Hilton is an industry leader when it comes to offering ongoing promotions. They are currently offering a promotion allowing you the ability to earn two times or even three times the points on certain stays and they just launched their new promotion for 2019 which looks to be pretty lucrative for shorter and cheaper stays.
The new promotion
The new promotion is called “Points Unlimited” and it allows you to earn the following rates:
- 2,000 Bonus Points per stay
- Plus 10,000 Bonus Points every 5 stays or 10 nights (whichever comes first)
- Valid for stays January 4 to May 5
- You must register for this promotion and you can register for the promotion here. (It takes two seconds to register.)
Is this a good promotion?
I value Hilton points at half a cent per point, so this promotion would be offering about $10 in points per stay. Since the bonus amount is based on stays (and not nights) and not tied to your base points, this promo is going to be more lucrative for shorter stays and your return % will be higher for cheaper stays.
For example, if you were a Hilton Honors Diamond member you would earn 20 points per dollar spent. If you were to spend $100 on a one night stay then you would earn 2,000 Hilton Honors points. But with this promo, you would earn an additional 2,000 points so it would in effect double your earnings.
If you stayed three nights then your bonus promo points would still be 2,000 for the total stay so the return % for the bonus would drop from 100% to 33%.
Also, if you were spending more money on the stay such as $300 for the night then your additional bonus return would be much less from a percentage perspective. You’d earn 6,000 Hilton Honors points via Diamond status but the additional 2,000 points would only amount to a 33% bonus once again.
If you can hit the 5 stay threshold or 10 nights, the promo does get sweeter since it offers an additional 2,000 points per stay or 1,000 points per night. But again the shorter stays will be rewarded more here since points are per stay.
Like many other Hilton promotions there are few restrictions here.
- No limit on points earned
- No minimum stay requirement
- Each time a member achieves 5 stays or 10 nights, 10,000 Bonus Points will be awarded and the member’s stay/night count will reset.
- Only Hampton by Hilton Hotels in Mainland China excluded
It’s also worth noting that reward stays count for this promotion!
Hilton Honors elite status
If you are interested in learning more about Hilton honors elite status like Gold and Diamond status I suggest checking out my recent video I published and talks about how to earn the statuses and the difference in benefits.
This is a decent promotion and easy to sign-up for so you might as well do it. If you have shorter and cheaper Hilton stays planned for next year, you should be able to cash in with some good value.
Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and the credit card app, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned travel expert covering destinations along with TSA, airline, and hotel policies. Since 2014, his content has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, and CNBC. Read my bio.