As I said in yesterday’s review of the Washington Hilton, I was recently invited to Washington, DC, to meet with some Hilton executives and attend one of their Hilton @Play concerts. This one was headlined by Neon Trees.
If you ever need an expert on pop culture to play trivia, you’re probably better off paying me to stay home, but I did recognize some of the songs after running a search online.
A couple hotel chains have been hosting sporting and music events to add some vibrancy to their loyalty programs and create alternative ways to redeem points. It appeared that some people redeemed 30,000 Hilton HHonors points for two tickets, while others like me were invited guests.
In any case, I thought Hilton put on a great show. There were two main bars and another one down by the stage. These were full bars with name-brand spirits, and you could get just about anything you wanted. Hot food was prepared at several stations, and even the kids could stay occupied playing DDR or Rock Band before the show. There were people of all ages here.
As someone who doesn’t normally attend this sort of concert it was still fun to attend. The entire event was about three hours, with one hour each for the reception, the opening act, and the main event. Plus everyone received a free DoubleTree cookie and a $25 Hilton gift card as they left!
You can still redeem your points for a variety of other @Play events. For example, the current bid is 205,000 HHonors points for a “wine, dine, and relax” package at the Hilton Paris Opera that includes a two-night stay and other food and cultural benefits. Or if you’re a sports fan you can get tickets to the U.S. Olympic trials in Los Angeles. And there are lots and lots of concerts.
There’s even a package to attend the Grammy Awards in February (current bid is at 500,000 points). So if Neon Trees isn’t your thing, you can probably find some event that interests you.