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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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  • Sussex bantam says:

    This article prompted me to take a look at upcoming bookings in BOS to find that Hilton have a ‘20% off in Boston’ sale currently.

    Bookings cancelled and rebooked to qualify for this offer at a substantial saving ! Cheers !

  • David says:

    Does the offer work on bookings already made via the app?

  • Tocsin says:

    I signed up a couple of days ago, after a stay at Tallinn 21-24 May (LHR-HEL-TLL RIP 🙁 ) – because the stay hadn’t yet posted, I presume, I got the bonus miles!

  • Rob says:

    Targeted, I think.

  • Colin JE says:

    Does anyone know if Hilton give Gold if you register for Platinum, but then only complete 4 stays?

    • Rob says:

      Apparently, yes, they do. And the wording on the site sort of says that, albeit not explicitly.

    • Mark LLL says:

      Yes, from older comments in this thread, Honors Gold at 4 -7 stays.

      • Colin JE says:

        Thanks Rob and Mark,
        Have applied (though it took three goes before the form came back as successful) and it apparently will take 5 days for them to apply the status. I had assumed that you had to ask for either Platinum or Gold when you applied, but you just say on the form what status you have with the competitor. Just need to see what I can manage in that 90 days. Shame it’s not measured in days instead of stays. I’ll have to do some hotel hopping between nights to manage 4 stays, but 8 will be a push.

    • Mark LLL says:

      Sorry Rob, I did not see your reply before I posted.
      My connection quite slow 🙂

  • Mark LLL says:

    Rob,
    Maybe next time you speak with your contacts at Hilton you could amuse them with this silly IT anomaly from their online credit card application pages:

    I would like to apply for the Barclaycard Hilton Platinum Visa credit card but the online application form rejects my Isle of Man address – I tried with and without my postcode.

    I assume that Barlays do not accept applications from IoM residents – fair enough.

    Oddly though, Barclays online Eligibility Checker form seems perfectly happy with my IoM address.
    I say seems, I have gone only as far as completing the online eligibility check form but have not actually submitted it. My home address is listed in their forms address field 😉

  • Will says:

    But wouldn’t separate bookings of consecutive nights get treated as 1 stay by Hilton? That’s what they told me when I asked on their chat. They said even if you booked each night individually and checked out and back in each day it would still be considered 1 stay for all the nights that are consecutive…

    • Rob says:

      Correct. And irrespective of how the hotel processes it, HH IT can manage the ‘not entirely tricky’ task of merging consecutive nights into 1 stay.

      • Barras says:

        Presumably you would be okay though if you switched properties if feasible? I.e. three consecutive nights booked at Hotel A, then B, then A – would then count as three stays?

  • VikG says:

    I am 1 stay away from my Diamond status match offer of 8 nights.

    I need to do a mattress run but all hotels near me in London are very pricey. Do I need to go to the hotel or can I just digital check-in to a hotel further up North and not physically go there?

    • Rob says:

      You must turn up. Innkeepers Act in the UK requires you to sign at a front desk irrespective.

      Hatton Cross is only £65 or so on quiet nights.

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