I wrote an article in February discussing the speedy arrival of my free night voucher from my Hilton HHonors Platinum Visa credit card. It turned up just 13 days after I hit the £750 spending target.
However, looking at the comments you left, it seems that I got lucky and just snuck in to the end of a batch. I now tell people they should wait 6 weeks before chasing up.
Having got the free night, I turned my focus to getting my Hilton HHonors Gold status back. This expired at the end of March. I needed to spend £10,000 on the card to receive it.
All Hilton status cards expire in March. The programme works on a calendar year and your old status continues until March whether or not you retain it.
The £10,000 of spending on the Hilton credit card to obtain Gold status must be done in a calendar year. As I got my card in January, this was not a problem. Some people are caught out by this – it is NOT a good card to get towards the end of the year. If you don’t hit £10,000 by December 31st, your target is reset to zero and you need to start again.
This is the timeline I experienced:
I passed the £10,000 target on March 1st
The statement which included that transaction was issued on March 19th
The payment deadline for that statement was April 13th, although I had paid it earlier
On Tuesday April 20th I received an email:
Look at the dates. I received Gold status for the rest of this year, all of 2016 and the first three months of 2017. That is 24 months of Hilton HHonors Gold – or 24 months of free breakfast, as I prefer to see it.
The bad news for Barclaycard is that there is no need for me to keep the Hilton card now except for the fact that I receive 2,500 bonus Hilton points on my first four stays.
Once I have earned those, I will cancel it – and then reapply closer to April 2017 when my Hilton HHonors Gold will again expire.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – June 2022 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
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
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:
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
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
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.