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Hilton has launched its annual hotel Summer Sale

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Hilton has launched its Summer Sale with decent weekend deals across Europe, Africa and Middle East.  The sale home page is here.

The sale offers up to 30% off the standard Best Available Rate if you are a Hilton Honors member.

As usual we need to add that basing the ‘30% saving’ on the Best Available Bed & Breakfast rate is not exactly fair.  Sale rates are non refundable so it is a bit 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.

Hilton Summer sale

This rate is only available for weekend stays between 24th May 2019 and 6th January 2020 and must be booked by 19th August.

Included is, for example, the gorgeous Hilton Paris, which I reviewed here, for £261 per night instead of £349 on 5th July 2019.  As I said above, £349 is actually the ‘refundable’ price so it is not a true comparison, but the difference between the refundable and non-refundable price is usually only 10% or so.

The 30% savings are for Hilton Honors members only. The normal sale discount rate is 25%. 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. You receive a smaller discount at Hampton by Hilton properties (10% for non members with 5% extra for members).

Sale offers will work alongside the current Hilton Honors bonus points promotion.  This offers double base points on all stays until 8th September, starting with your second stay.  This article has all the details and you can register here.

You may also be able to get a one-off triple base points bonus on your next stay before 30th June. You can find out more in this HfP article and link to register is here.

The sale website is here.

Hilton Tallinn

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 2021 if you successfully complete the challenge.

Top-tier Diamond status comes with guaranteed Executive Lounge access and 4pm 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.

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

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points (45,000 Hilton Honors points) if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 Virgin Points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:

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 (35)

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  • Mr T Bear says:

    So if I have IHG Gold they’ll match that to their gold and as the hotel I’m looking at offers free breakfast and has an exec lounge so I’d only need to book the cheapest room or would I need an ‘executive room’.

    So confusing – there are 17 separate rates for the room/hotel I’m looking at.. 17! One just merely headlined ‘sale’ along with ‘HH sale’ and ‘sale b&b’ and ‘HH sale b&b’ !!!

    • John says:

      The rules say that if you want to guarantee lounge access as Hilton Gold you need to book an executive room. Golds get free breakfast if that is their chosen option in their profile. A minority of hotels will make Golds have breakfast in the lounge in which case they have to grant lounge access (check Flyertalk for details about your hotel).

      If you opt for free breakfast you can book the “HH sale” rate. Rates described as “HH” are 2%-5% cheaper than the same rate without HH, so as to avoid being more expensive than OTAs which might also discount the normal rates by 2-5%.

    • David says:

      I don’t think IHG Gold would match to Hilton Gold: Gold is the lowest tier for IHG, but mid-tier for Hilton…

      • John says:

        Some people have reported they were matched from IHG gold to Hilton gold so you might as well try

      • guesswho2000 says:

        HH used to match IHG Platinum to Diamond, so it seems likely that Gold would match to Gold.

        • Pangolin says:

          Recent reports (2019) suggest that Hilton no longer match IHG Platinum to Diamond but maybe you’ll get lucky.

          Check statusmatcher dot com for updates.

          • BJ says:

            If you are already Hilton Gold though it is a quick route to Diamond.

      • Concerto says:

        It did for me.

      • Lady London says:

        Gold is not lowest tier for IHG. I can’t remember what is the lowest but it’s the level I was on before I made Gold this year

    • Olly says:

      Mr T, your gold well definitely get you breakfast providing you’ve ticked it on your My Way profile choice so exclude “Breakfast rates” in your search as long as you’ve got a maximum of one guest, who will also get breakfast free. HH sale is the one to go for if you are definitely not going to amend or cancel. My experience regarding exec lounge access is that these days only Diamond get it regardless of room rate but email the hotel and ask, don’t go off reviews

      • Alex says:

        Another option with status for Hilton is to buy a Diamond status challenge on Ebay for around £90 which will give you diamond status for 90 days. 8 stays in that time will keep Diamond or 4 stays will keep gold. Something to think about especially if you can hit the stays

  • Anna says:

    Thanks for the heads up – The Hilton Vienna Plaza which I’d booked for December has been reduced by 15 euros per night (semi flex), including week nights.

    • Michael C says:

      Anna, we did this last Dec. and had a fantastic time!!

    • Louise says:

      I booked this hotel last week for December too when the Amex offer was on(non refundable rate)

  • SammyJ says:

    Just applied for a status match to Platinum IHG. Do Day-Room stays (check in and out on same day) count towards the total number of stays for the 4/8 nights required to retain Hilton Fold/Diamond?

    • Mike says:

      Day room stays have always counted as ‘qualifying stays’ in my experience, although I’ve never done a status match.

    • John says:

      stays yes, nights no

  • Nick M says:

    OT but Hilton – have they recently increased some of their redemption costs? – e.g. DT Bratislava was 10k, now 20k…

    • marcw says:

      Good morning…. Hilton Honors has become an useless program, unless you plan to redeem on high end properties. It’s adjusting to a revenue based program…

      • Pangolin says:

        Once they removed the concept of categories the writing was on the wall. Marriott suffers badly from category creep, but devaluations of 50-80% in a single year as Hilton has done is a whole new level.

    • Graham says:

      I have also noticed this with Hilton Izmir from 10000 to at least 19000 points. Last year there were about 50 properties at 5000 points now only 25 and over 150 at 10000 but that has reduced by about 30 as well

    • Andy says:

      Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong is now 40k from 30k…may as well go in the Conrad at 80k…

    • Pangolin says:

      Massive stealth devaluations across the board for the cheaper properties, just like they did last September.

      HGI Kuala Lumpur has gone from 10k to 20k also. It’s crazy how fast some of the bargain redemptions have devalued. Oman Salalah has moved from 5k to 30k in the space of a year!

      Hilton has almost no value for awards now, when you consider the generally low cash rates at these devalued properties (it never made much sense for mid-level places). It only really makes sense for very high end places like Maldives.

    • Crafty says:

      Yes, another is DT KL from 10,000 to 20,000.

    • BJ says:

      YES, DT Kuala Lumpur too.

  • Bob says:

    Anyone know if Bonvoy Gold Elite would match to Gold or Diamond in HHonors?


  • Boi says:

    Is there normally a separate sale for North America?

    Also does hilton gold count for anything in USA or should we go for diamond challenge?

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