Bits: no more UK 5,000 point Hilton’s, Amazon Prime deal, future of A380 and B747-8

News in brief:

The end of the 5,000 points per night UK Hilton redemption!

Hilton has published its latest list of redemption category changes.

With only 11 hotels globally going up in cost, I normally wouldn’t mention it.  However, as you can see here, this list signals the end of the 5,000 point redemption at Hampton by Hilton Newport / East.

From 11th January, this hotel goes up to 10,000 points per night.

It is still a good value redemption at 10,000 points, of course.  However, some people living near Newport were able to use the Hampton as a cheap way of retaining their Hilton HHonors status because Hilton counts redemption nights towards your qualifying nights.

The current list of Category 1 ‘5000 points per night’ Hilton properties is here.  The Hilton Salalah resort (below) in Oman, reviewed on HFP here, is still there amazingly.

In Europe, though, your only choices for a 5,000 point free night are now in Turkey, Poland (Krakow, Rzeszow), Belarus (Minsk) or Romania.

Welcome to the Hilton Salalah Resort

American Express / Amazon Prime offer

If Father Christmas didn’t bring you an Amazon Prime subscription, a deal has appeared as a cashback offer on selected American Express cards.  To see if you are targetted, you need to look at the ‘Offers’ section on the statement page of the Amex website for each Amex card that you hold.

If targetted, you will receive £20 cashback when you sign up for a £79 Amazon Prime subscription.  Confusingly there are two deadlines:

you need to sign up by 31st December if you pay immediately

if you sign up for the 30 day free trial by 31st December, you receive the cashback as long as your annual payment is taken by 31st January (which it will be, because you are charged at the end of the 30 days if you don’t cancel)

Remember that you need to ensure your default Amazon payment card is the Amex card to which you have saved the £20 offer.  The offer does NOT apply if you choose a ‘pay monthly’ Prime subscription – you need to take the annual fee option.

If you apply via this link, HFP gets a small commission on your subscription.  This does not affect your cashback.

Amazon Prime

The future of the A380 and Boeing 747-8 discussed

I have just booked myself on a Boeing 747-8 via Lufthansa for the first and possibly last time.

The 747-8 – a stretched version of the 747-4 with a longer upper deck – has been a huge commercial failure with only three airlines ordering the passenger version.  Given that the other two are Air China and Korean Air, Lufthansa seemed the best chance of giving it a go.

I found this article from Routes News interesting and worth a read if you have five minutes.  It looks at the future – or not – of both the A380 and B747-8 programmes.

Lufthansa 747-8

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Comments

  1. I Havent seen the 5k promotion. Is that on the hilton website?

    • Yes, just Google “Hilton Visa 5000 points”

    • John O'Sullivan says:

      Thanks was in a rush this morning so logged into Hilton later and found link. I may be in the strange position of popping down the road a few miles (I live in Newport) paying £19 and 2,000 points for 5,000 points, an overnight hotel stay with two breakfasts and Hilton gold status for 15 months. It’s worth doing but as Dougal (Father Ted) would say “it’s a bit mad”

  2. We took an LH 747-8 upper deck flight recently and it was great. I think i still prefer the non-stretched version for intimacy though. My only other gripe was that LH took an age to get the food out (not good for an overnight flight).

  3. I’m not surprised Salalah is 5,000 points. It’s an absolute hole of a place. I left after 8 hours of being there and flew back to Dubai.

    • Very harsh Ross. Salalah isn’t much to look at, but it is the real middle east. And the drives north and south along the coast are absolutely incredible.