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Click here for our article on Hilton’s ‘More Nights, More Points’ promotion which runs until 5th September 2022. You can register for the offer by clicking here.

Hilton Honors has just launched its new Autumn promotion which is now open for registration.

The promotion is called ‘Power Up‘.

To give Hilton credit, it is very straightforward with virtually no small print.

You will earn DOUBLE Hilton Honors base points for every stay between 9th September and 5th January.

Pay with the (not available to new cardholders) Hilton Honors UK credit card, issued by Barclaycard, and you get TRIPLE points.  For our German readers, the DKB Hilton credit card also earns triple points, as of course do all of the US-issued Hilton credit cards.

There is NO ‘starting with your second stay’ rule.  You get double points from your first stay during the promotional period.

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% rebate and that is before you add in any status bonus.

If you still have the Hilton Honors Barclaycard then it is an even better deal for UK stays.  This card has a 3% foreign exchange fee, however, so I would be ambivalent about this part of the offer for stays outside the UK.  You are getting 3.3p of extra points per $1 in return for a 2.95p foreign exchange fee for every £1 you spend.  This initially seems OK, but you need to remember that you only get points on the ex-VAT part of your bill.  You’ll also be incurring the 3% FX fee on all non-qualifying charges.

You can register for the offer here.

There is not much small print except that you need to register in advance via the Hilton website

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.status purposes.

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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 Gold status.  You can request a status match here.

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 18 nights during the 90 days you will be upgraded to Diamond status until 31st March 2021.  If you manage 10 nights you will retain Gold status until 31st March 2021.  If you don’t manage 10 nights, you will drop back to Blue after your 90 day trial.

Register for ‘Power Up’ now

Hilton’s new ‘double base points’ is a decent offer, especially for people doing longer, more expensive stays.  I’m very happy, as I have a £1,000 Hilton stay booked for October!

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% rebate on your spending.  Anyone with Hilton status will do even better..

Even if you don’t have any stays planned, it is still worth registering just in case – a lot can happen between now and 5th January.

You can sign up here.

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

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (May 2022)

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 and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 120,000 Hilton Honors points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

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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.

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 (87)

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  • Neil Donoghue says:

    Disappointing offer for UK members considering their is no Hilton card on the market. They could just offer us triple points as a good will gesture.

    • John says:

      Disappointing offer for everyone outside the US, Japan, Germany and the UK where there is no Hilton card and nobody has a Hilton card that is closed to new applicants

      • Russ says:

        Yes but it used to be everyone in the US was eligible and we in the UK could only watch from the sidelines Up to Hilton to get it sorted and hopefully they will soon include other territories.

      • Ian M says:

        Yeah, seems set out to alienate a large % of their global customers. Strange decision.

        • Neil Donoghue says:

          Agreed! Someone hasn’t thought about this very carefully. It’s like IHG announcing the accelerate program is only available to creation cardholder members…Madness!

          • Bagoly says:

            This was presumably instigated from the head office at Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, USA.
            Do you expect an American employee to consider the fact that there are countries other than the USA where the credit card situation is not the same?

            Outside of places like New York it’s asking a lot for a system to consideration any currencies other than USD.

  • Darren says:

    Have a 2 week Hilton booking in the Caribbean at Christmas circa £12k so this is a very welcome promotion. Also have a Barclaycard Hilton Visa so even better. I’m wondering though that if I put it through on my curve card, with it’s reduced FX fee, with the Hilton card as the underlying one will it still tick all the boxes? I’m guessing it will but want to make sure, it’s a lot of points.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I don’t think so as the hotel will see your stay as paid for with the curve.

      They have no idea what your underlying card is.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Sport was going to add. if you part pay with the Hilton that might trigger the points. Perhaps there will be test cases before your big stay.

        • Ian M says:

          Part pay is a great shout yeah. Will be interesting to see if that works.

        • John says:

          You could do something weird like wire transfer the bulk of it through transferwise, then use the Hilton card for the small remainder.

          And besides £12k!! That’s how much I’ve spent on hotels in the past 3 years numbering over 150 nights. My Hilton credit limit isn’t even that high….

          • Darren says:

            John It’s certainly not a normal hotel spend for me I can assure you. Haven’t had a good holiday for a few years and it’s all inclusive albeit with an additional $95 a night/per child (have 2) on top. Got CW with 2 for 1 vouchers for 4 of us so will be a one off for a few years to come I’m sure! Would be the icing on the cake to come away with 500k points on top. Have a 2x points booking as well so wondering if the promotion will be on top of that or not. Lots of variables and lots of potential points which may or may not all come off. Fingers crossed!

          • John says:

            Well enjoy yourselves. The 2X points doesn’t stack like this (usually not worth the extra cost but it may be in your case). So if you are diamond I think you’d get 5X if it all works out which could be up to 600K, i.e. 6 nights in a luxury property or up to 30 nights in an average property, not bad.

  • James S says:

    Completely O/T – apologies for the basic question – if I cancel an Amex 2-4-1 do I get charged the GBP 35 change fee? Thanks!

    • Stu_N says:

      Yes – it’s £35 per person.

      If you have to do it over the phone because you can’t do it online they may try to charge you a £15 telephone service fee – be prepared to push the point that this should be waived as you can’t complete the transaction online.

  • Alan says:

    I found it interesting when registering that it recognised I was a Barclaycard Hilton cardholder already. Would be great if Hilton IT just relied on that flag rather than what card is actually used!

    • Axel says:

      If you go into My account on the Hilton App and click Hilton Honors Card you can drill further into your profile, mine says

      Amex Membership Rewards Global
      Barclays Platinum
      Team Member – not sure what this is used for though as I don’t work with Hilton, any know how to use this?

    • Richmond says:

      I didn’t notice that and I guess there’s no way to check it after registration? When I go to Hilton Honors Card as mentioned in other comment, I can only see my gold card. Don’t see any reference to any credit cards. I don’t have my Hilton credit card added to profile, as I hardly ever use it for payments.
      Interestingly, I recently got “1st Barclay bonus” 2500 points, even though I have card for last 2-3 years and got bonus in the first year, and never paid using actual Hilton Card. Hilton IT system is weird.

      • paulm says:

        Same for me, no mention of this. I also got a Barclays 1st spend bonus a few months ago (after using my MBNA card!). Used the Hilton card yesterday on a check out to see if I got a 2nd bonus, but nothing posted!

    • Dirtyneedlebluesky says:

      Same. Haven’t held that card for a few years though!!

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    Thanks – this will stack nicely with the 7,500 bonus points offer!

  • Tim Rogers says:

    OT: Is it possible to “upgrade” in some way from the free IHG credit card to the premium one?

    • Alex says:

      When I did it I just had to get a completely new card – it’s possible thinkgs have changed since last year.

  • s879 says:

    OT: Can a Amex Platinum supplementary also apply for hotel statuses? I always read that it was a yes but my friend said recently that Amex have said no to her. Has this changed too then?

    • Rob says:

      Amex was wrong. Once your friend registers the supp online they can apply for the cards online. My wife has them.

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    Sort of OT: After my Hilton gold expires (got through Amex plat) do i soft land to Silver ?

    • Aldo barnacle says:

      My gold said it was granted for as long as I hold the card. I have no plans on handing it back.

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