The most annoying one is that Hampton by Hilton Corby, photo below, has moved from Category 1 (5,000 points per night) to Category 2 (10,000 points per night).
Of course, even at 10,000 points per night this hotel is very good value for a redemption. The reason it was a great deal as a Category 1 is that Hilton reward nights count towards status.
If you lived near Corby and registered for the recent ‘Gold after three stays’ promotion run with airberlin, you could have completed the task with three bookings costing just 15,000 points.
For people trying to earn Hilton HHonors Diamond status, it was also a good way to complete a ‘Diamond Challenge’. If you send Hilton details of your top tier status with another chain, they may offer you a challenge such as ’21 nights within 90 days’ to achieve top tier Diamond status. You could then book 21 nights in Corby for 105,000 Hilton HHonors points, turn up on the first day to check in and then not show your face for the next three weeks.
At 10,000 points per night, it doesn’t make as much sense.
There is still one 5,000 point per night hotel left in the UK – Hampton by Hilton Newport East. The full list of 5,000 point per night hotels globally is here.
Other category changes in the UK
Here are the other UK changes on the list.
Hampton by Hilton Birmingham North – drops from Category 4 to Category 3
Doubletree by Hilton London Chelsea – drops from Category 7 to Category 6 (this hotel uses a very loose definition of the world Chelsea, even Mo Farah would not fancy the jog down to Sloane Square tube station from here!)
Hilton London Islington (the old
Jurys Inn Stakis) – increases from Category 6 to Category 7
Of newly opened hotels, Doubletree Woking opened as a Category 5 and the refurbished and rebranded Doubletree London Docklands Riverside is a Category 6.
These changes do not take effect until October 14th so you can still book for 2016 at the old rates for the next few days.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (May 2022)
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 and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 120,000 Hilton Honors points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(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.)