UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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 ‘Power Up’ promotion which runs until 31st December 2021. You can register for the offer by clicking here.
You will receive a 100% bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points by 30th September 2021. You can buy by clicking here.
Hilton HHonors is currently launching targetted promotions with pretty much every major airline. Until this BA one launched, the Lufthansa one looked the most generous and still is for very expensive stays.
The BA version allows you to earn 3,500 bonus Avios points from just two Hilton Family stays before the end of July.
The promotion is part competition (win a holiday in Dubai – at the new Waldorf-Astoria, which ironically I see every day across the Gulf from our current hotel) and part bonus miles promotion.
Let’s start with the competition.
The website says:
“British Airways Executive Club Members residing in the UK who register or enrol with Hilton HHonors between 1st April and 30th June 2014, will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury holiday to Dubai. Prize includes 2 BA Club World Return flights to Dubai, 5 night stay at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai – Palm Jumeirah plus a chauffeur driven car to and from the airport courtesy of Avis.”
However, when you look at the rules, it appears that only NEW members of Hilton HHonors can take enter the competition. The exact wording is:
“An Eligible Participant is a person who is a member of the British Airways Executive Club, a resident in the United Kingdom (excluding residents of Northern Ireland), aged 18 years or over and who enrolls onto the “Hilton HHonors Program” (“Program”) during the Competition Period”
We therefore cannot be certain is existing members are eligible for the competiton.
Secondly, the bonus Avios.
The wording is not clear, to be honest. In one place it implies that only new members of Hilton HHonors will receive the bonus Avios, but in the rules it says that it applies to existing members too.
However, we know from people who have already stayed that EVERYONE receives the bonus Avios.
The promotion works like this:
You MUST register in advance at this website (if you are not already a Hilton HHonors member, you can also join at this site). The deadline for registration is 30 June which is a month earlier than your last potential stay date of 31 July.
You MUST set your Hilton HHonors account to earn ‘points and variable miles’ with British Airways set as your airline miles partner
You will earn 1,500 bonus Avios on top of the usual Avios (1 per $1 spent) on your first Hilton Family stay before 31 July
You will earn 2,000 bonus Avios on top of the usual Avios (1 per $1 spent) on your second Hilton Family stay before 31 July
Remember that, as well as Hilton, this promotion will also count for stays at Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria, Hilton Garden Inn and other Hilton Family brands. At Hampton or Homewood Suites properties, you get a far smaller bonus of 500 Avios for the first stay and 600 for the second.
Assuming it is open to all, this should work out nicely for my visit to Thomas (the Tank Engine) Land at Drayton Manor in July, when we are staying at the new Hilton property in Burton upon Trent at the St George’s Park National Football Centre.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)
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.
The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.
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 American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 10th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
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