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Targetted: Earn 25,000 Avios plus Hilton Gold for just 5 Hilton stays, however cheap

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UPDATE – JANUARY 2023:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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 Up & Explore’ promotion which runs until 30th April 2023. You can register for the offer by clicking here.

Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when you buy points by 7th March. Click here to buy.

Emails should start arriving soon, if they haven’t already, in the inboxes of selected British Airways Executive Club members who are not members of Hilton HHonors.

If you get this email, you should NOT delete it!

Hilton Gold

It will direct you to this webpage. You will see that it requires an activation code which will be in the email, or possibly letter.

This is what you will get:

Instant Hilton Gold status, valid until 31 December 2013. This gets you free breakfast, free internet and an upgrade across the full Hilton family (Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria, Hampton, Hilton etc).

25,000 bonus Avios points when you complete five Hilton stays before the end of 2013!

Hilton Gold extended to March 2015 when you complete three Hilton stays before the end of 2013

This is an exceptionally generous offer. Even if you have no travel plans between now and the year end, it would be worth your while to find the cheapest Hilton Group property near you and book five one-off stays. All you have to do is check-in and go home again, no need to actually stay!

What is not clear from the email is whether you need to set your earnings preference to ‘Points and Fixed Miles’ or ‘Points and Variable Miles’, or whether it is OK to collect ‘Points and Points’. For safety, I would set your Hilton account to ‘Points and Fixed Miles’ and ensure that you select British Airways as your airline partner.

This offer will also work with the other Hilton promotions currently running:

Offer 1:

Sign up here and you will receive 1,000 bonus Avios points for every weekend night you stay, on top of the usual 500 Avios.

Offer 2:

Until Friday, there is a 3-day Hilton flash sale running for weekend stays until the end of the year.

Offer 3:

Hilton is offering 1,000 bonus Hilton HHonors points for all stays booked via its iOS app until 31st December.

Offer 4:

‘Winning Weekends’ offers a 25% discount on 2-night weekend stays in London until the end of the year. These rates will show automatically when you try to book.

Offer 5:

For stays of 2 or more nights, you should also sign up for the current global Hilton HHonors promotion, ‘More Nights, More Points’. Here is my article on that. Registration is required.


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

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (January 2023)

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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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.)

Comments (39)

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  • Dave says:

    Raffles are you saying you need to be set to BAEC to GET the email or just to collect the Avios? I’m currently set on Iberia.

    • Rob says:

      You’ll need to have a BAEC account to have a chance of being invited into this promotion. However, if you’ve already got a HH account in the same address as your BA account, its unlikely you’ll be invited anyway!

  • Mike Turnbull says:

    Is the activation code transferable ? If so, I wouldn’t mind having it.

  • littlefish says:

    Can anyone confirm whether BAEC e-mails sent on this? Kind of odd nothing positive reported yet.

    • Rob says:

      They are dribbling out, airline by airline. Etihad and Flying Blue versions definitely went out this week. BA may not have gone yet.

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