Normal HFP service will resume next week, but for now I wanted to continue my ‘reminders’ series by reminding you of a number of good Hilton opportunities currently available. We’ve got:
- the Europe, Middle East and Africa sale
- the Asia-Pacific sale
- the generous status match opportunity
- the new bonus points promotion, for stays from 4th January
Let’s start with ….
Hilton’s Winter sale in EMEA
Hilton is currently running its Winter Sale with decent weekend deals across Europe, Africa and Middle East.
Full details are on the Hilton website here.
The sale offers up to 25% off the standard Best Available Rate if you are a Hilton Honors member.
That said ….. basing the ‘25% saving’ on the Best Available Bed & Breakfast rate is not exactly fair. Sale rates are non refundable so it is cheeky to compare them to a refundable rate but these deals do usually offer a saving on the usual ‘advanced purchase’ price. Full pre-payment needs to be made at time of booking.
This rate is only available for weekend stays until 29th May 2019 and must be booked by 31st January 2019.
The 25% savings are for Hilton Honors members only. The normal sale discount rate is 15%. If you aren’t a Hilton Honors member – very unlikely I admit if you are a regular HFP reader! – you can sign up when booking your stay.
And an Asia-Pacific sale too
There is a separate Hilton sale covering its properties in Asia and Australasia. See here for details.
The deals are valid for stays up to 30th September 2019 which is surprisingly long. There is also no rush to book unless you are travelling immediately, as these deals are available until 2nd February.
The headline saving is ‘up to 35% off’ the standard flexible rate – albeit these bookings are non-refundable, and not all hotels offer 35% – so it is worth looking to see if any existing Hilton bookings you have should be rebooked. It may also be worth cancelling redemptions and rebooking for cash if the rate is low enough.
(The discount is smaller in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, at up to 25%.)
Full details of the APAC sale can be found on this special page of hilton.com.
Don’t forget Hilton’s generous status match offer
If you have top or mid-tier status with another hotel loyalty scheme, Hilton will match it for 90 days and give you an opportunity to keep it for longer.
Details of how you can claim your status match are in this article. You will keep your Diamond or Gold status until March 2020 if you successfully complete the challenge.
Top-tier Diamond status comes with guaranteed Executive Lounge access and (on request) late check-out at most brands. If you have status elsewhere that you can match, and can pick up a sale deal at a property with a decent lounge, you should get a good deal.
Finally …. don’t forget to register for the NEW bonus points offer
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
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.
How to earn Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards (January 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, 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 Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)