Bits: 75% bonus for buying Hilton points, pilot and crew rest areas of a 777, Flybe sale

News in brief:

Up to 75% bonus when you buy Hilton HHonors points

This offer is poorer than the 100% and 80% bonuses which Hilton HHonors has offered in recent months so I am not focussing on it strongly.

The full bonus is not even given on all purchases.  10,000 – 29,000 points only gets you a 25% bonus whilst 30,000 – 39,000 gets 50%.  Only at purchases of 40,000 points or more do you get a 75% bonus.  At the top end, you can buy 140,000 Hilton points (80,000 plus 60,000 free) for $800. That is 0.57 cents each.

Regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.3p each which is LESS than you are paying here.  However, Hilton HHonors IS a decent deal at cheaper point levels. The Hampton by Hilton in Sheffield is 10,000 points per night. At 0.57c per point you would be paying roughly £35 per night if you bought the points. That is a 65% discount on the typical nightly rate of £100. Hampton properties include free breakfast as well.

If you just buying a handful of points to top off your account, the price per point doesn’t matter anyway. If you a few thousand short of a redemption then this is a cheap opportunity to buy them.  The offer closes on October 5th.  The link to buy is here.

Buy Hilton

The pilot and crew rest areas of a Boeing 777-300

Here is a little oddment which doesn’t really fit into one of the Air New Zealand profile pieces that I am running throughout September.  When I was touring their 777-300 at Heathrow, I was allowed to go into the pilot rest area.  It was fascinating.

Inside the cockpit is a set of stairs.  Climb up and this is what you see:

Boeing 777-300 pilot rest area

Each pilot has their own relaxation seat.  Out of shot is a TV monitor for each seat so they can watch the IFE.

Also out of shot, behind the curtain, is a mattress for each pilot where they can choose to sleep.  I found it a little claustrophobic, to be honest!

Meanwhile, this is where the off duty cabin crew get to sleep:

Boeing 777-300 crew rest area

A bunk bed in an equally dark corridor in the belly of the aircraft!

Boeing 777-300 crew rest area

Flybe Winter sale launched

Finally, Flybe has launched a short Winter sale.  There are 500,000 seats available for under £40 – you can see the full Flybe list of destinations here.

Remember that you earn Avios points on Flybe tickets!  You must book by 15th September (Tuesday) for travel between 9th October and 26th March 2016.  Full details on the Flybe website here.

1,500 bonus Avios with any British Airways economy flight booked by Tuesday
20% bonus when you buy Virgin miles or use 'Miles Booster' - good deal?
About Head for Points

We help business and leisure travellers maximise their Avios, frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points. Visit every day for three new articles or sign up for our FREE emails via this page or the box to your right.

Comments

  1. Crew rest area does look a little gloomy, perhaps depends on airline. I have seen pics of crew rest areas on 773ER and 787 which I would happily trade for any F seat, claustrophobic or not.

  2. I once discovered the Virgin crew rest area on a 747 by accident, looking for the toilet! I thoguht it was a bit strange going downstairs to the loo on an airplane!

    • On a cargo 747 the crew rest area is the entire upper deck. That said, the upper deck on freighters is smaller than on pax. And IFE is BYO!

    • Toilets were downstairs on one aircraft I flew IIRC, maybe a340.

  3. Sussex Bantam says:

    Massively OT – (so I put it in Bits) – how do I credit an Avis rental to BAEC ? I have to book through my work travel agency so can’t use the avisba.com site itself. I can however see the booking under my Avis Preferred membership.

    (Sorry if this is a silly question – I don’t hire cars very often !)

  4. I used to go out with a girl who was Cabin Crew for Virgin Atlantic and as such flew a lot via a standby ticket. on most flights I used to get to fly Upper class – PE at worst. However, on a couple of flights there were no seats and as they had no obligation to get me home I had to sit on a cabin crew jump seat. On one trip I had the pilots rest seat and ended up spending the whole flight from LAX sitting up there on my own. Very surreal experience.

  5. cheekychappie says:

    Various Debs offers turning up, a/c specific

    £20 back
    DEBENHAMS
    Spend £45 or more twice, get £20 back
    Save this offer to your Card to get a £20 statement credit when you spend £45 or more in two separate transaction, on different days on your Card at Debenhams in-store or online between 11 September 2015 and 8 November 2015.
    EXPIRES
    08/11/2015