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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)

  • nick says:

    Can the Capital On Tap Visa card be used to top up Revolut? and avoid cash fee’s interest?

    • Pangolin says:

      CoT blocks Revolut, according to an HFP commenter who posted last weekend.

      I don’t have this card myself so maybe others will confirm.

  • LewisB says:

    OT: I’ve been offered 2500 avios for a broken headrest on a recent LHR – JFK. This one was an economy flight and I’m only BA blue. Fair compo?

    • Shoestring says:

      what did you pay – £250 rtn? so getting back £25 from £125 would seem fair

      • LewisB says:

        My partner booked us the £399 3-night NY flight and hotel in the sale last year.

        • Shoestring says:

          nice BA deal you got, I think 2500 is OK, going back & asking for more/ discomfort factor & no sleep etc might work but there’s a personal limit and I wouldn’t

  • Nick Burch says:

    OT Just had an email from BA

    We’re looking at trialling a new system that will allow you to pre-order your M&S on board food before you fly. We would like to invite you to take part in the trial.

    All you need to do is choose from one of three meal deals from the M&S on board menu, which will be free of charge for the trial.

    Taking part is simple:
    Just select your flight and order your meal at least 72 hours before your flight departs.

    Meals are subject to availability so first come, first served.

    Link is personalised, so I can’t share it, sorry! 3 options given are:
    * Meal Deal 1: Tapas Platter and a choice of wine, beer, hot drink or a soft drink
    * Meal Deal 2: Sandwich, snack and choice of wine or beer
    * Meal Deal 3: Sandwich, snack and a choice of a hot or soft drink

    • Shoestring says:

      definitely not (3)! 🙂

    • Rhys says:

      Does it tell you what sandwiches?

    • Anna says:

      No chance. If I think I’m going to need to eat on a short haul flight I pack my own gourmet picnic for substantially less than BoB prices, and don’t have to wait while everyone else is served!

      • Lady London says:

        If BA was offering us to order from Do & Co I’d happily order and pay up.

        M&S… no chance. Not even f.o.c.

        • Genghis says:

          Tried the afternoon tea for the first time last week. Good idea, “best of British” kinda thing, really badly executed.

  • Spurs Debs says:

    O/T. Is there a way I can get points credited to BA executive club with Blacklane?

    Thanks

  • Anna says:

    OT – I’ve booked a night at the Durham County Royal Marriott for Feb half term. The only room showing for 3 was a rather expensive suite, however the system let me book a room with 1 king bed and request a rollaway bed. I called CS to ask if a 3rd person (our teenager) was ok to use the rollaway and they said no, the room is only for 2 and the rollaway is for if the 2 don’t want to share the king bed! This sounds utterly ridiculous – will we have any issues showing up as 2 adults and a child? We are both Bonvoy gold so should they offer to upgrade us if they won’t let 3 of us use the room?

    Data point – adding a supplementary card to Amex MR gold still triggers 3000 MR points, I wasn’t sure if they still did this.

  • Michael C says:

    OT and I know it’s vague, but: I can upgrade my return BCN-LHR this week to Club for 100 GBP (can’t use Avios). The main thing for me would be going from 5 to 40 tier points. Bearing in mind I justttt about scrape Silver each year, would you say the upgrade is worth it?

    • Shoestring says:

      not when for £160 you can/ could get 160 TPs going to Helsinki! (obvs there would be a hotel & time commitment)

      all the T3 lounges (BA/ AA/ Qantas/ Cathay) to trash on the way out as well

    • Lumma says:

      Is that £100 for the return or each way? Flying to Frankfurt next month and it was £119 outbound and €80 inbound to upgrade to business

  • Nick says:

    Anyone know if a peanut allergy is considered a pre-existing condition for the purposes Amex Plat travel / medical insurance?

    Can’t find any definitive guidance in the T&C’s

  • SimonW says:

    O/T – Do alll Amex Plat cards have a similar statement date near end of the month? ie tomorrow ish…. Ive got a new account and cant work out when i will get my first statement, (and if it will have the painful yearly fee on it?)

    • idrive says:

      The accounting period starts in the moment you were accepted as a new card holder. So everyone has got a different one. If you applied on 04/01 for example it is safe to assume it could be around 5-6 of every month, payable around 10 days later.
      My one for example ends on 10 and payable on 20 approx