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It’s not often I put on my Hilton pom-pom… but I’m about to do so, because HHonors is really impressing me this year.
Hilton HHonors changed up promotions in 2015
At the beginning of the year, Hilton announced that they would change the way they do HHonors promotions as of this year. As I explained, Hilton began offering two global HHonors promotions annually, rather than the four we became accustomed to. In addition to that they promised to offer targeted promotions throughout the year.
Except they’ve way exceeded expectations on that front.
Hilton’s first 2015 promotion — Double Your HHonors — was scheduled to run from March 1 through May 31, 2015. However, Hilton extended that promotion through August 31, 2015, and on top of that even improved it. While the original promotion had a huge list of non-participating properties, the extended promotion included all properties, something which Hilton hasn’t historically done for promotions.
On top of that, Hilton announced another promotion offering 5,000 bonus points per stay, for a period of a few weeks.
Hilton’s fall 2015 promotion
Well, Hilton has just announced the details of their next promotion — entitled Triple Your Trip — and it’s really impressive. It’s very similar to the Triple Your Trip promotion they offered last year, except it’s valid longer and all properties are participating.
Hilton’s Triple Your Trip promotion is valid for stays between September 1 and December 31, 2015. That means Hilton’s two global promotions have spanned a full 10 months this year.
Through this promotion, Hilton is offering double points for weekday stays (Monday through Thursday nights) while they’re offering triple points for weekend stays (Friday through Sunday nights). Best of all, all properties are participating in this promotion.
Registration is required prior to check-out of your first eligible stay. Previously booked stays qualify for the promotion, and bonus points should post 6-8 weeks after completion of eligible stays. If you have an award stay, eligible incidental charges are also eligible for the double or triple points.
You might want to try registering sooner rather than later, since many accounts seem to be eligible for a further bonus when registering. On my registration page I was offered an additional 2,000 bonus points after my first eligible stay during the Triple Your Trip promotion:
In addition to earning Double Points Monday-Thursday nights and Triple Points Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights*, as a new Hilton HHonors member you’re eligible to receive 2,000 additional Bonus Points on your 1st stay during the Triple Your Trip promotion.†
Book direct and stay at ANY hotel or resort from September 1st – December 31st, 2015 to earn your Bonus Points!
Crunching the numbers on HHonors Triple Your Trip
You ordinarily earn 10 HHonors base points per dollar spent at Hilton hotels. That means:
- Monday through Thursday you’d earn 20 HHonors points per dollar spent
- Friday through Sunday you’d earn 30 HHonors points per dollar spent
But that’s on top of other points earnings, including the following:
- 5 additional points per dollar spent for choosing Points & Points
- 2.5 bonus points per dollar spent if a Gold member, or 5 bonus points per dollar spent if a Diamond member
- 10-12 points per dollar spent if you have either the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card or American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass Card
Accounting for all non-credit card points earned, that means you’d earn:
- 25 points per dollar spent as a Blue member on a weekday night
- 27.5 points per dollar spent as a Gold member on a weekday night
- 30 points per dollar spent as a Diamond member on a weekday night
- 35 points per dollar spent as a Blue member on a weekday night
- 37.5 points per dollar spent as a Gold member on a weekend night
- 40 points per dollar spent as a Diamond member on a weekend night
That doesn’t account for the 10 bonus points you earn per dollar spent using the the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card, or the 12 bonus points per dollar spent using the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass Card.
That means this promotion can top out at a total of up to 52 points per dollar spent as a Diamond member using the right card.
I value HHonors points at ~0.4 cents each, so that’s a pretty solid return, especially since all hotels are participating in the promotion.
Hilton’s Triple Your Trip promotion terms
The T&Cs of the promotion are as follows:
*The offer (“Triple Your Trip”) is valid for eligible stays completed between 1 September and 31 December, 2015 (“Promotion Period”) at any hotel or resort in the Hilton Portfolio. Hilton HHonors members must first register at HHonors.com/Triple prior to check-out of your stay within the Promotion Period. Registered HHonors members will receive the 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. For the Triple Your Trip promotion, the Bonus Points you earn per night are calculated based on the average nightly folio of your total stay (average nightly folio is calculated by taking the total net folio of your stay divided by the total number of nights of the stay). Triple Your Trip Double Points are awarded for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights in your stay. For a detailed explanation of how points are issued for Triple Your Trip, please see Frequently Asked Questions. “Double Points” means you will receive a bonus equal to double the number of Base Points earned during a stay. 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 HHonors account. Offer is not transferable, is not valid for groups and cannot be combined with other select offers.
†This offer is valid for select Hilton HHonors members who receive this offer after registering for the (“Triple Your Trip”) promotion. It cannot be combined with other offers and is not transferable. The offer is valid for eligible stays completed between 1 September and 31 December, 2015 (“Promotion Period”) at any hotel in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. Select HHonors members will receive 2,000 Bonus Points after the completion of their first stay within the Promotion Period. 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 HHonors account.
Kudos to HHonors for their promotions this year. Not only are they offering 10 months of continuous global promotions, but more importantly all properties are participating in these promotions, which is the really exciting development. HHonors has always been a great program in terms of the points earnings rates for hotel stays.
If only they had better guaranteed top-tier elite benefits, like guaranteed late check-out and some sort of substantive suite upgrade benefit.
What do you make of Hilton’s Triple Your Trip promotion? Anyone else feel like Hilton HHonors has been turning over a new leaf on the promotion front this year?