News in brief:
Earn 20 Avios per £1 on Heathrow Express tickets
It is kept very low key – and you need to book via a special website – but you can earn Avios points when booking Heathrow Express train tickets.
You need to book via heathrowexpress.com/avios and not the main Heathrow Express site. The main site only gives you the option to collect Heathrow Rewards points.
The standard earning rate is 10 Avios per £1. However, for tickets purchased before 31st October, this is doubled to 20 Avios per £1. You would earn 1,080 Avios from a £54 return First Class ticket.
You cannot book cheaper Advanced Purchase tickets through the Avios site. The only tickets available are fully flexible Standard and First Class. Leisure travellers who have fixed travel plans and are booking over 14 days in advance will find better deals on the main site, even without any Avios.
PS. You can credit Avios from Heathrow Express to BA, avios.com or Iberia Plus. This is an easy way of activating a new Iberia Plus account, as you cannot transfer Avios in or out of Iberia until you have ‘earned’ 1 Avios point in the scheme.
A new ‘grown up’ Hilton hotel in Ibiza
If you enjoy the climate in Ibiza but don’t care much for the mass market hotels, Hilton has come to your rescue.
The Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza has joined Hilton’s Curio Collection of luxury independent hotels who have formed a marketing alliance with Hilton. This allows you to book your stays via the Hilton website – and earn Hilton HHonors points – as well as redeeming.
Built in 1933 – it was actually the first hotel on Ibiza, photo above – the Montesol is an official ‘Property of Cultural Interest’. In the heart of Ibiza, next to the harbour, it is on the edge of the ‘upper town’ World Heritage Site.
Full details are here. It doesn’t come cheap – for a random date in October I saw rates of over €400 per night, which makes the 95,000 Hilton HHonors points required look OK.