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‘Free champagne and upgrade’ promo with BA and Conrad / Waldorf-Astoria hotels

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British Airways has launched a special promotion in conjunction with Hilton‘s two luxury brands – Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria.

On the face of it, it is not a bad deal:

Free bottle of champagne

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

Triple Avios points for your stay

If your Hilton HHonors account is set to ‘Points and Fixed Miles’, you would earn 1,500 Avios points per stay under this promotion. If it is set to ‘Points and Variable Miles’, you would earn 3 Avios per $1.

The conditions are modest:

Minimum two night stay

Valid between 1st April and 30th September

You need to book a specific package to qualify for this offer.

I looked at a couple of examples to see if this is a genuine deal or not.

The Waldorf-Astoria Berlin (see photo, it has just opened) over the weekend of June 7th-9th is €310 per night for a King Junior Deluxe room. The cheapest non-refundable rate is €263, so this is a package worth looking at. The €310 rate is equal to the Best Flexible Rate.

The new Conrad Algarve resort, for the same weekend, comes out at €414. This is the same as the Best Flexible Rate, but there are Advanced Purchase rates which undercut this substantially. €362 gets you breakfast and dinner included, for example, as long as you are happy to pre-pay.

As usual, therefore, ‘buyer beware’ would seen an appropriate motto for this promotion.

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (February 2024)

There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

Virgin Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (2)

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  • Sir Stamford says:

    You earn 3 HHonors points for every £1 with Hilton using your Hilton Visa card. Since you place a value of 0.4p per HHonors points, you are effectively getting 1.2p per £1.

    If you use an AMEX e.g. MBNA BMI plus which gives 2.5 Avios per £1 of spend, you are getting at least 2.5p per £1. Given that you value Avios at an even higher valuation of 2p or 3p each, I think using an Avios earning AMEX is the clear winner here.

    Sir Stamford

    • mrtibbs1999 says:

      I did not mention that for some odd reason, I am getting a 2500 bonus per stay on my Hhonors card, even though I have had well more than the 4 initial stays. I am also getting weird points on reward stays when I pay for incidentals using the hhonors card. I stayed at a Cat 2 last week. 4k Hhonors plus £21 for the night (restaurant 50% off using taste card and champers half price due to an offer in the bar, all charged to room) and I got 7500 hhonors points including the ones from my Hilton CC. Thus making the total cost of the stay including meals, -3500 hhonors plus 70 quid! Very Very odd, but for now, long may it continue.

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