News in brief:
Up to 75% bonus when you buy Hilton HHonors points
This offer is poorer than the 100% and 80% bonuses which Hilton HHonors has offered in recent months so I am not focussing on it strongly.
The full bonus is not even given on all purchases. 10,000 – 29,000 points only gets you a 25% bonus whilst 30,000 – 39,000 gets 50%. Only at purchases of 40,000 points or more do you get a 75% bonus. At the top end, you can buy 140,000 Hilton points (80,000 plus 60,000 free) for $800. That is 0.57 cents each.
Regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.3p each which is LESS than you are paying here. However, Hilton HHonors IS a decent deal at cheaper point levels. The Hampton by Hilton in Sheffield is 10,000 points per night. At 0.57c per point you would be paying roughly £35 per night if you bought the points. That is a 65% 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 cheap opportunity to buy them. The offer closes on October 5th. The link to buy is here.
The pilot and crew rest areas of a Boeing 777-300
Here is a little oddment which doesn’t really fit into one of the Air New Zealand profile pieces that I am running throughout September. When I was touring their 777-300 at Heathrow, I was allowed to go into the pilot rest area. It was fascinating.
Inside the cockpit is a set of stairs. Climb up and this is what you see:
Each pilot has their own relaxation seat. Out of shot is a TV monitor for each seat so they can watch the IFE.
Also out of shot, behind the curtain, is a mattress for each pilot where they can choose to sleep. I found it a little claustrophobic, to be honest!
Meanwhile, this is where the off duty cabin crew get to sleep:
A bunk bed in an equally dark corridor in the belly of the aircraft!
Flybe Winter sale launched
Finally, Flybe has launched a short Winter sale. There are 500,000 seats available for under £40 – you can see the full Flybe list of destinations here.
Remember that you earn Avios points on Flybe tickets! You must book by 15th September (Tuesday) for travel between 9th October and 26th March 2016. Full details on the Flybe website here.