Hilton HHonors has launched a new ‘fast track to Gold’ promotion in association with airberlin.
Unlike many similar promotions run by Hilton, this one is open to everyone. It is even being openly promoted on airberlin.com – click on ‘topbonus’ and ‘news and special offers’..
(In theory, you need to be a member of their topbonus frequent flyer scheme, but you can join for free via the airberlin site.)
You are directed to this special Hilton HHonors registration page to register.
Here are the rules – read them carefully:
You need to complete THREE Hilton stays, across any brand, within 90 days of registering – so think carefully about what date you should register
You must register by 31st December 2015 (EDIT: the rules changed after I published this article and you must now register by September 30th)
Reward stays or ‘cash and points’ stays WILL count
Your Hilton HHonors Gold status will run until March 2017
If you credit your stays to airberlin topbonus, you will also receive bonus miles – double on your second stay, triple on your third stay and quadruple on your fourth stay. The rules do NOT say that you must credit the three qualifying stays to airberlin – it appears OK to take ‘100% points’ instead of some points and some miles. You could also choose to take some points and take some miles in Iberia Plus or British Airways Executive Club (Iberia is more generous).
What is good about Hilton HHonors Gold?
Hilton Gold is probably the best mid-tier status of any hotel chain.
The key benefit is free breakfast, except at Waldorf-Astoria properties. You should also receive some sort of upgrade (Hilton is very good at upgrading, unlike some other chains) and a late check-out on request.
On my two Hilton stays last week, I was upgraded on one and got a 2pm late check-out on both, as well as free breakfast. At Syon Park I also received 2 x £10 free drink vouchers per room.
You will also receive bonus base points on every stay. If your employer pays for your breakfast, you can – at some brands – choose to receive 1,000 bonus points instead.
If you think you can squeeze in three Hilton Group stays within 90 days – and remember that includes Hampton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc – then this is definitely worth a look.
Remember that you MUST register via this page – and that the 90 days starts counting from the day you register.
How to earn Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards (January 2021)
There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted in three Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)