Quadruple Qantas Points with Hilton

Hilton are offering quadruple ‘Double Dip’ points with Qantas for stays between 9 April 2017 and 31 July 2017.


Hilton are offering quadruple ‘Double Dip’ points with Qantas Frequent Flyer for stays between 9 April 2017 and 31 July 2017.

This offer appears from time to time and offers fairly good value. I booked a stay in 2016 using this offer and received over 900 Qantas Points (and Hilton Honors points) for a single night stay.

To receive the quadruple Qantas Points, simply register for the offer and ensure your Earning Style in your Hilton Honors profile is set to Points & Miles.

The usual earn rate for Points & Miles is 1 Qantas Point per USD spent. This offer will generate 4 Qantas Points per USD spent, a fairly decent benefit.

I used to be a big fan of the Hilton program and am currently still using my complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond account from Velocity Frequent Flyer, however I’ve been turned off the program in recent times due to the limited number of hotels in Australia (including the upcoming closure of Hilton Melbourne South Wharf) and lack of any expansion plans.

Hilton launches rebranded loyalty program Hilton Honors

Hilton is rebranding its loyalty program as Hilton Honors and introducing changes to points redemptions, family pooling and status extensions.

As first reported by One Mile At A Time, news of Hilton’s revamped loyalty program have emerged. The official announcement is expected from Hilton tomorrow, however some of the changes have already leaked out and are summarised below.

Hilton Honors changes

  • The program will now be called Hilton Honors instead of Hilton HHonors, in a move to simplify things for customers.
  • The way in which customers redeem points for hotel stays is changing. The hotel category system is going away entirely and a new points and cash redemption option is being introduced that allows booking any standard room via points and cash. Hilton says that bookings can still be paid for entirely by points and will be capped at previous redemption limits. 
  • The new program will offer points pooling for free, similar to Virgin’s Family Pooling arrangement.
  • An interesting and innovative new feature is using your points towards Amazon purchases.
  • Diamond members who have had their status for three years and have accrued 250 elite qualitying nights or 500k base points can extend their Diamond status for a further year.

Overall, I think many of these changes are actually positive, unlike some of the recent changes we’ve seen to other loyalty programs. Usually an ‘enhancement’ is actually an erosion of benefits (I’m looking at you Virgin). I’ll wait to reserve full judgement until we see how the new points and cash redemption compares to the current points system.

Stay tuned for a full breakdown in the coming days of my take on these changes and whether I consider the Hilton Honors program to be more or less valuable for Australian travellers.

The best hotel chain for airline points

A comparison of which hotel chain offers the best value for airline point transfers.

Hotel bookings can be one of the most lucrative sources of frequent flyer points, with the likes of Qantas Hotels offering 3 points per $1 AUD and Virgin Australia Holidays offering up to 6 points per $1 AUD for Velocity Platinum members. Combined with regular promotions from Qantas Hotels of up to 9 points per $1 AUD, these can quickly add up to very healthy frequent flyer balances.

Unfortunately the biggest downside to booking your stays through frequent flyer portals, and any online travel agent (Hotels.com, Expedia, etc) is the lack of loyalty benefits and recognition at the hotel itself. There are many benefits to be obtained from acquiring status with your preferred hotel chain; such as free upgrades to bigger rooms or rooms with preferred views, late checkout, and complementary breakfast.

The good news is that almost all of the major hotel chains allow you to collect points from your hotel stays that can be converted to airline points. Infact, most hotel chains have a very large pool of airline points and miles currencies that you can select.

Accor LeClub

LeClub points transfer 1:1 to Velocity Points, Qantas Points
LeClub points transfer 2:1 to Asia Miles, Emirates, Etihad

Spend ($ AUD) Classic Silver Gold Platinum
$1 at Accor* 1.75 2.17 2.59 3.08
$1 at ibis, ibis Styles 0.88 1.09 1.30 1.54

*except Adagio, Adagio Access, ibis, ibis Styles and Mama Shelter

Using 1 AUD = 0.71 EUR. LeClub points based on spend in Euros.

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)

SPG points transfer 1:1 to Velocity Points, Asia Miles, Emirates, Etihad

Spend ($ AUD) Preferred Gold Platinum
$1 1.48 2.22 2.22

Using 1 AUD = 0.74 USD. SPG points based on spend in USD.

Hilton HHonors

Table shows earn rates for Velocity and Qantas Points once transferred from HHonors Points.

Spend ($ AUD) Blue Silver Gold Diamond
$1 1.67 1.91 2.08 2.5

Using 1 AUD = 0.74 USD and earning style set to Points & Points. HHonors points based on spend in USD.

World of Hyatt

Table shows earn rates for Qantas Points, Asia Miles, Emirates and Etihad once transferred from World of Hyatt Points.

Spend ($ AUD) Member Discoverist Explorist Globalist
$1 1.48 1.63 1.78 1.92

Using 1 AUD = 0.74 USD. World of Hyatt Points based on spend in USD.

In summary, even if your goal is maximising your airline points, there is still the possibility of earning a solid amount of airline points by booking directly with your hotel chain instead of through a frequent flyer portal.

The decision comes down to whether you value the hotel status benefits above the extra points you may have obtained from booking via a frequent flyer portal.

Example — Qantas Hotels vs SPG Gold

For example, booking directly via SPG if you’re Gold will earn 2.2 frequent flyer points per $1 AUD spent. This is 0.8 points less per $1 AUD than if booked via Qantas Hotels. Aussming the hotel is priced the same on SPG and Qantas Hotels, if the value of the booking is $300 and you value your frequent flyer points at 1 c per point, you are missing out on only $2.40 worth of value, which is easily offset by the extra benefits obtained with the SPG Gold status; such as room upgrades and late checkout.