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Yes, I know, I’m a little late with this news but one of the prices you pay for traveling quite as much as I do it that you sometimes get behind with all the various promotions that get announced….especially if you don’t have internet access for the best part of two weeks! 🙂
Hilton has revealed its Fall 2016 promotion and it’s basically the same as what we’ve seen from Hilton during the rest of 2016 – Double Points for stays between 1 September and 31 December 2016. That may not sound too exciting but, unlike the recently announced Hyatt fall promotion, at least this one is valid through the end of the year.
Registration for the promotion is now live and, importantly, it would appear that all Hilton properties are participating (well done Hilton!).
Hilton HHonors Double Up Promotion
- Guest receive double base points for all stays between 1 September and 31 December 2016.
- Members must first register at HHonors.com/DoubleUp prior to completing a stay within the Promotion Period.
- Members will only receive bonus points for nights completed during the promotion period, regardless of a check-in date before the promotion period begins or a check-out date after the promotion period ends.
- There is no limit to the total amount of bonus points that may be earned during the promotion period with this offer. However, there are restrictions on the amount of Base Points that can be earned on a single stay at certain brands.
- Bonus points earned do not count toward tier qualification.
How Good Is The Hilton Double Up Promotion?
Although I hold Hilton Gold status I have it thanks to my Platinum Amex card so I’m not a particularly frequent guest at Hilton properties…..that makes any Hilton promotions a lot less interesting to me.
That being said, there are a lot of Hilton fans out there and it’s not too difficult to rack up some serious points with a few stays.
Here’s what you can earn from Hilton HHonors if you have no status whatsoever:
- 10 HHonors Base Points for every eligible US dollar spent on room rates and other eligible room charges, including telephone calls and room service (there are some exceptions to this for Hilton’s budget brands).
- 5 Hilton HHonors bonus points for every eligible US dollar spent for electing to earn bonus points (as opposed to bonus miles).
This promotion will double those base points to 20/$ spent and, combined with the further 5 bonus points, that takes the total earnings to 25 HHonors points/dollar.
I value Hilton HHonors points at around $0.004 each so that means the effective rebate during the promotion period is 10%….and that’s pretty good for a hotel chain in which the guest had absolutely no status.
If you have Gold Status (very easy to get though credit cards and status matches) you’ll get an extra 25% bonus on base points too – that takes the total earnings to 27.5 HHonors points/$ spent or 11% rebate and, if you’ve reach the dizzying heights of Diamond Status the total earnings are 30 HHonors points/$ spent or a 12% rebate.
Those are all pretty good rebates and this promotion is effectively giving guests a 4% rebate boost.
Even as a non-Hilton loyalist I can see the value to this promotion and I like it because it doesn’t discriminate against the less frequent guest. There are no minimum nights you have to stay and there’s no minimum amount you have to spend….quite simply guests get double base points on all eligible spend – what’s not to like about that?
Considering all Hilton properties worldwide are included in this promotion this is definitely a promotion that all readers should be signing up for. It’s free and, even if you think you have absolutely no intention of setting foot in a Hilton property, you never know when plans change – just think how silly you’d feel if you passed up on double points just because you wouldn’t take 2 minutes out of your day to sign up 🙂