Dec202017

Hilton Honors Points Unlimited Jan 1-Apr 30 promotion potential for $5 hotel nights

Hilton Honors released its Points Unlimited promotion yesterday for stays January 1 – April 30, 2018. Members earn 2,000 bonus points per stay + 10,000 bonus points every 5 stays for 20,000 bonus points after 5 stays.

  • 1 stay = 2,000 Bonus Points
  • 2 stays = 4,000 Bonus Points
  • 5 stays = 20,000 Bonus Points
  • 6 stays = 22,000 Bonus Points
  • 10 stays = 40,000 Bonus Points

Hilton Honors 2K per stay

Reward Stays Count Too

What I would normally consider a novice points collector question, “Do reward stays count?” received a surprising answer when Hilton Honors Representative responded on FlyerTalk reward stays will count for earning bonus points.

Hilton Honors 2018Q1 Flyertalk reward stays

The catch is there must be points earning incidental spend for the reward stay to count for this bonus points offer.

Important caveat: Hampton Inn, Home2 Suites, Homewood Suites and Tru by Hilton brand hotels are excluded from earning points for incidental spend, so reward stays at these brands will not earn bonus points during Points Unlimited.

Will members earn Bonus Points with the “Points Unlimited” promotion for Reward Stays for this promotion?
Members will earn Bonus Points with the “Points Unlimited” promotion if they have incidental charges during a Reward Stay, provided such charges are deemed eligible folio charges.

This does not apply to incidental charges for stays at Hampton by Hilton™, Tru by Hilton™, Homewood Suites by Hilton®, and Home2 Suites by Hilton®. For a complete explanation, see number 14 under Accrual of Points here.

$5.56 Hotel Reward Nights in Europe

Hilton Honors allowing reward stays to count means a one night reward stay at a category 1 hotel like DoubleTree Sighisoara, Romania is 5,000 points per reward night and earns 2,000 points back. After 5 hotel stays and 10,000 additional bonus points, the net cost for a reward night at a category 1 hotel is 1,000 Honors points.

Hilton Honors is currently selling points for $5.56 per 1,000 points when you buy 20,000 to 80,000 points through December 29.

$200 buys 36,000 Hilton Honors points = $5.56/1,000 points.

Hilton honors $200-36,000 points

Theoretically, a couple can alternate reward stays at a hotel like DoubleTree Sighisoara, Romania over 10 nights with 5 stays each for 25,000 Hilton Honors points each. Make some incidental spend purchase like a beer or meal each stay in the hotel bar/restaurant every day and earn 20,000 bonus points each.

  • Honors Member A redeem 25,000 points for April 10,12,14,16, 18 for 5 reward nights/stays at DoubleTree Sighisoara.
  • Honors Member B redeem 25,000 points for April 11,13,15,17, 19 for 5 reward nights/stays at DoubleTree Sighisoara.
  • Earn 20,000 Hilton Honors bonus points each after 5 nights as 5 stays.
  • Net result: 25,000 points redeemed in each account and 20,000 Honors points bonus points earned in each account + incidental spend bonus points for each account.
  • 10 nights at DoubleTree Sighisoara for 10,000 Hilton Honors points. Potential for a couple traveling together to score $5.56 hotel reward nights without needing to change hotels.

Bottom line:

This promotion is not too good for people who tend to book extended stays with Hilton.

There is a decent return in points for road warriors who commonly have one night stays. And there is great potential for travelers who find themselves in places with category 1 and 2 hotels who can book 5,000 and 10,000 points reward nights and ultimately earn a 4,000 points rebate.

I like the idea of staying at Hilton brand category 1 reward hotels for $5.56 per night  or a category 2 hotel for $33 per night during the first four months of 2018.

Hilton Honors Category 1 hotels in Europe (24 hotels)

Hilton HHonors category 2 hotels in Asia

Hilton HHonors category 2 hotels USA and Americas 2016 list

Hilton HHonors 28 category 2 hotels in Europe, Middle East and Africa

Hilton was already in my plans for 2018 hotel stays. Points Unlimited is a promotion that makes my travel plans for Romania an even better value than I projected if I travel there by April 2018.

I’d already sold my wife on going to Krakow, Poland to make this deal happen. I originally wrote this post using Hampton Inn Krakow, then had to rewrite it after the FAQ were published about an hour ago showing reward stays at Hampton Inn don’t qualify.

Now I just have to convince my wife to go to Romania with me.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Wow, this is a great Bonus, but not as good 1 year ago.With 5000 Points back for a 1 night stay and charging something to your room-:))
    I am sitting also at the Hampton Inn Krakow at the moment, and the good thing about the Hotel is, that they now allow Golds and Diamond mebers to use the Spa/Pool from the Doubletree free of charge.
    Usually before there was a 20$ charge.

  2. Good to hear about the DoubleTree Krakow pool access. That was a drag to hear about the fee last summer when we stayed at Hampton Inn Krakow during a June heat wave.

  3. You should go. My wife is from Bucharest originally, and we have been back a few times. I just wish the timing of this promotion were different; we are going this summer. There were a few cities in Romania with reasonable category prices (outside of Bucharest) that are interesting.

  4. You could do the same thing without incidental charges if you use cash and points and just pay for 1000 points of the stay. No incidental needed every day and no restrictions on which chain you stay in. Doesn’t work if there is a dollar value resort fee, though.

  5. Hilton is telling me (via chat line) that I cannot sign up until January. Is that accurate?

    “Hilton Honors released its Points Unlimited promotion yesterday for stays…”

  6. Once again, you are the amazing, creative points traveler. I haven’t met your wife, but I’m betting that if she agreed to Krakow, Poland, to make the deal work, she will accept the change to Sighisoara, Romania. If it helps to convince her, I’ll kick in $5.56 for one of your nights there.

  7. Hilton is NOW telling me that this ONLY a targeted offer.

    And you didn’t get it, nyah, nyah, nyah!

    I actually do not think they know what they are doing, but it is their deck they are playing with.

  8. @farnorthtrader – not sure that will work since Points & Money payment is made at time of booking and not during hotel stay. Incorrect. Payment made at checkout.

    I will watch to see how bonus points are applied in different Hilton brand hotel stay situations from other member reports. I don’t have any Hilton stays planned before March, so time to see how the promotion plays out before my potential Romania trip.

    Hilton Garden Inn Rzeszów, Poland is another Honors category 1 hotel. This is a property I have had my eye on too for its proximity to Lviv, Ukraine, another eastern European city and country I have my sights on visiting.

    http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/poland/hilton-garden-inn-rzeszow-RZEGIGI/index.html

  9. You are right.

    I tried for a third time today and got someone who dealt with things well. He, however, like the other two was completely unfamiliar with the promotion. The other two just made up answers, I think.

    This 3rd person had the power? control? whatever to automatically register me just because I have a membership and was online with him. If anyone else has trouble, perhaps try that.

    My guess is that they actually posted the promotion today. I emphasize that’s a guess.

    Thanks, Ric

  10. Hi Ric,

    Every points and cash booking I have had with Hilton, I have paid the cash portion when I check out. I have had about half a dozen stays since the new points and cash system started and pay for a thousand points worth for each to get the app booking bonus and the Amex booking bonus.

  11. @Farnorthtrader – You are correct about Points & Money reward stay payment at checkout. I have only had one Points & Money stay in 2017 and forgot their payment system was pay at the hotel.

    While booking bonuses would seem to qualify for Points & Money, this Honors bonus points promotion may be applied differently for reward nights.

    It would be nice to see Hampton Inn Points & Money stays qualify for 2,000 bonus points.

  12. @Ric Garrido — An HonorsRepresentative just responded to a post on Flyertalk thread. Referring to Hamptons,

    “Hi wkan0,

    While the incidentals at those properties wouldn’t trigger the Point Bonus, if you stay at a Hampton, you will still get the 2K Bonus Points per stay and it will count towards your 5 Stay Bonus.

    Thanks!
    Lauren”

    Looks even more interesting now…

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