News in brief:
Tesco glitch offering 2,400 Avios on a £39 laser printer
Over at Shopper Points today, I have covered a glitch on a £39 Brother laser printer. Tesco is currently selling it with 1,000 Clubcard points instead of the advertised 500 – which means 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles.
The Shopper Points article is here. The glitch was working ok at 1am when I wrote this.
airberlin status match (good for BA lounge access) now accepting US addresses
airberlin has been running a status match from other airline status cards for some time.
Unfortunately, it has been restricted to Swiss, German and Austrian addresses. Even if you had a friend in those countries, it didn’t help much as the Swiss and German postal services only deliver to registered residents.
airberlin has now extended the match to US residents as you can see here. This gives you some extra scope to use the details of a friend or relative.
airberlin is a partner of British Airways in the oneworld alliance. This means that your airberlin status card will get you access to British Airways lounges and all of the other status perks they offer.
I wrote about the airberlin match in more detail here. The online form is here.
Iberia sale from the UK
Iberia, BA’s sister airline, has some special fares from the UK at the moment. These tickets will all earn Avios and British Airways tier points.
Short-haul, these cover Madrid (£96), Seville and Gran Canaria. Long haul they have economy class deals to Cali, Medellin, Caracas, San Salvador, Guatemala and Luanda.
Full details can be found here. You need to book by 26th January. Travel dates vary by destination.
New Hilton Bournemouth now open
A couple of months ago I wrote about the new Hampton by Hilton in Bournemouth. Its sister hotel, Hilton Bournemouth, is also now open.
A HfP reader was one of the first people to stay. He describes it as ‘4.5 stars, very modern, funky, a two-minute walk to the pier’. (A different HfP reader who has also been said ‘funky but functional’ – the rooms are apparently not luxurious.) There is an executive lounge, probably the only one in Bournemouth, and a ‘sky bar’. There is also a small indoor pool.
If you have some Hilton points to burn it may be worth a look for a short break next Summer. It is 50,000 points per night – if this seems high, it is actually in line with what I would have expected given the £161 price per night for a June weekend I looked at. A refundable room is £215 per night. The hotel website is here.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)
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.
The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.
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 (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
(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.)