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Hilton HHonors recently announced that its members can earn bonus points by joining and making purchases with Gilt Groupe, the members-only online shopping site with daily changing flash sales of designer brands at discounts of up to 60%. But Gilt is more than just designer clothing, the Groupe includes deals on travel through Jetsetter, home goods, food and wine, and city-specific sales on everything from fitness training sessions and spa treatments to meals and adventure sports.
When they sign up through this promo page Hilton HHonors members will earn 2,000 HHonors bonus points for joining Gilt and making a purchase of $50 or more, then earn 6 HHonors points per $1 spent at Gilt during the first six months after they join.
I’m not particularly excited by this offer since Hilton HHonors points are much less valuable than United miles and I think the current United/Gilt offer of 1,500 points with first purchase and 5 United miles per dollar spent for the first 6 months is a much better deal. However, if you are looking to bank some Hilton points and have some shopping to do anything, this promo is a no-brainer.
So though I’m not chomping at the bit to score the Hilton HHonors points, I do find this to be an interesting development since Gilt seems to be expanding its partnership opportunities, and who knows, we might see promos run with other airlines like American or Delta, or hotels like Starwood. If you’re a Hilton member who has not joined Gilt yet, you might as well score some extra HHonors points this way, but otherwise, it might be worth biding your time until a program you have more of an investment in joins the Gilt sphere of influence (though to be honest you could probably create new Gilt accounts for multiple partners using different email addresses and still get the bonuses).
Here are the other terms & conditions of this offer:
-This offer is only valid for new Gilt Groupe members who registered through this program.
-A member can earn the 2,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for their first transaction with Gilt Groupe. Registration with Gilt Groupe is required to earn this bonus.
-Initial transaction must meet a US$50 minimum product value (exclusive of taxes and/or shipping and handling fees) in order to qualify for the 2,000 Bonus Point offer.
-A member can earn six (6) Hilton HHonors Bonus Points per one U.S. dollar for any transaction with Gilt Groupe in the first six (6) months after registration.
-Registration with Gilt Groupe is required to earn Hilton HHonors Bonus Points with Gilt Groupe.
-Please allow as much as 6-8 weeks for Bonus Points to be earned to post to the registered account.
-Bonus Points do not count toward elite tier qualification.
-This offer is not limited to members who received this email; however program registration with Gilt Groupe is required. Registration can be closed at any time without notice.
-This offer is not combinable with other offers. (You can’t get both United and Hilton bonus points, for example)
-Offer subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.
-All HHonors terms and conditions apply.
-HHonors number will receive 2,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after first purchase one time only.
–Gift card purchases are excluded from receiving the 2,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points and any points for ongoing spend.
Hat tip: TPG reader Mark.