Hilton Honors has, with no announcement, made substantial increases to the points required to stay at many of its cheapest hotels.
These have been slipped through over the last 48 hours.
As of last week, there were seven UK hotels – I think – which cost 10,000 Hilton Honors points per night:
- Hampton by Hilton Liverpool / John Lennon Airport
- DoubleTree by Hilton Newcastle International Airport
- Hampton by Hilton Newcastle
- Hampton by Hilton Newport
- Hampton by Hilton Corby / Kettering
- DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park
- Hampton by Hilton Sheffield (photo below)
Six of them now have a maximum price of 20,000 Hilton Honors points per night. They will be cheaper than 20,000 points on nights when the room rate is under circa £65. Newport is the only one still showing at 10,000 points.
It isn’t clear how many of the 150 x 10,000 point hotels globally have been raised to 20,000 points, although I have found other examples such as the Hilton Salalah Resort in Oman. This used to be 5,000 points per night until recently, but jumped to 10,000 points. It is now 20,000 points.
I randomly checked the six hotels in Malaysia which used to be 10,000 points. Two are now showing as 20,000 points whilst four remain at 10,000 points.
Some (many?) of the 5,000 point per night hotels globally have also been raised to 10,000 points.
Many of these hotels were, of course, disproportionately cheap at 5,000 or 10,000 points per night. With the main Hilton in Sheffield costing 30,000 points, having the new Hampton at 10,000 points made little sense as the cash difference was certainly not 3x. That said, keeping a few bargains in the portfolio does no harm in keeping people interested in the programme. Giving no notice just continues to undermine trust in the programme.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)
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 and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.
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 via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.
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