1. Free Hilton Gold Status
I’ve written previously that you can get free Hilton Gold status (free breakfast and internet!) with the Hilton Reserve credit card or by a virtual move to Australia. MileQuest reports that this offer is good through May 31, 2013.
The offer technically requires you to be a Visa Infinite cardholder and stay in Australia. But MilesQuest explains a workaround to generate an address and a credit card number.
Emily and I both have the Hilton Reserve card, so we’ll have Hilton Gold status (and free breakfast and internet) for as long as we have the card.
Not everyone will be comfortable with this method to get Hilton Gold status, but do what is comfortable for you.
2. 1,000 Free Frontier Airline Miles
To put 1,000 miles into perspective, Frugal Travel Lawyer explains that you can travel one-way from New Jersey to Florida for as few as 10,000 miles.
3. Four Seasons Launches Loyalty Program
If a stay at the Four Seasons is your idea of Big Travel with Small Money, then you are in luck! One Mile at a Time reports that the luxury hotel’s loyalty program is set to launch sometime in the 3rd quarter of the year.
Here’s hoping that they soon issue a credit card with free nights at the Four Seasons as a sign-up bonus!
4. Award Stays at the Burj al Arab
Travel Summary has a post on using points to stay at the ultra-lux Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai. While American Express is a transfer partner of the Jumeirah hotels group that runs the Burj, the stay isn’t cheap due to a poor 2,300:100 transfer ratio.
Award nights start at 8,000 Jumeirah Sirius points, the equivalent of 184,000 American Express points. Paid stays start at around 8,000 AED (~$2,200 USD) per night, so this isn’t the best value for your points.
View from the Wing toured the hotel and shares his thoughts and pictures here.