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15,000 Bonus Virgin Atlantic Miles With Hilton HHonors Double Dip Promo

by on September 27, 2012 · 9 comments

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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.

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  • Guy

    are you sure that it is 1000 base miles with Virgin…. I just signed up and it looked like 200 base miles

  • theblakefish

    Hi Brian- Are you sure your fixed miles totals are correct? I just changed mine and the message says: HHonors Points and Fixed Miles (10 HHonors Base points per U.S. eligible dollar spent + 500 miles per stay (100 miles per stay at Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®and Homewood Suites®)

  • Eric

    Interesting, that might just be the generic message you get when selecting the points and miles option. As you can see at the “earning miles” link at Hilton HHonors, Virgin Atlantic awards 1,000 miles per stay with the fixed miles option, 200 at Hampton and Homewood, and up to 100 at Home2Suites: http://hhonors1.hilton.com/en_US/hh/points/earningmiles.do

    And #3 in the promo T&C states: “HHonors members choosing HHonors Points and Fixed Miles award will earn 10 HHonors Base Points per eligible U.S. dollar spent plus 1000 or 200 or 100 miles (as applicable) per stay. Please visit http://hhonors1.hilton.com/en_US/hh/points/earningmiles.do or ask at the time of booking for details of the fixed points awarded at your chosen hotel.”

  • Eric

    Yes, you can find the info at the earning miles page of Hilton HHonors: http://hhonors1.hilton.com/en_US/hh/points/earningmiles.do

    Though some airlines give 500 miles and various other amounts, Virgin Atlantic gives you 1,000 miles per stay at full-service properties, 200 miles at Hampton Inn and Homewood, and up to 100 miles at Home2Suites.

  • @RT_WS

    TPG,

    What’s the value of Virgin Miles? Last time I checked, I found a HGI/Hilton that charges under $100/night on the weekends…

    Thanks!

  • v1pe

    TPG: In general, which of the Hhonors double dip options do you find to be the most valuable? I currently use the points + points option since Hilton is my hotel chain of choice for points (preferred by my employer).

    I’m not entirely sure how the points + miles or variable miles works, but I imagine that the points + fixed miles would be better for me (short stays ~$150 per night).

  • @RT_WS

    Actually, I went back and saw the redemption for Virgin Atlantic… the taxes kill the idea of trying to go for an airline ticket. However, I think the last paragraph shows some value. The 1,000 Virgin Atlantic (not America) is worth 2,000 HHonors points. The Cost/Benefit analysis here take your room rate(s) x 5 and compare to 2,000 (+ the promo’s bonus tier, so 3,000 for stay #1). The 5 is the bonus points you earn if you choose Double Dip (Points + Points) versus the base airline miles earned through the promo. The other key is Virgin only let’s you transfer in 5K increments (minimum 10,000 points), so you have to be careful not to leave little points behind.

  • Rich

    Might be good to mention the minimum transfer rate at Virgin:

    Minimum Level: 10,000 miles and then in increments of 5,000. Just call the Flying Club Helpline with your HHonors account number.

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