Whilst many Head for Points readers using Tesco Clubcard vouchers for Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles, one of the other interesting redemptions is for UK Hilton Hotels. You can see details on this page of the Clubcard website.
Tesco and Hilton made some positive changes to this redemption in 2015 which improved it:
you no longer have to book for at least two nights
you can now book certain hotels during the week, if that particular hotel chooses to participate
all Hilton brands (Hampton, Conrad etc) now participate – not just the main Hilton brand
These were all good changes.
There are other positive features about this deal:
rooms always include breakfast
all room categories are included, so if you need a bigger room or a suite then you can often book one, as long as you have enough Clubcard points
There is, however, one downside – Tesco has taken away the instructions on how to check availability online.
They want you to ring the call centre, which is time consuming and – if you have a variety of hotels and dates to choose from – slow. Looking at reports on the Clubcard site, you will also receive a hard sell to book a room for cash if no redemptions are available.
How to book without calling
The Tesco / Hilton website page has some of the information you need – but not all of it!
You are restricted to UK hotels across all Hilton brands. You receive 300% of the face value of your vouchers.
Note that the price charged is the cancellable bed and breakfast rate. However, the booking you make will not be cancellable. This means that you are not getting a true 3 x face value redemption with Hilton because you should be comparing it with the price of a non-cancellable bed and breakfast rate.
Bookings must be made 14 days in advance.
This is how to check availability
You search here at hilton.com for availability using Promotional Code PR20TC.
You need to click ‘Advanced Search’ on the home page in order to bring up the box where the code goes.
I did a dummy booking for Hilton St George’s Park (at the National Football Centre in Staffordshire – I have stayed there and it is very pleasant) for 13th to 15th May:
Standard room, non-refundable – £88 (Hilton Honors Flash Sale Rate)
Standard room, non-refundable, with breakfast – £92 (Hilton Honors Flash Sale Rate)
Standard room, flexible, with breakfast – £116
Tesco Clubcard standard room with breakfast – £116
Compared to the non-refundable rate you getting 2.4 x face value for your Clubcard vouchers. This may be poorer than usual because Hilton is running a Flash Sale this week.
If you compare it to the flexible rate you are getting 3 x face value, but remember that your Tesco rate is not cancellable.
Once you have checked availability, you can ring Hilton to make the booking using the instructions given on the Clubcard website.
This is a far easier way of searching and booking than using the telephone, especially for cities like London where there are multiple hotels to choose from.
Overall, this is generally a good value Clubcard redemption and a decent alternative to Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles.