Tesco Clubcard continues to lose travel partners. After the departure of Avios, Hilton has now announced that it is leaving Tesco Clubcard on 31st December.
If you have already exchanged your Clubcard points for a Hilton voucher, but not booked, you will need to book and stay by 31st December 2021. If this is not possible, Tesco will refund your Clubcard points.
If you have an existing booking made for 2022, don’t worry. Hilton will not be cancelling bookings which have already been made.
How does the Hilton / Tesco Clubcard partnership work?
The Hilton / Tesco partnership only covers hotels in the UK and Ireland.
It was (and remains, until 31st December) a decent offer:
- 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
- after many years of complaints about the booing process, Tesco and Hilton finally created a dedicated website (click here)
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 in the UK & Ireland. Your tokens are emailed to you within 30 minutes and can then be used on the Tesco / Hilton booking website.
Whilst tokens have historically been valid for six months, you will now have to book and complete your stay by 31st December.
Bookings can be made up to four days in advance.
Do you still receive Hilton Honors points and status benefits on Clubcard bookings?
Historically, yes. Some hotels do post these stays as non-qualifying, but my understanding has always been that they are meant to count.
Were 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, and see the official statement on the end of the partnership, on the Tesco / Hilton booking page here.
What is the best alternative Tesco Clubcard redemption?
We’ll look at all of the Tesco Clubcard travel partners in a day or so.
Hotels.com remains a Tesco Clubcard partner and is probably the best alternative. The only snag is that you will not be able to earn Hotels.com Rewards in conjunction with Clubcard vouchers. This reduces the ‘real’ value by at least 10% because Hotels.com Rewards gives, effectively, 10% of your spend back in free night credit.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (October 2022)
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(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.)