Register (Just in Case!) for Hilton Double Points or Miles

This isn’t an exciting promotion, but you should register anyway. Even if you don’t regularly stay at HIlton properties.

  • Double points are better than single points, if only marginally so.
  • You never know when you’ll wind up staying at a Hilton, there are lots of them, so even if they aren’t in your plans it’s better for you to have registered and earned the points when it was on your radar than have to remember later and most likely forget.

Here’s the promotion. Register and become a very happy mother and child, I think the kid is happy because he’s drinking his ‘milk’ from a wine glass. The mother is happy because she’s inspecting for something in her son’s hair — dandruff? lice? — and not finding anything.

Promotion details

You choose between earning double Hilton HHonors points and earning double miles.

The earning period is March 1 through May 31. Registration is required prior to a stay in order to earn for that stay, there’s no retroactive earning, so you might as well register now.

As with all Hilton properties a good chunk will be non-participating. In some sense that’s fine, this promotion isn’t lucrative enough to get you to move any business to a Hilton property. As a result, you’ll collect the bonus when it happens to apply and won’t collect it when you happen to stay at a non-participating property. It’s more points, but not so much that you should even pay attention to when you’ll get them.

Double Hilton points is almost always the better bet than double miles

Now that there’s no longer a ‘points and fixed miles’ earning style at Hilton, you earn either ‘points and points’ or ‘points and variable miles.’ If you’re earning miles, it’s normally one mile per dollar.

So if you choose double miles, you earn an extra one mile per dollar. If you choose double points, you earn an extra 10 Hilton points per dollar. While Hilton points aren’t exceptionally valuable, Hilton points are worth about 4/10ths of a cent apiece and so 10 Hilton points are worth 4 cents. There’s no single airline mile worth 4 cents.

If you do want double miles though you need to have selected “Points and Miles” as your earning style preference and must have an airline partner selected.

Terms and conditions:

OFFER SPECIFIC TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Offer valid for eligible stays completed between March 1 and May 31, 2015 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating hotel in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio (click here for hotels that have chosen not to participate). Hilton HHonors™ members must first register at HHonors.com/Double prior to check-out of your first stay within the Promotion Period. Your selection of Double Points or Double Miles applies to all eligible stays completed during the Promotion Period at participating hotels and cannot be changed. Registered HHonors members will receive the selected bonus only 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. If registering for Double Miles, you must select Points and Miles as your Double Dip™ Earning Style within your HHonors profile. “Double Points” means you will receive a bonus equal to the number of Base Points earned during a stay. Bonus Points earned on Base Points do not count toward tier qualification. Double Miles are available only with participating airlines. A preferred airline must be selected in your HHonors profile. Airline Miles accrued and awards issued are subject to the Terms and Conditions of each participating airline’s reward program, as applicable. Certain airlines may not participate with the brand at which your stay is consumed. For details on the eligibility of your stay to earn miles, please click here. Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for points or miles to appear in your HHonors account. Offer is not transferable, is not valid for groups and cannot be combined with other select offers.

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Comments

  1. Did the 100-pt bonus for changing HH password ever kick off? on the 19th, everyone mentioned it but it wasn’t yet live.

  2. @Gary — Only in the biased mind of a Hyatt Kool-Aid drinker is this HHonors promo not exciting.

    Let’s do the math and prove, yet again, the bias the pervades this site.

    As a HHonors Diamond, I long ago set up my point earning options and style so that I would not to leave a single point on the table after every stay. If ‘B’ is the number of base points I earn from the spend on a stay then:

    1. I will earn 0.5B bonus points from the Diamond Elite Bonus
    2. I will earn 0.5B bonus points because I selected my “double dipping” earning style as “points+points”.
    3. I will earn 1.2B bonus (excluding taxes, which would also earn points) by paying for the stay with my HHonors AMEX Surpass Card.

    Now, from this promo, I would earn ‘B’ bonus points by the very definition of “double” points.

    Add it all up and my haul from every stay during the period of this promo will be:

    B + 0.5B + 0.5B + 1.2B + B = 4.2B.

    What this means is that the fraction of my points due to this promo will be:

    B/4.2B = 0.24.

    That is right. Fully 24% of my earnings during the promo period will be due to this promo. The purported “value” Hilton of 4/10 of cent (which is wrong actually) notwithstanding,that is a good promo (better than Hyatt 20% off?. Few people, in fact, consider the “value” of each loyalty point when they spend hard cash, especially if the stays are reimbursable, as most of mine are. My business trips subsidize my leisure travel. So, I just want to know how many more points I would earn over what I would have earned without the promo and in this case the promo points will account for about 1 point in every 4, which is a lot.

    In English, the above means that HH Diamonds who are set up to maximize the number of points that they earn from every stay would earn

    42 HH points/$

    if $ is their total bill, excluding taxes because B = 10 HH points/$ by definition.

    At the same time, some HH Diamonds, like me, were recently TARGETED to earn a one-time 100,000 HHonors points bonus [just for being a great and loyal elite member] + 2x bonus points during weekdays and 3x bonus points during weekends, until April 30.

    That means that during this period, assuming the points from the two promos are combinable, which they usually are, I would earn additional:

    0.14B * X + 0.14B * Y = 0.14B * ( X + Y)

    where X is the number of week days and Y the number of weekend nights during a stay.

    Since my stays are usually associated with conferences and can last up to 7 days

    0.14B * 7 = B

    Therefore, until April 30, my earning per stay, including these promo points, will be

    52 points/$

    which is truly lucrative!

    Unlike what this blogger claims, this promo is a HUGE deal. Between the targeted promos and “global” promos that Hilton has promised for the year and the future and has now delivered on in a big way, it is clear why those who get their information from sources other than this and similar blogs that worship Hyatt and SPG are excited about Hilton Honors and find it to be by far one of the most rewarding hotel loyalty programs out there!

    If Hilton’s purported “devaluation” turned you off, well, that too is a fabrication of bloggers’. It is a myth and I can elaborate if you wish. In terms of Spend Per Free Night, which is the most OBJECTIVE way to judge and compare different hotel loyalty programs, HHonors points are more valuable than Hyatt’s, Marriott’s and SPG’s in that order. The only programs that do better on that OBJECTIVE metric are IHG and Club Carlson… REALLY! Gary won’t let you in on the secret so I am here let you know 😉

  3. Someone at Hilton promotions must not know that fixed miles don’t exist anymore, otherwise, I would take double miles.

  4. I agree with @DCS. If one is staying on the company’s dime. Hilton’s program is very lucrative, especially if one pay’s with the Amex Hilton Surpass card. I am very lucky that my company has corporate rates with all the hotel chains. But this past year, SPG raised their contract rates almost 50%. So, by my company’s directive and departmental budgets, SPG isn’t being booked. My company isn’t the only one avoiding SPG. Most companies have either Marriott or Hilton, as their primary hotel partner. By using the Surpass card, Hilton becomes the most lucrative way for the stayer to earn the most points. I just did a stay at the Chicago Conrad, with all the bonuses, I earned almost 20,000 points. And American Express has a promotion with Conrad that if you spend at $400 at any Conrad, Amex will give your card a $75 rebate. This can be done once per Amex personal card, until March 31, 2015.

    No doubt about it, there are some very good Hilton point promotions.

  5. Sorry, I forgot to mention that my stay at the Conrad Chicago was just 1 night! At a very low rate of $130.50! We had 2 rooms, but just one room earns promotional bonus points. Either way, 20,000 points for one night, is a really good catch1

  6. @JohnB — Whoa! 20K points for a one-night stay that cost just $130.50? That’s what I am takin’ ’bout!

  7. I wish the Hilton promo lasted longer and did not exclude certain properties, but it is a good promotion nonetheless. What are Hyatt’s promos these days? Do they compare to Hilton’s? Excluding all the discussion of points, why are Hyatt’s hotels priced 30 to 60 percent higher than Hilton’s when relative hotels at a similar quality are compared to each other?

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