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? – December 2023 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit 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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
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: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 bonus points 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:
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
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.