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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.

You can see details on this page of the Clubcard website.

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.

HIlton Hotels is leaving Tesco Clubcard

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

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.

HIlton Hotels is leaving Tesco Clubcard

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

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (December 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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

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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 (57)

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  • Jan M says:

    The booing process. 😛

  • Blenz101 says:

    A real shame to see CC continue going in the wrong direction with its travel partners but the Hilton scheme was fiddly but appreciate it was aimed at a different market that readers of this site.

    Shame they can’t make it work with just offering the conversion of CC points to HH. Even if it was 1000 HH points for £7.50 of vouchers and perhaps the occasional conversion bonus it would have worked and opened up the whole Hilton network to Tesco shoppers.

    I can imagine people saving for that free Hilton in Times Square and putting as much spend through Tesco to achieve it, B&B in the UK at a higher price than the lowest rate for cash doesn’t have the same appeal.

    • Mark says:

      Agree, moving CC to a HH points partner would have been great especially as there is no HH credit card open to new users currently.

    • John says:

      I hope you meant £2.50 to 1000 HH as going through virgin already gets you 937.5 (albeit in increments of 15000 HH)

      £75 clubcard for an average UK Doubletree (when their rates are £150+) would be ok for the average Tesco shopper but not £225!

  • NSL says:

    Looking forward to getting my points refund from the Hilton vouchers. I wrongly assumed that the Clubcard rate was redeemable on the entire Hilton portfolio, not just a limited range on limited dates. I never actually found anything worth booking.

  • Tom says:

    Sorry that’s it’s OT but my BA flight got cancelled due to poor weather and it’s reschedule for tomorrow at the same time, are we still able to get compensation?

    • Jonathan says:

      You never get compensation for weather delays (Covid or not). You are entitled to duty of care though so a hotel, food & transport if required. If it’s pre outbound leg you would probably be expected to stay at home for the night assuming you were given reasonable notice & don’t live more than 90 mins from airport.

    • Lady London says:

      Be aware most claims by airlines that weather was the reason for cancelled flight seem to be bogus. Check quickly on Expertflyer, I believe true offuvial reason filed for the authorities is there for about 48 hours. Or perhaps another poster can advise which official record it’s possible to consult.

      • Blenz101 says:

        Although irrelevant currently as there won’t be a single reason they can’t cite Covid and just deny your claim anyway.

        • Quark999 says:

          I think it’s really relevant, because they can’t blame both Covid and weather at the same time, and if the real filed reason is something entirely different to either it’s time for Ombudsman, MCOL etc. etc…

          • Blenz101 says:

            I am sure the OP will know what the weather was like on the day if they want to dispute it. Whatever the official reason filed the claim for compensation will be denied.

            If it was weather = no compensation, extraordinary circumstances

            If it was lack of staff / reduced feet / consolidated flights etc = no compensation, all down to Covid, extraordinary

            There is little point sending people looking for a weather related delay compensation down the route of MCOL and Ombudsman. Let them know they have duty of care, have to behave reasonably etc. and let it lie. Not everything is BA running one big conspiracy against their paying passengers.

  • BJ says:

    Is anything at all clubcard of much relevance anymore given the difficulty of collecting appreciable numbers of points? I suspect even those who do manage that are possibly missing a better trick elsewhere, just a gut feeling though as I’ve ignored it since the last big play with Tesco Mobile which must be about three years ago already. @Liz, if you’re still reading it would be good to know how things with Tesco have changed for you and if you feel it still works?

    • Blenz101 says:

      The last opportunity to make the full £300 a quarter (more if you time faster vouchers right) ends on the 30th November when they close the current accounts.

      If you had have sufficient capital to recycle through the usual suspects who accept deposits by debit card then you could skip Curve. I don’t know anywhere else where I can get £3600 of hotel rooms a year moving the same £25k around weekly. Until recently it was earning 1% interest as well whilst waiting to clear and be withdrawn.

      • D.Salvo says:

        Could you elaborate on the right timing for faster vouchers? And is the effective limit of points if one does time it right?

      • BJ says:

        I gambled and lost by closing my current account 🙂

        • Blenz101 says:

          It has likely been the most lucrative thing this site has ever brought to my attention and just surprised it wasn’t more popular. For all the fuss surrounding 3V cards, runner beans and empty ink cartridges the debit card has just consistently churned out the full points allowance every quarter now for years.

          I’ve had £100s of free Uber rides, stayed in hotels.com listed properties all over the world, sent points to Hilton via Virgin when wanting to use my Diamond benefits and topped up my Avios whenever I was running low.

          That one debit card has really really delivered over the years. Will be sad to see it go. There really was value to be had.

          • BJ says:

            We cannot judge the loyalty game primarily on our passion for recycling although it is obvious in recent years that is the direction it has taken and it has been very addictive. For the moment at least we are headed into a trough but hopefully another big wave will be along soon. Most cardholders would not have been HfP readers.

          • Blenz101 says:

            Rob has consistently covered Tesco Bank on this site and was pretty much single handily responsible for the 3V period where hundred of thousands of thousands of points were issued (and many Christmas magazines destroyed!).

            Did we every collectively thank him for never covering that the Sainsburys Bank credit card accepted 3V as a payment method for even more fun and games.

            Racking up CC points even without MS was a good source of points, we even had shopperpoints at one time there was that much going on.

            Amex is clearly now the best gig in town but I will enjoy a few more weeks with my Tesco debit.

          • Rob says:

            Why doesn’t Tesco Pay+ replace your debit card?

          • Blenz101 says:

            NS&I doesn’t earn points on Pay+ with out without Curve.

          • ankomonkey says:

            Anyone remember the halcyon days when NS&I could be topped up with 3V cards?

          • Char Char says:

            Do you still earn points on financial transactions?

        • xcalx says:

          Mrs xcalx switched the account for £100 everytime Blenz101 mentions the card a wound is reopened 🙂

          • Blenz101 says:

            I’m sorry! But Tesco have said there are 250k of these still active and they were overwhelmed with switchers.

            I’m just trying to encourage anybody with one in a drawer to dig it out and have a last spin.

            Please close your eyes each time your see my name of a Tesco related post between now and 30th Nov! 😉

      • D. Salvo says:

        What is the right timing of the faster vouchers?

        • Blenz101 says:

          If you go early and hard at the beginning of the collection period you can keep getting faster vouchers. Anything you leave on the table or earn during the couple of weeks whilst the quarters swap over is forfeited plus you will get the the dreaded letter about the cap which I always think is drawing attention to myself.

          This month I think the period ends 21/10, I will have my last faster voucher out by the 15th and won’t touch the account until the previous periods statement is generated.

          • D.Salvo says:

            Thank you!
            In other words, as long as you request faster vouchers a week ebfore the period end, there is no 30,000 points cap?

            I suppose a dissadvantaged of requesting faster vouchers is that the actual vouchers will expiry a quarter sooner. Bad if you are accumulating for a large purchase.

            Thanks again.

      • Ashish says:

        Yes, thats it keep boasting about…

        • Blenz101 says:

          Are you on the wrong website, this is a site aimed at maximising points and miles?

          Everything I’ve highlighted points out the great value that the scheme once offered in this space and readers to this website will have had brought to their attention by Rob and the team.

          Hilton leaving is a great shame as I said in my very first comment but it is consistent with the direction the scheme is going.

          Long term readers may well have a Tesco bank product and with just over a month before the account is closed anyway I don’t think any harm can come from pointing out that rather than switching their account to another bank to earn perhaps £100 they could run some money through the account and go out with a bang.

          Any this WILL sound like a boast but since the account closure was announced I’ve already run up £600 of CC vouchers and will get a good few more in the next collection period. I’ll be turning them straight to hotels.com vouchers, £2000 from Tesco will be a lovey contribution to my next break in the Maldives.

          And double boast, I’ve been living in the UAE for the last few years so haven’t really stepped foot in a Tesco store whilst earning these amounts, although I do buy their products from Choithrams occasionally… every little helps I guess.

          • xcalx says:

            “And double boast, I’ve been living in the UAE for the last few years so haven’t really stepped foot in a Tesco store whilst earning these amounts, although I do buy their products from Choithrams occasionally… every little helps I guess.”

            Class well done Sir.

  • AlanC says:

    When the Hilton partnership started it was definitely non qualifying for stay credit.

  • Tracey says:

    Other than pizza express, I can’t find anything of interest from CC deals.

  • Greenpen says:

    ClubCard is now wholly focussed on reducing the apparent cost of items, otherwise known as confusing pricing and shaping up to Aldi. Shops are full of ‘ClubCard’ offers where you get a cheaper price by using your card. I guess it’s working well for Tesco but as a real benefit for customers it no longer exists. I don’t think it provides critical consumer information anymore of the kind that gave Tesco the edge all those years ago.

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      Why wouldn’t it give Tesco the edge? They collect even more data on what’s being purchased. And it’s going to be even better now that they can switch between CC prices and regular prices to see how the behaviour changes.

    • Crafty says:

      On the contrary, it’s a huge benefit to customers. Tesco has its best value perception in living memory.

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