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Anyone familiar with the Hilton Honors loyalty scheme (and you should be – it’s by far one of the best value and most straightforward loyalty schemes out there) will know that one of its key perks is the “double dip” feature.
“Double dip” allows you to not only earn Hilton points, but also airline points, including Avios, on your Hilton stays. As a result of this, we flagged a fantastic opportunity to earn a bonus 10,000 Avios!
To benefit from this deal, you needed to switch your Hilton Earning Preference to “points and miles”, with BA Executive Club (Avios) as the earning partner. However, the offer ended on 31 August, and it’s now time to switch back.
Switch back to what…?
Well this is the key point. Certainly, you should switch from BA Exec Club Avios, as the earning rate (1 Avios per $1 spend) is less than the Avios earning rate with Iberia Plus (1.5 Avios per $1 spend, albeit capped at 1000 per stay).
However, there’s a second (and slightly confusing element) to the Hilton Double Dip that you need to pay heed to. Hilton Honors lets you earn Hilton points and… Hilton points. Yep, if you set your Hilton Earning Preference to “points and points”, you’ll earn the standard 10 Honors points per $1 spend, plus an additional 5.
Given that we value Hilton Honors points at 0.4 pence each, and Avios at 1 pence each, 5 Honors points is worth 2 pence, while 1.5 Avios point is worth 1.5 pence. Accordingly, unless you are in specific need of Avios points (or airline miles with any of the various other Hilton partners), we generally recommend “points and points” as the best value Hilton earning option.
Arguably in stark contrast to Avios, too, Hilton Honors points are wonderfully easy to spend, and often offer great value.