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Hilton reminder: Save in the Europe and Asia sales

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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.

Hilton winter sale

An Asia-Pacific sale too

There is a separate Hilton sale covering its properties in Asia and Australasia.  See here for details.

It includes hotels such as the Millennium Hilton Bangkok pictured below.  You might also want to take a look at the brand new Waldorf Astoria Bangkok which looks very impressive.

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.

Full details of the APAC sale can be found on this special page of

HIlton Asia Sale

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.

Hilton Points Unlimited

Finally …. don’t forget to register for the NEW bonus points offer

Hilton Honors has just launched its new Spring promotion, Points Unlimitedwhich 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 stayI 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 and status from UK credit cards

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

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

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 (25)

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  • Andrew Iredale says:

    Status match is for the earlier of 90 days or 31st December. Given there is mathematically not enough time to get the right stays in before the end the year, surely it’s best to wait until January?

    • Andrew Iredale says:

      eight stays*

      • Crafty says:

        Where did you get this information? I did it on 13 December and the email states I have 90 days.

        • Andrew Iredale says:

          I was going on personal experience, I signed up mid November and was given 46 days to complete it (to 31st December).

          Having said that, they have had a lot of IT issues, and I have also had what Joe has experienced.

          Furthermore, when I completed the 8th stay on 25th December, I was downgraded back to Gold! I’ve been reassured that this will be fixed in the next few days. To add to that, all my stays/points progress disappeared and reset to zero.

          I’m typing from a Hilton as we speak and the hotel have me as Diamond. Whilst I therefore get the benefits of Diamond, the points currently post as if I’m Gold.

          So whilst I was going on experience, I can’t say it’s been the best experience!

  • Mark2 says:

    Has anyone managed to register for Points Unlimited? I got an email yesterday and have been trying but I enter membership and password but nothing happens.

    • mradey says:

      Worked for me just now (08:14 30th Dec)

    • Alan says:

      Yep, registered a couple of weeks ago and when I went in a second time it told me I was already registered.

    • Anna says:

      It just keeps taking me back to the log in screen. Not sure I can be bothered chasing it up for 2000 points, I’ve only got one potential night’s stay in that period and there are plenty of better options via for the night in question.

  • TripRep says:

    Rob – If I book 4 separate rooms for the same night what points/ bonuses would I get as HH Gold under this 2000pt promo?

    • Chris says:

      2000 Honors points under this promotion.

    • Russ says:

      TripRep I feel your pain. Does seem a bit unfair doesn’t it. If I take my partner with me I have to book two rooms on account of their inability to stop fidgeting for more than 6 minutes at a time! Never pick up a bonus for the other room and can’t alternate putting the reservation through their name because they don’t have status. That’s my fault though…….

      • Shoestring says:

        tbh that’s why I can’t share a bed with my wife = no sleep

        She can’t stop moving, grunting, making noises, pulling me, pushing me, making some more noises & smells all night long.

        We got married and I made the decision to sleep separately quite early on. Since I couldn’t actually sleep.

        She sent me some pathetic cartoon card stating ‘I need you by my side’.

        Which I have have happily ignored for 20 years.

        • Russ says:


          Happy New Year Shoestring – keep on ignoring the crap stuff, it’s the only way!

  • rob says:


    Any idea when the next Marriot promotion will be launced? I’m holding off from booking 1 night stays in Feb & March till I know more. Not sure if that’s wise..

  • Smid says:

    How do you register for the points promotion?

    • Rob says:

      Link in the article (unless you have an adblocker, in which case I am amazed HFP makes any sense to you at all!)

  • Crafty says:

    OT: Is Curve £500 per month free foreign currency payments enforced? If so, is it per calendar month or rolling period?

  • Munch says:

    Do Hilton still status match Marriott Gold to Hilton Diamond?

  • Craig thomson says:

    Requested status match with IHG Platinum last night and was turned down, previously i have had no problem. Anyone else had an issue with this match?

    • Rob says:

      Highly unlikely they’d reject IHG, more likely that you (as you imply) have been matched before.

      • Craig thomson says:

        Ah ok, so if previously matched then likelihood is that they wont do it again?

        • Rob says:

          I don’t think the rules are public but there is usually some caveat – I think Marriott only lets you do a status challenge every 3 years for example.

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