I don’t normally write about new hotel openings, but this one has the potential to be very relevant for anyone heading off on a long-haul British Airways flight from Gatwick.
Hilton has just opened a new 192-room ‘Hampton by Hilton’ hotel, attached to the North Terminal at Gatwick. This is the terminal used by British Airways, which means that if you arrive at Gatwick by train you will need to use the monorail to reach it.
Hampton is, theoretically, the mid-market Hilton brand. However, because the bulk of the Hampton properties in Europe are newly built, they are actually substantially more pleasant than the average Hilton-branded hotel.
There is a lot to like about Hampton properties, as I found in Berlin a couple of years ago:
All rooms have free wi-fi
All rooms get free breakfast (in Berlin, it was a far better offering that the typical Holiday Inn Express breakfast)
They are NOT ‘pod-like’ rooms, so they appear a lot more like a ‘normal’ mid-market hotel room
For a typical night in March, the hotel was charging £109 flexible / £92 non-refundable on a Monday. A Saturday came in at £99 flexible / £84 non-refundable. Not a bad deal given it includes breakfast, and you will earn Hilton HHonors points and Avios for your stay. Don’t forget to register for the new Weekend Rewards promotion before your stay!
It is a Category 4 property for Hilton HHonors. Category 4 hotels are priced in the 20,000-30,000 points per night range, and the Hampton has chosen to charge 30,000 points per night all year round.
My general valuation of Hilton points is 0.3p, and given the prices above I am exactly right! If you have the points, this is therefore an acceptable place to redeem.
There are also ‘Park & Fly’ packages available on the website if you require parking.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 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.
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points (45,000 Hilton Honors points) if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 Virgin Points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(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.)