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REGISTER NOW – Hilton launches new ‘double points + Diamond bonus’ promotion

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Hilton Honors has just launched its new Autumn promotion which is now open 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 September and 31st December.  

Diamond members will receive an extra bonus.  For most people, this is 10,000 additional bonus points for every 10 nights you stay, up to a maximum of 50,000 points.

You can register for the offer here.

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

The full rules for the promotion can be found here.

Hilton double points promotion

Should you get a Diamond status match for the extra bonus?

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 can request a status match here.

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.

To be honest, it is unlikely to be worth getting a match purely for the potential extra bonus offered here.  Although, of course, hitting the 10 nights would potentially get you the eight stays you need to retain Diamond.

You might still want to get a match anyway, of course, in order to get Diamond benefits on stays this Autumn.  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.

Conclusion

‘Double 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 recent article 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.)

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Comments

  1. OT – but Hilton related. Other half (no hilton status) going to Tokyo for a business trip where all bookings / receipts have to be in her name. I have the diamond status and will also be there for the trip. Anyone knows if they will apply the status benefits (spouse stays free) if I just use my account to book listing her as the main guest providing I am present for the check in?

    • You can’t do that. Any booking from your account will be in your name by default. Best you can do is talk to the front desk and see if, as a goodwill gesture, they will give the room Diamond privileges.

      Can’t you match her to Hilton Diamond via any other hotel status card?

    • Does whoever is paying know you’ll be there too? – presumably there’s a case that if you can get diamond benefits the cost will be cheaper? – eg no need to pay for breakfast?

      • Rob I thought there was the option to change the guest name when you book the hotel online. Guess that doesnt change the invoice then, bummer. No chance of matching atm.
        Nick. No they dont know , but may try that route to negotiate with the HR dragons.
        Thanks both

  2. Waribai says:

    Slightly OT. With Marriott, you can make a booking and earn the points later to redeem against that booking. Is there any similar mechanism with SPG? Or would it be possible to make a flexible cash booking and then convert it later to a points one?

  3. Waribai says:

    Ok, thanks. That’s unfortunate!

  4. Happy days! Have a HGVC stay for 10 nights in Orlando booked already 🙂

  5. Anyone else struggling to register for this promo?

    I keep getting a error message every time.

    • Seems to be OK – and I just got my ‘official’ Hilton email about it. Perhaps there has been a rush on the site.

      • Registered fine last week – no email confirmation though, but I only ever seem to get booking emails from Hilton and nothing else – even after checking my email options were set to ‘allow all’ on their website and changing my email address on their system!

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