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Still time to register for Hilton’s double miles offer …. but not with BA

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UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2022:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.  We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above. 

Click here for our article on Hilton’s ‘Double Your Stay’ promotion which runs until 31st December 2022. You can register for the offer by clicking here.

From 1st April to 30th June, Hilton has been offering Double Points or Double Miles for every qualifying stay at one of their properties worldwide.  You can still sign up here

Note that you can only select one option and that you are stuck with that option for the whole period, so if you are planning a lot of stays where you will have heavy incidental spent (all of which would qualify for Double Points) then Double Miles may not necessarily be the best choice.

Once you have selected Double Miles, you need to make sure that your Hilton HHonors profile is configured with your frequent flier number.  You can choose from Points & Variable Miles or Points & Fixed Miles – unless you are expected very heavy incidental spend, Fixed Miles will be the better deal.

You may automatically select BA as your mileage partner.  This would be a big mistake.  BAEC members earn 500 Avios per stay at Hilton, Conrad and most other Hilton brands, and just 100 at Hampton and Homewood properties.  However, BMI Diamond Club members earn 1,000 miles per night with a maximum of 3,000 miles per stay.  You even earn this at Hampton and Homewood, 10x the BA earnings rate.  And, of course, BMI miles will be transferable 1:1 to Avios from 3rd July. 

Under Double Miles, a 3 night Hilton stay would earn 6,000 BMI miles – an excellent return – plus some Hilton HHonors points as well.

Even when the BMI option eventually disappears, heavy Hilton stayers may want to consider keeping away from Avios and taking Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles instead, as the earning rate is double, with 1,000 miles per stay under Fixed Miles.

You can visit the Hilton HHonors site here for further details.

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (October 2022)

There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

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

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