Hilton launched a generous summer offer on Friday, aptly named the Unlimited Bonus Promotion. Between May 1 and August 31, 2016, you can earn double base points at all hotels in Hilton’s portfolio and with no minimum stay requirements. It sounds like you can even register for the promotion if you’re already at a Hilton property — just make sure to register before you check out.
This is the simplest promotion I’ve ever heard of, and it certainly makes it easier to earn lots of extra Hilton HHonors points that you can use for free night awards or other redemptions. The long eligibility period makes it excellent for those still planning summer vacations.
Keep in mind that the double points only apply to base points. All Hilton HHonors members earn 10 base points per dollar, so Hilton is offering members an extra 10 points per dollar all summer long. (Head for Points comments that some members are also receiving an offer for 5,000 bonus points on their next stay. He and I did not.)
There are many other ways to earn points when you stay with Hilton that don’t count as base points, such as with elite status or using a credit card. Members also have the choice of earning “points and points” or “points and miles” on regular stays throughout the year, which gives you either additional points or airline miles.
For example, the Hilton Surpass Amex offers 12 points per dollar and includes instant Gold elite status. If you chose “points and points” in your account preferences, you’d earn a total of 39.5 points per dollar.
- 10 base points
- 2.5 bonus points for gold elite status (25% of base)
- 5 bonus points for “points and points” earning method
- 12 bonus points for paying with Hilton Surpass Amex
- 10 bonus points during the Unlimited Bonus Promotion (100% of base)
Once the promotional period ends, you’d revert to earning “just” 29.5 points per dollar. All the extra options for earning Hilton points can really add up quickly. Be sure to register for the promotion before your next stay.
Terms & Conditions
Offer valid May 1, 2016, through August 31, 2016 (“Promotion Period”) at any hotel or resort in the Hilton Portfolio. Hilton HHonors™ members must first register at HHonors.com/UnlimitedBonus prior to completing a stay within the Promotion Period. Registered HHonors members will only receive Bonus Points 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. Registered HHonors members will earn Double HHonors Bonus Points per stay during the Promotion Period. “Double Points” means you will receive a bonus equal to the number of Base Points earned during a stay. There is no limit to the total amount of Bonus Points that may be earned during the Promotion Period with this offer. 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.