UPDATE – AUGUST 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry. We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above.
Click here for our article on Hilton’s current ‘More Nights More Points’ promotion which runs until 6th September 2021. You can register for the offer by clicking here.
Hilton HHonors has launched its Spring promotion.
Whilst there is nothing wrong with it, especially when you look at what is available from many of its competitors, it does rub in how exceptionally generous (for many people) the second version of IHG’s Accelerate promotion is.
Hilton has chosen to give another outing to one of its favourite promotions, called ‘Double Your HHonors’. You can find details of the promotion, and register, here.
However, do not register without thinking first, as the promotion requires you to make a choice.
The promotion will run from 1st January to 30th April.
Under ‘Double Your HHonors’, you can choose either:
double Hilton HHonors base points
double airline miles
You must select one option, and it cannot be changed later.
If you choose double points and set your Hilton earning preferences to ‘Points and Points’, you will be earning 25 base points per $1 spent. This is before any elite bonus.
If you choose double miles and set your Hilton earning preference to ‘Points and Miles’, you be earning 10 base points per $1 plus 2 airline miles per $1.
Remember that Hilton and Avios is ‘a bit weird’:
If you credit to British Airways then, as I mentioned above, you earn 1 airline mile per $1 which is doubled under this offer to 2 per $1.
If you credit to Iberia Plus, you earn 15 airline miles per $10 which is doubled under this offer to 30 per $10. There is a cap of 1,000 miles per stay, however. This makes crediting stays to Iberia Plus 50% more valuable but only if you will be spending under $500.
You can read more about the discrepancy between BA and Iberia earning with Hilton in this article.
I tend to value Hilton HHonors points at £3 per 1,000 and airline miles at 0.75p (both very conservative numbers). On that basis, taking ‘double points’ would earn me (25 x 300/1000 =) 7.5p per $1 spent. Taking ‘double miles’ in British Airways would earn me 4.5p per $1 spent.
There are no excluded hotels – every Hilton Family property is taking part. The chain has intimated that this will be standard practice going forward. This is something I fully support, having once been caught out unexpectedly and missing a bonus because of it.
How to earn Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards (August 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 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 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 via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.
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