Correct – eligible reward stays count for the Visa Bonus provided the incidentals or other charges are paid for using a Visa card
Here’s how you get the free category 1 hotel night:
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.
A 5000 point rebate also means a 50% discount on a category 2 hotel redemption (which costs 10,000 points). And of course you can now buy those points at 50% off.
Here’s the Hilton award chart:
As it stands, Hilton offers the most value at low category redemption levels. This makes a redemption at those levels even better.
Rewards Category 1 Hilton Salalah Resort in Oman