With Avios no longer a Tesco Clubcard partner, one of the more interesting ways to use your Clubcard points for travel is to use them to book Hilton hotel rooms.
Tesco and Hilton have made some positive changes to this redemption over the years:
you no longer have to book for at least two nights
you can now book certain hotels during the week, if that particular hotel chooses to participate
all Hilton brands (Hampton, Conrad etc) now participate – not just the main Hilton brand
These are all good changes, although you need to remember that this deal only covers hotels in the UK and Ireland.
There are other positive features about this deal:
rooms always include breakfast
all room categories are included, so if you need a bigger room or a suite then you can often book one, as long as you have enough Clubcard points
Even better, Tesco and Hilton now have a dedicated website (click here) for booking rooms online.
If it is a few years since you last used Clubcard points with Hilton, you may remember that you had to ring the call centre. This was time consuming and – if you had a variety of hotels and dates to choose from – slow. You no longer need to do this.
How to exchange your Clubcard points
You can exchange your Clubcard points on this website. £2.50 in Clubcard points will give you £7.50 to spend at Hilton Hotels UK & Ireland. Your tokens are emailed to you within 30 minutes and can then be used on the Tesco / Hilton booking website.
The tokens are valid for 6 months from the day you redeem. Bookings can be made up to four days in advance.
Do you still receive Hilton Honors points and status benefits on Clubcard bookings?
Yes, plus elite night credit.
Looking at HfP reader comments in recent months, you may discover some confusion over points earning if you pay for the entire room with vouchers. You are due points on the full value of your room, so chase it up.
Are Hilton Hotels a good way to spend your Clubcard points?
It’s not bad as you receive 300% of the face value of your vouchers.
Note, though, that the price charged is the cancellable bed and breakfast rate. However, the booking you make will not be cancellable. This means that you are not getting a true 3x face value redemption with Hilton – you should be comparing the amount of vouchers required with the price of a non-cancellable bed and breakfast rate.
For example, if a refundable room was £150 and a non-refundable room was £120, the Clubcard rate would be £150. As your room is actually non-refundable, however, you are really getting something worth £120. Instead of getting 3x face value for your vouchers, you would be getting (£120 / £50) 2.4x.
You can check out pricing and availability on the Tesco / Hilton booking page here.
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.)