From January 7 through March 31, 2013 HHonors members can register to earn double base points or double base miles. Promotion bonus applies to existing reservations for stays and nights within the promotion period, however, bonus only applies for stays completed after promotion registration.
Bonus points or miles apply to up to two rooms per reservation when both rooms are booked and paid for by the HHonors member.
HHonors Points Earning Analysis
Double points means a Points & Points member earns at least 25 points/$1 for all Hilton brands except 12.5 points/$1 for Home2 Suites stays.
HHonors Points Calculator
- 10 base points per dollar
- 5 bonus points points per dollar (Points & Points earner)
- 10 bonus points per dollar (Double Your HHonors promotion)
- Elite bonus points if applicable (1.5 to 5 points/$1)
- HHonors credit card bonus points if applicable (up to 12 points per dollar with HHonors American Express Surpass)
If you have all the right stuff and stay at a participating hotel, Double Your HHonors promotion can pull in 42 points per dollar.
That is a decent rebate on hotel spend.
Non-Participating HHonors Hotels (link to hotel list)
The major drawback of Double Your HHonors is there are about 600 nonparticipating hotels in the USA. That is almost 1 in 5 hotels in the USA opting out of this offer.
There are only 14 hotels outside the USA not participating, so not too much of a concern for international travelers.
Over 600 hotels opted out of Double Your HHonors 2013 Q-1 promotion with 97% of those in USA.
Here are some comparative statistics to other HHonors quarterly promotions.
- HHonors 2011 Q-4 fewer than 300 opted out.
- HHonors 2012 Q-2 about 350 hotels opted out.
- HHonors 2012 Q-3 about 550 hotels opted out.
- HHonors 2012 Q-4 only about 250 hotels opted out.
The vast majority of hotels opting out of HHonors promotions are in the USA.
Earning Double Miles
In general, I do not think earning double miles is nearly as valuable as earning double points.
Remember you can keep your profile preference at Points and Fixed Miles or Points & Variable Miles and still earn double points with this offer and standard base miles. Your earning is only reduced by 5 points/$1 (Points & Points bonus) by choosing Double Points for this promotion with fixed or variable miles.
If your travel includes many stays at Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites or Home2 Suites, then poor fixed miles earning rates, typically 100 miles per stay, make Double Miles a poor promotion choice for Double Your HHonors. Many international airlines do not even earn miles for stays at these three brands.
Another advantage of choosing Double Points is award stays will earn double points for incidental charges, however, award stays will not earn double miles.
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Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. You can follow Loyalty Traveler on Twitter and Facebook and RSS feed.