I wrote a piece yesterday about the new ‘points pooling’ feature with Hilton Honors. Today I want to focus on the new Hilton Summer promotion – which offers double or triple base points – which has just opened for registration.
To give Hilton credit, it is very straightforward with minimal small print:
You will earn DOUBLE Hilton Honors base points for every stay between 1st May and 31st August. Diamond members will receive TRIPLE base points.
There is no small print except that you need to register in advance via the Hilton website:
There is no minimum stay requirement
Existing bookings still count
All Hilton Family properties (Hilton, Hampton, Curio, Waldorf-Astoria, Conrad etc) are taking part – there is no list of non-participating hotels – except for Hampton properties in China
You can earn the bonus on two rooms per night, as long as both rooms are booked in your name and the bills are merged together (this is important) so that you only pay one bill.
Should you get a Diamond status match for triple points?
If you have top tier status with another hotel programme, Hilton Honors will give you a 90 day free trial of Hilton Diamond status.
You need to supply a screenshot showing your top tier status in another programme plus a screenshot showing a paid stay in the previous 12 months.
Gold status matches are also available if you have mid-tier status with another scheme.
If you complete eight stays (note it is stays, not nights) during the 90 days you will keep your Diamond status until 31st March 2019. If you only manage four stays you will receive Gold status until 31st March 2019.
Even if you only had a couple of Hilton stays planned this Summer, you might want to request a Diamond match. You would ensure Diamond benefits on those stays and you would receive triple points instead of double points.
The downside is that you may lock yourself out of a future Hilton Diamond match. If the hotels you are visiting are unlikely to give you much for your Diamond status (ie they have no lounge so you don’t get anything from the ‘guaranteed lounge access’ benefit) you may want to hold back. You may get a better deal by taking the Diamond status match later, assuming Hilton continues to offer it. You need to make your own call here.
‘Double or triple base points’ is a decent offer and you should make sure you register here if you have any Hilton stays coming up over the next three months.
Whether you move your business to Hilton may depend on your new IHG Accelerate target – see my other article today for details on that.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)