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Hilton Honors announced its Q1 2021 promotion. Points Unlimited allows members to rack up bonus points on each of their stays, with even more bonus points every 5 nights. Plus, Hilton reduced its qualifications for elite status and Milestone Rewards by 50% for 2021, letting you earn benefits even quicker through your stays.
Points Unlimited Promotion
- Register for this promotion before completing your first stay. If you're already on a stay, you can still register before you leave to get the bonus points.
- Members will receive 2,000 bonus points for every stay completed before May 2, 2021.
- For every 5 cumulative nights that you stay before May 2, 2021, you will receive 5,000 bonus points.
- There is no limit to the number of bonus points you can accumulate with the Points Unlimited promotion.
- Award stays also qualify for this promotion.
The math on this is really simple. If you have one stay for 5 days, you'll get 7,000 bonus points. If you have 6 stays for 15 total days, you'll get 27,000 points (6 x 2,000 for each stay, and 3 x 5,000 for the cumulative nights).
This promotion does reward you more for short stays. If you stay 30 nights on the same stay, you'll get 32,000 bonus points. But if you had 30 stays for one night each (in case someone actually had that many short business trips), you would earn 90,000 bonus points.
Just keep in mind that a stay is defined as “the total number of consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, whether or not a guest checks out and checks back in again.” So, you wouldn't get the per-bonus stay 30 times if you book a 30-night stay as 30 one-night stays.
Other Fine Print
- Consecutive stays at the same property with a check-out and check-in on the same day count as one stay.
- Bonus points do not count toward elite status.
- All Hilton brands are participating in the promotion.
- Not all rates are included in this promotion.
- Please allow 6-8 weeks from the completion of your stay for the Bonus Points to appear in your Hilton Honors account.
Earn Even More Points Through Hilton Milestone Bonus
Hilton offers a standing incentive to keep loyalists staying at Hilton even after earning elite status: Milestone Bonus. If you're unfamiliar, Hilton Milestone Bonus offers 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights you stay with Hilton. However, for 2021, Hilton cut the required number of nights to start receiving the bonus by half.
Instead of 40 nights, you will now receive your first 10,000 point bonus after only 20 nights. Then, when you reach 60 nights, you will get an additional 40,000 bonus points (it used to be 30,000 bonus points).
You may notice that Hilton lists “in 2020” in this graphic. However, this is from Hilton's 2021 program updates page. And Hilton clarifies:
Hilton Honors Members earn 10,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points at 20 eligible nights and 10,000 Bonus Points for every 10 additional eligible nights thereafter during the 2021 calendar year – with no cap. On your 60th eligible night in 2021 you will receive an additional 30,000 Bonus Points on top of the 10,000 Milestone Bonus Points achieved at that threshold, for a total of 40,000 Points.
2021 Hilton Elite Status
Hilton also cut the requirements for 2021 elite status in half. Instead of requiring 10 nights or 4 stays, Hilton Silver will require just 5 nights or 2 stays. And top-tier Diamond elite status can be achieved after just 30 nights or 15 stays:
With Hilton Honors bonus points valued at 0.5 cents each, the Points Unlimited promotion is equivalent to a $10 cashback for each stay, and a $25 cashback for every five nights completed. I don't know how many people are going to be completing stays before May 2, but it's a nice bonus for those who are.
This promotion is just another item to add to the long list of advantages of joining the Hilton Honors Rewards Program. If you're a Hilton Honors member, there's no reason not to register for this promotion and get double bonus points and nights on your stays before May 2, 2021.
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