News in brief:
100% bonus when you buy Hilton HHonors points
Until 21st October, Hilton HHonors (the new Hilton Tallinn Park, recently reviewed here, is pictured below) is offering a 100% bonus when you purchase 20,000+ points.
Regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.3p each. You are paying 0.40p ($800 / £643 for 160,000) here so the maths does not look good, especially given the current state of the £.
(Of course, the cost of booking hotels priced in $ or € for cash has also gone up due to the weakness of Sterling. It may be time to start giving points a higher value if you plan to spend them outside the UK.)
Five star Hilton, Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria hotels typically run to 80,000 points per night. In this sale you would be paying $400 for 80,000 points which is often more than you would be paying for a five star in a major city. This is not a bargain.
However, Hilton HHonors IS a decent deal at cheaper point levels. The Hampton by Hilton in Sheffield, for example, is 10,000 points per night. At 0.40p per point you would be paying roughly £40 per night if you bought the points. That is a 60% 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 decent opportunity to buy them.
No more free First Class upgrades on the Heathrow Express
Without telling anyone, Star Alliance has removed its perk of free First Class upgrades on Heathrow Express.
I have had a couple of emails this week from HFP readers who were unceremoniously booted out of First Class when they flashed their Star Gold card and a Standard Class ticket at the train guard!
The offer is still showing as available on the Star Alliance website here. Trust me, it is dead.
There are still some codes for free First Class HEx upgrades, shared by fellow HFP readers after Heathrow Express emailed a lot out two weeks ago, in the comments section to this HFP article.