Here’s what happens when you stay at the same hotel 3 or 4 nights every week : you become a ‘Diamond’ member in six months or so. (Or ‘Platinum’ – it depends on the hotel chain). The membership cards arrived in quick succession from the Hilton, each promising more exciting travel experiences. Or the frequent traveler can get an upgrade to a nicer room, or stay for a few more free nights at any property of the hotel. I see Conde Nast says there was a major program devaluation in March, so Hilton points don’t go nearly as far as they used to. Oh well. So there’s a little less of a free thing. And if you travel year-round, the nicest vacation is staying put right at home.