REMINDER: How to earn 10,000 Avios with your next five Hilton stays

Hilton is currently running an aggressive promotion with Avios to encourage you to move your stays across to them this Summer.

You can earn 10,000 Avios from your next five Hilton cash stays.  Importantly, there are no spend, brand or night caps, although hotels in Mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are excluded.

I first wrote about this offer back in May.  That is a lifetime ago in HFP terms, however, and I thought it was worth another push today as a) it is very generous in the right circumstances and b) there are still 6 weeks to take advantage.  And, to be honest, c) the original article had a weird headline – now changed – and even I couldn’t find it using the HFP search box!

It may even be enough to tip the balance if you were thinking of doing a mattress run for Hilton Diamond or Gold status.  Let me explain ….

Hilton St Georges Park pool

How the deal works

The current general Hilton Honors promotion, which runs until 31st August, offers double base points on all stays (triple points for Hilton Diamond members).  I wrote about this promotion here and you will find the registration link in that article.  You should register for that offer even if you intend to take part in this new Avios offer.

The new Avios promotion works alongside the double points offer.  You will receive both.

The Avios offer is outlined on this page, where you can also register.

In summary:

You will earn 2,000 bonus Avios on each of your next 5 Hilton stays

Hotels in Mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are excluded

Except for the restriction above, all Hilton stays count, at any brand, of any length of stay, of any price.  Reward stays do not count, even if you charge something to the room, as you can only earn points on incidental spend on reward stays.

You need to register for the offer via this page

You need to change your Hilton Honors earning preference in your profile to ‘Points and Miles’ and set British Airways Executive Club as your airline partner

Stays must be completed by 31st August

This offer will work alongside the ‘double base points’ offer.  So, for example, for a member without status:

‘Points and Miles’ standard earning rate: 10 base Hilton points per $1 spent plus 1 Avios per $1 spent

Rate after registering for the Avios offer:  10 base Hilton points per $1 spent plus 1 Avios per $1 spent plus 2000 Avios bonus

Rate after registering for both offers:  20 base Hilton points per $1 spent plus 1 Avios per $1 spent plus 2000 Avios bonus

This is a pretty chunky rebate.  A spend of £50 would trigger, adjusting for VAT, roughly 1,080 Hilton points plus 2,042 Avios.  That is worth about £20-£25 to most people.  Hilton status members would receive even more.

Don’t forget to register for the ‘2000 Avios’ offer here and the ‘double base points’ offer here.

Note that you won’t receive the 2,000 Avios on a reward stay, even if you make a charge to your room.  You will receive bonus base points on your room charges.

Hilton Venice

Why should you consider a mattress run to get Hilton status?

Hilton is currently offering a path to status until 31st March 2019 if you have status with another hotel programme.  Details are here.

Here are the rules:

If you have top tier status in another programme, you will get 90 days of Hilton Diamond with an extension to 31st March 2019 if you complete 8 stays in 90 days

If you have mid tier status in another programme, you will get 90 days of Hilton Gold with an extension to 31st March 2019 if you complete 4 stays in 90 days

Hilton status can be valuable.  A Diamond member is guaranteed club lounge access at properties with a lounge, plus free breakfast.  A Gold member is guaranteed free breakfast.  (Some brands are excluded from this, mainly Waldorf-Astoria.)  There are also upgrade and late check-out benefits.

The full list of Hilton Honors Diamond status benefits is here.

Let’s imagine that you can’t move 4 or 8 stays to Hilton within 90 days.  Do you, however, have a cheap Hilton property near where you live or work?

Let’s imagine there is a local hotel selling for £50 on a quiet Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.  If you booked yourself in for 4 or 8 one-night stays, you would earn 2,000 Avios on each of your first five stays plus double Hilton base points (triple base points if you are doing a Diamond challenge) via the other promotion.

Depending on how you valued the Avios and Hilton points, your net cost for achieving Hilton Diamond could be around £250.  Hilton Gold could have a net cost of at little as £100 after factoring in 8,000 Avios plus the base Hilton points from 4 x £50 stays.

This is a worse case scenario.  If you can manage a few Hilton stays from your existing travel plans, the net cost to do the extra mattress run nights would be even lower.

You need to think this through, of course.  Hilton Diamond doesn’t have much value if your travel plans between now and 31st March 2019 won’t feature a few high-end Hilton / Conrad / Waldorf-Astoria hotels, preferably ones with executive lounges.

For what it’s worth, I registered for the Hilton Diamond match before our Easter trip to Asia and, through a combination of holiday stays, work stays, reward nights and a couple of mattress run nights, hit the eight stays target last month.

You can register for the Hilton status match here.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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Comments

  1. Day use stays count as well. I questioned the online chat agent and she confirmed that day use counts towards the promo. I’ve got 2 booked in Nottingham for £35

  2. William says:

    Hi Rob, the Hilton bonus avios you mentioned above. I know it contains an exclusion of hotels in greater China area. But reading posts in the Chinese frequent traveller community, FlyerTea, many people who stayed at those excluded hotels still received 2,000 bonus point from BA at the end.

  3. Cheers for this reminder Rob – they matched my IHG Platinum and emailed me about Triple Points in effect. So 8 stays needed, booked 5 stays @ £66ea to grab the 10k AVIOS before end of August, then another 3 needed to keep Diamond until March 2019.

  4. I can confirm that i got the full 10,000 Avios through 5 stays at the Hilton in Beijing so it seems China is included no matter what they T&C says

  5. Need some help please. After 5 stays with “EARN UP TO 10,000 AVIOS IN JUST 5 STAYS WITH HILTON”, what MyWay Hotel Benefits should I choose that is currently running? Need 3 more stays before 20 Aug. :p