Virgin Flying Club’s new Hilton promo – triple miles on EVERY stay

In recent weeks I have written about new airline miles promotions that Hilton HHonors is running with British Airways Executive Club and Lufthansa Miles & More.

The BA version is generous – 1,500 bonus Avios on your first stay and 2,000 bonus Avios on the second.  You don’t get anything after that.

The Lufthansa version works in another way.  You build up to earning quadruple Miles & More miles from your 4th stay, with no limit to the number of qualifying stays.

The Virgin Atlantic version is – well, not better or worse, just – different.

Virgin Atlantic 350

This offer is only for you if you would prefer to take airline miles as part of your Hilton HHonors earnings, instead of a larger pile of Hilton points.

It covers stays from January 10th to March 31st.  Virgin released the details two weeks after it started!

Registration is required via this website.

You will earn:

TRIPLE Virgin Flying Club miles (usually 2 per $1, now 6 per $1) on every stay in the promotional period

QUADRUPLE miles on every stay at these hotels in London

Remember that Hilton HHonors has two earning options.  You can choose either:

‘Points & Points’ – 10 base and 5 bonus Hilton points per $1, or

‘Points & Miles’ – 10 base Hilton points and 1 airline mile per $1

As I value a Hilton HHonors point at 0.3p, it is always better to take the miles – you are looking at 1.5p of Hilton points versus 2p of Virgin miles.  With this Virgin promotion, the miles are worth far more than the Hilton HHonors pointsTriple miles means 6p of value per $1 spent.

This offer could work out very well.  A typical £250 night in London would, excluding VAT, be ($325 x 8) 2,600 Virgin miles.  Per night!

I have one tiny issue.  If you look at the Hilton website for this offer, it is not clear whether you can get the bonus just once or numerous times.  In the small print it says you earn bonus miles “per each eligible stay” which implies you can earn it multiple times.

Further details, and the registration page, can be found here.

If your Hilton stays are generally short and cheap, you may want to register for the Avios promo and then switch to the Virgin one after your first two stays during the promotional period.

PS.  Remember that you can convert Virgin miles INTO Hilton points in chunks of 10,000.  This means that you could take the Virgin miles and convert them back into Hilton – it would be better than taking ‘points and points’ from Hilton!

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  Click here to see recent articles on Virgin Atlantic, Little Red and Flying Club, and click here for the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

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Comments

  1. Is it not 2 Virgin Flying Club miles per qualifying dollar spent? Potentially making the triple/quadruple points even more enticing if the Flying Club is your thing.

    On another note, I seem to recall that crediting the flight points to Iberia instead of BA avios gives 1.5 per dollar spent, compared to 1 for BA. (Obviously the current BA promo is better value at 1500 for the first stay and 2000 for the second stay).

  2. I have a £182 room booked which option is better? it is just one night in LGW before our flight

    • Marginal but probably Virgin. Strip off the VAT and £182 is £150 which is $235. Multiply by 8 (8 per $1 in London) and you get 1,800 Virgin miles.

  3. You can of course convert Virgin back to Hilton points at 2:3 if you have a use for Hilton points (which you may do if your staying at a Hilton in the first place)

    Also worth remembering Amex £50 off £250 for UK hilton stays currently running

  4. poincianakings says:

    Oh sod it! I stayed in a Hilton 8 Jan- forgot that my Hilton points were transferring to VS rather than BAEC. For a moment I thought a bit of good luck had fallen my way- but I miss the start date by two nights. Oh well.

  5. Hi Raffles

    Not sure if comments are still open for this but I thought I’d mention a bit of a tricky one I’ve just had with this Virgin promo and the BA one. I had set my earnings to Ba miles for the 1500 and 2000, but then had a stay booked at a London hotel so I changed my earnings that week to Virgin for that stay.

    However, it didn’t post as a Virgin stay. I’ve spoken to HHonors and they tell me that they will credit the miles to the airline/preference that was selected at the time of the reservation (ie not time of check in/check out). Very annoying as I missed out on the Virgin promotion! Didn’t know if you’d come across this before – and seems strange as it means any new promos can’t be applied to reservations already made (and I can’t see that you can go back and confirm what preference you had set at the time of reservation either!). Interesting?

    Emily

    • Hi Emily. That is not how I understand it – I thought it was based on preference at check-in. If Alan sees this comment I know he will be able to clarity.

  6. I hope it does because trying to remember what you were signed for at the time would be a nightmare, and I’m sure would mean missing out on promotions… Hopefully Alan steps into read!

    • Hehe you rang? 😀 Apologies for the delay replying, am in Australia just now.

      The extract you posted, Emily, is quite correct with regards changing your earnings preference between points+points or points+miles – basically until just before midnight on the day of checkout, US Mountain/Central Standard Time. So lots of time for US stays, but much less so for Australasian ones!

      HOWEVER when it comes to your airline preference for the miles option, which airline is used depends on which one was your preferred option noted on your HHonors profile at the time of booking. Although changes to earning preferences can be changed in your online account after booking and past checkout (as noted above), any changes to which airline any miles would credit to are ignored. The only way to change these after booking is at time of checkin/checkout at the hotel. Personally if earning miles I confirm my airline FF# when I checkin and then reconfirm when I checkout – I’ve never had any problems since doing it this way (although got caught out a few times when making multiple stays on a Route 66 road trip before I learned the ins and outs of their IT!).

      Unfortunately it’s very difficult to get them to retrospectively remove miles and recredit to a different scheme, the best I managed was some extra HHonors points instead.

      Hope the above makes sense, just let me know if not!

  7. Actually I’ve found this now, so it is on check out, albeit you need to know the US time relationship…. now how to convince the two Hilton customer agents who insist it’s what’s been set at the time of the booking being made……!

    Double Dip® Earning Style Options
    3. Members can change their Earning Style Option at any time. The Earning Style Option in place for a Member as of 23:59:59 U.S. Central Standard Time on the day of check-out for a given stay will be the Option that governs earnings for that stay. No changes can be made retroactively for past stays.

  8. Hi Alan, you’re amazing (well almost as amazing as Raffles I should say!)… that explains it perfectly, and why it went wrong for me! I was so confused as to why the Hhonors customer agents said it was what was set at reservation that counted – they were being really helpful, but what they were saying was at odds with the T&C (or so I thought!!). I really appreciate you taking the time to explain and totally understand how to get it right in future (and why it went wrong before!). I shall ensure I’m more proactive in future at check in and confirming which airline is on the reservation. Thank you! I really enjoy my Hilton gold but am still a newbie at making all the right choices, and this helps, as does Head For Points! Hope you’re enjoying Aus, one of my favourite places to visit! Thanks again to you both…. Emily

    • Not a problem (or I should probably say ‘no worries, mate’!) – they could do with explaining things better but at least once you know the system it is pretty consistent. Enjoy your future stays!