UPDATE – JANUARY 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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 current ‘Points Unlimited’ promotion which runs until 2nd May 2021. You can register for the offer by clicking here.
Between September 1st and November 30th (yes, this promotion was not advertised until two weeks after it started!), you can earn bonus Flying Club miles on most of your Hilton Group stays.
To take part, you must:
Set your Hilton HHonors account to earn ‘points and miles’ with Virgin Flying Club as your airline partner
You will earn the following bonus miles on top of the standard 2 miles per $1 spent:
1st stay: 1,000 bonus miles
2nd stay: 2,000 bonus miles
3rd stay: 3,000 bonus miles
4th stay: 4,000 bonus miles
5th stay: 5,000 bonus miles
If you value Virgin miles at 1p each, you are effectively getting a £30 rebate back on every stay – and that is before factoring in the Hilton HHonors points and the base Virgin miles per stay!
Note that stays at Hampton, Homewood Suites and Home2Suites only receive 1,000 bonus miles. That replaces the standard bonus you would receive for that stay – there is NOT a catch-up process.
You need to stay at a Hilton, Conrad, Doubletree, Waldorf-Astoria etc in order to receive the full bonus miles.
These rules produce strong DISincentives to make certain stays. Let’s imagine that you have made 3 Hilton stays and earned the 1000, 2000 and 3000 miles bonuses.
If your next stay is at a Hampton, you only receive 1000 bonus miles. If your next stay is at a Hilton, you would receive 4000 miles! It therefore makes sense to move that Hampton stay to a Holiday Inn, Marriott or other non Hilton brand.
This promotion should double up with the global ‘Triple Your Trip’ promotion which runs until the end of October. This means you could be earning triple base points for your stay plus a slug of Virgin miles as well. My article on ‘Triple Your Trip’ is here.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (January 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
(Want to earn more Virgin Points? Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)