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Last chance to book in Hilton’s Winter hotel sale

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This is your last chance to book in the Hilton Winter Sale and lock in decent weekend deals across Europe, Africa and Middle East.

Full details are on the Hilton website here.

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

That said ….. basing the ‘30% saving’ on the Best Available Bed & Breakfast rate is not exactly fair. Sale rates are non refundable so it is 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.

This rate is only available for weekend stays.  The good news is that you can lock in prices for stays between now and as far out as 31st August.  Rooms must be booked by TOMORROW, 28th January.

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.

Don’t forget to register for the new Spring promotion

Hilton Honors has launched its new Spring promotion, Points Unlimitedwhich is now open for registration.

To give Hilton credit, it is very straightforward with minimal small print:

You will earn 2,000 bonus Hilton Honors points for every stay between 6th January and 3rd May.

Even better, you will earn an additional 10,000 bonus Hilton Honors points for every TEN nights you complete.

There is no cap to what you can earn and there are no minimum stay requirements.  The bonus should also trigger on reward stays given how similar promotions have worked in the past.

You can register for the offer here.

Hilton winter sale

…. and also don’t forget Hilton’s generous status match offer

Finally, remember that if you have top or mid-tier status with another hotel loyalty scheme, Hilton will match you to Gold for 90 days and give you an opportunity to keep it until March 2021 or even be upgraded to Diamond.

Details of how you can claim your status match are in this article.

Top-tier Diamond status comes with guaranteed Executive Lounge access and (on request) late check-out at most brands.  Gold – which you are given instantly as part of the match – gets you free breakfast and some sort of upgrade.  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.

Full sale details and the booking site are 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 (June 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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel 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.

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 (131)

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  • Chrisasaurus says:

    Diving right in with an OT – see my curve subscription has been auto renewed on my BAPP as it was originally paid by last year during that bizarre 24 hours of amex acceptance

    So there is some relationship there still and a merchant agreement to some extent exists…

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      When my Amex was used for a subscription last year it was done via Stripe… So no direct card relationship.
      It’s it not still the same?

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        Sorry, you’re quite right. Line item didnt mention it but txn details do if you click on it

  • Gomigo says:

    Delta SEA to PVG is on A330-900neo too!!

  • JamesR says:

    Had my eye on those TAP flights for a while however I came across (and booked last night) Virgin Upper Class to Sao Paulo for £1436 direct from LHR.

    Thought that looked an absolute steal.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, can’t argue with that.

    • TripRep says:

      James, I recommend Chris Packham’s Horizon documentary, 7.7 Billion and counting.

      Sao Paulo features, as Chris flies over it and it’s sprawling high rises with a population of 22+ Million.

    • Lucy says:

      Any indication of dates? I’ve been looking for a deal like this to Brazil (with Virgin) for ages!

  • Vit says:

    OT – booked BA RT flight for 3 pax for £360 in order to trigger the 3000 avios last Thursday. Somehow transaction was shown in my bapp amex as 3 x £120 rather than a combined £360. Still waiting to receive the bonus avios. Anyone encountered similar situation and how long before 3000 bonus avios reaches your amex account?


    • BJ says:

      That’s normal, it’ll trigger. Credits normally come back quickly whemvpounds but I see to recall sometimes points and avios were slower so no need to worry if it takes longer than a few days.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yep this is how BA charges flights, each ticket is charged separately. It’ll be fine and usually takes 5-7 days after the charges actually clear to get any bonus.

    • Rantallion says:

      I triggered the BA bonus last Thursday and the 3,000 bonus Avios were credited today.

  • Oh! Matron! says:

    Completely off topic, but flew in a swiss A220 last night from GVA to FRA. It’s not the quietest thing in the world, but there’s plenty of overhead space in the lockers, which surprised me for a 2+3 seating config. They had chrome accents on the seats, which was really classy too. The other noticeable thing was tiny drop down monitors which showed the flight progress.

    HOWEVER….. As it’s not the biggest plane in the world, we had a walk across the apron at GVA and a lovely bus ride at FRA (My most despised airport), so make sure you have plenty of time if connecting if flying one

  • Adam says:

    Just read the Times article via twitter. What it really highlighted to me was how much I like the editorial style round here. HfP articles are always easy to read and follow. I already knew everything the times article was trying to get across, but found it difficult to follow the way it jumped around.
    Keep up the god work Rob+team.l

    • Shoestring says:

      I’ve been reading the Times/ Sunday Times for the last few months as they had a £3 for 3 months deal – I stopped reading it years ago when it went behind the paywall.

      My conclusion: I haven’t been missing much these last 10 years! I read daily the Telegraph, Independent, Guardian as I can read them for free + Daily Mail is good for Finance/ Money & I normally scan a few silly stories as well 🙂

      The Times family doesn’t really add much in terms of news/ information that you can’t get for free, the gardening section is pretty rubbish, the Travel section can be excellent – as can some of the columnists (& you can’t get those elsewhere).

      Didn’t really have a problem with Times house style – though in that article they could at least have got the detail right on referrals or let us know if Paul & his mates did actually use the 2-4-1s in the end (I suspect not)

      • Rob says:

        What I do like about the Times Mon-Fri is the format, which is especially handy for reading on planes and trains.

        Sunday Times is about 50% thinner now than at its peak. However, as I had to chauffeur my daughter to a friend yesterday morning, it was a throwback to my pre family days to head to a nearby newsagent afterwards and then sit in a cafe on my own for half an hour reading it.

      • The Savage Squirrel says:

        Times access still going strong after cancelling Amex Plat Business some months ago 🥳

      • Paul says:

        A couple of us who flew business used Lloyds upgrade vouchers but wasn’t appropriate to mention this.

        The journalist focus was more on whether there is still value in travel rewards earning cards – especially for newcomers. I tried to get across all the legitimate ways such as referring, being referred and the bonus on offer for the first additional cardholder.

        • Shoestring says:

          heh heh, I get it. btw: (Gold) Refer Friends. Get Rewarded. While you can’t refer your own product, you can still refer the American Express® Preferred Rewards Credit Card. You’ll receive *6,000* Membership Rewards® points for each approved friend. 🙂

    • Lady London says:

      Plus several of us have commented how much we like Rhys’s writing style. So Rob made a good choice there too. And Sinead’s writing also fits in nicely.

  • Berneslai says:

    OT: I’m flying with Qatar to Sydney (via DOH) shortly, a trip that should get me Silver status on its own. The trip was booked through a corporate travel agent but I can’t see details of my Exec number anywhere on the booking. Is there any way to electronically check whether it has been used correctly? Their phone line has been engaged since 6am this morning.

    • Shoestring says:

      just go to & make sure it’s there/ input it yourself

      • berneslai says:

        Thanks – my member number wasn’t inserted. I owe you!

        • Lady London says:

          Also sometimes QR legs don’t credit promptly,give it a week and chase if you need them.

    • Riccatti says:

      Make sure BAEC number is printed on your boarding pass.

      Ask the lounge entrance/gate agent to re-print the pass if necessary (before boarding).

    • AJA says:

      Enjoy your trip. Just bear in mind that although you will get enough TP for Silver you still need 4 qualifying flights on either BA or IB or a BA Marketed OW carrier (unless you already have flown those 4 flights)

  • JRC says:

    O/T, new BAPP Amex year, the £10k spend counter doesn’t seem to work. Worth calling up Amex or is it just a bug and the Companion voucher will post once the threshold is met?

    • Anna says:

      It comes and goes, IME. If you click through to the “avios earned” page of your account on a PC or laptop, it should also show in the right hand column.

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