Earn up to 3X Hilton points with the Q4 Power Up Promotion

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Hilton has launched its fourth-quarter promotion offering 2X base points on all bookings and 3x on bookings paid with qualifying Hilton Honors credit cards between September 9th, 2019, and January 5, 2020. When you consider the points you earn as a Hilton Honors member, the “Power Up” promotion bonus, elite status multipliers, and additional points from the Hilton co-brand cards, you could earn up to 54x points per dollar spent through the end of the year.


For all stays completed between September 9, 2019, and January 5, 2020, you can earn up to 54 bonus points on every dollar spent. The rewards stack up as follows:

  • Standard 10x base points (note some Hilton brands earn only 5x)
  • Get up to 20x with the current “Power Up” promotion
  • Get an additional 2-10x if you have Hilton Elite Status; (2x for Silver, 8x for Gold, and 10x for Diamond)
  • Get between 7x and 14x with your Hilton co-brand card

*The “x” multiplier represents the number of points you'll get per dollar spent on a Hilton stay.

The Power Up promotion gives you 2x your base points, or 3x for using a Hilton Honors credit card. Each Hilton card has additional tiers of rewards: 7x, 12x and 14x – with the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card offering the highest tier. Altogether, this means you're getting an 18-27% return (assuming a value of a half-cent per Hilton point) on your nights booked with a Hilton Honors Credit Card using the Power Up promotion. That's a hard deal to turn down!

Terms and Conditions

In order for the stay to qualify, it must be completed between September 9th, 2019, and January 5, 2020. You can start a stay before September 9th as long as it's completed on or after the 9th, and you can stay in January 2020 as long as you check out by the 5th.

Qualifying Hilton Honors Credit Cards to get the 3x bonus include:

There are also several Hilton co-brand cards issued by non-U.S. banks that qualify for 3x base points (see offer Terms & Conditions for details)

There is no limit to how many bonus points you can acquire in the quarter; however, some Hilton brands, like Home2 Suites, earn base points at a reduced rate of 5x instead of 10x per dollar spent, which can have a big impact on the 3x multiplier for using a Hilton credit card.

Running the Numbers for Hilton Cardholders

If you currently hold Hilton Honors Elite Status courtesy of your credit card, you'll earn base points, plus Power Up promo multiplier, plus an Elite Status multiplier, plus points earned when you pay using your Hilton credit card. Here's how the numbers roll out for each card staying at Hilton brands earning 10x points:

Hilton Amex

  • 10x – Base points
  • 2x – Silver Elite bonus
  • 20x- Additional base points for promo and paying with your Hilton card
  • 7x – Credit card points

Total points per dollar: 39x points

Hilton Surpass & Hilton Business Card

  • 10x – Base points
  • 8x – Gold Elite bonus
  • 20x- Additional base points for promo and paying with your Hilton card
  • 12x – Credit card points

Total points per dollar: 50x points

Hilton Aspire

  • 10x – Base points
  • 10x – Diamond Elite bonus
  • 20x- Additional base points for promo and paying with your Hilton card
  • 14x – Credit card points

Total points per dollar: 54x points

Our Take

Although it's possible to earn up to 54x points in total with this promotion, you'll only get 2x or 3x more base points compared to those that don't register. Promos that give extra benefits to co-brand cardholders are a great way to create an incentive to keep these cards in your wallet (or sock drawer) for the long term. In addition to the 3x base-point multiplier, having one of these cards will also get you elite status (and additional base points year-round): The Hilton Amex gets you Hilton Honors Silver status, the Hilton Business Card and Hilton Surpass get you Gold status, and the Hilton Aspire gets you Diamond status.

This may not be the most generous hotel promotion we've ever seen, but it's also nice not to have complicated rules that award bonus points after a certain number of stays or require you to stay more than one night. This one is dead simple, and it only takes a second to register.

You must sign up for the Q4 2019 Power Up promotion to qualify. Go to HiltonHonors.com/PowerUp to register. If you don't already have a Hilton Honors credit card, check out our summary of the cards that earn Hilton Honors points.

Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card
Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Earn 125,000 Bonus Points after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio
  • 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations
  • 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card
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  • 54 points sounds pretty good especially if you are planning a trip anyway

  • Totally agree that rewarding Hilton cardholders is a smart move. More companies should do that with their co-branded cards.

  • I really like this extra incentive for cardholders. Seems Hilton is truly making efforts to keep their cards from being sock drawered.

    • Mine is sock drawered. 3 Hilton points on everyday spend? Quicksilver gets a better return than that and it gives me cold, hard cash. My CSR does better on travel and dining and just barely falls short against the Aspire for booking direct with Hilton.

  • Khai Jett Lee says:

    Great, thanks for the update! Waiting for Marriott to release its Q4 promotion now.

  • signed up for this, certainly a good offer. However i wish they would spend some time in actually making the points more valuable.

    • @arshi007 — You just said that you wish “[Hilton Honors] would spend some time in actually making the points more valuable”, so I have a question for you: which hotel loyalty program do you think has points that are ‘valuable’ than Hilton points?

      That’s not a trick or uninformed question, to I am absolutely sure that you’ll provide the wrong answer, like every travel blogger out there does.

      • “The wrong answer?” Are you baiting this question? Hilton points are most commonly found for under half a cent per point whereas say another program, Hyatt for example, is commonly found at 2 cents per point. That’s four to eight times more valuable for rooms that retail near the same price between the two chains. Even Marriott points are worth more than Hilton points.

        • @Darren said: “Are you baiting this question? Hilton points are most commonly found for under half a cent per point whereas say another program, Hyatt for example, is commonly found at 2 cents per point. That’s four to eight times more valuable for rooms that retail near the same price between the two chains. Even Marriott points are worth more than Hilton points.”


          No, I was not baiting anything. I just knew anyone who was going to answer the seemingly simple question would get it wrong, just like you did. The reason everyone fails the question is that they all invariably and erroneously interpret the ‘cents’ in the constantly peddled average redemption values of the various loyalty points currencies to mean l*literally* the same thing as the United States (US) *cents*. Well, interpreting the ‘cents’ in ‘cents per points’ to means the same thing as *absolute* US cents is dead wrong. REALLY.


          The constantly peddled ***average*** redemption values of loyalty points currencies are ***not*** to be interpreted literally as ***absolute*** US cents because they are NOT. They are in US cents ***PER*** ‘points currency denomination.’ However, because the various points currency denominations are *** different*** (Hyatt points are *** not*** the same as Marriott points, which are ***not*** the same as Hilton points, which are ***not*** the same IHG points, etc), their “values” cannot possibly be in ***absolute*** US cents. They are always in US cents ***PER*** ‘points currency denomination’, like ‘cents **PER** Hyatt point’ or ‘cents PER Marriott point’.

          If you leave out the ‘PER denomination’, the value is ***meaningless***. That’s why you cannot keep comparing the average redemption values of points in ***absolute*** US cents and claiming that one with a larger magnitude is more ‘valuable’ than one with a smaller magnitude.

          I posed the question to kids working in my lab and every single one of them got the answer correctly. Why? Because they deal every day with things like “temperature” and know that 0 degree Celsius (°C) is not colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit (°F). While both °F and °C measure “temperature”, they do so on ***different*** scales, which need to be explicitly provided. It’s the same thing with points currencies. Hyatt measures its “points” on a scale that goes from 0 to 30K (or now 40K), Hilton from 0 to 95K, Marriott from 0 to 100K, etc. Those are different “points” scales, just like like °F and °C are different “temperature” scales.

          So, if someone points at a block of ice and says it is worth 10cents/”degree” and then points at another block and says it is ‘worth’ 27cents/”degree”, it is impossible to tell which is worth more unless or until we know which temperature scale (°F or °C) was used was used to measured the ‘degrees’ !!!

          Let’s stay the “per degree” in the worth of the ice block above was an adjustment for the human body temperature, which is 98.6 °F *or* 37.0°C. Let’s also say that unadjusted for body temperature the block of ice costs 1000 US cents. Now let’s adjust the value based on the human body temperature:

          (A) on the °F scale: 1000 US cents/98.6 °F = 10.1 cents per”degree”


          (B) on the °C scale: 1000 US cents/37.0°C = 27.0 cents per “degree”

          From the preceding, do we conclude that the block of ice adjusted for body temperature is worth more in (B) (27cents/”degree”) than in (A) (10cents/”degree”)? OF COURSE NOT!!! The block of ice is worth exactly the SAME in (A) and (B). The problem is (a) interpreting ‘cents’ literally as “”absolute” US cents and forgetting about the *PER* ‘degree’ part, and (b) leaving out information about the scale (°F or °C) “degree” was measured in!

          The analogy with points currencies fits to a ‘t’. The common mistake about ‘cents per points’ that everyone makes is: (a) interpreting “cents” literally as US cent and forgetting about the *PER* ‘points currency denomination’ part, and (b) leaving out information about the scale “point” is measured in (WoH, HH, IHG, etc).

          BOTTOM LINE
          The ‘absolute’ CENT is US currency and not a loyalty currency, which is different for every program because each awards a different number their POINTS for the same number of US cents spent.

          A Hyatt Globalist earns 6.5 WoH points PER 100 US cents on paid stays.
          A Hilton Diamond earns 20 HHonors points PER 100 US cents on paid stays

          It means that cents PER WoH point should referred to as WoH-cents and cents PER HHonors point as HH-cent. They are cents in different currencies, like you have ‘cents’ in USD and cents in Australian dollars (AUD). Because you cannot compare USD and AUD cents without first doing *hard* currency conversion, you also cannot compare WoH-cents and HH-cents without doing a *points* currency conversion. The points currency conversion FACTOR is their relative earn rates.

          Hilton-to-Hyatt = 20HH/$/6.5WOH/$ = 3

          To go from HH-cents to WoH-cents you must multiple the former by 3 or divide the latter by 3.

          If you value a WoH points at 1.5 US cents/WOH point or 1.5 WoH-cents, then the equivalent value in Hilton points currency will be:

          (1.5 cents/WoH point) * (1 WoH point/ 3 HH points) = 1.5/3 = 0.5 cents/HH point.

          What that means is that 1.5 CENTS PER WoH POINT are ***worth exactly the same*** as 0.5 CENT PER HH POINT, after one does a necessary points currency conversion so that the points are directly comparable.

          Very trivial stuff that inexplicably trips up virtually every self-anointed ‘travel guru’ a.k.a travel blogger.

    • Amen! Finding redemptions for 0.2cpp is common while finding them at 0.5 is extremely difficult. I don’t know how TPG values them at 0.6cpp.

  • Hilton bringing out the good bonus deals again!

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    This offer results in an 18-27% return. I can’t think of a higher rate than that. Hard to turn down.

    • Thanks, Steven. The math is always where it’s at. Too bad I’ve grown up mostly neglecting and thus forgetting it as a skill. 🙁 I wish every blog posted offer everywhere – across subjects – shared the return %! Cheers.

    • Near 25% return can’t be beat but that is on the high end of Hilton valuation.

  • Finally it’s paying off to have a Hilton amex card, lol.
    Correction needed: the article says Hilton platinum when it is actually Hilton diamond.

  • This could be useful for some. Need a lot of Hilton points for most aspirational properties. I particularly like the Hilton Waikoloa on the big island of Hawaii.

  • Very informative post, however, Hilton does not offer a Platinum status. That highest is Diamond.

  • Bill from Maine says:

    Good promo to end the year. Hilton continues to allow members easy ways to accrue lots of points.

  • I do love Hilton. I need to build back up my points with them. This would be awesome. I will have to see if I have any plans for stays.
    It would be awesome for them to have another promo if they would like, too. lol!

    It’s great to see how fast Hilton points can build up, however, they do require a lot of points when we do redeem from them each time. They do a good job letting us know but I do tend to find out earlier about promos here.

  • I used to travel about 130 nights per year. Loved all the points programs but found Hilton’s to be the least valuable. They charge so many points for even lower end hotels in the middle of nowhere that it is hard to get excited about their offers. Hyatt, Marriott, and even IHG represent much better value in my opinion and nights are much easier to earn.

    • 54 points per dollar is something to get excited about but you’re absolutely right. Hilton points are fairly worthless so it takes a huge promotion like this to be of any interest.

      • @Katie — You have commented several times about how Hilton points are “worthless.” I, therefore, suspect that you will be shocked to know that in the real world where math still works, Hilton points are worth *exactly the same* as Hyatt points (now touted as the mast ‘valuable’ hotel points currency). You just need to realize that comparing 1.5 cents *PER* Hyatt point with 0.5cents *PER* Hilton is not the same thing as comparing 1.5 US cents vs. 0.5 US cent, in which US cents are in absolute units (there is no *PER* after it). I have written a long comment that addresses your claim, which I hope the moderator of this site will be kind enough to post for everyone’s benefit. Comparing hotel points currencies directly, without doing a points currency conversion, makes as much as comparing US cents and Australian (AU) cents without doing a hard currency conversion. 1 US cent is not worth the same as 1 AU cent even though they are both called ‘cents’. You first need to do currency conversion…exactly as you must do with loyalty points currencies before comparing them.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    What I find refreshing about this promotion is the simplicity. Most offers are complicated with byzantine rules. This one is very straight forward.

  • This is a great return, glad to see them doing such a good bonus.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    Gaining points from the Hilton “Co-brands” companies is where one can boost their points intake with this promotion.

  • Well the 54x would be a really great promo.
    Also receiving half of this (27x) is still good.

  • It’s nice to see a good promotion for current card holders.

  • This is a good promotion. Now I just need to start working on it.

  • Earning 54x points with this incentive is a great deal. What makes it even better is that the rules are pretty simple and registration is easy. This is a great promotion to end the year.

  • Great reward system on the HH reward (+HH-CC holders) Might even try to grab another CC in order to grab this bonus.

  • This promo is going to be most helpful to me given my travel patterns this fall

  • Perfect timing, staying at a few Hilton hotels in the next month!

  • Is the $450 Hilton card worth it? Anyone have any experience with it? The perks seem to pay for it, but if you dont use the resort fee’s because of booking with points is it better to use the $95 card?

  • I liked HHonnors programme previously. But they have changed their rules and member`s conditionns. And now this programme is not so attractive. But in comparison with other hotel`s loyalty programmes they are interesting. First of all because of HHonnors have engaging co-products with airlines.

  • Ok, Hilton points are near worthless but 54 of them per dollar is a pretty darn good return.

  • Not a bad opportunity!

  • Deal at the right time, I need hotels for next month! Tks

  • Always great earning promotions and status that is actually worth having….looking at you ihg

  • Great timing: About to make a couple of bookings for October so this will be a big help.

  • Hilton has become my go to hotel scheme with free breakfast for gold.

  • Better than nothing at all …

  • Great to know the improved value of the scheme. It works as my preferred hotel provider.

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