Earning 1,000 United Mileage Plus miles per night for stays at Waldorf Astoria and Conrad luxury hotels is a good bonus in lieu of points at these two brands if you are not spending in the stratosphere. This Hilton HHonors promotional offer from July 18 through December 31, 2013 requires advance registration at hhonors.com/luxury/united.
The 1,000 bonus United miles per night is in addition to the normal earning rate as a HHonors Point & Miles Earner for your stay.
In my analyses of earning frequent flyer miles through hotel stays, the opportunity to Double Dip with Hilton HHonors stays and earn points plus miles is the best way to acquire a large number of miles with the HHonors program. HHonors has a poor points to miles transfer rate with 10,000 HHonors point exchanging into 1,000 Mileage Plus miles.
Last year in December 2012 I stayed at the Conrad Miami for $100 per night. That meant a Points & Points bonus of 500 extra points per night based on my $100 room rate. In December 2013 that Conrad Miami hotel would earn 1,000 miles per night + 500 miles for the stay.
Since Hilton HHonors has one of the worst points to miles transfer rates, the best way to earn miles from Hilton stays is to set your HHonors earning preference to Points & Miles.
$700 base rate stay on 3 nights analysis
This offer applies to the two hotel brands in Hilton HHonnors that tend to the highest rates. Finding a Waldorf Astoria or Conrad for under $250 per night can be a challenge, but not elusive.
Assume a 3 night stay at $700 base rate for the stay at a W-A or Conrad hotel.
Points & Points = 7,000 base points + 3,500 bonus points.
Point & Mileage Plus miles = 7,000 base points + 3,000 UA bonus miles for three nights and 700 miles as a Point & Variable Miles earner.
Considering Hilton HHonors would normally only earn 500 miles per stay with Points & Fixed Miles earning or 700 miles for the stay with Points & Variable Miles earning, this promotion over the next few months is a great way to pick up 1,000 bonus United Mileage Plus miles for every night you stay at Waldorf Astoria or Conrad hotels.
Unless you paying a very high average rate like $500+, then switching your earning preference to Points & Miles for stays at Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria during this promotion period is a better value if you want Mileage Plus miles.
Terms and Conditions
Offer valid for eligible stays completed between July 18 through December 31, 2013 (“Promotion Period”) at any participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts or Conrad Hotels & Resorts. Specific discounted rate plans, offers or promotions may also be ineligible for bonusing. To be eligible to earn 1,000 bonus miles per night of your stay, you must (1) select United MileagePlus as your Double Dip® earnings partner in your Hilton HHonors™ account profile, (2) register online hhonors.com/luxury/united before your first stay, (3) book an eligible stay online through any Hilton Worldwide website or Hilton Worldwide central reservations; and (4) complete your eligible stay(s) at a participating hotels between July 18 through December 31, 2013. Registered HHonors members will only receive the selected bonus 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.
This offer may be combined with other offers and/or promotions.
Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests.