New Hilton and American Express hotel cashback promotion launched

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Hilton has launched a new American Express promotion.  This may be found on some, all or none of your Amex cards, under the ‘Offer’ tab on your online statement page.

There are a few variants, looking at reader comments yesterday.  My version is ‘get 4,000 Membership Rewards points for spending £350 by 31st August’.

The £350 must be spent at selected European hotels only.  Because of the 3% foreign exchange fee charged by American Express, the offer is less attractive if used outside the UK if you could otherwise pay on a 0% FX fees card.

Whilst the rules do not specify this, Hilton offers have historically triggered on cumulative spend.  It does not all need to be done in one transaction.

PS.  I also have ‘£50 back on a £500 Bicester Village spend’ on my Platinum card which would double up with their generous deals with various airlines and hotel groups, including Avios and Virgin Flying Club.  This HFP article looks at earning miles and points at Bicester Village.

How to earn Hilton Honors points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Hilton Honors points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Shoestring says:

    600 Avios on your first Uber Eats order through the BAEC e Store

    Could make for a cheap snack 🙂

    • Michael says:

      Thanks for this. Do you spend your time surfing the web looking for Avios deals or what!? 😀

      • I have a lot of respect for Shoestring. His tenacity to seek out these deals would put a Jack Terrier chasing a rat to shame. Mind you I’ve heard that he owns the world’s first Felix cat food mountain in Spain, so………..

        • Shoestring says:


          • Kudos.

            Quick question whilst you’re on, I take it you got points when you payed but did you also get points deducted when the credits hit your account?

  2. Grant says:

    OT – Hotel reward stays

    Has anyone found a decent resource which lists Marriott, Hilton et al properties where family rooms can be booked as standard reward night stays? UK only would be a good enough start. I find the whole process of trying to book family rooms excrutiating, even on cash rates, with the majority of those that advertise family rooms on the website returning errors when searching for 2 adults + 2 children in 1 room, suggesting that they don’t have rooms that can accommodate 4!

    • Easy enough on IHG. Search for 2+2 and ‘Reward Nights’ and, for your date, it will throw up everywhere with availability. You can expand out to a 100 mile radius if you want!

      For London for a mid September date, for eg, you have:
      CP Kings Cross
      HIX Vauxhall
      HIX London City
      HIX Earls Court
      HIX Limehouse
      HIX Wandsworth
      HIX Hammersmith
      HI London West
      HI Brent Cross
      HIX Excel
      HIX Golders Green
      HI Wembley

      Clicking through it seems to work OK, eg they do have reward nights for 4 pax.

      The biggest issue is hotels where, probably for fire reasons, they won’t extend the capacity. For eg, HI Camden Lock always puts its top suite up for redemptions. This is a big studio penthouse. It still only has a capacity of 2 even though you could fit 10 in there!

      • Grant says:

        Thanks Rob – I was thinking more along the lines of Domes of Elounda standards than HI Brent Cross, but it’s a start!

        • HI Brent Cross gave me a chocolate orange Jacob’s Club biscuit as a welcome gift last time I was there, so don’t knock it.

  3. it looks like the Amex new to Shop Small offer consists of

    SW6 – 12 companies
    SW19 – 14 companies
    NW6 – 7 companies

    hard to get too excited !

  4. Jason says:

    Hopefully that wasn’t just a bidding “war” amongst head for points people on the Eng vs West Indies tickets!

  5. Weekender says:

    First transfer from Revolut to another account,£900
    Received a cod to set a new beneficiary,worked fine,then at the final stage,prompted to enter it again-invalid code.Tried to request another code,nothing happens,trying to get in touch with a human at their CS!Anyone experienced some issue?not sure if to try it again or give it a bit of time!
    Thanks all

  6. David says:

    For the Hilton offer, do the £350 need to be spent in one transaction or in total during the promo period?

  7. Graham Walsh says:

    The pending transactions will just go away after a few days.

  8. Rob, have your Curve transactions hit your Diners Club account yet? I’ve done three large transactions so far, starting on Saturday 1st June 2019, and none have appeared on my Diners Club account, even 5 days later.

    • Yes, yesterday – a chunk cleared at once, the earliest of which was from 29th.

      It is annoying that the Diners Club app (well, the mobile-optimised website) does not show pending transactions.

      An ATM transaction in the UK is not showing any cash advance fees, although Diners seems to add these as a separate line item at the end of the month so we can’t be 100% certain it is OK for another week or so.

      • The lack of an app is a disgrace. It makes little difference that it is responsive (mobile-optimised). The biggest problem is that you have to tediously tap the screen around 50 times to log in. Next time you log in, count the number of taps, which will increase with a long e-mail address and complex password.

      • Steve Mc says:

        I did two Curve transactions (to fund Revolut account) using Miles and More Mastercard which seem to count as cash advances when they hit the diners club card.

        £3 charge on £100 transaction. So not very cost effective.

        No charges when using same method to charge Virgin Credit Card so going to “go back in time” on curve and hope it reverses everything and stick with the Virgin Card

      • Richard says:

        any update…did the M&M card transactions via curve incur charges…? Thanks!

        • Statement will come next week. Nothing line by line but a chance they whack a charge on issuance day.

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