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Hilton and Delta have become close partners lately, announcing a new Q1 promo today:
- Stay 1 Night = Earn up to 1,000 miles (earn 200 miles for stays at Hampton and Homewood)
- Stay 2 Nights = Earn up to 1,500 miles (earn 300 miles for stays at Hampton and Homewood)
- Stay 3 Nights = Earn up to 2,000 miles (earn 600 miles for stays at Hampton and Homewood)
This is per stay, so the bonus can be earned throughout the promotion period of January 3- March 31, 2011.
So is this better than their main promotion, which gives double Hilton points for two-night stays, triple for three-night stays and quadruple for four-night or more stays? Probably not, unless you are close to a Delta reward and need to boost your account. This promo is definitely not a good deal if you have 3-4 night stays at expensive properties. Those stays can earn you free hotel nights, whereas 2,000 Skymiles won’t get you very far, as I explain below.
But first you have to decide whether you have more use for Delta Skymiles or Hilton points. Skymiles can be a pain in the ass to redeem, as I recently wrote about here. I am a Delta Diamond and redeem Skymiles for clients every day and I can attest, it can take many hours to redeem the award you want. That being said, amazing awards are out there, like the 120,000 Skymiles I used this past summer for a business class trip to Paris and Seychelles- a $15,000 ticket.
There are also some gems in the Hilton program as well. I just redeemed 105,000 Hilton points for three nights at the Conrad Punta del Este, Uruguay over some of the peak-est days of the year. The room I’m in was retailing for $1,710 for the 3 days, so I got 1.6 cents a point in value, which is good for Hilton. Hilton also offers awards for elites and Amex Surpass holders, so if you need hotel stays more than miles, I recommend banking to Hilton.
As I mentioned, if you have long stays, you will most likely come out on top choosing to earn 10 base Hilton points a night and then getting the double/triple/quadruple points through the regular Q1 promo. A four night stay at a $250 a night hotel will yield you at least 40,000 points, which is enough for a free night at a category 6 hotel. That same stay would get you 2,000 Skymiles, which won’t get you much.
And remember, you can always transfer Hilton to Delta, albeit at a pretty bad ratio of 10,000 Hilton per 1,000 Delta. So do the math, if you have a one night stay and want Skymiles, will you earn more with Hilton (which offers no promo besides 10 base points or dollars) or with 1,000 Skymiles? It may be Skymiles in that situation.
As with all promos, you need to do the math and see what makes the most sense for you. Miles and points have different values to different people and I could go on forever doing sample scenarios.
At the very minimum, its nice to see Hilton offering options to their regularly scheduled promotion.