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!