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Click here for our article on Hilton’s current ‘Double Rewards’ promotion which runs until 31st December 2020. You can register for the offer by clicking here.
Hilton is also offering a 100% bonus when you buy points until 31st December 2020. The website to buy points, and find out more, is here.
A couple of days ago I covered the new Starwood promotion for May to July. Hilton HHonors has also launched its own promotion for the same period, and it is not dramatically different.
It is called ‘Double Your HHonors’. You can find full details of the promotion, and register, here.
However, do not register without thinking first, as the promotion requires you to make a choice.
Under ‘Double Your HHonors’, you can choose either:
double Hilton HHonors base points
double airline miles
You must select one option, and it cannot be changed later.
If you choose double points and set your Hilton earning preferences to ‘Points and Points’, you will be earning 25 base points per $1 spent. This is before any elite bonus.
If you choose double miles and set your Hilton earning preference to ‘Points and Miles’, you be earning 10 base points per $1 plus 2 airline miles per $1.
If you choose ‘double miles’ and later switch to taking ‘Points and Points’ then you will just receive the standard 15 points per $1. If you choose ‘double points’ and later switch to taking ‘Points and Miles’ then you will receive 20 base points per $1 and 1 airline mile. I hope that is clear!
I tend to value Hilton HHonors points at £3 per 1,000 and airline miles at 0.75p (both very conservative numbers). On that basis, taking ‘double points’ would earn me (25 x 300/1000 =) 7.5p per $1 spent. Taking ‘double miles’ would earn me 4.5p per $1 spent.
It’s not that simple though!
Hilton is running a generous Avios promotion at the moment which I wrote about here. You will earn 1,500 bonus Avios on your first stay before the end of July, and 2,000 bonus Avios on your second stay.
This will probably swing the maths towards taking the Avios points and setting your Hilton account to ‘Points and Miles’. It is almost certainly the best thing to do if you have only two one-night Hilton stays before the end of July. If you have lots of expensive Hilton stays, ‘Points and Points’ may still work out better. You need to do the maths before you register.
Beware excluded hotels!
There are a whopping 600 hotels which have chosen not to take part in this promotion. However, the vast majority are in the US. The only UK non-participant in the Doubletree in Aberdeen, bizarrely. This compares positively to the new Starwood promotion which excludes virtually all of their UK hotels!
The promotion runs until July 31st.
How to earn Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards (November 2020)
There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted in three Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.
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