Ironically, we don’t yet know what the official Hilton HHonors promotion will be once the current ‘double points’ offer finishes on January 31st. Remember that there will probably be a competing points-based promotion so you will have to choose which way to jump.
Last week I wrote about the Lufthansa / Hilton promotion which offers a steadily increasing miles bonus, culminating in a 400% Miles & More bonus.
The Avios promotion is totally different:
It offers a fixed number of points as the bonus which means that it is a good deal on short cheap stays and a poorer deal on long expensive stays
It only applies to your first two Hilton stays before April 30th. After that, you may want to switch back to earning points or sign up for another mileage promotion from a different airline.
Remember that this promotion will double-up with the ‘£50 cashback on a £250 UK Hilton stay’ promotion currently being run by American Express – details in this article.
The deal is:
You need to register for the promotion at this page
You need to switch your Hilton HHonors earning style from ‘points and points’ (ie 10 base HH points and 5 HH bonus points per $1) to ‘points and miles’
Select ‘British Airways’ as your airline partner
Receive 1,500 bonus Avios (500 at Hampton by Hilton) on top of your base points on your next stay in Europe, the Middle East and Africa
Receive 2,000 bonus Avios (600 at Hampton by Hilton) on top of your base points on your second stay in Europe, the Middle East and Africa
For stays outside the UK, Middle East and Africa or at a Hampton by Hilton brand hotel then switching back to ‘points and points’ for that stay is probably better. I value the five bonus Hilton points per $1 higher than I value the base earnings of 1 Avios per $1.
I would expect Virgin Flying Club to launch a version of this promotion as well, so keep an eye out. Even if you take the Avios option, you might want to switch to Virgin for your 3rd and subsequent stays.