New Hilton Honors bonus & status matching

Hilton Lagoon, Waikiki

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Hilton Honors new bonus promotion

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The current Hilton Honors bonus is due to end today, 31 August. The new bonus scheme is now available for stays from tomorrow.

If you are not a member of Hilton Honors it is well worth signing up for it if you are likely to stay at any Hilton hotels. Along with cheaper rates and free wi-fi, you can also earn Avios on your stays as well as Hilton points. These are earned at a rate of 1 Avios per eligible US dollar spent at hotels within the Hilton brands. With the new points and cash option, it is pretty easy to use even small amounts of points with Hilton. You can read more about the scheme here.

The bonus promotion is valid for stays between 1st September and 31st December 2017. Members will earn double points for their stays during the promotional period and Diamond members are eligible for an extra bonus. The extra bonus is individual but likely to be for 10,000 bonus points for every 10 nights up to 50,000 points maximum. If you haven’t joined yet it is free to do so here. You need to register for the promotion via this page.

This offer is nowhere near as good as the previous couple for most people unless you are likely to stay 10 nights and are a Diamond member. The expiring offer gives triple points for Diamond members and double for everyone else, whereas the previous offer to that was a flat 2000 point bonus per night which was fair to everyone.


Hilton Status match

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One bedroom suite upgrade at Hilton Bournemouth

Remember you can still get a status match to Diamond or Gold if you hold an equivalent tier with another hotel scheme. Hilton Diamond has some great benefits such as free breakfast, lounge access and upgrades. I have about a 90% success rate with upgrades as a Diamond member, often to a suite. US hotels normally give the worst benefits and upgrades but you at least get free breakfast which can be pricey in the States. Gold also has good benefits such as free breakfast and upgrades. If you are interested, it is worth timing the status match for when you are likely to be staying in a Hilton as if you don’t make the stay minimum, the status match will only last for 90 days.

Hilton London Bankside review

Living room of my 1 bedroom suite upgrade at Hilton Bankside London

The match will depend on your current hotel loyalty tier. Middle tier status will generally receive Hilton Gold, whilst top tier status will receive Hilton Diamond. You will need to have stayed at least one night in the last year with the status match hotel chain. You only get 90 days initially but you can extend that until March 2019 if you complete the minimum number of stays below.

The status match rules are :

  • You get your new status benefits for 90 days from the date of acceptance of the status match
  • To keep Gold until March 2019, you need to complete 4 stays within the 90 day period (these can also be reward stays)
  • To keep Diamond until March 2019, you need to complete 8 stays within the 90 day period
  • If you are trying to match to Diamond but only manage 4-7 stays then you receive Gold until March 2019.

To get the status match you need to register on this page.