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How to earn 10,000 Avios with your next five Hilton stays

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Click here for our article on Hilton’s ‘Double Your Stay’ promotion which runs until 31st December 2022. You can register for the offer by clicking here.

Hilton has launched an aggressive promotion with Avios to encourage you to move your stays across to them this Summer.

You can earn 10,000 Avios from your next five Hilton stays.  Importantly, there are no spend, brand or night caps.

It may even be enough to tip the balance if you were thinking of doing a mattress run for Hilton Diamond or Gold status.  Let me explain ….

Hilton St Georges Park pool

How the deal works

The current general Hilton Honors promotion, which runs until 31st August, offers double base points on all stays (triple points for Hilton Diamond members).  I wrote about this promotion here and you will find the registration link in that article.  You should register for that offer even if you intend to take part in this new Avios offer.

The new Avios promotion works alongside the double points offer.  You will receive both.

The Avios offer is outlined on this page, where you can also register.

In summary:

You will earn 2,000 bonus Avios on each of your next 5 Hilton stays

ALL Hilton stays count, at any brand, of any length of stay, of any price.  Reward stays may or may not count, as you would usually not receive miles – only points – on incidental spend on reward stays.

You need to register for the offer via this page

You need to change your Hilton Honors earning preference in your profile to ‘Points and Miles’ and set British Airways Executive Club as your airline partner

Stays must be completed by 31st August

This offer will work alongside the ‘double base points’ offer.  So, for example, for a member without status:

‘Points and Miles’ standard earning rate: 10 base Hilton points per $1 spent plus 1 Avios per $1 spent

Rate after registering for the Avios offer:  10 base Hilton points per $1 spent plus 1 Avios per $1 spent plus 2000 Avios bonus

Rate after registering for both offers:  20 base Hilton points per $1 spent plus 1 Avios per $1 spent plus 2000 Avios bonus

This is a pretty chunky rebate.  A spend of £50 would trigger, adjusting for VAT, roughly 1,080 Hilton points plus 2,042 Avios.  That is worth about £20-£25 to most people.  Hilton status members would receive even more.

Don’t forget to register for the ‘2000 Avios’ offer here and the ‘double base points’ offer here.

Why should you consider a mattress run to get Hilton status?

Hilton is currently offering a path to status until 31st March 2019 if you have status with another hotel programme.

Here are the rules:

If you have top tier status in another programme, you will get 90 days of Hilton Diamond with an extension to 31st March 2019 if you complete 8 stays in 90 days

If you have mid tier status in another programme, you will get 90 days of Hilton Gold with an extension to 31st March 2019 if you complete 4 stays in 90 days

Hilton status can be valuable.  A Diamond member is guaranteed club lounge access at properties with a lounge, plus free breakfast.  A Gold member is guaranteed free breakfast.  (Some brands are excluded from this, mainly Waldorf-Astoria.)  There are also upgrade and late check-out benefits.

The full list of Hilton Honors Diamond status benefits is here.

Let’s imagine that you can’t move 4 or 8 stays to Hilton within 90 days.  Do you, however, have a cheap Hilton property near where you live or work?

Let’s imagine there is a local hotel selling for £50 on a quiet Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.  If you booked yourself in for 4 or 8 one-night stays, you would earn 2,000 Avios on each of your first five stays plus double Hilton base points (triple base points if you are doing a Diamond challenge) via the other promotion.

Depending on how you valued the Avios and Hilton points, your net cost for achieving Hilton Diamond could be around £250.  Hilton Gold could have a net cost of at little as £100 after factoring in 8,000 Avios plus the base Hilton points from 4 x £50 stays.

This is a worse case scenario.  If you can manage a few Hilton stays from your existing travel plans, the net cost to do the extra mattress run nights would be even lower.

You need to think this through, of course.  Hilton Diamond doesn’t have much value if your travel plans between now and 31st March 2019 won’t feature a few high-end Hilton / Conrad / Waldorf-Astoria hotels, preferably ones with executive lounges.

For what it’s worth, I registered for the Hilton Diamond match before our recent trip to Asia and, through a combination of holiday stays, work stays and a couple of mattress run nights, I will hit the eight nights target.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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 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 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 Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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

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.

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.

Comments (115)

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  • Billy says:

    They need to do better than that to convince me to stay at their hotels.

    I honestly don’t get how people put up with their style of service. (Queues at check-in, queues for breakfast, garish branding and nickel and diming. Always amazed that Ibis can swing for two bottles of water yet Hilton charge.)

    • Rob says:

      I got 2 free bottles of the water from the shop as a Diamond at Hilton Garden Inn Hatton Cross!

      • John says:

        The setup there makes you feel like you are stealing the bottles… once had someone staring at me while we were going up in the lift. Nowadays I don’t bother since I can’t bring them through the airport (I guess I could dump the water and refill in the lounge but it seems wasteful)

  • Joe says:

    Is there a cut off spend or number of nights where you shouldn’t change to miles and points? I’m currently on an 8 night / $1800 stay registered on double points for points and points.

    • John says:

      You shouldn’t be on points & miles unless there is a miles promo, as you only get 1 mile (= avios) instead of 5 HH.

      You will get the double points regardless of which earning preference you have

      • Rob says:

        But 1.5 Avios per $1 via Iberia …. which makes it marginal to taking the points.

      • Chris Cannon says:

        I always just stay points and miles. I find the promos balance out the faf of changing all the time. HH points are easy to come by especially at Diamond level. Avios less so unless you fly a lot and I don’t. Just cherry pick to maintain silver BAEC

    • Genghis says:

      So I believe the delta is P&P for 5HHs/$ or P&M for 1 miles/$ and 2000 miles. So let’s say value a mile at 1p and a HH at 0.3p. Using some basic maths it’s then x + 2000 = 1.5 x. Solve for x = $4k. So greater than a $4k stay you’re better off with P&P. Someone else correct the math…

      • Joe says:

        Thanks, at 5 points per mile at 0.3 and one 1 mile per $, 1 pp/avios

        Points and miles in avios is 2000 + 1800 = £38eq
        Points and points 1800*5 = 9000 hh = £27 eq

        Ill change to points and points!

        • Rob says:

          But …. if you do P&M, you should also look at the option of crediting to Iberia which is 1.5 Avios per $1

      • Joe says:

        Or points and miles if I can learn to type properly!

  • Adil says:

    Registration page for the bonus 2000 avios per stay not really doing anything for me, I’ve entered the member no & password, gone through the captcha verification and click register and nothing. Tried chrome/IE, no pop up blockers.. working for anyone else?

  • James A says:

    Thats it! I’m in. I will mattress run my way to diamond (was going to stop at gold, I have 4 stays planned already). Hello Hampton Liverpool airport!

    Hilton you crafty dogs.

    • mark2 says:

      Hampton Liverpool airport is quite a decent hotel. The Lever Gallery in Port Sunlight is well worth a visit, and free too.
      Another excellent 10,000 point hotel in the north is Hilton Garden Inn Sheffield Park which is on the edge of the Peak District.

  • lucy says:

    OT but Hilton related.please can someone help me how to apply for gold status.i have amex platinum.thank you

    • Alex W says:

      It’s in your Amex online account under hotel benefits somewhere. Have a click around.

    • Relaxo says:

      Its under the platinum benefits tab. The page might ask you to log in again. If it gives you an error msg you will need to register again within the platinum benefits tab.

  • Relaxo says:

    Would this promo work with the public sector rate/code?

  • Optimus Prime says:

    If you choose P&P and a Double Points rate – do you get double points on both base and bonus points?

  • Anneh says:

    Does anyone know what matches to Diamond with hilton?

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