One of the things I miss most about british midland, with its acquisition by British Airways, is that it was my go-to program to credit Hilton stays to. Hilton offers ‘double dip’ and on cheap short stays “points and fixed miles” was my favorite earning option. I’d receive 1000 bmi miles per night up to three nights per stay. And that’s in addition to Hilton points.
Most of my Hilton stays are short, and a one-night Hilton stay will still earn 1000 Virgin miles. Plus I usually credit my one-day Avis rentals to Virgin for 1000 miles as well, so that becomes my go-to strategy.
Virgin Atlantic’s miles aren’t the greatest, the fuel surcharges are high, but at 1000 miles per rental day and per one-night Hilton stay they do rack up pretty quickly. So Virgin is a double dip strategy with Hilton I really like — not nearly as good an option as bmi was, but the best of the lot currently in my book.
Registration is required for this new promotion where you can earn progressively more bonus Virgin miles — on top of what you’d already earn for your stay.
Through the end of the year, when you choose Virgin Atlantic as your double dip partner (whether points and variable miles or points and fixed miles), you’ll earn:
- Stay 1, 1000 bonus points
- Stay 2, 2000 bonus points
- Stay 3, 3000 bonus points
- Stay 4, 4000 bonus points
- Stay 5, 5000 bonus points
The bonus is capped at 5 stays, and staying 5 times (even one-night stays) would earn 15,000 bonus miles — on top of the 5000 Virgin miles you’d earn regularly.
Update: worth highlighting Chas from the comments:
Worth noting that (though this is not Gary’s preferred strategy) VS points can be converted back to HH points at a 1:2 ratio. You actually earn more HH points using this strategy on one-night stays (even without the bonus promotion, assuming your one-night stay costs less than $400)…you earn more HH points using this strategy than double-dipping with HH itself.