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Yesterday I posted on how Hilton allows you to double dip by earning points + points or points + miles. There is some thinking/strategy that needs to go into it when deciding which option to select for your particular stay. I also mentioned that there are times when airlines will present an additional bonus when selecting one of the two points + miles option, and when they do it can make for an extremely lucrative promotion. I’ve received some emails and comments on readers individual situation, so maybe this promotion will help you decide.
Virgin Atlantic announced a new promotion today for earning miles while staying at Hilton hotels. Between September 26th and December 31st, you can earn additional Virgin Atlantic bonus miles with each stay (up to five stays):
- Stay 1: 1,000 bonus miles
- Stay 2: 2,000 bonus miles
- Stay 3: 3,000 bonus miles
- Stay 4: 4,000 bonus miles
- Stay 5: 5,000 bonus miles
This is in addition to the Virgin Atlantic bonus miles you’d be earning already by selecting Virgin Atlantic as your preferred partner when selecting miles as your double dip option. This is available for the fixed or variable option. Virgin Atlantic awards miles slightly better than most airline programs with the Hilton double dipping option. You will receive 1,000 miles per stay (or 200 miles at Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites) for the fixed earning option and 2 miles per dollar spent for the variable earning option. The variable option should only be selected if your hotel stay costs $500 or more. Otherwise, fixed miles is the way to go.
I personally do not redeem Virgin Atlantic miles and personally do not know much about their program, but one thig I do know is that they transfer easily back into Hilton points at double the value – 1 Virgin Atlantic mile = 2 Hilton points (thanks One Mile at a Time for reminding me of this one!). So if you have 5 cheap 1 night stays at Hilton hotels you can ultimately earn 40,000 bonus points (15,000 bonus + 5,000 for the normal earning) on top of the 10 Hilton points you’d be earning anyways (plus any points for credit card usage and status onus). While not mileage run worthy typically (although you could potentially almost break even, it might be a good way to reach status if you are a few stays shy (especially if you an find any sub $70-night rooms). UPDATE: Blogger New Girl in the Air points out that you can only transfer miles from Virgin Atlantic to Hilton if you are transferring at least 10,000 miles or more. If you only have a few stays during the promotion and aren’t looking to credit future stays to Virgin Atlantic after the promotion, this might not be for you.
Here is the breakdown on how expensive your total stay must be to determine if you should earn points as your double dipping option, or credit the bons to miles with this Virgin Atlantic promotion:
- Stay 1: Miles option will net you 2,000 Hilton points (1,000 bonus x 2 = 2,000). Only select points if your stay is $400+.
- Stay 2: Miles option will net you 4,000 Hilton points (2,000 bonus x 2 = 4,000). Only select points if your stay is $800+.
- Stay 3: Miles option will net you 6,000 Hilton points (3,000 bonus x 2 = 6,000). Only select points if your stay is $1,200+.
- Stay 4: Miles option will net you 8,000 Hilton points (4,000 bonus x 2 = 8,000). Only select points if your stay is $1,600+.
- Stay 5: Miles option will net you 10,000 Hilton points (5,000 bonus x 2 = 10,000). Only select points if your stay is $2,000+.
You must first register for this promotion. If you do not already have a Virgin Atlantic account, make sure to create one now and link it to your Hilton account. My post from yesterday will go through those details.