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There was no hiding our disappointment when, earlier this year, IHG announced that it was to pull its IHG points/status earning Barclaycard. With an often healthy sign up points bonus, Gold elite status and points-earning on card spend, this card was a great way to rack up free stays at IHG properties.
However, its demise brought a clear refocus on the other hotel loyalty scheme credit card offered by Barclaycard, and just what a fantastic offer it is.
What’s so great about the Hilton Barclaycard?
Probably the very best thing about the Hilton Barclaycard is the free weekend (Fri, Sat or Sun) night at pretty much any Hilton property, when you spend £750 on the card in the first 90 days. That, if used tactically at a Conrad, for example, could be worth as much as £300.
In short, this free night on the back of a very realistic spend target, coupled with the fact that the Hilton Barclaycard is free (or they pay you to hold it…) makes it a fantastic little win. Certainly it’s a great option for a newbie in the loyalty scheme/points and miles game to get an easy win.
In addition to the free night, other benefits of the Hilton Barclaycard include:
- Receive HHonors Gold Elite status when you spend £10,000 in any calendar year
- Receive HHonors Silver Elite status for as long as you have the card
- Earn 2,500 Bonus Points for each of your first four stays at any Hilton Worldwide hotel in your first 12 months of card membership
- Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points for every £1 you spend at participating hotels within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands (in addition to the Base Points you already earn)
- Earn 2 HHonors Bonus Points for every £1 you spend everywhere else
The Hilton Barclaycard is free – but get paid to hold it
The above is not all. Sign up for the card via this link, and you’ll get £21 cashback.
The only big caveat here is the Hilton Barclaycard still isn’t quite my favourite “points hacker” credit card. That remains the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Card. The reasons? I once again refer you to Tom’s Top 10 Insider Travel Tips.