Bits: 360 Avios with Tesco DVD’s, 1000 free Hilton points for all, AA goes fully flat to Manchester

Some news in brief:

Tesco DVD and Blu-Ray pre-order bonuses are back

Until 22nd March, Tesco Direct is offering 150 bonus Clubcard points with selected DVD and Blu-Ray pre-orders.   That is worth 360 Avios points or 375 Virgin Flying Club miles.

You need to order now – and pay now – and in return you get the bonus points now!  The disk itself will arrive in a few weeks when it is launched.

You can see the list of titles here which includes Paddington and 50 Shades of Grey.  The DVD’s are all £10 and the Blu-Ray disks are £13.

There are also 150 Clubcard points available when you pre-order the Now 90 CD for £13.  The deadline for this one is March 29th.

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Paddington

1,000 Hilton HHonors points for changing your password

After a false start – when the IT failed to live up to requirements – Hilton has now gone live with the offer of 1,000 Hilton HHonors points (worth about £3) for changing the password on your account.

You need to change your password between March 12th and March 24th to get the bonus.

If you changed it before March 12th, you need to change it again!

Full instructions and the link you need to use can be found here.

You will be forced to change your password after April 1st, so you might as well do it now and bank the 1,000 points for getting in early.

American 767 business class

American Airlines introduces fully-flat business class seating to Manchester

According to Business Traveller, American Airlines is switching its Manchester to New York service to a Boeing 767 with fully-flat business class beds in a 1-2-1 configuration.  The change will take effect from March 29th and is currently scheduled to last for the full Summer season to late October.

As you can see from the photo above, it doesn’t look too bad.

As a partner airline in the oneworld alliance, you can redeem your Avios points for American Airlines flights.  Anyone flying back to Manchester overnight will no longer have to trade off going via London for a fully flat bed or flying direct with a sloping seat.

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Comments

  1. Just a Head Up to point out that the flat bed 763 on MAN-ORD only features until late October 27 after which it will revert back to the old 757 withe the sloping seats. I don’t know what the longer terms plans for the route are.

    • sandgrounder says:

      I think they usually swap for a 767 in the summer, have done for the last few years I think. Then it’s usually back to the smaller bird.

      • MAN-JFK has consistently been served by a 757 year round IME. The 763 is usually on MAN-ORD although I’m seeing changes there as well.

      • Apologies. My original post should refer to MAN-JFK. In my defence, it was very early in the morning!! It will be the refurbished 763 to late October and then back to the 757. Sorry for the confusion.

  2. Will the 1000 hilton points reset the expiry of your other points?

    • Maybe not. I read the (main) T&Cs and this is what I got:

      General terms Point (13) “To keep accumulated HHonors Points, the Member must take one of the following actions within a 12 consecutive month period:a. stay at a hotel within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio pursuant to the terms herein;
      b. earn HHonors Points through any third party source of HHonors Point accumulation, including a Hilton co-branded credit card, pursuant to its terms;
      c. purchase HHonors Points; or,
      d. donate points through The Hilton HHonors Giving Back Program.”

      Then later under Accrual of Points (2) put:
      “Points may also be earned for other activities as designated by Hilton HHonors Worldwide, L.L.C., from time to time.”

      This seems to differential between qualifying activity to stop points expiring and other activity like this. I hope I am wrong however as this would be handy for me to stop points expiring.

      • Hmm, I also read the T&Cs ad it says points will only be credited after 6-8 weeks, so I’ll have to do an e-rewards transfer…

  3. With Hilton saying that just using numbers is not secure enough for protecting your account (I agree) it makes me think I’ll avoid storing too many Avios in my Iberia Plus account, just in case!

    • I keep it at 0… all avios in BA, because then the number looks bigger on my household account!

  4. Is there anyway of getting a DVD on to itunes?

    • Yes. Do you have a Mac or PC?

      • I’ve got an iMac.
        I’ve always thought you couldn’t diploid a DVD to iTunes. I did it with some CD’s years ago but can’t remember how I did it.
        HMV told me it couldn’t be done.

        • It is definitely possible, I do it all the time. You need to upload your dvd onto your mac and convert it to a format iTunes can read. The easiest way to do this is to use one of the video converters available for the Mac. Handbrake is a very popular one, .https://handbrake.fr My favourite and the one I use is smart converter for mac as this allows you to choose the mac product you want to convert it for. http://www.shedworx.com/smartconverter You can get it from the app store on your Mac.

        • Thanks Pol, I’ll give it a go.
          150 cc pts is worth the hassle :-)

  5. Reckon the Hilton offer will work with a new account? If I sign up, set a password and then change it this week? Thanks

  6. The Hilton password link just takes me to a ‘coming soon’ page?

    • How odd. The banner ad that ran across the home page has also disappeared.

      I would make the change anyway, as you are still doing it before March 24th you should be OK.

  7. For those who changed their HH password, best to change it again:

    http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/03/hilton-website-flaw-let-hackers-hijack-any-honor-members-account/

    “Hilton Hotels & Resorts has patched a gaping hole in its website that let anyone with a Hilton Honors account hack another account simply by knowing or guessing its 9-digit number. […]

    After that, they could see and do everything available to the legitimate holder of that account, such as changing the account password; viewing past and upcoming travel; redeeming Hilton Honors points for travel or hotel reservations worldwide; or having the points sent as cash to prepaid credit cards or transferred to other Hilton Honors accounts. The vulnerability also exposed the customer’s email address, physical address, and the last four digits of any credit card on file.

    Ironically, the vulnerability was discovered through a recent Hilton campaign that awarded 1,000 free awards points to people who changed their online password prior to April 1, after which the change was to become mandatory.”

  8. Anyone know how long the points take to reach your account and do the reset the annual expiry date?

  9. HayMow says:

    For the Hilton 1000 points offer you now have until 10th April to change your password – and looks like the forced reset will now be 22nd April.