UPDATE – JANUARY 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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 current ‘Points Unlimited’ promotion which runs until 2nd May 2021. You can register for the offer by clicking here.
You will receive a 100% bonus when you buy 15,000+ Hilton Honors points by 5th March. Click here for more details.
Hilton Honors has just launched its new Summer promotion which is now open for registration.
The promotion is called ‘Go More, Get More‘.
To give Hilton credit, it is very straightforward with minimal small print:
You will earn DOUBLE Hilton Honors base points for every stay between 6th May and 8th September, starting with your second stay.
For most brands, you will earn 10 base points per $1 spent, plus an additional 10 promotional points plus any status bonus.
Given that I value a Hilton Honors point at around 0.33p, you are getting a good return on your spending here. 20 points per $1 is an 8.5% rebate and that is before you add in any status bonus.
There are also additional targets for heavy stayers:
10,000 bonus points after 10 stays
+ a further 15,000 bonus points after 15 stays (total of 25,000)
+ a further 20,000 bonus points after 20 stays (total of 45,000)
There is no cap to what you can earn. The only snag is that – and I am not very happy with Hilton for doing this – you only earn double points from your SECOND stay after 6th May. This is a mean clause, much loved by Marriott, and means you may need to waste time and money doing a mattress run if you have a particularly expensive Hilton stay coming up over the Summer.
There is not much small print except that:
you need to register in advance via the Hilton website
the bonus only starts from your SECOND stay after 6th May
Apart from that, all is good:
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
Remember that the Home2 Suites and Tru brands earn a lower 5 base points per $1.
The small print confirms that reward stays do count towards the 10 / 15 / 20 stays additional bonuses. You will also receive double base points on your food and drink spend on reward stays (note that Hampton and a few smaller brands do not give points for incidental spend).
The only point which is not clear is whether a reward stay counts for the ‘first stay which doesn’t earn double points’ qualifier. I would guess that it does count, because the stay triggers an elite credit for status purposes.
And 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 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.
Register for ‘Go More, Get More’ now
Hilton’s new ‘double base points’ is a decent offer, especially for people doing longer, more expensive stays. You should make sure you register here if you have any Hilton stays coming up over the next four months.
Even without Hilton Honors status, you will be earning 20 points (which I value at 6.6p) per $1. This is an 8.5% rebate on your spending. Anyone with Hilton status will do even better.
If you trigger the additional bonuses, they are worth up to an extra £7.42 of points per stay on top. This is based on getting 45,000 additional points for 20 stays, and valuing the points at 0.33p each.
Even if you don’t have any stays planned, it is still worth registering just in case – a lot can happen between now and 8th September.
Let’s see what IHG and Marriott launch to compete with this ….
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.
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