UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2022: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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 Honors has just launched its new Spring promotion, Points Unlimited, which is now open 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 4th January and 5th May.
Even better, you will earn an additional 10,000 bonus Hilton Honors points for every FIVE stays OR TEN nights you complete, whichever comes first.
There is no cap to what you can earn and there are no minimum stay requirements. The bonus should also trigger on reward stays given how similar promotions have worked in the past.
Given that I value a Hilton Honors point at around 0.33p, you are getting a good return on your spending here. Someone who only ever spends one night at a time in a hotel would be earning – when you include the 10,000 bonus points per five stays – 4,000 bonus points per stay. I would value that at £13 which is a VERY good return especially as it doesn’t include your base points or any status bonus.
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
Remember that Hilton is still offering a 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 or Gold status.
You need to supply a screenshot showing your top tier status in another programme (Wyndham Rewards excluded) plus a screenshot showing a paid stay in the previous 12 months.
If you complete eight stays (note it is stays, not nights) during the 90 days you will keep your Diamond status until 31st March 2020. If you only manage four stays you will receive Gold status until 31st March 2020. In reality, if you complete the challenge after 1st January 2019 I would expect that your status would last until 31st March 2021.
2,000 bonus points per stay is a decent offer, especially for someone who tends to do short stays. The additional 10,000 points carrot for every five stays or 10 nights is a worthwhile extra bonus. If your hotel stays are generally just for one night then you should seriously consider moving them (in chunks of five) to Hilton this Spring.
Make sure you register here if you have any Hilton stays coming up over the next four months.
Even if you don’t have any stays planned, it is still worth registering just in case – a lot can happen between now and 5th May.
Let’s see what IHG and Marriott / Starwood launch to compete with this ….
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 (20,000 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.
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