Great Deal: Earn 2,500 Bonus Lufthansa Miles Per Hilton Stay

Filed Under: Hilton, Lufthansa

Hilton Honors is already one of the best hotel programs out there in terms of the number of points you earn for hotel stays. At the moment there’s a further promotion that can be stacked to really maximize earnings on Hilton hotel stays.

Earn 2,500 bonus Lufthansa miles per stay

Between August 1 and October 31, 2018, you can earn 2,500 bonus Lufthansa Miles & More miles for every Hilton stay you make worldwide.

Registration is required prior to completing your first stay, and there’s no limit to how many bonus miles you can earn. Stays at any eligible Hilton property worldwide qualify. The great thing about Hilton Honors is that even award stays count as “eligible,” so you should be able to earn this bonus even for a regular award stay.

The most amazing part of this promotion is that you earn the bonus miles in addition to the Honors points you usually earn for Hilton stays, so there’s literally no downside to taking advantage of this promotion.

In order to be eligible you have to make sure that Lufthansa Miles & More is selected as your preferred travel partner with Hilton Honors. To do this, log into your account, go to the “My Profile” section, and click on “Preferences.”

There you’ll want to enter your Miles & More number, and select that as your “Preferred” program.

Stack this with Hilton’s other great offers

Through September 9, 2018, Hilton Honors is offering double base points at all brands for members who register.

This means you’re earning 10 bonus points at most brands, and five bonus points at Home2 Suite by Hilton and Tru by Hilton.

On top of that, you earn elite bonuses if you have status.

What can you even do with Lufthansa miles?

First of all, let me once again emphasize that there’s no opportunity cost to earning these miles, since you earn these in addition to the miles you’d usually earn. So there’s no reason not to earn them for Hilton stays.

Lufthansa miles expire after 36 months, so at least you have quite a while to use them.

You can find Lufthansa’s Miles & More award chart here. Personally I think the best thing about Lufthansa miles is that they allow you to redeem for Lufthansa first class more than 15 days in advance. They charge 85,000 miles one-way for first class, plus taxes and carrier imposed surcharges, which isn’t unreasonable.

But there are lots of cheaper redemptions as well. For example, you could book a one-way ticket within the US for just 12,500 miles in economy, or 17,500 miles in business class. 17,500 miles for a one-way first class ticket within the lower 48 on United could represent a great deal.

Bottom line

This is an incredible promotion from Hilton, when you consider that you can earn 2,500 miles per stay in addition to whatever miles you’d usually earn. This promotion is probably enough to get me to switch some shorter upcoming stays to Hilton.

  1. “They charge 85,000 miles one-way for first class, plus taxes and carrier imposed surcharges, which isn’t unreasonable.”

    Having seen the surcharges imposed by LH, I respectfully disagree that they aren’t unreasonable 🙂

  2. “…you earn the bonus miles in addition to the miles you usually earn for Hilton stays…”

    Copy & paste from an old post? “The miles you usually earn” are a thing of the past.

  3. Actually when you fly within the US, it is considered domestic. So you would pay 12.5K for economy and 17.5K for business (domestic first class).

  4. @ BlueMountain — The terms state the following:
    “Specifically excluded from the definition of ‘stay’ are the following types of ineligible stays: wholesale/tour operator packages; contracted crew rates; travel agency discount rates; stays secured utilising Hilton Grand Vacations Club, and Hilton Club timeshare programs; Hilton Grand Vacations marketing packages with a sales presentation requirement, complimentary or barter rooms; NET Group rates, Series Group or IT Group rates; third party websites bookings (irrespective of rate paid); and ‘opaque’ channel bookings where the brand may or may not be known at the time of purchase.”

    Most corporate travel agency bookings would be qualifying, though I think it still depends.

  5. No thanks! I know Hilton points aren’t worth a lot, but they are still better than Miles and More. There is huge surcharge leveraged on reward tickets. I will keep on earning my HH points instead of MM points.

  6. Lucky, the award chart (North America – North America) you linked to shows 15,000 OW for Economy, 27,500 for business and 37,500 for First. Or does it count as a domestic chart that’s shown as the bottom of the page?

  7. @Elil: as mentioned in the comments further up, the lower 48 are considered “Domestic”. So, 25k in Y return / 12k one-way or 35k in C (on 2-cabin planes) return / 17k one-way. One-way award prices are rounded down to the nearest 1,000 miles.

    Thus, the text should read:

    “For example, you could book a one-way ticket within the US for just 12,000 miles in economy, or 17,000 miles in business class. 17,000 miles for a one-way first class ticket within the lower 48 on United could represent a great deal.”

  8. @Lucky
    How much do you value miles in the Miles and More program. I don’t see it in your list of Value of Airline Miles.

  9. @Jackie sez: “I know Hilton points aren’t worth a lot, but…”

    No, you clearly do not know, because Hilton points are worth as much as if not more than other points currencies when one applies the correct “points currency conversion factor”, which is their relative EARN rates.

    A Hyatt points is worth 1.5 cpp and a Hilton 0.5cpp. However, one earns 3x more HH/$ than one does Hyatt points for the same spend. What that means is that a Hyatt point’s value of 1.5cpp and a Hilton point’s value of 0.5cpp have exactly the same “purchasing power.”

    Converted to Hyatt points, 0.5cpp becomes:

    0.5cent/HILTON point x 3 Hilton points/Hyatt point = 1.5 cents/HYATT point

    i.e., no difference: 0.5 cpp in Hilton’s currency = 1.5 cpp in Hyatt’s currency!

    Like hard currencies, points currencies CANNOT be compared directly without doing a currency conversion. Comparing 0.5cent/HILTON POINT vs. 1.5cents/HYATT POINT magnitude-wise directly is like comparing 1 Aussie cent with a 1 US cent without bothering to do a currency conversion and saying that they are worth the same (1cent=1cent, right?), which is obviously ridiculous. They are both called a CENT but they are a CENT in different currencies. It’s just as ridiculous when people continue to compare different programs’ CENTS/POINT directly, when different programs award different NUMBERS OF POINTS per CENTS spent!!!!

    So, please stop making excuses about Hilton points or benefits or whatever, because someone, who is utterly confused about it all, has brain-washed you into feeling like you are patronizing an inferior program. You are not, so no more caveats, please!

  10. A few things:

    (1) I had been under the impression (as David writes above) that the combined posting (double-dipping) of HH points and airline miles was a thing of a past. I’ll be glad to be wrong.

    (2) I have over 230,000 earned Lufthansa miles as they are my carrier of choice within the Star Alliance. The principal reason for this is that when you earn status, it is good for TWO years and not one. ALSO, any status level gives free access to Lufthansa, Austrian, and Swiss lounges when travelling (even at the silver Frequent Traveler status level). Finally, your miles never expire while you have status and then expire 2 or 3 years later (I can’t recall exactly).

    (3) The surcharges for LH First Class used to be around $1,200 roundtrip. I haven’t checked in a while and I’ll be glad if they have decreased. One way around that is to redeem through Lifemiles (Avianca) which does not charge surcharges. The downside is that I think you have to be prepared to fly within 2 weeks or less.

    (4) I use my Lufthansa miles mostly to upgrade from Premium Economy to business class
    (either 20,000 or 30,000 miles depending on whether you are in G or E class, respectively) when travelling West over the Atlantic Ocean.

    Hope this information is helpful to others.

  11. Lufthansa Miles and More sweet spot post, please? Despite extra surcharges, there are places where redeeming points is a lot cheaper vs United or Air Canada. I’ll be taking advantage of this offer.

  12. You can exchange Lufthansa miles for Walmart gift certificates – ONLINE. Not bad if you don’t get to use them before they expire.

  13. I just received an error message and was told with i contacted customer service that this is a targeted promo. Did anyone else have the same experience?

  14. I didn’t receive the Miles & More points at a recent Hilton Garden Inn Dublin stay. I haven’t contacted Hilton about this yet. The promotion does say “participating” hotels, but there doesn’t appear to be a link in the terms and conditions to find a list of “participating” hotels.

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