Bits: Amex Plat getting free Hilton Gold?, 19 Thistle hotels rebranded, 20% bonus Marriott to AA

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News in brief:

Free Hilton HHonors Gold coming back as an Amex Platinum benefit?

Until December 2013, American Express Platinum charge card holders received Hilton HHonors Gold status, albeit as a ‘one year only’ benefit.  Then, overnight, Amex pulled it – much to the anger of Platinum cardholders who had purposely delayed applying because it was a ‘one year only’ deal.

On Monday, Hilton Gold reappeared as an Amex Platinum benefit for cardholders in the USA.  There is no guarantee that the UK will follow suit, but it is definitely worth keeping an eye on.  Hilton Gold offers free breakfast at all brands except Waldorf-Astoria so it does have value.

Hilton Gold 350

Thistle’s regional hotels rebranded

Back in July I reported on a story that Thistle Hotels had kept very quiet – 95% of their hotels outside London were leaving the chain on the same day!

The owner of these hotels, The Hotel Collection, has now announced its new franchise agreement.  The hotels are being split roughly equally between Jurys Inn and Mercure – Business Traveller has the full list.

Mercure is part of Le Club Accorhotels which means that you will be able to earn Avios from your stays, either directly or by taking Accor points and converting them.

Jurys Inn does not seem to have any airline partners any more but you can take points in the Jurys Rewards scheme.   This deal will take Jurys to 35 UK properties so I may spend a little time looking at the reward scheme for a future article.

Thistle Brighton

20% bonus converting Marriott Rewards points to American Airlines

I discussed the current 40% bonus on Marriott transfers to Avios in another article today.

There is another option out there for non-Avios collectors.  American Airlines is offering a 20% bonus when you convert Marriott Rewards points to AAdvantage.

Full details can be found on the American site here – there is no need to register.  You must transfer by 31st October and you can make multiple transfers during the promotional period.  ‘Hotel & Air’ package redemptions are included.

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  1. On AMEX online travel there was no CC fee last time I booked BA

  2. nicko-m says:

    If Hilton Gold comes back thats a sure sign another Amex Platinum fee hike is on the cards and a (poor) reason for them to increase it.

  3. OT bit. Royal Jordanian flights from LHR to BKK business return for £997. Not the best price, but OK.

    • Thanks Rimas, will make a story for tomorrow.

    • Good to know. My OH had to fly RJ. Y recently as BA was full. Very pleasant flight , but still haven’t posted miles yet. That’s an ok price without having to exit the UK, actually, Rob. Good post, look forward to reading about them.

  4. RE: Amex card offers

    Does there appear to be any particular logic behind which cards get which offers? – I don’t claim anything unless there’s a reasonable chance that I’ll use it, but is it best to wait until you know for sure that you will (and hope it is still showing) – or does this not really matter?

    • We didn’t get the amazon on any of our 3 cards, plat, BAPP x2

      • Just to make you feel better, 4x Amex issued Amex and not a single one receive this Amazon offer!

        • flibbly says:

          2 Amex issues “Amexes” and I’ve not had any offers at all for 2 or 3 months now 🙁

          (What is the plural of Amex ?)

  5. O/T noticed Virgin ISA now 6000

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