Hilton Honors has launched its new Autumn promotion which is now available 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.
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
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 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.
‘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.)