As I was reconciling my HHonors statement today I noticed that my one night stay at a Hampton Inn last week earned me 4,361 HHonors points. That’s a whopping 44 HHonors points per dollar! How? First, my MyWay preferences are set for Points and Points (since I stay primarily at Hampton Inns, Points + Miles isn’t as attractive), so that earns an automatic 50% bonus on base points in addition to the 50% bonus for having Diamond status. Hilton awards an additional 500 points for booking at the Hilton site with my HHonors Amex. This is rounded out by the current Hilton promo which doubles the base points awarded. Here’s the breakdown from my statement:
|2012 Q2 DOUBLE YOUR HHONORS – DBL PTS – Hampton Inn North Dallas Addison||990|
|Base Points – Hampton Inn North Dallas Addison||990|
|AMEX CO BRAND ONLINE BOOKING BONUS – Hampton Inn North Dallas Addison||500|
|DIAMOND VIP BONUS – 50% 2011 – Hampton Inn North Dallas Addison||495|
|50% BONUS ON BASE POINTS – Hampton Inn North Dallas Addison||495|
That’s 3,470 points for the stay, but I also earn 9 points per dollar on my HHonors Surpass card. That’s an additional 891 HHonors points for a total of 4,361 points. Not bad for a one night, $99 rate!
How many of you are taking full advantage of all the hotel programs to seriously expand your award earnings? Are there other tricks that I’m missing?