Hilton has two ‘quadruple Avios’ promotions running at the moment.
I wrote about the British Airways version here and the Iberia version here. Each version offers double Avios on your 1st stay, triple Avios on your 2nd stay and quadruple Avios on your 3rd and subsequent stays.
On paper, the Iberia version is better:
Iberia earn 15 Avios for every $10 you spend at Hilton
British Airways earns 1 Avios for every $1 you spend at Hilton
The only reason to choose BA is that Hilton earnings via Iberia are capped at 1,000 Avios per stay. However, the bonus is not included in the cap and you still need to spend (1,000 / 15 * 10) $666 per stay to reach it. If you are doing short stays this is rarely an issue.
However …. a Head for Points reader has found a problem.
Iberia is capping the base points at 1,000 Avios per stay AND the bonus at 1,000 Avios per stay.
This is ludicrous.
Let me explain why. From your 3rd stay, you are getting quadruple Avios per stay so your bonus is 300% of your base Avios. You will hit this after you spend just $222.
(Why? $222 x (15 Avios per $10) x 3 = 1,000 bonus Avios)
This is what the reader received:
Stay 1 – 750 base miles plus 750 bonus miles (correct, Avios were doubled)
Stay 2 – 1000 base miles plus just 1000 bonus miles (he hit the cap on base miles but should have received a bonus of 2000 for his 2nd stay)
Stay 3 – 210 base miles plus 630 bonus miles (correct, Avios were quadrupled)
Stay 4 – 1000 base miles plus just 1000 bonus miles (he hit the cap on base miles but should have received a bonus of 3000 for his 4th stay)
Our reader has made a claim to Hilton for the missing Avios but it remains to be seen if they will adjust the rules. Unless you are making very cheap – £100 or so – Hilton stays you may want to switch to the BA version of this promotion.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (August 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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.)