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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.

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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.

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…. 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.

Hilton winter sale

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 (131)

  • TripRep says:

    Hilton Sale
    Snagged a King Junior Suite at DT Edinburgh Queensferry for £53

    My HH Gold = breakfast, +2k extra points promo, sounds terrific value for a nice modern hotel with fab views of the 3 Bridges.

    Looking at another booking elsewhere…
    Anyone recently booked 2 rooms as a Gold at a UK Hilton (not DT), did/do both rooms get Breakfast or just one?

    • Neil Donoghue says:

      What date did you find that bargain?? I had both rooms receive breakfast at the Hilton Deansgate on Saturday night but I am a diamond member. Shouldn’t be a problem but make sure you ask in advance to avoid any nasty surprises.

      • TripRep says:

        Thanks, I think I will risk it. Staff seem really friendly. Can always hope for goodwill on the day, if it’s quiet time and I’m lucky they may also upgrade both rooms to Executive Lounge access.

      • TripRep says:

        ps DT QF has plenty of dates with a room < £60 this March/April

        • Neil Donoghue says:

          Thanks TripRep – If you both get access to the executive lounge, breakfast shouldn’t be a problem at all. I’m assuming you have maxed out your Hilton Diamond Status match but it could be worth applying again to see if you slip through.

    • Michael says:

      It might have changed now but when the Queensferry Crossing opened it meant Edinburgh/Queensferry was the only crossing in the world with three bridges from three different centuries.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      +1 for both rooms receiving brekky on a 2 room booking.. Although I did put both our names down for my room to help things along….

  • Benilyn says:

    OT: Thanks for all the help so far re Japan planning all. Decided to book a hotel in Kyoto in the end, found something ~£126pn after some digging.
    Any suggestions for cash bookings for hotels in Hakone? Ideally looking for one with a private onsen but they seem expensive (~£500pn?) so any suggestions for a cheaper one. Possibly priced out of that one, so any cheap hotel suggestion there would be great. I am thinking to spend 2 nights there.

    The Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa I think was 60/70k points, but it seems too far right?

    • marcw says:

      Hakone is expensive. Maybe Genghis can help you with suggestions.

      • Genghis says:

        Not stayed in Hakone. Onsen not as good as in Kyushu. But it is convenient for a day trip from Tokyo when there. I went to Hotel Green Plaza last time, a walk from one of the ropeway stops. Decent rotenburo with Mt Fuji views. Hotel seemed nice too in public areas.

    • ankomonkey says:

      I’ve stayed at Hilton Odawara. It’s a nice hotel, but not what I would consider to be the Hakone onsen experience. It’s a big hotel and not near the main lake in Hakone (Ashi no ko). In my experience, the best onsen – even if not private – are in smaller, more intimate ryokan where you get fed in your room.

      I can’t advise on Hakone alternatives as it’s many years since I stayed there and I can’t remember where I’ve stayed.

      • Benilyn says:

        ankomonkey regardless of the no onsen experience, how did you find the location/would you recommend?

  • koroleon says:

    OT but there is a Hilton reference in the article 🙂

    I had Hilton Gold status last year and I did not re-qualify, so it should expire in a few days. I also have an Amex Plat. Is there a specific strategy as to when I should request Gold status through Amex or should I just go ahead and do it now?

    • Rob says:

      Hilton updates very quickly, so little risk in waiting until it drops and then filling in the form. Tends to update in a couple of days.

  • Kai says:

    The TAP deal is valid for economy and one-ways as well. You can add a stop-over in Portugal and that even makes the ticket cheaper due to no APD.

  • Riccatti says:

    TAP fare is good though ex-EU 1200-1300 EUR to GIG/GRU can be met.

    TAP should amend fare rules for this fare to be used multi-city. Straight LIS departure should save 200-300GBP on APD and such. 1000GBP return to LHR fare will be news.

    LHR – LIS is the usual “economy” business.

  • John says:

    Direct flights to Seoul can cost “up to” £1200 in J???

    Slightly odd wording at the bottom of column 4…. sounds like the author thinks that households pay for everything except “shopping”, holidays and insurance using cash.

    • Rob says:

      To be fair, by the standards of national press articles on miles and points, this one is substantially above average in terms of its accuracy. At least the author isn’t saying a Seoul flight is ‘worth’ £6000 because a fully flex J costs that …..

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Would love for business flights to cost up to £1200 to everywhere all the time.

      I assumed they meant PE

  • Shoestring says:

    Direct Mail – Try Clubcard Plus free for two months (Tesco) – unique code

  • MattB says:

    OT – looking to book a intra US flight for August, price $99 each so for the 2 of us total approx £150-£160 on current xrates.

    Would this be covered by S75 as item price individually sub £100?

    • Rui N. says:

      Why would you need S75 protection? Highly unlikely that most US carriers, being some of the most profitable in the world, would go belly up this year.

      • Shoestring says:

        lots of reasons – strikes/ cancellations etc

        @MattB it’s not the individual components that matter – they can be under £100 – but you must pay it all in one credit card transaction (& Amex splitting it by person on your statement wouldn’t put them in the clear for S75 liability before anybody asks)

        • Freddy says:

          On a strict interpretation of s.75, s.75 wouldn’t be available as each person ticket is under £100 which is the threshold regardless of the overall value.

          • Shoestring says:

            true but sometimes the ombudsman has ruled in favour of the claimant in similar cases

            eg Bott & Co say paying £300 for 6 chairs (£50 each) wouldn’t count if one were deficient – but you could conversely argue to the Ombudsman that it was a set of 6 & win (on a good day)

          • Shoestring says:

            [The single-item loophole
            Something that often catches people out is what constitutes the £100 minimum. It’s not based on your total spend with the retailer in a transaction – instead, it’s per single item.
            So if you buy four of the same item at £30 each, although you’ve paid £120 to the retailer, you won’t be covered.
            But if there was a multipack of those same items that came in at £100, then you would be covered.
            Transport such as train and airplane tickets is one to really watch here, with two singles – one outbound and one return – which are less than £100 each not providing the same protection as a return ticket that costs more than £100.]

        • Rui N. says:

          What does S75 give you when a flight is cancelled? (Assuming the airline already books you in another flight)

          • Shoestring says:

            1. often an airline will prove intractable about booking you onto a competitor airline, which might, for example depart at a similar time to your cancelled flight & be convenient – whereas your original airline might want you to wait a day or longer so that you fly with them (to save money)

            under S75, the credit card co has a contract with you to fulfil the terms of your original ticket, so you can ‘insist’ through discussion that it pays the difference between the 2 tickets, ie you get a refund on ticket 1, buy ticket 2, the credit card co paying the difference

            2. consequential losses – often a cancellation means you will have paid and lose a day’s hotel night/ car hire at destination – no airline will refund this whereas a credit card co will under S75

            3. not every airline will provide duty of care whilst you wait to leave on the new flight – the credit card co will pay your hotel/ food etc if the airline refuses

          • jc says:

            Shoestring, in light of these points (which I agree with), what are your thoughts on purchasing a flight on an Amex Platinum (Charge) – where S75 doesn’t apply? Some of these are explicitly covered by the Platinum travel insurance, but would Amex honour something like a new flight booking on a new airline, or are you better using a cc instead where S75 applies

          • Shoestring says:

            I’d prefer the certainty of law/ S75 – which is why I am cancelling my Gold charge card and replacing it with a Gold credit card

            having said that, people say Amex/ Plat insurance are good at looking after you – but how are they going to respond if (say) the costs start to mount up? you’re there ‘by their grace’ so to speak

            I was kicking myself the other day as I forgot to use a credit card for my wife’s Ryanair flight out to our place in the sun for 5 days over late May bank hols, I just automatically paid on Gold (charge) Amex

          • Rui N. says:

            Thanks for the explanation Shoestring.