Hilton HHonors and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club have had very good promotions for bonus miles and, until the recent change (read more here), it made sense to Double Dip with Virgin Atlantic even when you really just wanted Hilton HHonors points.
So, when I wrote about the most recent promo for up to 6,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for three Hilton stays by April 30, 2014 (read more here), reader asked if it would make sense to still continue crediting these three stays to Virgin and later move the points back to Hilton HHonors.
Virgin Atlantic and Hilton HHonors also lowered the number of Hilton HHonors points you can convert from 1 Virgin mile to 2 Hilton HHonors points to 1 miles to 1.5 points (read more here).
When you choose Points + Miles you forego earning 5 Hilton HHonors points per USD, but you earn 2 miles with the regular double dip.
But here the question is about this current promo. Not taking into account the base earnings, as long as the qualifying folio spent of these three stays are less than $1,800 it makes sense to earn the 6,000 miles than you can later convert to 9,000 Hilton HHonors points.
Note that you need to have at least 10,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points and can do the exchange in increments of 5,000 miles beyond that.
The current promo for 6,000 Virgin Atlantic miles for just three stays is still a good way of earning extra Hilton HHonors points when your folio amount is not high.
You should not, however, any more double dip with Virgin Atlantic if there is no promotion for extra miles going on. This USED to be a very good way of earning extra Hilton HHonors points for inexpensive stays.