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Why EVERYONE should sign up for the new Hilton / Lufthansa promotion

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On Saturday I wrote about a new promotion that Hilton Honors had launched in conjunction with Lufthansa’s Miles & More programme.

Hilton Honors is offering a very generous 2,500 Lufthansa Miles & More miles on every stay between 1st August and 31st October.

You need to register here.

Hilton Lufthansa Miles and More 2500 miles offer

The promotion is not very well described on the Hilton website and I couldn’t be 100% confident how it would work.   However, a HFP reader posted a screenshot yesterday of a Hilton stay where he had just checked out after registering for this deal:

Hilton Lufthansa promotion

Click to enlarge.

As you can see this promotion works perfectly well alongside the current Hilton Honors ‘double points’ promotion.

This means, for every Hilton stay you do between now and 31st October, you will receive:

your standard base points

any promotional points (which means double base points until 9th September)

2500 Miles & More miles – possibly worth £25!

On the face of it this is a very generous deal.  I would value a Miles & More mile at 1p – with the caveat that they are only really worth having if you earn enough for long-haul premium class redemptions – which would mean you’re getting back £25 of miles per stay!

Note that reward stays are excluded from this offer.

However, you should register even if you don’t collect Miles & More miles

I know that you may be reading this and thinking ‘there’s no point, I don’t collect Miles & More miles’.  I can see where you’re coming from, but I think you’re wrong.  Here’s why:

You get these miles ON TOP of everything else you are due.  It is a genuine extra bonus, so why not take it even if you have no immediate plans for them?

The miles won’t expire for three years.  That is a long time for another good offer to come along – and remember that Lufthansa is hoping to relaunch its UK credit card next year – to get you up to a decent level for a good business class redemption.

In the worse case scenario, Miles & More miles can be transferred into Heathrow shopping vouchers via Heathrow Rewards.  Details are here (log-in required).  7,500 Miles & More miles gets you £20 of Heathrow shopping vouchers and you get an additional £5 for every 1,875 miles on top.

Hilton Miles and More promotion

Perhaps now is a good time to do the Hilton Diamond status match challenge?

If you have top tier status in another hotel programme, Hilton Honors will match you to top-tier Diamond status for 90 days.  Register here.  Diamond benefits include guaranteed lounge access where available, free breakfast and usually a decent upgrade.

More importantly, if you can complete eight stays within 90 days – cash or reward stays – you will retain Diamond status until March 2020.

With the added benefit of receiving 2500 Miles & More miles per stay, the economics of doing eight cheap one-night ‘mattress run’ stays over 90 days (less any stays you can move towards Hilton anyway) look pretty attractive.

There is a similar offer to get Gold status (free breakfast) if you can do four stays within 90 days.

It stacks with the current American Express offer

This offer will definitely stack with the current American Express offer that many have received via their online statements.  My wife has ‘5000 Membership Rewards points for £150 of spending in Europe’.  There is also a US version.

You must register for the Lufthansa offer

When you register (click here), you are not asked for your Miles & More account number.  Hilton will work from your ‘Preferred Travel Partners’ list in your Hilton Honors profile.  Make sure that your Miles & More account is on that list and, importantly, set to ‘Preferred’.  I am guessing that the offer won’t work unless you do this.

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Comments

  1. Justin says:

    Has anyone received M&M miles for a redemption booking?

    • Neil Holland says:

      Good question… I’ll find out this week. Sometimes any spend attached to a redemption stay does the trick!

  2. M&M are also running some special 25 year competitions until the 30th November, the current one of which is a 7 night stay at the 5-star Siam Kempinski Hotel in Bangkok, including business class return flights. You need to subscribe to the newsletter and/or app.

    https://25years.msp.miles-and-more.com/en/raffle.html

    • PS. You should also receive 500 M&M Miles if you subscribe to the newsletter. I just re-subscribed and the 500 points have posted immediately.

      • 500 Miles, not points 🙂

        • Plus 500 if you download the app

        • Thanks Lynn. Thinking about it, my 500 miles may well have been due to re-downloading the app., which I ALSO did. So best do both to get the miles. 🙂

        • If you have just joined up the 500 miles are probably for that, not app or newsletter.

      • RussellH says:

        Over the years I have subscribed and desubscribed to the LH Spamletter several times. Only got the 500 points the first time.

    • Subscribed. Thanks
      I wish it was miles/night as I have 11 nights in Hilton but only 2 stays.

    • Not sure how you enter the raffle – can’t see any option on the page.

      • Looks like they enter you simply by subscribing to the email or downloading the app.

  3. Got 9 stays in Nov, shame it ends before that 🙁

    Guess it doesn’t count on reward point stays ?

    • RussellH says:

      I would assume that is applies to point + cash bookings at least. I have done three of these this year and always got base points, silver elite points and full promotional points, whatever they were at the time. Earlier this year the promotional points were 2500 per stay, which for a £25 + 8000 point stay was pretty good.

  4. If it does work on reward nights, then for 19 stays I have before by October 31st from a spend of approx £700 worth of points I’ll be getting 47500 miles alongside 35400 Hilton points (and 19 free breakfasts, swims, and gyms).

    Hilton’s generous promotions are one of the reasons I really like Hilton. Add guaranteed lounge access for the easily attainable Diamond and it makes Spire Elite look pathetic.

    However…. before they ended the points & miles thing earlier this year, the miles didn’t post on reward stays, for me.

    • Are you meant to earn Hilton base points on reward stays? I haven’t in the past…

      • On incidental spend, yes.

        • Does that mean you earn base points for the entire stay if you have incidental spend? Or that you only get base points for the spend itself?

          Thanks Rob

          • Only on the incidental spend. You can’t get 10+ points per $1 base points on the room because your room bill is £0!

            Although, when Hilton does promos with a fixed bonus, eg ‘2000 bonus point per night’, you DO get the bonus on reward nights on your £0 base spend.

        • Genghis says:

          Equally I have had base points on reward stays in the past. I assume a processing error…

        • RussellH says:

          Not at Hampton (unless they have recently changed the rules). Never had anything for incidental purchases at Hampton.

        • Doug M says:

          Assume an error. But at an Embassy Suites last year was offered 500 (?) points to skip housekeeping, easy for me, I’m OCD enough that it’s an internal battle not to make the bed myself anyway, so this was a reward for allowing my need anyway. Despite being a hotel.com booking full points posted, as if I’d booked direct. Assumed that somehow the 500/night in some way triggered the error.

        • I can confirm RussellH comment re: Hampton. My last Hampton stay 100% redemption on 16 May attracted no points for my bar bill or any bonus points at all. I am confused by this though; should I have received myway bonus points? What about points and cash at Hampton; should we receive points on the cash element?

        • @BJ: yes, you should get points on the money portion of a Points & Money stay.

          MyWay options for Hampton are 250 bonus points or a snack/drink (sometimes you get both if the hotel is generous)

  5. Claire says:

    Ok you talked me in to it, I have signed up for a Miles & More account & registered for the Hilton promotion .. how do I add the miles and more account number to my Hilton account? (sorry if that’s a stupid Q I just can’t find how to do it)

    Thanks

  6. Roger1* says:

    Hmm, bonus trip to Vienna coming up with ‘Vueling Austria’ – the €0.01 offer – we need a hotel.

    I was thinking::
    – 5 award nights at the Hilton, 5th night free, free breakfast as HH Gold?
    – 5 Nights at the IC: 1 Ambassador ‘free’ night with 1 revenue flight, 1 credit card free night and 2 award nights?

    Now the HH Platinum Challenge to consider. Do points stays count? 5x 1 night at separate Hilton group hotels would be 5 nights but would ‘lose’ 1 free night.

    Oh, the perils of a points/miles collector. 😀

  7. Roger1* says:

    Oh, dear. Typo. Should read:
    – 5 Nights at the IC: 1 Ambassador ‘free’ night with 1 revenue NIGHT, 1 credit card free night and 2 award nights?

  8. SIDIDDLY says:

    I’ve just received a Hilton AMEX offer which unfortunately won’t benefit me. It is “spend £500 in US properties and receive £100 statement credit.” It would be a great offer if it was any Hilton property. I’ve signed up for it just in case my UK stays trigger it but I doubt it.

    • AndyGWP says:

      Yeah, it’s finally appeared on mine… shame it wasn’t there a few weeks ago when everyone else had it (… and I was staying at a Waldorf Astoria in the US and still needed to pay for it! *grrr*)

  9. What's the Point says:

    Does anyone know what the charges/fees are for a one way business redemption Dxb-Lon are, on top of the 35k points required?

    • Dhs 960 on LH, Dhs 880 on SWISS, Dhs 630 on Turkish, Dhs 890 on Egyptair

      Will be more in the other direction due to APD.

      Dhs 120 if you’re up for a bit of fun and do Ethiopian via Addis Ababa! Brand new A350 both legs.

      • What’s the Point says:

        Seems pretty reasonable. Just need to work out how many Hilton stays I can shoehorn in over next few months

  10. Nailloh says:

    This may well be a daft question so apologies in advance, but adding my M&M membership number to my Hilton profile do I input my 9 digit LH customer number or my 15 digit “service card” number? Thanks

    • 15 digit one

      • Johnny Hates Jazz says:

        Balls, set mine up as the 9 digit one after taking advice from HH customer service.

        Will that definitely not work?

        • Pangolin says:

          Delete it and then add back the 15 digit one. Don’t take any chances on this.

          Remember only ever to use the 15 digit number whenever it comes to frequent flyer miles (booking flights, etc.).

  11. I registered got 500 then downloaded the app and got 500 now have 1000 great result thanks

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