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BA and Hilton launch confusing ‘up to quadruple Avios’ promotion

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Click here for our article on Hilton’s ‘More Nights, More Points’ promotion which runs until 5th September 2022. You can register for the offer by clicking here.

You will receive an 80% to 100% bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points by 18th September. The annual cap is doubled to 160,000 points plus your bonus. You can buy here.

British Airways Executive Club and Hilton Honors have launched a new mileage deal for the Spring.

For some people – but not many – this may be more attractive than the main Hilton Honors ‘2000 bonus points per night’ promotion.  I outlined the ‘2k Every Day’ deal in this article.

The BA / Hilton promotion can be found here.

It is valid for stays until 30th April.

hilton-ibiza

If you choose to register for this offer, you will receive:

double Avios on your second stay

triple Avios on your third stay

quadruple Avios on your fourth and subsequent stays

You should compare this with:

2,000 bonus Hilton points for every night

which is the alternative offer.

As a reminder of the earning rates:

If you choose points, you earn 10 base points and 5 Hilton Honors bonus points per $1 spent

If you choose miles, you earn 10 base points and 1 British Airways Avios per $1 spent

There is no easy answer to which offer is better.  It depends on how much you are spending and how many stays you will do.

However …. I would value 2,000 bonus Hilton points at £6 – £7.  You also need to factor in the value of the extra 5 Hilton points per £1 under the ‘points’ option.

I would value an Avios point, for the purposes of this example, at 1p.  For most people, you would struggle to get more than £6 per night of value from ‘up to quadruple Avios’.

It only makes sense if you are doing lots of stays this Spring (so you will hit the ‘quadruple Avios’ level quickly) and those stays are of high value per night (to outweigh the value of the flat 2,000 bonus points under the alternative option).

There are two other problems with this offer:

There is a list of non-participating hotels, but the link to the list is dead.  The main ‘2,000 bonus points per night’ Hilton promo has NO non-participating hotels.

In theory, bookings under ‘quadruple Avios’ must be booked via www.honors.com/BAQ12017 – but that URL just loops back to the promo home page.  I don’t believe this is actually true – it is only mentioned in the small print, not in the main text, and the small print also says that you can book by telephone too.

My verdict

Unless you are desperate for every single Avios you can hoover up, 95% of HfP readers will get more value from the main ‘2,000 bonus points per night’ Hilton promotion this Spring.

There is also the possibility that Iberia – which has a better Avios earning rate with Hilton than British Airways Executive Club – launches its own Avios promotion.  This is likely to be more generous than this BA offer.

That said, nothing stops you registering for both offers and switching your account from ‘points’ to ‘miles’ for each stay.  The registration page for ‘up to quadruple Avios’ is here.

PS.  The photo shows the impressive 33-room Gran Hotel Montesol in Ibiza which we reviewed here.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

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.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (31)

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  • S879 says:

    Booked a points stay (4 night) and got 5th free. Currently staying at the hotel. I have made some calls and also bought a travel adaptor that got charged to the room. Will these two charges be enough to trigger the 2k points per night at checkout? I am checking out tomorrow but my account is not showing even Myway 1000 points. I am a Diamond member.

    • Alan says:

      Any charges should be fine. Your online account won’t show anything until a few days after checkout.

    • Rob says:

      Travel adaptor – unlikely. Phone call – yes, should be OK.

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