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Click here for our article on Hilton’s current ‘Double Rewards’ promotion which runs until 31st December 2020. You can register for the offer by clicking here.
Hilton is also offering a 100% bonus when you buy points until 31st December 2020. The website to buy points, and find out more, is here.
Hilton is currently running 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 cash stays. Importantly, there are no spend, brand or night caps, although hotels in Mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are excluded.
I first wrote about this offer back in May. That is a lifetime ago in HFP terms, however, and I thought it was worth another push today as a) it is very generous in the right circumstances and b) there are still 6 weeks to take advantage. And, to be honest, c) the original article had a weird headline – now changed – and even I couldn’t find it using the HFP search box!
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 ….
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.
You will earn 2,000 bonus Avios on each of your next 5 Hilton stays
Hotels in Mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan are excluded
Except for the restriction above, all Hilton stays count, at any brand, of any length of stay, of any price. Reward stays do not count, even if you charge something to the room, as you can only earn 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.
Note that you won’t receive the 2,000 Avios on a reward stay, even if you make a charge to your room. You will receive bonus base points on your room charges.
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.
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 Easter trip to Asia and, through a combination of holiday stays, work stays, reward nights and a couple of mattress run nights, hit the eight stays target last month.
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