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Get £100 off £500 of Hilton USA hotel spending with an American Express cashback offer

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A new American Express offer has been launched with Hilton.  You may find this in the ‘Offers’ section of one, all or none of your cards on the online statement page.  I have it on my BA Amex but not my Platinum card.

If you have it, this is the deal:

Receive £100 statement credit when spending £500 at Hilton properties in the US

Valid until 31st October

Only valid when you pay at the hotel (“excludes online payments”)

There is NO list of participating hotels.  This is a problem.  Historically, Hilton offers have applied across all brands – Waldorf Astoria, Hampton, DoubleTree etc.

It doesn’t say that here.  All references to hotels just say ‘Hilton’ or ‘Hilton properties’ or ‘participating Hilton hotels’ – not ‘Hilton family’, ‘Hilton owned’, ‘Hilton group’ etc.  It is perfectly possible that you won’t get it at a DoubleTree or, say, the highly acclaimed Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills pictured below.

Remember that you will be hit by a 3% foreign exchange fee when paying on an American Express card in the US.  This reduces the value of the cashback if you would otherwise have paid on a 0% FX fees card.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

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!

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 Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

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.)

Comments (129)

  • The Original Nick says:

    Thanks Harry.

  • Optimus Prime says:

    OT – if you have status, can you choose a seat for free when flying HBO with BA?

    Also – a couple of days ago I asked about QF deals to AKL and was told £2000 would be the best I can get. I forgot about mentioning we’re looking to go in February. Since that’s peak date over there, is £2000 still realistic?

    Thanks

    • Row9 says:

      “if you have status, can you choose a seat for free when flying HBO with BA?”

      – Yes.

    • Shoestring says:

      HBO – no (online) – you can still ask nicely at the check in desk – or go to airport & go to self check in machines to choose your seat, I think this also works with HBO

      you can check in online T-24 same as usual, just don’t print your BP or save as pdf

      when we book 4x RFS Avios + 1x HBO, the check in agent has always been perfectly happy to move the HBO fare up closer to/ near the other 4

      • John says:

        Err, are you sure you have flown to Spain with BA in the past 25 months?

      • Shoestring says:

        not that I have status

        • Mark says:

          Without status… you can pay to select seats online in advance, or presumably at online checkin. We’ve tended to go for exit row seats in advance where available. In theory at least if you don’t want to pay you have to accept whatever you’re given.

          With status, you should be able to select seats for free as BA reversed their original position on this.

    • Optimus Prime says:

      Thanks @Row9 and @Shoestring

    • Rob says:

      Last year China Eastern was still selling Sydney for Christmas week in early December for under £2000 (ex Amsterdam) so it should be possible.

  • Mark says:

    I’ve just spoken to Hilton Customer Service who confirmed that the offer does apply to all Hilton group hotels, and cumulative spend counts.

    So, it should be a good one for our trip to the US in September…

    • Cam says:

      The Ts&Cs on my offer indicate it is valid for checkout spend only. Presumably prepaid rates thus don’t qualify. This is somewhat counterintuitive, if they are trying to drive business to Hilton. Wouldn’t it be better to lock customers in to the prepaidcrate, rather than risk a later cancellation?

  • Tom H says:

    Got 2x spare tickets for tomorrow evening’s HfP Summer Party as I can no longer attend due to work. Happy to let them go at face value to a good home. Drop me an email at [email protected] if anyone wants them.

  • Shoestring says:

    Done it. Got a £1 car rental for next Saturday up to LHR.

    • AndyGWP says:

      Hertz or Europcar?

    • Tom1 says:

      Which reminds me…. has anyone else used the ‘Driive’ app ? (Yes, double ‘i’).
      Seems to aggregate the hertz and Europcar £1 journeys.
      Can also set alerts.
      Never used it to book, but seems to be quicker than the websites.

  • Nick says:

    At Gatwick south. First time every refused lounged access on a Amex priority pass

    Absolutely disgusting

    Nonsense excuse of many flight delays

  • AndyGWP says:

    OT – BAPP (£195) *renewal* fee… It’s just appeared on my card (dated 6th July), but the app confirms I have until 8th September 2019 to earn my companion voucher (£100 spend to go!)… same day & month as last year

    Does that seem right – I thought I’d be charged the renewal in September (but it appears I paid it in July last year too having looked at statements)

    • Anna says:

      If you’ve ever downgraded to free then upgraded again later it moves your renewal fee date; the date to earn your voucher stays the same.

      • AndyGWP says:

        That’ll be it! Cheers Anna! 👍🏻

        Only done it once or twice but recently I’ve stuck with BAPP as since the interchange fees (and now the way Amex is going), the card is bound to get enhanced at some point! 😬

  • Harry T says:

    OT
    Loading Revolut with Virgin Rewards + – is there a limit to how much you can add per day? I’m only looking to load a grand or two into Revolut with my Virgin Card – was wondering if there’s a daily amount that catches the wrong kind of attention? I’ve heard of issues with loading Revolut with Ceation cards.

    • Harry T says:

      *Creation.

      I meant 1000-2000£ per month. Would preferably load up to a grand at a time to reduce the faff.

    • Good says:

      Load it up. Seems fine. But I only used it for IHG. I got banned for other reasons.

      • Bonglim says:

        I got banned for other reasons….

        care to say why? You don’t have to, but might stop others (me) from falling in the same trap.

      • D says:

        loading up willy nilly is reason alone for getting kicked out

    • Froggee says:

      I do £4k at a time without any problems yet on Virgin rewards+. However when I started it wouldn’t even let me do £200 and I was down to £20 at one point. Then they got more relaxed. Use it to pay the nanny, random shopping and overseas spend.

      • Bonglim says:

        I have bending several thousand at a time, and used it almost exclusively for HMRC – and will soon with occasional alternative spend.

        I guess I better start using it for other things, going on holiday tomorrow (points again, thanks for all your hard work rob) so I will start with that.

        • Alex says:

          I load £400 at a time 3x a week and have had no issues as of yet.

      • Chas says:

        I have done over £6k in one go several times, and regularly do over £6k pm in various transactions sizes (from a few hundred to several thousand) depending on my needs.