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Click here for our article on Hilton’s ‘Points Plus’ promotion which runs from 1st January to 1st May 2024. You can register for the offer by clicking here.

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

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 1st January and 2nd May
  • even better, you will earn an additional 5,000 bonus Hilton Honors points for every FIVE nights you complete

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

What is your return here?

Given that I value a Hilton Honors point at around 0.33p, you are getting a good return on your spending here. 

For someone who only does one-night stays and who hits exactly five nights over the four months (I admit it is unlikely you would reach this exact combination) you would be earning 3,000 bonus points per nightI would value that at £10 which is a good return especially as it doesn’t include your base points or any status bonus.

Of course, if your only Hilton stays during the four months are 1 x 4 night stay, then you are not doing too well.  Your only bonus will be 500 points per night (2000/4) which I’d value at £1.66 per night!

There is no small print

There is no small print except that you need to register in advance via the Hilton website:

  • there is no minimum stay requirement
  • existing bookings still count
  • all Hilton Family properties (Hilton, Hampton, Curio, Waldorf Astoria, Conrad etc) are taking part

This could work well if you are chasing status

Hilton has been falling over itself to make it easy for you to retain status:

  • all of your nights from 2020 will be carried over to 2021
  • the elite night requirements have been halved in 2021, meaning that you only need 30 nights to earn Diamond Elite

As you are earning £10-worth of points back per stay, as long as your stays are in multiples of five, you could get the nights you need relatively cheaply.

If you are self-employed, you could book Hilton day rooms to work. These are available at around £30 in much of the country – in my experience Hilton Olympia in London will give you a £30 rate, as opposed to the £40 rate quoted online, if you enquire directly. These rates are still available in Tier 4 areas.

The cost of the day room is a business expense and you are receiving back £10 of points each time. The net cost after tax and the value of the points is very low and you are building up your elite night credits.

Even better, Hilton is offering 10,000 bonus points for your first day room booking.

And 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 10 nights during the 90 days you will keep your Gold status until 31st March 2022.  If you complete 18 nights during the 90 days you will be elevated to top-tier Diamond status until 31st March 2022.

Hilton Honors bonus points promotion


2,000 bonus points per stay is a decent offer, especially for someone who tends to do short stays.  The additional 5,000 points carrot for every five nights is a worthwhile extra bonus. 

If your hotel stays are generally just for one or two nights then you should seriously consider moving them (in chunks of five nights) to Hilton this Spring. Once you’re allowed to stay …..

Make sure you register here if you have any Hilton stays coming up over the next four months.

Even if you don’t have any stays planned, it is still worth registering just in case – a lot can happen between now and 2nd May.

Let’s see what IHG and Marriott launch to compete with this ….

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

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 (28)

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  • Gavin says:

    I’m currently in the middle of a stay which ends on January 2nd. Interesting to see if I will get anything from this promo – I registered anyway.

    • RussellH says:

      A few years ago we spent the night of 31 Dec at the Gateshead Hilton. I got botth bonuses – the one ending on 31/12 and the one starting 1/1.
      But given that they also gave me base and status points for the full cash value of the booking, when it was about 65% paid on points, I suspect that the whole thing was a cock-up somewhere or other.
      Pleasant surprise though!

    • babyg says:

      Im unsure , but i am wondering if you will get the double night credits as your booking runs past the end date?

      • Gavin says:

        Lets see. I will have done 17 nights consecutive in the same place by the time I check out, so who knows what points I will get! Not bothered either way.

        • Gavin says:

          Looks like I did get the 2k bonus for my pre-booked January 1st stay. 17 nights in a row in a Hilton over December plus one in late November seems to have me a Diamond member as well.

  • Pawel says:

    In theory …
    2 Hilton hotels wich cost You 5000 points per stay jumping between hotels for 60 days and you got 4000 points per stay…
    2000 plus 1000 from this promo and 1000 per stay for milstone bonus when you hit 60 nights….

    • Rob says:

      Would work nicely in, say, Turkey where there are still quite a few 5k hotels.

      • Algor says:

        And you forgetting of ‘My Way in certain brand. If you jump between 2 5k per night DT’s you will stay for free.

        For more doable option you redem with 5th night free for 4k per night and get back 2k per night + 2k stay bonus.

        For the sake of checking I made a dummy booking in one Turkish property from 10th Jan to 11th March. 240k HH points for 60 nights, 62k from promo and 60k from milestone back (no my way becouse its HGI and you have to choose bf or 750 points per stay).

        So for this 2 months stay it’s either 3083 GBP or 118k points, £51.38 / 1967 points per night. Side note: would have to book 3x 20 nights reservations as becouse the 5th night free is bugging on longer stays.

        • Pangolin says:

          @Algor The 20 nights limitation on 5th night free is not a bug but a feature. No big deal anyhow as it’s easy to get round.

          • Algor says:

            Well after all this years still learning 🙂

            The longest I did was twice 20 nights, never tried for anything longer until now. I’m considering this very seriously now, company might place me on full remote for couple of months and spending this time in warm and cheap place would be ideal, if I can also cover my Lifetime Diamond requirements for 2021 even better (I’m still 4 years away).

          • Bagoly says:

            Elazig (mentioned below) is freezing tonight.
            On the coast, it is warmer than the UK, but not exactly balmy in January.

      • Pawel says:

        If they extended counting 2 nights for every night like is now till end of year it would generate extra 1000 points per night so stay for free and id You can do it nice night bonus for lifetime status….
        Izmir have 1 hotel for 5k and one for 10k…

        • Algor says:

          They will not as it is a seasonal offer, double nights credit is finishing and usual ‘Q1 stay promotion’ starting (They run it with tiny variance in amounts for last 7 years I think).

  • Claire says:

    I have a couple of points stays. Do you get points for them or must they be cash?

  • James says:

    Off topic: to get a US Amex as a non-US resident/citizen, is it enough to own a property there or do you also need to prove that you’re in the process of moving there permanently (i.e. work visa application etc.)?

    • Alan says:

      I thought you always needed a SSN to apply for US cards, not just an address there? I remember reading that there used to be a workaround for getting one via self publishing on Amazon (to be ‘working’), but I think that loophole has been closed.

      • memesweeper says:

        An SSN is not always required with Amex; I think it is with other card issuers (or an ITIN, which is similar). AFAIK Amex require a postal address if you have an established relationship with them.

        You realise this is the wrong place for ‘Off topic’ posts? :-). I’m sure someone will be along to delete or move this thread shortly.

  • DJ says:

    I hope Marriott and IHG will be promoting special soon!

  • babyg says:

    Thanks HFP, just registered from a Hilton.. note I’m currently finishing my WFH (work from Hilton) run @Hampton by Hilton Docklands.. the Hilton Workspaces, double elite nights etc has worked out well for me (and others). lets hope we can use our Diamond status in 2021..

  • EB says:

    My #1 favourite company by far, Hilton have got it absolutely spot on throughout this pandemic. All reservations flexible, status extended no questions, status requirements halved and nights carried. (Take notes BA!!)

    In normal times I have 2 to 3 hotel nights per week, expensed but booked by me, these were previously hotels(dot)com or similar as I have gold from Amex plat anyway. Hilton have just earned all of those nights likely for several years.

    Also if anyone is chasing diamond with the carry over nights and half threshold, mine has already posted early. I had expected to wait until January

  • Boi says:

    I want to chase diamond for next year. So far have 3 stays and 13 nights. I suspect my sister is going to have a lot of Hampton stays in Leeds as I find it cheap.

    So do I need 17 nights or 12 stays in 2021? Ie, are stays carried over to 2021 and need only 15 stays for diamond?

    Is it too late to add to the double count for 2020?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Only nights will c/o so you’ll need 15 stays or 17 nights.

      It’s the 30th tomorrow so you can only get 4 nights (2 doubled).

      If you do lots of 1 night stays anyway not much benefit in “running” this year.

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