I wrote several years ago about the best ways to get Hilton points.
Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Peter for commenting that it’s time for an update! A lot has changed since 2012.
Since then, Hilton has made significant changes to its award chart, so their points aren’t worth as much as before. But they’re still among the easiest points to get through credit card sign-up bonuses and spending.
Hilton Points Are Still Very Easy to Earn, and I’ll Show You How!
Hilton hotels include DoubleTree, Conrad, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Home2Suites, Homewood Suites, and Waldorf Astoria brand hotels.
Let’s take a fresh look at how you can earn lots of Hilton points.
1. Regus Gold Membership Moves from AMEX Business Platinum to Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard
Via Flyertalk, starting May 1, 2015, Regus Businessworld Gold Membership will no longer be a benefit that comes with the AMEX Business Platinum card.
If you signed-up for the AMEX Business Platinum card, between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, you’ll keep this benefit until your card anniversary date.
With your membership you get:
- Free access to 1,000 Regus business lounges
- Free internet access
- Free refreshments
Regus Businessworld Gold Is Packing Up Their Things and Moving
However, you’ll now get the benefit of Regis Businessworld Gold Membership with the Virgin Atlantic card. Just register your Virgin Atlantic card to activate this perk.
Note: You can also get free access to Regus Business Lounges with your Southwest account!
2. AMEX Offers: $30 in Statement Credits for Your Wireless Phone Bill (Targeted)
Via View From the Wing, you can now transfer Citi ThankYou points to Virgin Atlantic.
Last year, Citi introduced points transfer to some airlines, including Singapore Airlines and Flying Blue (Air France / KLM). It’s always good to have more airline partner choices!
That said, I’m not terribly excited by this news. Virgin Atlantic is already a Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner. And they add big fuel surcharges to their award tickets!
Virgin Atlantic Is the Newest Citi ThankYou Transfer Partner
But folks who collect Citi ThankYou points might find this useful, especially if they use Virgin Atlantic miles to book award tickets on airlines that don’t add fuel surcharges, like Hawaiian Airlines.
You can get a 35% point bonus when you transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Virgin America through February 15, 2015.
35% Bonus on Transferred AMEX Points to Virgin America
But Virgin America charges high fuel surcharges!
Via Muslim Travel Girl, until January 22, 2015, Virgin Atlantic is having an award seat sale which includes most of their destinations.
You’ll pay 25% fewer miles on coach flights, and you can book for travel until December 2015. But taxes and fees are NOT discounted, and the fuel surcharges are high!
For example, a round-trip coach class ticket between New York and London costs 26,250 miles and $500. Normally, you’d pay 35,000 miles plus taxes and fees.
There’s also a 25% bonus until February 4, 2015, when you buy miles or use their Miles Booster to earn more miles on paid flights.
You’ll Need 25% Fewer Miles for Award Tickets on Virgin Atlantic, but Fuel Surcharges Are Still High
I don’t generally like using Virgin Atlantic miles for award tickets, but for some folks this might be a good deal.