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UPDATE – DECEMBER 2022:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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 ‘Double Your Stay’ promotion which runs until 31st December 2022. You can register for the offer by clicking here.

Hilton is also running a separate ‘Double Elite Nights’ promotion – click here for our article – which also runs until 31st December 2022. You can register for the offer by clicking here. You can register for both promotions and both will credit on the same stay.

Hilton Honors has launched its new Spring promotion which is now available for registration.

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!

You can register for the offer here.

Hilton Honors 2000 bonus 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

The full rules for the promotion can be found here.

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

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.

Conclusion

‘2,000 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 and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (December 2022)

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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (55)

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  • Geoggy says:

    I should know this but will I get my Diamond benefits if I book a City Break via BA Holidays? I know you don’t via an OTA, but is it different with BA?

    • John says:

      BA Holidays is a travel agent.

      Generally the answer is no but if you ask the hotel right after booking then it’s a maybe.

    • CV3V says:

      In the past i have phoned the hotel and asked the if they could add my Hilton Honors number to the booking and they have obliged.

    • James says:

      Email the hotel directly, you might get a few of the perks honoured.

  • Ian says:

    Bit of a disappointing promotion from Hilton. I would prefer another double points / triple for diamond promotion!

    The new Starwood promotion looks pretty good if your stay includes a weekend.

    I’ve got quite a lot of IHG points now and hit my Accelerate target during this promotion. But most IHG properties I’ve stayed in have been unimpressive and the lack of benefits for top tier status is a real turn off. I’ve got Marriott & Starwood Platinum and Hilton Diamond which means lounge access in all of those brands. The fact there’s no way to get lounge access without paying for it with IHG makes it very unappealing to me. I don’t understand why a lot of people like IHG so much. Yes it can be a bit easier to build up points, but I’d much rather have points in a chain that is going to give it’s top tier members some quality guaranteed benefits.

    • ankomonkey says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Free breakfast at Hiltons and Marriotts, and good room upgrade options are the main reason my IHG points never get spent. It’s never the best deal for me.

  • flibby says:

    Crowne Plaza would appear to have had an (unofficial) change of policy recently as I have got an upgrade and/or lounge access on all of my CP stays over the last few months (as a Spire Elite)

    • Ian says:

      Yeah I believe CP hotels (in the UK anyway) offer it as the welcome gift. The CP in Plymouth did last time I stayed, but it was the worst hotel lounge I’ve ever set foot in.

      • LB says:

        You should try the Crowne Plaza lounge in Birmingham – it’s like a zoo Friday/Saturday night’s. Lager, spirits and a few morsels.

  • Tracey says:

    I booked a stay through hotels.com using tesco Clubcard deals. Paid the taxes on credit card. Wonder if I will get the bonus?

  • KP says:

    Im actually quite diasspointed with the Hilton promo and I’m considering cancelling my stays in January. Im a Hilton diamond member and ive got 4 night stays every week in Frankfurt in Jan and possibly in Feb too. This promo gives me nothing – I will get 10k bonus points after spending approx 16 nights in Hilton in Jan – peanuts!! Might as well move my business to Starwood and earn SPG points.

    Or shall i keep my Hilton stays and eaen triple avios??

    • KP says:

      *earn

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      Value of points is only one factor. Your need for them and intended use also require consideration.

      If you are building towards a HH target then it doesnt help to deviate. If you are indifferent or points rich, seek value and diversity.

    • Ian says:

      It is disappointing. Under the current double points promo if you book it right, you can earn 42 Hilton points per pound as a Diamond and 39 per pound as a Gold.

    • Thegovier says:

      As far as I understand, with 8 x stays you’d get 8 x 2,000 bonus, plus another 10,000 for 5 stays = 26,000 bonus points. If you split two of the stays between two Hiltons to get to 10 stays, you’d qualify for another 4,000 for the stays, plus another 10,000 for the 2nd 5 stays, and pull in 40,000.
      A lot of these promotions drive different behaviour. If you were really pushing for points, you could stay in a different hotel every night (there are two Hiltons and a Hampton in Frankfurt, so possible), and make it 32 stays, earning 64,000 bonus points based on the stays, and 60,000 for 6 sets of 5 nights.
      Probably not practical, depending on what you’re doing in Frankfurt, but just pointing out that there are ways to game the system, and this promo actually makes the gaming more beneficial than the double points Autumn promo.

      • KP says:

        I cant see myself changing hotels every night for the sake of additinal 60k points which is probably 2 nights in a decent hilton. With double points i could have got these 60k points easily.

      • DanTTL says:

        I’m working for several months around Bristol which has 6 Hilton properties in the area! 3 Doubletrees, 2 Hamptons and 1 Garden Inn. I only started in October so have been moving hotel every night to hit the 30 stays for Diamond before end of the year (just made it!). I do find the way they incentivise very strange, it must cost them more money for me to move property every night. Perhaps there are just very few people like me who can be bothered to play the system, but travelling for work I don’t find it particularly bothersome. I had been looking forward to staying in the same property each week with my Diamond status but this new offer will probably make me keep moving around to maximise points!

        • Crafty says:

          Out of interest which is your favourite? I stay at the Doubletree close to Temple Meads station quite often, but as a gold am never bowled over by benefits or recognition.

        • KP says:

          I did that to achieve Diamond the first time round

        • DanTTL says:

          Not much to choose between with the DT and HGI. DT gives free parking and a free drink voucher, I prefer the breakfast at the HGI. My favourite is the DT Cadbury House, lovely friendly staff, great gym/fitness centre, nice surroundings, but it’s down near the airport so no use if you want to stay central.

  • Sussex Bantam says:

    OT – not sure where to put bits today – £50 back on £200 spend at AMEX Travel on my gold card this morning..

    • johnny_c-l says:

      Thanks, have been waiting for this offer to return.

      Got this on my Gold card, and £200 back when spending £600 on the platinum card.

      • KevMc says:

        I have the £200 on £600 spend offer as well, on my Platinum Card.

        I am considering booking the Intercontinental in Athens for a week in Easter. Does anyone know if bookings made via AMEX travel still qualify for IHG Ambasador benefits and points?

        • Cat says:

          +1 (but not specifically IHG and Athens!). Do you get benefits and points in rewards programs if booked via AMEX travel?

          • Rob says:

            You should assume no hotel points or status benefits. You would get airline miles and airline status points on flights.

        • Alex W says:

          Unless you use FHR – I thought those did count as qualifying stays?

  • Alan says:

    Have 3 redemption stays coming up so would love it they counted – we will see!

  • Paul says:

    It doesn’t really encourage you to spend money in the hotel, so from Hilton’s perspective, it’s not the smartest incentive. It’s really targeted the cheapest of Hilton Brands, which in a way is nice given most promos favour the big spenders. However, if I need to stay somewhere in a major city, I’ll probably stay with another brand with a more suitable incentive

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