Bits: Hilton status match has a website, forget Uber – take an Avis car from the airport for £20!

News in brief:

Hilton now has a website for its status match!

Hilton HHonors is currently matching top tier members of pretty much every hotel loyalty programme to its own top tier, Diamond.  Your match will run until March 2017.

Full details of the Hilton status match are in this article so I won’t repeat myself.

The match runs until 11th January.  You can no longer email Hilton.  Instead, there is a special status match website here.

Fill in the form, email a screenshot of your current status and you are good to go.  You would be crazy not to do this if you have hotel status elsewhere.

Hilton Diamond 350

Avis offering one-way UK car rentals over Christmas

If you are travelling to or from a UK airport over the festive season, this could work for you.

Avis is offering one-way car rentals between 29th December and 3rd January for £20.  You can book here.

This is valid from Gatwick, Heathrow Terminals 2-4, Heathrow Terminal 5 (separate pick-up area), Luton and Stansted.  It is not valid for trips to the airport.

This could be your cheapest route home after your flight.  It isn’t clear if you would earn Avios or other miles as well but there is no harm adding your number to your booking.

I did a dummy booking from Heathrow T5 to Avis Battersea for 3rd January and it priced at £20 for Ford Fiesta (Group B) and £25 for a Group C to E.  You can’t argue at that price.

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Comments

  1. Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Just had an email from Avis advertising one-way rentals from £2!

    It does indeed price up at £2 for a Ford Fiesta from Heathrow Airport on 29/12/2015 to Bracknell 30/12/2015. Quite the price, considering you can get 750 avios for your trouble.

  2. I was waiting for a Bits

    So the Barclays Airport Angel replacement – Dragonpass – doesn’t work the same way, ie work for 12 months.

    You cancel it after 1 month, the Dragonpass dies as well. When you arrive @ Lounge, your Dragonpass card will show as unactivated.

    So time your start up & £13.50 payment.

    Or do as I did, which is get Dragonpass to email you your 6 Lounge passes, which luckily No1 T3 were happy to take.

    • I’ve got this linked to my Barclays account. How do I cancel it?

      • You have to ring them up to cancel. It was a bit of a hassle when I did it last month; half an hour on hold then transfered between departments. Easy when I finally got to speak to an advisor, just asked why I wanted to cancel and did it immediately.

  3. I couldn’t find anything I wanted at LHR last month.
    I’m back on the 30th and thinking of buying £100 sim free phones from Dixons travel and then putting them on eBay brand new boxed since there’s nothing else I really want.

  4. Quick message to say thank you to Rob for all his help and advice this year, and merry Christmas to all the other HfP addicts. Two days cold turkey now with only real turkey and pudding for comfort.

    • On the contrary, you can still earn daily, instant Avios with Rewards for Thoughts. I have earnt 9000 Avios from them this year. Couple of 50 Avios surveys a day – sorted. I’ve no doubt there’ll be some available tomorrow.

      And the free Marriott points for tweeting once a day are still available. That’s instantaneous too.

      So I’ll still be earning points tomorrow!

  5. Just to say if you really can be bothered with the arbitrage (and I haven’t read the small print about multiple bookings in one day)

    And you’re outer west London based

    And you have any form of travelcard / bus card on your oystercard

    You could book

    Avis T1234 (Bath Road, Near Harlington Corner) to Avis Yeading (tesco extra) – 5 miles – 10 minutes

    And get the 140 bus back many times, and shift their whole fleet from the Bath road to Yeading.

  6. Thanks for flagging Avis promotion. Managed to book a car from Heathrow on 1st January, returning to a central London location 2 days later for only £4.

  7. OT:
    I have been holding off signing up for the IHG Premium card, thinking if I sign up right at the end of the month (when the bonus points offer ends) there is a chance I might get status for two years.
    However, I was looking over the terms of the offer and have spotted this:
    “Bonus points will be credited if a spend is made on the card within 90 days of the account being opened. Application and first spend must take place before 31st December 2015 .”

    This suggests I have missed the boat on that offer now – there is not much chance of me receiving the card before the end of the month.

    Does anyone remember from previous offers if they got the full bonus when spending on the card after the offer ended?

    • Someone else mentioned this to me during the week. It is, I agree, a crazy clause – if you’ve got 90 days to make the spend, why have this exclusion?

      As I’ve never seen a rule like this before (and IHG has only done an extra bonus once since the card relaunched) we have no track record to go on. Based on the wording it seems too risky to try now.

  8. Hi, I managed to get the 3000 points from Heathrow rewards by scanning receipts. Is it better to double up with avios or ba?
    Thanks in advance

    • Makes no difference as you can move points from Avios.com to BA (and back again) for free, unlimited times, using the ‘Combine My Avios’ function on either of their sites.

  9. Thanks Rob. Submitted my status match to SPG Gold. Received an email today from HHonors congratulating me on being matched to HH Gold – expires March 31, 2017.

    I’ve been HH Gold on and off over the years ( generally earned through an X stays fast track and do genuinely value its benefits.

    Thanks once again for the tip! Great site as always :-)

  10. Thanks, my Club Carlson Concierge successfully matched to Diamond. That’s perfect timing for me as my Hilton Gold was due to expire at the end of Feb!

  11. Submitted Hilton status match requests on the website two days ago both of which have been successful.

    I had a punt as an existing Gold for a match to Diamond from Best Western Diamond (itself a status match from IHG Plat some time ago) fully expecting it to be declined but my account has just been upgraded,

    OH has matched a new account from Accor Plat (from Amex Plat) and has also been upgraded to Diamond – Hilton Visa also on the way

  12. ElectroDuende says:

    I submitted my Meliá Rewards Gold status about two weeks ago… and no news for the moment.
    Don’t know if Meliá is known enoguh in USA to be had in account…

    Also, my Hilton account doesn’t show any activity in the last year… would this also have something to do?

  13. joeyforks says:

    Does anyone have any contact details to chase please? I submitted my Melia Platinum status but haven’t heard back yet.

  14. joeyforks says:

    OK thanks Rob, just worried the clock is ticking.

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