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Hilton HHonors and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club launched a joint promo this week where members of HHonors can earn up to a maximum 15,000 bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles on stays until December 31, 2012. Only stays completed after registration will be eligible for Flying Club Miles award. Points cannot be retrospectively applied.
To participate in the offer, you must be a Hilton HHonors member (you can sign up here if you’re not one already) and then register for the promo here. Then, in your member profile, you must select Virgin Atlantic Airways as your preferred airline and then select from two of Hilton’s Double Dip options: either HHonors Points and Variable Miles, or HHonors Points and Fixed Miles.
With the Points and Fixed Miles option, you earn 10 HHonors points per dollar and 1,000 miles per stay at Waldorf Astoria, Hilton, Conrad, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Hilton Grand Vacations properties; 10 HHonors points and 200 miles at Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites; and 5 HHonors points and up to 100 miles per stay at Home2Suites. Plus with this promo, you will also be awarded the following Flying Club bonus miles per stay:
• 1st stay: 1,000 bonus miles
• 2nd stay: 2,000 bonus miles
• 3rd stay: 3,000 bonus miles
• 4th stay: 4,000 bonus miles
• 5th stay: 5,000 bonus miles
• From 6 stays and more – members will be awarded the standard stay miles only.
With the Points and Variable Miles, you earn 10 HHonors points and 2 Flying Club Miles per dollar you spend (except at Home2Suites, where it’s 5 HHonors points and up to 100 miles) plus the same bonuses.
If you just plan on nabbing this bonus by booking a few quick, cheap stays, then the Points and Fixed Miles option is the way to maximize this promo, since you would earn the Hilton HHonors points based on how much you spend, plus 1,000 Flying Club Miles per stay, plus the promo bonuses for a total of 20,000 Flying Club miles. So five cheap nights would mean 20,000 miles.
Remember, you could also exchange those Virgin miles for Hilton HHonors points at a 1:2 ratio, so the 20,000 miles you’d get for your maximum stays would equate to 40,000 HHonors points.
Even if Points and Points double dipping where you earn 10 HHonors points plus 5 bonus points per dollar you spend, this could be a better way to build up your HHonors balance faster since in order to get those same 40,000 HHonors points, you’d need to spend nearly $2,700 on stays and if that was just over the course of 5 nights, you’d be spending well over $500 per night, whereas you could really max this out by finding a few cheap nights at full-service Hilton properties between now and the end of the year. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.