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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 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 (133)

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  • ADS says:

    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 !

  • Jason says:

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

  • 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

    • Peter K says:

      Received a cod?
      Sounds fishy to me!

    • Peter K says:

      I’d just try it again.

      • Weekender says:

        Thanks @Peter K
        I think I’ll give it another try
        Wondering is amount too large for a first transfer?!!

  • David says:

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

    • Rob says:

      Historically it has been cumulative, irrespective of the rules.

  • Graham Walsh says:

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

  • NFH says:

    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.

    • Rob says:

      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.

      • NFH says:

        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.

        • Rob says:

          iPhone memorises the log-in and password and activates it via touch/face ID.

      • 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!

        • Rob says:

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

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