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Earn Hilton HHonors points and redspottedhanky £££ with Fantasy Formula 1!

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Both Hilton HHonors and are running Fantasy Formula 1 competitions for the 2nd time this year.  You still have two weeks to sign up before the first race.

The one is especially valuable as all players can earn up to £20 in redspottedhanky train tickets credit.

First up, let’s look at Hilton.

The home page and registration site for the competition is here.

Hilton F1

The prize, for the overall winner, is pretty good.  You get five nights in ANY Hilton Group property worldwide (Maldives sounds good to me ….) which is the equivalent of 380,000 Hilton HHonors points if used at a peak resort at peak time.  They also give you $580 in cash towards your tax liability for the prize – which, as a UK resident, will be nothing!  (The competition is open to various countries, including the UK and US.)

There will also be four quarterly prizes of a 3-night stay at any Hilton Group property, plus $365.

Perhaps more interestingly (ie realistically) there are 30 weekly prizes to be won.  The highest scorer each week gets 50,000 Hilton HHonors points, with a decreasing scale down to 5,000 for 30th place.

I have entered teams for myself and my wife.  I have no intention at all of tweaking my team during the competition – I will just let it sit there and hope I get lucky one week! has also brought back its Fantasy Formula 1 competition (based on identical software to the Hilton one!).  The overall prizes are less exciting, with an iPad being the best on offer.  It’s not quite 5 nights in The Maldives …..

However, ALL PLAYERS will receive loyalty points.  This is effectively FREE MONEY.

redspottedhanky Fantasy Formula 1

They have changed the format this year, for the better.

Instead of only paying you at the end of the year, you will be paid out in June, August, October and January 2015.

Your Fantasy Formula 1 points will be divided by five, and your payout will be capped at £5 per period, so a maximum of £20 over the year.

There are three ways to approach this:

For the super-lazy – sign up and let RSH randomly pick a team for you, then sit back and wait for the points to arrive

For the fairly lazy (me) – sign up, think strategically about your team, but then sit back and wait for the points to arrive and never change it

For the active – sign up, think strategically about your team and then transfer drivers in and out throughout the season in an attempt to maximise your money

Whatever you do, though, do something!  It would be a waste to let a few pounds of RSH credit go astray.

Comments (50)

  • squills says:

    RSH: how do the points turn into payout/ credit? (My existing RSH ID + password combo don’t work, so I had to set up a new a/c, is this the same for everybody?)

  • vonnie says:

    Thanks Squills, entered!

  • squills says:

    😉 I would advise you play canny here:

    Fantasy F1 comp:

    5.2 All users can play the Game for FREE. You may register 1 free team per entrant. Anybody believed to have entered more than 1 team will be disqualified and will not be eligible to win prizes. The Promoter may use their discretion to identify registrants who have entered more than 1 team under different names, email addresses and/or identities. The Promoter’s decision is final and neither the Company nor Promoter will enter into any discussion about teams that are disqualified.

  • Rob says:

    The footy is quite hard to make money with. I have had a team (randomly selected, which could me the issue) since the start of the season and I think me and the Mrs are on about £6 each so far!

  • What's the Point says:

    Having problems logging my account details on the Hilton site for this? Anyone else? Just hangs and says please wait.
    What would have been nice is that you earned more opportunities to win for every stay you made during the race season.

  • James67 says:

    Talking of prizes…has anybody got their winning from the BA Xmas competition? I am still waiting for my tea set! I quite like HH fantasy F1 but would be better if you could not change teams.

    • Volker says:

      “would be better if you could not change teams”

      In this case, it would be a mere lottery game. Last year, it took me a while to get the knack of it, and I put some time and effort into the game by changing my team and components regularly. I ended up with 12,500 HHonors points at the end of the season – you still need some good luck…

      The rules seem to be less attractive this year: There are obviously no bonus races anymore which would have doubled your race points, and only the 30 best teams of each race week are being awarded HHonors points (last year: 100). In return, you can win a minimum of 5,000 HHonors points (last year: 2,500).

      So I do understand why some people just choose their team initially and hope for the best for the rest of the season. Last year there were about 25,000 teams competing, now guess your chances to be in the top 30…

      • James67 says:

        Mere lottery!? Having followed F1 for years I would like to think I was exercizing some considerable expertise in choosing my team … sadly my results last season would suggest otherwise 😀

  • Clive says:

    If you search Flyer talk I have set up a mini league and details are all on the page

    • Volker says:

      I found several mini leagues on FT. I am not posting there so not too familiar with aliases etc. Is yours the “Flyertalk 2014” mini league? What about an HFP mini league?

      • Rob says:

        I will do a mini-league for Wimbledon, if they do that again. As this drags on until November I don’t want to start a formal mini-league, people would get bored of posts with updates!

      • Clive says:

        Yes mine is the Flyer talk one not sure who the other one belongs to

  • John says:

    If you put the $580 which apparently comes as a check (American) into a US bank account, but are a UK resident, will the US attempt to tax you?

    • Rob says:

      If you are US citizen then yes, if you are a UK citizen then I assume you’re OK as Hilton would not report your win to the US authorities on the grounds that you are not a US citizen.