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This is post #5 of a series regarding the Hilton HHonors hotel program.
- Introduction to a new Hilton Credit Card – Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Reserve Card
- Hilton Credit Card Comparison
- Earning Status with Hilton
- What does Hilton Status Get You?
- Understanding the Double-dip Options
- Utilizing Hilton GLON Awards (GLON awards have been discontinued)
- Utilizing Hilton AXON Awards
- GLON vs. AXON – Which One is Better? (GLON awards have been discontinued)
- Utilizing Hilton’s 5th Night Free Awards
- AXON vs. 5th Night Free Award – Which One is Better?
- Understanding Hilton Cash and Points Redemption
When someone says the word “Double Dip” the first thing that comes to my mind is Hilton – no joke. Essentially what this means is with ALL Hilton stays, you can double dip your points earning you more Hilton points or miles – the choice is yours.
What are the double dip options? With the double dipping options, you have two choices:
- HHonors Points and HHonors Points: 10 HHonors Base points + 5 bonus points per eligible U.S. dollar spent
- This option means you’ll earn 15 points per dollar spent. However, when there are double/triple point promotions you will only earn double/triple points on the 10 base points, not the 5 additional points. So if you are eligible for receiving double points, you will actually earn 25 points per dollar spent (10 base points + 10 bonus points per promotion terms + 5 bonus points for selecting this option).
- Additionally, if you have status, the bonus points earned (for example, 50% bonus if you have Diamond status) are only earned on the 10 base points, not the additional 5 points.
- For example, if you take advantage of the current Hilton promotion (where you earn double points weekday stay/triple points weekend stay), if you have status (where you earn between 1.5-5 points per dollar depending on your status), if you use a Hilton points earning card (where you earn between 6-10 points per dollar depending on the card you use), and if you select the Points + Points double dip option you can earn between 32.5 and 50 points per dollar spent – which is amazing!
- 10 (base points) + 10 (double points with current promo) + 5 (double dip bonus) + 1.5 (Silver status bonus) + 6 (Citi Hilton Visa credit card usage or Hilton American Express usage) = 42.5 points per dollar spent
- 10 (base points) + 20 (triple points with current promo) + 5 (double dip bonus) + 5 (Diamond status bonus) +10 (Citi Hilton Reserve credit card usage) = 50 points/stay
- **You can learn about the points you receive using the four different Hilton branded credit cards at the bottom of this post.
- HHonors Points and Variable Miles: 10 HHonors Base points + 1 airline mile per eligible U.S. dollar spent
- If you want to earn miles in addition to your Hilton points this is a great option. However, since there are two mileage earning options, this one is only good if your total stay is more than $500 (or $100 if at a Hampton Inn or Homewood Suites).
- Not all airlines participate in the variable miles option, so make sure to look at this participating list.
What is my strategy when staying at Hilton Hotels? Assuming there is no mileage earning promotion (which there sometimes is, more on that in a bit), I go for the Points + Points option. I used to opt for the Points + Fixed Miles option in the past, but unfortunately Hilton has discontinued this Double Dipping option. I used to select that option on inexpensive hotel stays of 1 night, and then the Points + Points option for more expensive hotel stays. Now that they have discontinued the Points + Fixed Miles option, I select Points + Points for all my hotel stays (unless there is a airline promotion). Hilton points are typically worth about .7 cents per point (although it does range depending on where you are looking to redeem) and the average mile is worth 2 cents per mile (although much higher if redeeming for business first class). With these averages, you’ll get 3.5 cents per point worth with the Points option, but only 2 cents per point with the Fixed Miles option. This selection really will depend on where you are trying to grow your balance and how you typically redeem.
There are times, however, when Hilton runs a double miles promotion. During these times, selecting the miles option as your double dip option can be very lucrative. When these promotions appear, I’ll be sure to put them on the blog, not to worry.
How do you change your earning preference? First let me start off by letting you know that you can change your earning preference for each stay. You must, however, do this prior to checking in for your stay (although I think technically it is checking out, but I’d do it before you check in just to be safe and so you don’t forget). This will allow you to maximize your point/mile earning potential with each stay, which is great!
To do this, first sign into your Hilton Honors account. On the left-hand side of the page go to My Profile –> Preferences. Half way down the page you’ll see the “MYWAY EARNING STYLE PREFERENCES” section. Click the “Change Earning Style” link next to your current earning preference. If you’ve never changed this before, your default earning preference will be Points + Points.
In the new popup window, select the radio button for the Double Dip option you prefer for your next stay then click Submit. If you stay often, make sure to select the option that you primarily desire in case you forget to change it every time based on your stay details.
If you selected to earn variable or fixed miles, ensure you update your profile with your frequent flyer account number. You can do this by clicking the Add New Travel Partner button. You can add as many as you like and just set one of them to be your preferred account. A frequent flyer account can only be added to one Hilton account as a time, as an FYI. Make sure to SAVE PREFERENCES at the bottom of the page!
You are now all set to maximize your earnings!
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