American Express has launched a new cashback deal with Hilton, covering selected European hotels.
If you are targetted, you will see the deal on the ‘Offers’ page of one or more of your Amex cards on the app or website. Don’t waste your time checking your Marriott Amex however ….
You will receive £50 cashback when you spend £200 on your card with Hilton by 30th June.
The rules confirm that cumulative spend counts – you don’t need to do £200 in one transaction. The list of participating hotels is here.
There are a huge number of UK hotels listed – albeit with some missing – along with a large number in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Existing bookings count. There is no need to rebook anything, unless you do what I did and swap a points stay – which was marginal on a ‘pence per point’ basis – for a cash booking.
This offer stacks with the current Hilton promotion
Don’t forget to register for Hilton’s new promotion if you are planning a stay during April.
You will earn 2,500 bonus Hilton Honors points for every stay between now, once you have registered, and 1st May.
This promotion clearly works best for short, cheap stays.
Given that I value a Hilton Honors point at around 0.33p, a £50 one-night stay would get you an impressive bonus points which I’d value at £8.33. You would also receive your base points and any elite bonus – plus your £50 Amex cashback when your total spend over the period hits £200.
£8.33 of bonus points is less impressive on a week-long stay at a Waldorf-Astoria costing £2,500, of course …..
You need to register in advance of your stay via the Hilton website here. Existing bookings count and all Hilton Honors hotels are taking part.
The Hilton booking page is here.
Get a 100% bonus buying Hilton Honors points
Talking of Hilton, it’s worth reminding you that Hilton is currently offering a 100% bonus when you purchase points.
The Hilton ‘buy points’ page is here. The page has been buggy recently so don’t be surprised if you get an error.
What makes this offer different to the last one is that the annual purchase limit has been increased for many people. If targetted you can now buy 160,000 points, which would double up to 320,000 points with the bonus
320,000 points is what you need to book a 5-night stay at an 80,000 points per night luxury hotel, given the ‘5 for 4’ deal given to all elite Hilton Honors members.
This is the deal I used to book 5 nights at the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Dubai over Christmas, saving over 60% on the cash price. I wrote about how I did that in this article.
The page to buy points is here if you are interested. The offer ends on 6th May.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 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.)