Hilton HHonors Offering Double And Triple Points

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Hilton has just announced the details of their next promotion, entitled Triple Your Trip.

Details of Hilton’s Triple Your Trip promotion

The promotion will be available for stays between August 1 and October 31, 2014. Through this promotion Hilton is offering:

  • Double points on stays Monday through Thursday nights
  • Triple points on stays Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights

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Registration is required prior to check-out of your first eligible stay. Only nights stayed during the promotion qualify, so if you check-in prior to the start of the promotion, those nights wouldn’t count towards the promotion. As is the norm with Hilton, there will be a list of properties that have chosen not to participate in the promotion, though that list hasn’t yet been published.

This promotion is virtually identical to the third quarter promotion that Hilton offered last year, also entitled Triple Your Trip.

How good is Hilton’s Triple Your Trip promotion?

Hilton’s promotions are usually fairly lucrative for actual hotel stays, and this one is no exception (too bad their points are so devalued).

Hilton ordinarily offers 10 base points per dollar spent, plus 5 additional points per dollar if you do the Points & Points earning option, for a total of 15 points per dollar spent. Then if you’re a Gold member you earn an additional 2.5 points per dollar spent, and if you’re a Diamond member you earn an additional 5 points per dollar spent, for a total of 17.5-20 points per dollar spent.

So then through this promotion you earn an additional 10 points per dollar spent for Monday through Thursday stays, or 20 points per dollar spent on weekend stays.

As a Diamond member on a weekend stay that’s 40 points per dollar spent. Then if you use the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card or American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass Card you’ll earn an additional 10-12 points per dollar spent, so that’s a total of 50-52 points per dollar spent as a Diamond member on a weekend stay paying with one of their co-branded credit cards. I value HHonors points at less than half a penny each, so by my valuation this promotion maxes out at a return of ~20%.

Admittedly that’s a pretty narrow set of circumstances, and there are excluded properties on top of that, but this promotion definitely has the potential to be lucrative.

Now lets see what Hyatt and Starwood offer. Historically the third quarter isn’t great for hotel bonuses since it’s a busy period for business travel, so I expect the promotions will also be focused on filling hotels on weekends rather than weekdays. The fact that hotel occupancy and room rates are the highest they’ve been in years probably doesn’t help us either.

What do you think of Hilton’s Triple Your Trip promotion?

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Comments

  1. John says

    Hi Ben,

    I registered. Thanks for this. Question, I already have two reservations for August before I registered. I’m assuming I’ll earn the double/triple points? (Staying at Conrad HKG and Conrad BKK). Also, the rate I reserved was double points. Will I earn the double/triple points on top of the double points I will earn as part of my rate?

  2. lucky says

    @ John — If your rate includes bonus points then that would be on top of anything earned in this promotion. As long as you register before the stay you’re fine, even if it’s for reservations made in the past.

  3. Trup says

    As a Diamond member for the past few years, I have been trying to use all of my hilton points to try a different chain, but the more i try to get rid of the, the more points i get. (i know i could just use some bad redemption rates and be done, but i like having this problem…) I have three personal weekend stays coming up (plus unknown business stays during the week), it looks like i will gain more points.
    Last September i stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and received 318k points for an 8 night stay. They had this triple points promotion. I used about 200k existing points for the base rate, then spent $2k worth of capital one points to upgrade to a suite, then spent $2300 out of pocket for an amazing 2 bedroom presidential suite. I am using 300k points for an AXON award for the Time Square Doubletree suites over thanksgiving, which at current rates is about $2300. So my $2300 out of pocket at the HHV basically got me a 5 day stay in Timesquare over Thanksgiving.

  4. Stephen says

    I registered for this and the did the current promo and I am looking to check in on Aug 31st and check out on the 3rd so would I get the current (double I think) on the 31st and then the new triple starting the 1st??

  5. lucky says

    @ Stephen — Correct, you’d earn the respective bonuses for each night you’re staying based on the day of the week.

  6. Steph says

    Yay! My hotel is not excluded! Now, how do I go about requesting an upgrade for checking in on my 40th birthday for a business trip?

  7. Rick Gauldin says

    I normally stay at Hilton Garden Inns and it seems as if very few of them are participating in the Hilton Triple your points promotion. I have been a Diamond member for eight years and I’m very disappointed in the promotions that Hilton has been running lately. I may make the change starting January 2015 and jump ship to Marriott!

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