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New Avios / Hilton promotion – earn up to 3,500 bonus Avios for 1-2 stays

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Click here for our article on Hilton’s ‘More Nights, More Points’ promotion which runs until 5th September 2022. You can register for the offer by clicking here.

British Airways and Hilton HHonors have launched a new promotion that will run from now until April 30th.

Ironically, we don’t yet know what the official Hilton HHonors promotion will be once the current ‘double points’ offer finishes on January 31st.  Remember that there will probably be a competing points-based promotion so you will have to choose which way to jump.

Last week I wrote about the Lufthansa / Hilton promotion which offers a steadily increasing miles bonus, culminating in a 400%  Miles & More bonus.

The Avios promotion is totally different:

It offers a fixed number of points as the bonus which means that it is a good deal on short cheap stays and a poorer deal on long expensive stays

It only applies to your first two Hilton stays before April 30th.  After that, you may want to switch back to earning points or sign up for another mileage promotion from a different airline.

Remember that this promotion will double-up with the ‘£50 cashback on a £250 UK Hilton stay’ promotion currently being run by American Express – details in this article.

The deal is:

You need to register for the promotion at this page

You need to switch your Hilton HHonors earning style from ‘points and points’ (ie 10 base HH points and 5 HH bonus points per $1) to ‘points and miles’

Select ‘British Airways’ as your airline partner

Receive 1,500 bonus Avios (500 at Hampton by Hilton) on top of your base points on your next stay in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Receive 2,000 bonus Avios (600 at Hampton by Hilton) on top of your base points on your second stay in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

For stays outside the UK, Middle East and Africa or at a Hampton by Hilton brand hotel then switching back to ‘points and points’ for that stay is probably better.  I value the five bonus Hilton points per $1 higher than I value the base earnings of 1 Avios per $1.

I would expect Virgin Flying Club to launch a version of this promotion as well, so keep an eye  out.  Even if you take the Avios option, you might want to switch to Virgin for your 3rd and subsequent stays.

Full details and registration can be found here.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (26)

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  • Andi Hawes says:

    promos like this, and others where you can save the offer to your card on the Amex site, can i benefit twice from the offer if i use my card and then my wives card? my card i can do, but i am a supplementary card holder on my wives and if on my wives Amex account i save the offer to the card, the card its saved to is my wives. the number listed, the last 5 digits, is my wives and not mine on here account. Would my card still pick up the offer?

    Hope thats clear :S

  • Jack says:

    Hoping to pick your collective brains here:

    I have the following stay pattern currently booked:
    Feb Conrad St James
    March Hampton Liverpool (reward stay)
    Later on in March Doubletree Barcelona

    Obviously the 1500 Avios should post fine for the Conrad stay…. How can I avoid the Hampton stay triggering a secondary lower bonus as I would be better off with the 2000 Avios at the Doubletree. Stupid question but I assume if I just change my Hampton stay to Points and Points then I can handily skip this stay for the purposes of this promo and then flick back to Avios before I go to Barcelona.

    Hope someone can validate my logic! Thanks

    • Rob says:

      Yes, that works. Flip if before check-in and keep it flipped until the stay has posted. There are also some special Conrad bonuses you can claim, details in an article in a day or so.

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