Hilton is bringing back its “Double Your Honors” promotion this spring with a choice between double Hiltion HHonors points or double miles when you stay through May 31. That means you could earn up to 10 extra Hilton points per dollar, or an extra airline mile per dollar. The catch is that you have to make your choice up front and stick with it for the entire promotion.
This promotion plays into Hilton’s “My Way” earning styles, which apply year-round. All members receive 10 Hilton HHonors base points for each dollar spent (with the exception of Home2Suites, which provides just 5 base points). You can then choose a bonus option to earn more points, or if you prefer miles you can get some of those instead.
Points & Points gives you 50% more Hilton bonus points per dollar. That means 10 base points and 5 bonus points at most properties, or 5 base points and 2.5 bonus points at Home2Suites. With Double Points you get an extra 10 points during this promotion.
Points & Miles to get an extra 1 airline mile per dollar in the participating program of your choice. Thats 10 base points and 1 mile at most properties, or 10 base points and 1 mile at Home2Suites. With Double Miles you get an extra 1 mile during this promotion.
You can stick with either earning style if you want to go for double points with the limited-time “Double Your Honors” promotion, but you’ll need to choose Points & Miles if you want to get double miles. Don’t forget to check the list of properties that aren’t participating.
My suggestion is that you go with Double Points, and you should probably have your My Way earning style set to Points & Points, as well. On a typical stay you would earn the following:
- 10 base points per dollar
- 5 bonus points per dollar for Points & Points earning style
- 10 bonus points per dollar for “Double Your Honors”
- Additional bonus points based on elite status
That’s potentially 25 points per dollar, and it’s fairly easy to get Hilton HHonors elite status with a credit card to earn more. While I don’t value Hilton points very highly individually — about 0.5 to 0.6 cents each — it’s easy to see the potential when you’re earning so many with every stay. I’ve argued in the past that Hilton remains a valuable hotel loyalty program precisely because it offers so many earning opportunities, as well as some pretty amazing properties like the Conrad Hong Kong, where I stayed on my honeymoon.
Some people may still prefer to earn Double Miles. It’s not a bad choice, but it is less lucrative. One airline mile might be worth about 1.5 or 2 cents, while 10 extra bonus points are worth about 5 cents total. I would go for airline miles only if you already have more points than you know what to do with, or if all your hotel stays are already covered by work. The miles may be worth less but have more utility since you can use them to book award for your family or to get a premium experience in first or business class.