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.
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.