As far as the UK is concerned, there is only one item to note. The Hilton Brighton Metropole will drop from Category 6 to Category 5 on 13th January.
Of the new hotels, we have already discussed Hilton Bournemouth which is Category 6. Other recent openings include Hilton Bankside in London, Hampton by Hilton Bristol City Centre, Doubletree Ricoh Arena Coventry, Doubletree Edinburgh Queensferry Crossing, Hampton Oxford, Doubletree Liverpool and the Hilton Cambridge (covered here).
The Category 1 bargains
I have written before about the handful of Hilton properties around the world which cost just 5,000 points per night. Status members can book these hotels for just 4,000 points per night when booked in chunks of five nights.
When you remember that Hilton Park Lane in London can now reach 90,000 points per night, you can see that there are some bargains here.
A new hotel has now joined the 5,000 points per night list for new bookings from January 13th.
The Hilton Taba Resort and Nelson Village in Egypt (nearest airport Taba) drops from Category 3 to Category 1.
The TripAdvisor reviews are generally positive. Cash rates in the Hilton Winter Sale are very low at the moment so, even at 5,000 points, it is only a good deal and not an astounding one. If you are looking to use your Hilton points for a very cheap break, however, it could well be of interest.
You really can’t go wrong at 5,000 points per night. Put it this way …. the sign-up bonus on the free Amex Gold charge card (20,000 points) would convert to 40,000 Hilton points which would get you at least eight free nights.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and 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.
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 (10,000 bonus Amex points)
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.
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.)