UPDATE – DECEMBER 2020: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry. We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above.
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.
To give Hilton credit, it is very straightforward with minimal small print:
You will earn 2,000 bonus Hilton Honors points for every stay between 1st January and 30th April.
After every five stays, you will receive an additional 10,000 points!
There is no small print except that you need to register in advance via the Hilton website:
There is no minimum stay requirement
Existing bookings still count
All Hilton Family properties (Hilton, Hampton, Curio, Waldorf-Astoria, Conrad etc) are taking part – there is no list of non-participating hotels – except for Hampton properties in China
Reward stays should count, especially if you make a small charge to the room to trigger base points.
Is this worth it?
I value a Hilton Honors point at 0.33p.
2,000 bonus points are therefore worth £6.60. If you are doing a lot of cheap one-night stays then this is not bad. If you know you will be doing a multiple of five stays over the promo period, your bonus goes up to £13.20 of value per stay. That’s not bad.
For comparison, Marriott Rewards is offering 2,000 bonus points – which I value at £10 – for every stay, but only starting with your 2nd stay. I wrote about that offer here.
Whether you move your business to Hilton, or indeed Marriott, may depend more on your new IHG Accelerate target. These targets vary from person to person (I wrote about mine in this article which includes full details) so I can’t advise on whether you should be focusing on Holiday Inn / Crowne Plaza / InterContinental instead.
Remember that you can still get a Diamond status match too!
If you have top tier status with another hotel programme, Hilton Honors will give you a 90 day free trial of Hilton Diamond status.
You need to supply a screenshot showing your top tier status in another programme plus a screenshot showing a paid stay in the previous 12 months.
Gold status matches are also available if you have mid-tier status with another scheme.
If you complete eight stays (note it is stays, not nights) during the 90 days you will keep your Diamond status until 31st March 2019. If you only manage four stays you will receive Gold status until 31st March 2019.
‘2000 bonus points’ is a decent offer and you should make sure you register here if you have any Hilton stays coming up over the next four months.
I recommend you register now in case you forget later!
How to earn Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards (December 2020)
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, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted in three Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)