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.
(To see our complete list of all current hotel promotions for the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)