How I earned 58 Hilton points per £1 on my last hotel stay
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I’m a very happy American Express Platinum Card holder right now. On top of receiving multiple elite hotel statuses — Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold and Radisson Rewards Gold, among others — simply for having the card, Amex has been offering all sorts of cashback deals for booking hotel stays and paying with The Platinum Card.
I recently decided to travel up to Liverpool for a few days and was keen to utilise one of these cashback offers I keep receiving from American Express.
Hilton is my favourite mid-tier elite status I receive from The Platinum Card, as it provides free breakfast, which other mid-tier statuses don’t. Upon searching for Hilton group properties in Liverpool, I saw a well-rated Doubletree by Hilton hotel with mid-level King Rooms for just over £100 a night.
I had saved an Amex Offer offering £50 cashback for spending £200 with Hilton. This was a great deal — my two nights came to just over £200 in total, so with my £50 cashback, I was saving 25% straight away.
You may be able to also earn additional points by booking your hotel through a shopping portal like the Avios eStore, though unfortunately, Hilton has temporarily left this portal.
But it gets much better than that. Hilton is also offering double points for stays of two consecutive nights right now, or triple points for stays of three nights or now as part of its More Nights, More Points promotion.
Also, with my Hilton Honors Gold status from The Platinum Card, I earn an additional 80% points bonus for my stay.
Shortly after my stay, I first checked my American Express account to ensure I had received the cashback amount. It had processed just as the Offer stated.
I then checked my Hilton Honors account to discover I’d earned a whopping 8,700 Hilton Honors points for my two nights stay, as follows:
- 2,750 base points, which all Hilton Honors members would receive;
- 2,750 extra points, from the More Nights, More Points Promotion;
- 2,200 extra points, as a bonus for being a Hilton Honors Gold status member; and
- 1,000 MyWay points — I would usually have chosen the free breakfast as my MyWay benefit, but with very busy workdays, I actually decided to skip breakfast in exchange for a little more sleep.
Remember, although my stay was £204, the price reduced to £154 with the £50 cashback offer from American Express. On top of the 8,700 Hilton points I received directly from the hotel, I also received 154 Membership Rewards points for the £154 spend, which I could convert at a rate of 1:2 to become 308 Hilton Honors points if I wished.
This means, in total, for my £154 spend with Hilton, I earned 9,008 Hilton Honors points. This is a whopping 58 points per £1 spent, which is an amazing return. TPG currently values Hilton points at 0.4p each, so 58 points per £1 is a huge 23.2% return on my hotel stay. In total, the 9,008 Hilton points are worth about £36 based on our valuations.
There are all sorts of different promotions for hotel stays right now, as hotels entice travellers to return after months of lockdown. The key is to look where you can stack promotions on top of each other to maximise your rewards and benefits.
With The Platinum Card from American Express, I’m able to earn amazing returns on my hotel stays this summer. If you’re not staying at Hilton properties, check other hotel group promotions. TPG’s Nicky Kelvin earned 65 Marriott Bonvoy points per £1 for his hotel stay last summer.
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