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As Hilton’s prior promotion offering 2X and 3X bonus points comes to an end on August 31, they’ve announced a new promotion called “Double Up.” With this new promotion you can earn double the points on every stay from September 1 through December 31, 2017.
- To be eligible you must register for the promotion.
This promotion will earn you double the base points on your stays, giving you an additional 10 Honors points per dollar spent. However, if you’re a Hilton Honors Diamond Member, your earnings can be even better. Diamond members can earn 10,000 points for every 10 nights (up to 50,000 points) from September 1 through December 31, 2017.
This promo has the potential to be pretty lucrative for many people. For example, you can earn the following per dollar spent:
- 10 points (standard Honors earning rate)
- 10 points (Double Up Promotion)
- 5 points (Diamond elite bonus); 2.5 points (Gold Elite bonus)
- 5 points (points + points)
That’s 27.5 points per dollar spent for Gold members and 30 points per dollar spent for Diamond members. At a rate of .4 cents per Honors point, that’s an 11% return for Gold and and 12% return for Diamonds.
The return for Gold members is great and higher than what other programs offer for standard mid-tier earning rates. The return for Diamond members is on par with the standard rebate that Marriott Platinum members receive (without any promotional offers), so it’s not quite as great although it’s obviously better if you can hit the 10 night threshold.
You can supplement your earnings further by booking through the Hilton Honors app to get 500 more points for each completed stay through December 31, 2017. You need to register for this promotion here to be eligible for the bonus.
Here are the terms and conditions (notice the exclusions):
Offer valid September 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017 (“Promotion Period”) at any hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio excluding Hampton by Hilton Hotels in Mainland China. Hilton Honors™ members must first register at HiltonHonors.com/DoubleUp prior to completing a stay within the Promotion Period. Registered Hilton Honors 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. Registered Hilton Honors members will earn Double Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay during the Promotion Period. “Double Points” means you will receive a bonus equal to the number of Base Points earned during a stay. 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. See Hilton Honors Terms and Conditions for more details. Bonus Points earned on Base Points do not count toward tier qualification. Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for points to appear in your Hilton Honors account.
While Hilton catches a lot of flack for their points not being the most valuable, the ability to rapidly accumulate large sums of Honors points (often through promotions) can make up for their lack of value. I wouldn’t consider this a an itinerary-altering promotion but it does make the earning rates for Hilton much more competitive which is great for Honors members.
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