Hilton Honors has just launched its new Autumn promotion which is now open for registration.
The promotion is called ‘Power Up‘.
To give Hilton credit, it is very straightforward with virtually no small print.
You will earn DOUBLE Hilton Honors base points for every stay between 7th September and 31st December.
Pay with the (not available to new cardholders) Hilton Honors UK credit card, issued by Barclaycard, and you get TRIPLE points. The registration page talks about paying with a ‘Hilton American Express’ but the terms and conditions make it clear that your Barclaycard works just as well.
There is NO ‘starting with your second stay’ rule. You get double points from your first stay during the promotional period.
For most brands, you will earn 10 base points per $1 spent, plus an additional 10 promotional points plus any status bonus.
Given that I value a Hilton Honors point at around 0.33p, you are getting a good return on your spending here. 20 points per $1 is an 9% rebate and that is before you add in any status bonus. A Diamond would be getting 13.5% back.
Be wary of using your Hilton Barclaycard outside the UK
If you still have the Hilton Honors Barclaycard then it is an even better deal for UK stays, where you will receive triple base points PLUS your status bonus. A Diamond member would be getting 40 points per $1, so 18% back.
This card has a 3% foreign exchange fee, however, so I would be ambivalent about this part of the offer for stays outside the UK.
You are getting 3.3p of extra points per $1 in return for a 2.95p foreign exchange fee for every £1 you spend. This initially seems OK, but you need to remember that you only get points on the ex-VAT part of your bill. You’ll also be incurring the 3% FX fee on all non-qualifying charges on your bill (this includes food and drink at Hampton properties).
The maths may not work if you have another credit card with 0% FX fees.
The offer is refreshingly free of small print
There is not much small print except that you need to register in advance via the Hilton website here.
Apart from that, all is good:
- There is no minimum stay requirement
- Existing bookings still count
- All Hilton Family properties (Hilton, Hampton, Curio, Waldorf-Astoria, Conrad etc) are taking part – there is no list of non-participating hotels
Remember that the Home2 Suites and Tru brands earn a lower 5 base points per $1.
Register for ‘Power Up’ now
Hilton’s new ‘double base points’ is a decent offer, especially for people doing longer, more expensive stays.
You should make sure you register here if you have any Hilton stays coming up over the next four months.
Even without Hilton Honors status, you will be earning 20 points (which I value at 6.6p) per $1. This is an 9% rebate on your spending. Anyone with Hilton status will do even better..
Even if you don’t have any stays planned, it is still worth registering just in case – a lot can happen between now and 31st December.
If you’re lucky, American Express may launch another Hilton cashback offer which would double up with this and provide an even greater return.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 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.)