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Another Hilton hotel joins the ‘5,000 points per night’ club

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Hilton HHonors recently published its latest list of price changes for the points required to book a Hilton reward night.

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.

I ran a reader review of the best of the 5,000 point properties, in Oman, last year.

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

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.

The Platinum Card from American Express

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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:

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:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

(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.)

Comments (29)

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  • Mary says:

    Hi slightly OT been status matched by hilton to diamond from ihg platinum member card scan e-mail (surprised as my ihg status officially expires 31/12/15 … But Still shows platinum???) I have a nice free night in high end Conrad in south east Asia this summer and paid for additional night to enjoy diamond benefit upgrade inc. executive lounge access. Can someone tell me if I cancel the Hilton honours card will it effect my free night and/or diamond status and so I can apply ihg credit card right away?

    Could it be possible to status match back from Hilton to ihg??? Seems too easy? Cheeky even.

    I’m not exactly frequent traveller as I’m sure you might have guessed.


    • Alan says:

      Nope, cancelling the card won’t have any effect on your status and the voucher is now in your Hilton account so there shouldn’t be any issue there.

      Not sure what status matches IHG are offering but you can give it a go I guess!

      • Idrive says:

        There is no status match with IHG check on status matcher and you will see

  • Brusselsprout says:

    Isn’t the Foreign Office advising against all but essential travel to this area at the moment? Taba is on the border of the essential travel only zone and the advise against all travel zone on their map…

    • John says:

      …yep, and most insurance policies will automatically be invalidated if you’re still mad enough to pursue this bargain.

  • Mary says:

    I suppose if you really gotta go its good info. Although judging by pic it does look kind of deserted.

  • Boi says:

    OT but Hilton related.

    I booked 2 rooms in a doubletree but only got points for 1 room. Is that usual? I got over 4000 points for my £81 and would like to chase it as I thought I should get points for both. But just wanted to check first…. I am diamond.

    Also, what’s best way to chase for them?

    • Oliver says:

      Hilton have online chat don’t they? try that

    • Paul C says:

      Only one room will credit any points, its part of HHonors Ts&Cs.

      • Rob says:

        Two rooms are eligible IF and only IF you combine the two bills into one and just make one payment.

        Two payments and two invoices means you only get one lot of points.

        However, this happened to me last year and I appealed it on the basis that the hotel had closed off my bill before I checked out. I was retrospectively given the extra points.

        • Alan says:

          Indeed – 4000 seems a lot of points for one £81 room though, so I wonder if credit has already been applied? HHonors CS (even moreso Diamond Desk) are going at seeing common sense in these situations – sadly with Accor that’s much less often the case, although individual properties can manually push through credits, as I eventually found with an offline TA stay where I eventually managed to get credit for F&B spend in-property! 🙂

          • xcalx says:

            In November I received 3657 points and 51 miles on a $65.60 1 room, 1 night booking I used the Hilton price guarantee to get this price (Hilton $179 comparison site $101 price after Hilton price guarantee $51 + tax = $65.60)

            0 2000 0

            2015 TRIPLE YOUR TRIP OFFER
            0 1020 0

            Base Points
            510 0 0

            GOLD VIP BONUS – 25% 2015
            0 127 0

            DOUBLE DIP BA
            0 0 51

          • Alan says:

            Nice earning there – although the majority of points are from Triple Your Trip as you can see the base points are on 10 per USD pre-tax.

          • mark2 says:

            I got 11218 points for C$300 (about £150) one night in Sept.
            If you look on the full web site it goes into great detail on how the points are made up.

          • Alan says:

            Hi Mark – yes, but as in xcalcx’s example I’m sure that will be from bonus point offers that were on? I’m fully up to speed on how Hilton calculate points (previously a Diamond through stays), I was just replying to Boi’s post looking at how they had potentially been made up – if he hadn’t registered for any promo offers and didn’t have status then it could be credit for two rooms. On the other hand if he had registered for promos it could easily have been up to that point.

            The quick summary (for ease of reference for others) is 10 HHonors per USD, additional 5/USD if on points+points, another 2.5/USD if Gold or 5/USD if Diamond, then 1k extra if Gold with that option selected rather than upgrade or if Diamond. All calculated on pre-tax rates.

          • Boi says:

            All points are for one room. The rooms were in one booking so I guess I should challenge it.
            BASE BONUS MILES

            0 1000 0

            0 1000 0

            Base Points
            997 0 0

            0 997 0

            DIAMOND VIP BONUS – 50% 2016
            0 498 0

            0 0 198

          • Alan says:

            Definitely challenge it – I’d go via Diamond Desk since you’ve got that (diamond at Hilton dot com), I’ve found them very helpful previously.

  • Dr Tom says:

    You probably already know this, but one of the 10,000 point Hilton bargains within the UK is no more.

    Hampton Inn Derby has ceased trading, with the word being that it will reopen shortly as a Premier Inn. Based on the TripAdvisor comments, it looks as though this happened suddenly, with existing bookings being cancelled with little notice.

    • Rob says:

      Didn’t know that, thanks.

      • Dirtyneedebluesky says:


        Quite surprised as it was a relatively new hotel.

        Enjoyed my one night stay there two years ago.

  • Liz says:

    OT: If you try to status match hotels now in 2016 when will these matches be valid until. We are planning a month’s Route 66 trip in 2017 and will not always be staying in big towns and cities to stay in IHG’s and Hiltons. Should I try to match now or leave it till later in the year or am I pushing my luck and it will not work at all? Thought I would try Best Western and Choice Privileges. I have Spire Elite and Hilton Diamond.

    • TimS says:

      Best Western matched my Club Carlson Gold to their BW Diamond tier and, despite no BW stays in the following year & no prompting from me, they automatically renewed my BW Diamond status the following year too.

  • AlB says:

    Of topic.. Does anyone know if the recent status match that were posted here like hilton diamond and AB are “once a lifetime” or can I do it again even If I did it last year?

    • JQ says:

      It depends on whether the programme offering a status match offers it again. And they could easily include a term stating if you have previously had a status match you cannot have one again, but I haven’t heard of this happening before.

      If someone is paying attention and sees you repeatedly earning a status elsewhere, then matching it, they will wonder why you don’t just earn it with them and may decide not to accept your match.

    • Rob says:

      It varies by programme. I doubt Hilton would mind, airberlin might be fussier – but, to be honest, airline status matches are very rare and when this AB offer goes away you may never see one again.

      • Waribai says:

        Are you sure? We’ve seen quite a few recently AB, Etihad, Aviancia Amigo etc? Granted we don’t see them every day but ‘very rare’? Mmm

        • Rob says:

          Alitalia / Etihad / airberlin are essentially the same match, as all are being driven by Etihad. To be fair, you tend to get one per main alliance every 18 months – last year we had the Qantas match.

          Once all airlines use electronic cards and you don’t need to receive anything in the mail, it will get even easier.

  • Jeremy I says:

    Hello all. Sorry OT but is the IHG new member deal for free night voucher for two paid stays stlil running? As referred to in Rob’s article here:

    If so, can I stay 4 nights on hte same booking at the same hotel to trigger x2 vouchers?


    • Rob says:

      No, unfortunately that is not an option for the Spring 2016 version of Accelerate.

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