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Over the next few days, the InsideFlyer team will provide a more detailed analysis, but for now here’s what you need to know…
Double Dip is Done
Hilton has long been the only hotel chain to offer both hotel points and airline miles for the same stay. This was partially enhanced away in 2014, when the ability to earn a fixed number of miles was removed.
Starting in April, 2018, “Points & Miles” is ending. You will only be able to earn Honors points for your Hilton chain stays.
The disappearance of “Points & Miles” accordingly goes hand-in-hand with the demise of “Points & Points”, where you could choose an additional 5 Honors points per USD spent (instead of miles).
Members with Elite Status Will Earn a Higher Bonus, But Fewer Points
Hilton Honors is increasing the bonus percentages earned by Silver, Gold and Diamond members.
- Silver members will earn a 20% bonus (i.e. 12 points per US Dollar spent)
- Gold members will earn a 80% bonus (i.e. 18 points per US Dollar spent)
- Diamond members will earn a 100% bonus (i.e. 20 points per US Dollar spent)
However, with the disappearance of Double Dip, it appears to me that many members will lose. When choosing “Points & Points”, Hilton Honors members with elite status currently earn:
- Silver members have a 15% bonus, plus an extra 5 points per USD –> a total of 16.5 points per dollar
- Gold members have a 25% bonus, plus an extra 5 points per USD –> a total of 17.5 points per dollar
- Diamond members enjoy a 50% bonus, plus an extra 5 points per USD –> a total of 20 points per dollar
In other words, non-status and Silver members lose out, Golds do marginally better, no change for Diamonds.
Gold and Diamond Members Qualifying the Hard Way Will Earn Bonus Points
Earning status with Hilton Honors is really quite easy if you qualify for a status match or a Gold fast-track. But many members reach Diamond status the ‘hard way’ – by completing 30 stays or 60 nights. Any member staying 40 nights or more will earn some bonus points…
In case it’s not clear to readers, you earn your first 10,000 point bonus when reaching your 40th night. There is then an additional 10,000 bonus points every 10 nights after that, with no cap.
There is also another 30,000 points bonus at 60 nights, though I’m not completely sure whether you also get the recurring 10,000 bonus on top.
Rollover Nights Introduced
Starting in 2018, Silver, Gold, and Diamond members can rollover qualifying nights earned beyond their current elite tier requirement. These extra nights will count towards their elite tier status the following year. Rollover nights aren’t useful for those who earn status through credit cards or fast track offers – or even for those who earn status based on the number of stays accumulated – but for those who spend half of their life staying at Hilton properties, this could prove useful. As a reminder, Hilton Honors requires 10 nights for Silver, 40 nights for Gold, and 60 nights for Diamond.
Gift “Gold” or “Diamond” Status to Somebody
If a Hilton Honors members stays 60 nights in a calendar year, they can gift “Gold” status to a friend or family member. If that same member reaches 100 nights, they can gift “Diamond” status to somebody.
So them’s the facts… What is your impression of these changes? And keep an eye out for an in-depth analysis in the coming days…