Both Hilton HHonors and redspottedhanky.com are running Fantasy Formula 1 competitions for the second time this year. You still have two weeks to sign up before the first race.
The redspottedhanky.com 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 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!
redspottedhanky.com 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 redspottedhanky.com loyalty points. This is effectively free money.
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.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (October 2022)
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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(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.)