One of the new features brought in by Hilton Honors recently is the ability for Diamond members to extend their membership if they have had a slow travel year.
If you dropped from Diamond to Gold, you can request a one-off bounce back to Diamond. The conditions are:
- You have current Diamond status
- You have three total years at Diamond status (years do not have to be consecutive, status-matched years do count)
- You have at least 250 nights (paid or reward) OR 500,000+ earned Base Points since joining Hilton Honors
This is a ‘once per lifetime’ opportunity so you may want to think twice before asking.
Requests must be made by 28th March so that your extension can kick in from 31st March.
Hilton’s three global flash sales end today
Talking of Hilton, here is your final reminder that the three current Hilton flash sales all end today, Monday 19th.
Remember that many American Express cardholders have a new offer of £50 cashback on £250 of spend at selected hotels in Europe – click here for details. This should combine with the sale. Here are the three sales and the relevant stay dates and discounts:
UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa – book here
Save 25% on Best Available Rate at Conrad, Waldorf Astoria, DoubleTree, Hilton, Canopy and Curio. A smaller discount of 15% off Best Available Rate is available at Hampton and Hilton Garden Inn. You must stay between 16th March and 31st August. Three day advanced purchase required.
US, Canada and Latin America – book here
Save 20% on Best Available Rate, except at Conrad and Waldorf Astoria where a lower 15% discount is available. You must stay between 25th March and 9th September. Three day advanced purchase required.
South East Asia and Australasia – book here
Save 35% on Best Available Rate or Bed & Breakfast rates. You must stay between 18th March and 31st December. Five day advanced purchase required.
Remember that rooms booked under this offer are non-refundable. This means that, whilst it is correct to say that the discount is based on Best Flexible Rate, this is not your actual saving. Non-refundable rooms are generally 10% cheaper than Best Flexible Rate so the genuine sale discount is probably around 10% – 25%.
The sale will combine with the current Hilton Honors promotion for 2,000 bonus points per stay plus an extra 10,000 points if you can manage five stays (and for every 5th stay thereafter). This is valid for stays until 30th April. The main Head for Points article and registration link is here.
If you collect Lufthansa miles, see this article for an excellent Miles & More bonus offer which works alongside the 2,000 bonus points deal if you change your earnings setting to ‘points and miles’. It ends on 25th March.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (January 2023)
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.
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:
- American Express Gold (30,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(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.)