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Hilton’s current “Points Unlimited” promotion ends on 7 September and details of the promotion to follow this one are now live. The new “Double Rewards” promotion is one that builds on the Points Unlimited promotion in a way that should please Hilton loyalists and in a way that makes earning top-tier elite status through a status match incredibly easy. Registration is now open.
Hilton’s Double Rewards Promotion
- Registration is required (here)
- Stay between 8 September and 31 December 2020 (“promotion dates”).
- Earn double Hilton Honors Points for all stays that end within the promotion dates.
- Stays starting on/after 8 September and which end on/before 31 December 2020 will qualify to earn double points.
- Earn double elite night credits for all nights completed during the promotion period irrespective of the start or ends dates of a stay.
- Double elite nights will count towards Hilton Honors members’ 2020 night count and will be eligible for rollover night credit.
- Double elite nights will count towards Hilton’s milestone bonuses
Unlike the Points Unlimited promotion that its replacing, Hilton’s Double Rewards promotion should be as lucrative for travelers making a small number of longer stays as it will be for travelers making a large number of shorter stays – that’s a nice bonus on which to end the year.
The double points on offer refer to double “base points” (elite bonuses are not doubled) so all Hilton Honors members will earn a minimum of 20 points per dollar spent at Hilton properties worldwide. Using my valuation of 0.4 cents/dollar, this equates to a minimum effective rebate of 8% per stay and this increases significantly once elite bonus points are added in.
Promotion Points Earnings:
- Hilton Honors Member: 20 points/dollar (effective rebate = 8%)
- Hilton Honors Silver Member: 22 points/dollar (effective rebate = 8.8%)
- Hilton Honors Gold Member: 24 points/dollar (effective rebate = 9.6%)
- Hilton Honors Diamond Member: 30 points/dollar (effective rebate = 12%)
If you hold one of the Hilton Honors co-branded credit cards, these earnings increase even further.
Someone holding the Hilton Honors Surpass credit card, for example, will have Hilton Honors Gold status courtesy of the credit card and will earn an additional 12 points/dollar for all Hilton spending. That will take the cardholder’s earnings to 36 points/dollar which I view as an effective rebate of 14.4%.
Someone holding the Hilton Honors Aspire credit card will do even better. The Aspire credit card bestows Hilton’s Diamond elite status on the cardholder and offers 14 points/dollar for all Hilton spending so that would take a cardholder’s earnings to an impressive 44 points/dollar which I view as an effective rebate of 17.6%.
The points on offer by the promotion alone are pretty good, but its when you add in the earnings from Hilton’s co-branded credit cards that the effective rebates start looking very good indeed.
Double Elite Nights
Hilton extended everyone’s Honors elite status by a year way back in March so, on the face of things, it may seem a little odd to find the hotelier promoting double elite night credits through the end of the year…but there’s a reason for this. In the middle of July, Hilton announced that all elite nights earned in 2020 would be rolled over into 2021 and would give all Honors members a head start on qualifying for elite status in 2022.
If you have Hilton elite status courtesy of a credit card you hold this may not be a key issue for you, but for everyone else this is a big deal. With every night spent at a Hilton property between 8 September and 31 December counting as two elite night credits, earning valuable Honors elite status just got a whole lot easier.
Nights needed in this promotion to earn elite status for 2022:
- Silver – 5 nights
- Gold – 20 nights
- Diamond – 30 nights
The easiest and cheapest way to Hilton Honors elite status is through a co-branded credit card, but as most of the world doesn’t have access to such credit cards this promotion can be a valuable opportunity to lock in a lot of elite nights which will roll over into next year.
Rather incredibly, this promotion can also be used to make earning elite status via a status match incredibly easy (see how, here) but be aware that status matches are meant to be a one-time thing so if you can earn Hilton status organincally and economically, that may still be a more prudent tactic (save the status match for a time when you really need it).
Hilton’s next global promotion offers travelers double base points on all stays as well as double elite night credits for all night spent in Hilton properties during the promotion period. The promotion will offer a great chance for anyone willing to travel to rack up some easy Honors points to boost their account balance and easy elite night credits to boost their hopes of earning worthwhile elite status next year. If you happen to have one of the Hilton co-branded credit cards the earnings look even better.