Hilton / Amex ‘£50 cashback on £250 booking’ offer is back, covering UK and European hotels

American Express and Hilton Hotels have brought back their generous ‘£50 cashback for spending £250’ promotion.

It is restricted to the first 10,000 American Express cardholders to register their card.  To see if you are targetted, you need to log in to the Amex website and click on the ‘Offers’ tab on the online statement for ALL of your cards.

I got it on my Platinum card but not my BA Premium Plus card or, perhaps unsurprisingly, my SPG card.

This offer will NOT work with any MBNA, Lloyds or Barclays-issued Amex.  However, keep an eye on the Amex Connect offers site – if it appears there (and it hasn’t so far) you can take part.  The Amex Connect site appears to be dying off, to be honest, as Amex prepares to pull the plug on its licensed cards business.

Hilton Paris Opera lobby

The Hilton cashback rules are relatively simple:

You must register your card number in advance (there is a cap of 10,000 registrations)

Valid for stays until 30th November

Minimum spend of £250 in one transaction

Valid only at UK and European hotels in this PDF file. It includes all brands – Hilton, Hampton, Doubletree, Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria.  European countries taking part are Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

This would work perfectly well in conjunction with the current Hilton ‘double points’ promotion which I wrote about here.

PS.  The relatively new Hilton Paris Opera, pictured above, is included in the offer and will be reviewed on Head for Points later this month.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. OT: Got the LAITHWAITE’S WINE Spend £70 or more, get £20 back
    I think someone on here mentioned can get very good deal combined with other promos aound. Can someone ps point me in the right direction-other offers and which wine to go for?

    (did I mention I dont drink? 🙂

    • You can combine this with a great deal on BAEC. Something like £55 for a case of 12 wines plus 1 free. Make your basket up to £70 and Amex gives you £20 back. And BA gives you 1000 Avios! I got 14 nice bottles of wine for a net cost of about £45!

  2. always loads of vouchers around for Laithwaite’s eg
    LINK30 – £30 off Orders Over £74.99

    just google them

    you might want to avoid signing up for the Discovery Club/ Winebank as then you need to cancel the direct debit afterwards – not in itself a problem but some people don’t like the hassle

  3. Slightly OT. Does anyone know if a Hilton free night voucher can be used by someone other than the card holder? (I can’t apply for a Hilton card as I already have another Barclaycard but my wife could. I have Hilton Diamond status though so would like to make the booking)

    • Apparently so – as you have to call to make the booking it is straightforward for them to do. I have been told you can book normal reward nights for others by phone as well (not possible online) but no experience of this.

      • I’ve booked reward nights for others, then just emailed the hotel direct to let them know the names of the guests checking in.

        They even honoured my diamond status but YMMV.

  4. Another O/T just thought of another way to bring forward spend on my BMI Diamond Club Visa, bit obvious

    I’m prepaying 2x £500 on school lunches for 2 of my kids – their schools run cashless school lunch systems

    39 weeks = 195 days, x £2.30 = £448.50 – so they should have a bit left over at the end of the school year

    Ker-ching 1000 Avios 🙂

    • Poor ROI IMO and tying up money that doesn’t yet have to be paid. I’ve prepaid when need to meet sign up bonus etc (e.g. £750 on Hilton or £2k on Amex) but the return has always been better than 1%. Perhaps sign up to virgin white, prepay the circa £1k then get 10,500 virgin miles?

      • I guess you’re right – actually I just found out my daughter’s system charges 1.6% fee on top so I’m not doing that

        but in my son’s case, I have to pay that £500 anyway and it is another chore out of the way once a month for the rest of the year so I think I’ll go ahead

      • Agree on the ROI being not that good unless you have maxed out all other sign up bonuses as 2.5p/avios is still a good return on a visa/mastercard spend especially if you also have maxed out any current account offerings that offer interest more than 1.25% interest and your money is making less than 2.5% but now thinking is getting a bit over the top.

        • yep but my thinking is: the system won’t take Amex/ there’s no fee for Visa or MC/ I have to pay for his school lunches anyway so I might as well get some points out of it/ it’s a pain to have to remember to top up his school a/c every few weeks & this way I can avoid the hassle

        • Good point if I had the card I would be prepaying everything to get the extra points locked in now 🙂

        • My wife is doing Virgin white for the 10k sign up (just used for sign up bonus) and i’m doing Virgin black (perhaps just for one year as there is the £140 cost) for the 25k sign up and then ongoing non-Amex expenditure at 1 mile per £. With the sign ups on £4K spend, much better than putting through so much on the DC IMO and gets us set up for the non-DC era.

    • thanks I’ll give it a try & see if I get the Amex success email

    • barnaby100 says:

      Dont forget it is university tuition payment time. I pay the £9000 by amex with no fees and friends report that they do similar at other unis.

  5. Hi all, not sure if Amex know what Hotel you have stayed in. Would this work on hotels not on the list? Example Sydney Australia? Surely if it bills at Hilton, it would work no?

  6. Any chance that buying Points under the 50% discount offer would trigger the £50 offer too? Was thinking of buying some anyway so might be worth a try?

  7. O/T La Compagnie have reduced 1-way tickets out of/ into Luton to £349 if you can travel before 24th September

  8. Do Amex FHR always settle the total bill at check out? Looking at the WA Caledonian in Edinburgh and the room is £229 obviously food and drink will send that above £250 but don’t want to get there and they have already charged the room rate to the card

    • Keep an eye on the points and money that pops up now and then for the WA Caledonian as it works out a good deal especially if you have status. The breakfast is excellent too. Views of the castle from certain rooms are nice too especially as it’s lit up in the evening.

  9. for the IHG accelerate deal can someone please confirm the holiday inn and the holiday inn express are classed as different brands as it I need to stay at 2 of there ihg Hotel brands .

    thanks in advance

    • Yes they are two different brands.

      The ones to watch out for are Holiday Inn Garden Court (if any oft house are still not rebranded) – gets classed as a HI.

      And in North America you get the HI Suites and HIX Suites branded versions which get counted as the HI or HIX respectively.

  10. Gin and Tonic Please says:

    I was just thinking about the Hilton Paris Opera. Can you give a sneak preview – thumbs up or thumbs down? Also, any idea if they’ll give me my Diamond benefits if I book through Amex Travel (who offer a $75 credit for non-room spend for about £13 more than booking direct with the hotel)?

  11. Do Amex Corporate charge cards quality for these kind of offers? I’ve had a look on the website but can’t find the offer section.