a night is good for ALL ozzie Hiltons.
Excellent news , thank you.
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Old Feb 9, 05, 12:39 am
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Paul - to get the ~$A200 a person deal, we have been signing up folks in pairs.

Just processed some new members today, but email me your details and I'll add you when next person shows interest.

ozstamps at ozemail.com.au

Re ADL (or indeed ANY other OZ Hilton) you have a choice of a $A55 room or a $A110 mini suite - both rates include tax. Your voucher covers it.

A HH Gold or Diamond member would more than likely get a suite upgrade anyway on the $A55 rate. Diamonds will, almost for sure. In this or any Hilton pretty much.

If you have no HH status, paying the $A110 up front is wisest. As you'll very likely be on a club floor you'll get breakfast if they offer it, and drinks and nibbles in evening ditto. No idea what ADL offers on that score - others here will know. Is that the one with a Casino? If so there wil be some GREAT suites in there!

You may need to be sweet at check-in to desk and politely ask that your room key be coded for lounge access - so even if you are not on specific club floor you are sweet.

I've often been given club access when booking el Cheapo Priceline bookings. The girls at front desks have enormous power. Commenting on their nice nails/hair/whatever increases your chances several fold IMHO.
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Old Feb 9, 05, 4:58 am
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Originally Posted by ozstamps
Chad - all the vouchers are intra-useable. I do not think where you live is relevant.

I signed someone up this week who lives in the USA for instance. All he wanted was to stay in SYD for $A55, which to him, added to ~$A200 sign up gave him a FAR better rate than he'll ever get off Hilton or online. He'll probably be $100 in front right off. All other coupons are simply a bonus to him.

The $55 a night is good for ALL ozzie Hiltons.
I understand that the $55 does not include the SYDNEY Hilton which although not open yet is not on the future list

Also quite often these $55 rates are NOT available.
I certainly have tried to use mine on a few occasions. seems that they are only available on weekends
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Old Feb 9, 05, 5:37 am
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Originally Posted by aussielori

I understand that the $55 does not include the SYDNEY Hilton which although not open yet is not on the future list
This is completely and utterly wrong and misleading aussilori. What gives you this "understanding"???? And what on earth is "the future list"?????

I have it in writing from the Manager of the Program that SYD is 100% part of this offer, and have been advised a dozen times on the phone that it is. Of course the Sydney Hilton is not printed on the voucher as they printed those 6-12 months back. Unless she or someone else who runs the program has contradicted that with you in writing, that you can post here, please do not post baseless speculation as a fact.

UNTIL that time comes, I am quite happy to rely upon her letter, on Diamond Club letterhead dated November 9 stating my $A55 coupons:

"... will be valid at the Sydney Hilton at the time of re-opening"

Yes of course the usual T+C boilerplate contains a note re "Hotels participating are subject to change without notice" but all my enquiries have been predicated upon the SYDNEY Hilton being utilised. If that ever changes I'll be getting a full refund from them, simple as that.

Your sole previous post on this thread was:


Originally Posted by aussielori

I really doubt that Hilton would give 20% of a wotif or lastminute rate unless it was a mistake.

I could be wrong but?
And yes, you were wrong on that one, and as you can see, I also posted their written guarantee that they WILL deduct 20% of ANY rate in ANY city, from the lowest www.wotif.com.au rate for Diamond Club members.

Will the SYD (or any other) Hilton always have rooms at the $55 rate? I am sure they will not.

Does any Hilton ANYWHERE on earth always have AWARD nights available for HH members on the exact nights you ask for? Of course they do not. Do airlines always have award tickets or upgrade awards the exact day we need them? Of course they do not. That is the real world and we are all used to that reality, and hopefully plan ahead to get around it.

I can't speak for you, but I will be DELIGHTED if I can use this rate on weekends, as that is the only time I am ever planning to use it.
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Old Feb 9, 05, 6:16 am
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Woaw...I'm glad I'm not Aussilori.
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Old Feb 9, 05, 4:42 pm
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Originally Posted by ozstamps
Will the SYD (or any other) Hilton always have rooms at the $55 rate? I am sure they will not.
To my thinking, this is going to be point of interest. I have found that every time I have used vouchers, I have not been able to use them for more than one night (ie two consecutive nights), even though I had sufficient vouchers. This includes using a $55 Welcome to Hilton voucher for one night, and a $120 voucher for a second night, or using two $120 vouchers for two consecutive nights. I have always had to pay under the normal 20% discount off best rate for the second night.

I have also had trouble getting availability on the $55 voucher. Need to give plenty of notice and look for a time that is not going to be busy at the hotel. I have found weekends to be best availabilty so long as there is not a conference or convnetion or mardigras or major sporting event or similar in town that week. I tried to use the $120 vouchers in Perth and could not get a single room over a two week period - any day of the week - with 4 weeks notice.

I have had reasonable availability in Brisbane, but these have tended to be quiet periods and always weekends. So I use my membership for family stays rather than business stays, using them to celebrate things like wedding aniversary and birthdays. Mrs NM's b'day is just before Christams and they are always quiet in the few days before so no problem there, and its a great chance to spend a night or two shopping for last minute Christams gifts.

Note that the $55 voucher stays are booked directly with the hotel. When you call the 1300 number, you are asked if redeeming a $55 Welcome to Hilton voucher and press 1 (or whatever the number is). Then asked to enter a number for the specific hotel you want to use. That puts you directly to that hotel's reservations desk. When using any other Diamond Club stays (vouchers or standard 20% discount) you end up at the Diamond Club reservations Dept and they make the booking for you. My experience is that the hotels reservations dept make the decision on availability etc for those vouchers.

By way of example, when using a $55 voucher last December for Brisbane Hilton stay, I wanted to use a $120 voucher for a second room on the same night. Oh, I'm sorry sir, only one room is available at the rate for those vouchers, would you like that room and we can offer a second room at $xxx less 20% (can't remember exact rate). And because I wanted adjoining rooms, they insisted that I had to "upgrade" to the Deluxe room level for an extra $12 per room, even though as a HH Diamond member I would normally get an upgrade for free. And was also told they do not have adjoining rooms on the executive levels.

Well guess what, when we check-in the desk agent says they are very quiet and less than 50% occupied and can't understand why there would have been only one voucher-rate room available. And on my stay last weekend booked through the Diamond Club reservations desk (not direct with hotel since not using the $55 voucher), I am not asked to pay to upgrade to the Deluxe room type in order to get adjoining rooms, and we get upgraded to an adjoining suite/double on the exec floor - the tyoe of room that the hotel reservations agent said did not exist!

These are just a few of my experiences with using the Diamond Club vouchers. But I will likely renew one membership next year (not two as for the last two years). It was great when the Welcome to Hilton voucher was for a free stay rather than a $55 stay. But the free stay was only at your "home" Hilton, and the $55 is for any Australia/NZ Hilton. Lets hope they don't increase that to $75 to cater for the higher cost of the Sydney Hilton next year.
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Old Feb 10, 05, 6:58 pm
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A brand new initiative announced by Hilton today.

I imagine I'll have half a dozen weekend stays in a year in SYD Hilton alone WHEN it opens. If that is mid year, I have to mid 2006 to re-qualify for Gold etc.

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Old Feb 10, 05, 11:37 pm
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Finally they catch up with other sites!! (even ones as humble as QF have it so that you know where you're situated). I agree that's a boon ozstamps - now to re-qual Gold and make Diamond
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Old Feb 11, 05, 2:16 am
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Might I ask why this thread has exalted 'sticky' status and is in the Qantas forum?
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Old Feb 11, 05, 2:46 am
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Originally Posted by SYDguy
Might I ask why this thread has exalted 'sticky' status?
Fair question. It is an interesting thread but I too fail to see why it deserves sticky status.

Originally Posted by SYDguy
and is in the Qantas forum?
That one seems easier to explain: as it is interesting mainly (but not exclusively) to people in Australia (and to a lesser extent New Zealand).

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Old Feb 11, 05, 2:47 am
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SYDGuy - not sure if you have actually read the thread but your question about Forum relevance was asked and answered by several members at post #18.

One short answer I might offer - Qantas miles can be accrued from all Hilton stays, as well as Hilton miles. ("Double Dipping").

Another short answer is outlined a few posts before yours. Seems very likely a tie-up with Qantas - probably a discounted (or free - too much to hope for?) Qantas Club membership etc may be offered to Diamond Club members based on a rather focused survey they sent out this week.

It has a lot of responses and a lot of page views, so appears to interest members of this forum. So does "Duty Free Changes" which has nothing to do with QF, and I for one found invaluable.

Hey at least this is not the Air Canada Forum, and filled with threads about Ice Hockey. (When the National League is not on strike.)
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Old Feb 11, 05, 2:57 am
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The strangest 'sticky' I have ever seen is currently in the Hilton Forum which is titled:

The all encompassing HH Sticky Thread with Lots of Good Info

And has received 5000+ page views, and yet has only attracted just ONE post in its 5 month lifetime! Talk about premature 'stickiness'.
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Old Feb 11, 05, 2:58 am
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That still doesn't explain why it has sticky status.

I thought that sticky status was mainly for topics very directly related to the forum, of a general nature, and that had a (near-)permanent status. I don't think any of this applies here. It makes me wonder about the process of creating these stickies.

Then again - if it gets more people to know about this interesting deal, then I guess it's made a useful contribution.

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