One of the most popular American Express cashback deals has returned. And this one is surprisingly generous.
If you have a look at the ‘Offers’ section on ALL of your Amex online statement pages, you might see a new Hilton offer available for registration.
You will get £75 cashback on your next American Express statement when you spend – cumulatively – £250 with Hilton in the UK and Europe before 15th May.
There is potentially one problem:
“Offer excludes online payments and is only valid on checkout spend.”
This means that you can’t use the offer to book an Advanced Purchase room rate. You would either:
need to pay more for a ‘pay on departure’ room or
spend £250 in the hotel on food or other services billed at check-out
If you normally book ‘pay on departure’ rates then, of course, you are getting the full benefit of the £75 credit. If you normally pay in advance then you will lose out.
However ….. I get a funny feeling that Amex may not be able to differentiate between payment at check-out and a hotel processing your ‘pay in advance’ booking. Definitely register just in case.
The small print does NOT say that cumulative spend counts. Versions of this offer have run a few times in recent years, however, and all have paid out on cumulative spend without the rules specifically saying it would.
Not all UK and European hotels are taking part. Click here to download a PDF with the participating list.
As it happens, we have a 3-night Hilton stay at a participating hotel planned for April. We have already pre-paid the room, but I reckon we can get to £250 via two evening meals and possibly a spa treatment. Another way of padding out your bill would be to arrange an airport transfer via the hotel and have it charged to your room.
If you want a ski hotel, the Grand Tirolia in Kitzbuhel, Austria is on the list:
Don’t forget to register for Hilton’s current promotion
Hilton is currently running a decent bonus points offer called ‘Points Unlimited’. You can register here.
You will earn 2,000 bonus Hilton Honors points for every stay until 5th May. This will stack with the American Express cashback deal.
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.
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 here. Existing bookings count, there is no minimum stay rule and all Hilton Honors hotels are taking part.
Hilton is still status matching too. If you have status with another hotel programme, Hilton will match you to Gold or Diamond for 90 days – I explain how to do it in this article.
The Hilton booking page is here.
What other Amex travel cashback deals are running?
Other deals currently circulating include:
£100 off £500 Marriott spend (expires 31st March)
£20 off £150 Avis spend (expires 30th April)
£100 off £400 Melia spend (expires 27th May)
£75 off £300 spend at Claridge’s, The Connaught & The Berkeley (expires 31st March)
£25 off £75 spend at restaurants and bars of Firmdale Hotels in London (expires 27th March)
£100 off £800 Emirates spend (expires 31st March)
10% back on bookings made via The Good Hotel Guide (expires 14th April)
£100 off £500 Cheval Residences spend (short term apartments, expires 31st March)
£20 off £100 Eurowings spend (expires 19th March)
Check the small print before you book anything. Some offers are restricted to certain hotels or certain countries. Remember that you need to pay with your Amex to get the deal which means, outside the UK, incurring a 3% FX fee which eats into the saving if you have a 0% FX fee card in your wallet or purse.
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.)