‘Free champagne and upgrade’ promo with BA and Conrad / Warldorf-Astoria hotels

British Airways has launched a special promotion in conjunction with Hilton‘s two luxury brands – Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria.

On the face of it, it is not a bad deal:

Free bottle of champagne

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

Triple Avios points for your stay

If your Hilton HHonors account is set to ‘Points and Fixed Miles’, you would earn 1,500 Avios points per stay under this promotion. If it is set to ‘Points and Variable Miles’, you would earn 3 Avios per $1.

Waldorf Astoria Berlin

The conditions are modest:

Minimum two night stay

Valid between 1st April and 30th September

You need to book a specific package to qualify for this offer. Waldorf-Astoria packages can be booked here, Conrad packages can be booked here.

I looked at a couple of examples to see if this is a genuine deal or not.

The Waldorf-Astoria Berlin (see photo, it has just opened) over the weekend of June 7th-9th is €310 per night for a King Junior Deluxe room. The cheapest non-refundable rate is €263, so this is a package worth looking at. The €310 rate is equal to the Best Flexible Rate.

The new Conrad Algarve resort, for the same weekend, comes out at €414. This is the same as the Best Flexible Rate, but there are Advanced Purchase rates which undercut this substantially. €362 gets you breakfast and dinner included, for example, as long as you are happy to pre-pay.

As usual, therefore, ‘buyer beware’ would seen an appropriate motto for this promotion.

(To see our complete list of all current hotel promotions for the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Sir Stamford says:

    On the subject of Hilton Hotel bookings, you can now earn 5% “cashback” via TCB.

    Cashback can only be withdrawn using the Tesco Clubcard payment method and will not count towards the £50 annual limit that is in place for the Tesco Clubcard payment method.

    I don’t believe you can combine this with other promotions such as the above or the use of a code (e.g. UK Public Sector, Corporate Rate). However, if you are planning to book a room with a Best Flexible, Advanced Purchase rates etc, then this might be worth a look. As Raffles said – caveat emptor.

    Sir Stamford

    • Sir Stamford says:

      You earn 3 HHonors points for every £1 with Hilton using your Hilton Visa card. Since you place a value of 0.4p per HHonors points, you are effectively getting 1.2p per £1.

      If you use an AMEX e.g. MBNA BMI plus which gives 2.5 Avios per £1 of spend, you are getting at least 2.5p per £1. Given that you value Avios at an even higher valuation of 2p or 3p each, I think using an Avios earning AMEX is the clear winner here.

      Sir Stamford

      • mrtibbs1999 says:

        I did not mention that for some odd reason, I am getting a 2500 bonus per stay on my Hhonors card, even though I have had well more than the 4 initial stays. I am also getting weird points on reward stays when I pay for incidentals using the hhonors card. I stayed at a Cat 2 last week. 4k Hhonors plus £21 for the night (restaurant 50% off using taste card and champers half price due to an offer in the bar, all charged to room) and I got 7500 hhonors points including the ones from my Hilton CC. Thus making the total cost of the stay including meals, -3500 hhonors plus 70 quid! Very Very odd, but for now, long may it continue.