Hilton is, arguably, setting the pace amongst the hotel loyalty programmes at the moment:
- until the year end, each stay earns double elite night credits and double base points if you register here
- ALL your elite night credits from 2020 will carry over into 2021
- in 2021, the qualification requirements have been halved, so top-tier Diamond Elite will only require 30 elite nights (and that INCLUDES the ones you carry over from 2020, and remember that you currently earn double credits)
If you could do 15 nights in December (reward nights and day rooms count) you would end the year with 30 elite nights. (You MUST register for this offer here.) You would hit Diamond Elite instantly on 1st January when your 30 elite nights carry over, and that status would be good for all of 2021, all of 2022 and until 31st March 2023.
Where can you use your Hilton points and status in 2021?
I asked Hilton to send me details of 10 new hotels opening in 2021 which would resonate with a UK audience. They chose well, and I think that most of you will find at least a couple of these properties tempting.
Just 20km from this year’s I’m a Celebrity castle, located within Adventure Parc Snowdonia and offering unobstructed views of the mountains of North Wales, this new opening is a recommended for thrill-seekers and adventure lovers. It is launching in tandem with the opening of the park’s Wave Garden Spa. Opening March 2021. The website is here.
Opening next summer, The Fellows House, Curio Collection by Hilton, is just a short walk from the River Cam and Jesus Green and offers a good opportunity for a staycation. Everything from the hotel’s interiors to its name pays, they say, tasteful tribute to the great minds who have graced the city through the centuries. Filled with poetry, scientific drawings and famous quotations, the hotel claims to offer a place to stay, eat and drink in the style and culture of the city. The website is here.
The Faroe Islands
Located minutes from the breath-taking Svartafoss Waterfall, Nordic House, and the National Museum of the Faroe Islands, this hotel offers a weekend break with a difference. In line with the island’s sustainable growth strategy, the hotel is powered by energy left over from local industries and features water saving showers and intelligent lighting to further reduce its footprint. Flight details from the UK are discussed in this HfP article. The website is here.
Situated in an area home to some of the region’s most idyllic Japanese gardens, historic architecture and authentic tea houses, Roku Kyoto will be the first property in Asia under Hilton’s luxury LXR brand. Opening in the second half of 2021, the resort will offer a luxurious and refreshing stay with fine dining restaurants and spa treatments paired with natural hot springs.
We covered this hotel briefly last week. Originally built as a family dwelling, Mango House Seychelles features 41 guest rooms in a remote and private location. Set to open in March 2021, the resort will give guests direct views of the Indian Ocean and is the perfect spot to explore Mahé’s sandy beaches, flora and fauna. The website is here.
Penned to open simultaneously with the re-arranged World EXPO 2020 next October, this new Hilton Dubai Palm beach resort sits on the main trunk of Palm Jumeirah, overlooking the Arabian Gulf. I am at the Waldorf Astoria on the Palm in a couple of weeks so I will try to see exactly where this is located. The website is here.
Hilton is under-represented in Paris so this is a welcome addition, especially as I have been impressed by what I have seen of the new Canopy brand so far. Canopy by Hilton Paris Trocadero is set to opens its doors in March 2021, with the 123-room hotel featuring period architecture. Situated in the 16th arrondissement, it features a rooftop terrace and bar with sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower. The website is here.
Nestled on the Adriatic coast, the new Hilton Rijeka Costabella Beach Resort & Spa is a sea-front wellness resort, with a spa, heath club and Olympic sized swimming pool. Guests have access to a private sandy beach and six on-site restaurants, including a beach bar and rooftop restaurant overlooking the Adriatic. Opening June 2021 but note that a seven night minimum stay is required until mid September. It looks like an excellent use of points at 60,000 points per night or €530+ in August. The website is here.
Waldorf Astoria Cancun
Hilton is set to open two new properties in Quintana Roo in late 2021. The high end option is Waldorf Astoria Cancun, a 150-room resort offering waterfront views, mangrove-facing terraces and private balconies. There will also be an adjacent Hilton. There is no website yet.
The Emerald House Lisbon, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Emerald House Lisbon is apparently well placed for most of the city’s top attractions and the historical districts of Chiado and Baixa. The 67-room boutique hotel promises interiors styled to reflect the elegant neighbourhood. There is no website yet.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (October 2021)
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 comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.
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 American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus 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.)