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I posted last week about how it was possible to get Hilton stays from £8 per night, thanks to a fantastic promotion offering 5,000 bonus HHonors Points per stay applying to ‘Points + Money’ bookings as well as standard cash bookings.
I can now share that the promotion is even better than previously thought, because it applies to pure Points bookings too!
The Hilton HHonors rep over at Flyertalk publically confirmed this yesterday, stating the following when questioned about Points bookings,
“Correct – eligible reward stays count for the Visa Bonus provided the incidentals or other charges are paid for using a Visa card”.
This is huge, as it basically means that you can have a 1 night stay at a Category 1 Hilton for free (apart from buying a drink/snack), so long as you book through the app, charge something to the room and pay the bill with any Visa card (debit is fine). Category 1 Hilton hotels require 5,000 Points, and you’ll get 5,000 back!
Before you get too excited though, there’s a very important detail I need to make clear. Hilton HHonors has a slightly odd and rather annoying rule, which stipulates that things you buy at its Hampton, Home2 Suites and Homewood Suites brands DO NOT count as eligible for earning Points, and therefore are unlikely to trigger the 5,000 Bonus.
Given that most Category 1 properties are Hamptons, this does reduce the number of places you can get a free night’s stay considerably, but it’s still possible.
Perhaps of more practical use to most of us, is getting an effective 50% Points rebate on Category 2 redemptions (that normally require 10,000 Points per night). We looked at the UK Hilton Category 2 hotels in this post, and you can find out how to search all the Category 2 hotels globally here.
You can, of course, earn the bonus Points from stays at hotels in higher Categories too, but the Points saving (in percentage terms) is less.
This is a fantastic promotion, that seems to just keep getting better!
To make sure you definitely get the Points, follow these steps:
- Register for the promotion here.
- Book through the Hilton app.
- Don’t book a Hampton, Homewood or Home2 Suites hotel.
- Make sure you charge at least something to your room during the stay.
- Pay the bill using a Visa card.
- Book and complete your stay by 31st January 2017