Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Bits: get 2400 Avios on a £39 printer, airberlin status match, Iberia sale, Hilton Bournemouth

Links on Head for Points may support the site by paying a commission.  See here for all partner links.

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 glitch was working ok at 1am when I wrote this.

airberlin status match

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 A330 350

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

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

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 and they come with generous sign-up bonuses. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors 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.)

Comments (68)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • James67 says:

    Spotted a similar glitch on nowTV £15 offers. Perhaps it is occuring across all the bonus point offers? I’m suffering from printer fatigue after the last time, and struggling to get value out of avios now at any price, so I’ll pass. I am sure Harry et al will have a lot of fun with it though.

    • harry says:

      That was a bit yesterday 🙂

      The NowTV boxes come with various Sky passes, eg 1 month Movies, 3 months Entertainment, 2x 24 hrs Sports.

      ISTR the maths make them £9.50 or so. The black box is apparently superior to the previous white version.

  • harry says:

    People were discussing this, fairly sure it’s NOT in addition to the bigger bonus Avios offer:

    Receive a £50 statement credit1 and 1,000 bonus Avios points2 when you get a new British Airways American Express® Credit Card
    •Receive a £50 statement credit on the British Airways American Express Credit Card when you spend £100 in the first three months of Cardmembership1.
    •Get 1,000 bonus Avios when you spend £500 on the Card in the first three months of Cardmembership2.
    •Earn 1 Avios for virtually every pound you spend on every day purchases3.
    •Receive a complimentary companion flight voucher, for the same cabin, when you spend £20,000 within a Card anniversary year on everyday purchases4. Taxes, fees and carrier charges apply.
    •Be automatically enrolled in the British Airways Executive Club rewards programme (if not already a member) to manage your Avios and get additional benefits.
    •No annual Card fee.

  • harry says:

    O/T Just booked an Avios + money RFS flight for my wife 21/12/2016, what would you have chosen? [Cash HBO was £88, with luggage £103.]

    6,500 Avios + £17.50
    5,200 Avios + £32.50
    4,600 Avios + £37.50
    3,900 Avios + £42.50
    3,300 Avios + £47.50
    2,150 Avios + £52.50

    • harry says:

      And can anyone say why Xmas peak fares (which went peak on 15/12/2016) are off-peak on 21/12/2016?

      No problem my end, just asking. I’ll take the 1000 Avios lol 🙂

      • GMH says:

        Tuesdays and Wednesdays are always off peak. 21/12/16 is a Wednesday.

    • pauldb says:

      The bottom one. Buying your miles back at 0.8p. Especially if you need luggage and flexibility … unless you need the TPs or are very likely to cancel.
      Tuesdays/Wednesdays always tend to be off-peak, even during peak periods.

      • harry says:

        Thanks for the explanation of off-peak.

        Sure – the bottom one, as I intend to use my Avios bank in future.

        But since I got plenty of Avios at low cost, the other possibilities were not entirely illogical.

  • Anon says:

    Printer out of stock @ 7am…

  • Howard says:

    I have an Air Berlin account. Should I change my address to USA and then apply.

    I have two gold cards with Etihad and Alitalia

    • Rob says:


      • Geoggy says:

        But how will he get his card?

        I was thinking of using a service like Borderlinx where they give you a US shipping address and then forward stuff to you, but the address doesn’t look remotely residential so not sure it will work??

  • harry says:

    BTW, I lost track of who it was, but somebody yesterday got double credit/ points on Iberia for the Groupon deal. The explanation is as follows, cut & pasted from another site I can’t remember (UK points? just google it):
    [Curious Iberia Plus offer for inactive accounts:

    Two family members with very inactive Iberia Plus accounts received offers by email today advising their Avios (I forgot they had small 2k balances in IB+) would expire early next year.

    However the email also appears to advertise a promotion whereby with every partner transaction their Avios balance will be doubled (with earning capped at 5,000 avios sadly)

    Iberia Plus – expiring avios double up promotion

    The T&C in the email said:
    This promotion is valid for earning Avios on operations performed by the cardholder Iberia Plus until 02/29/2016. The promotion allows customers to duplicate Avios to a maximum of 5,000. The Avios will be listed at the end of the promotional period.]

    So some of you might get a ‘double up’ 🙂

    Worth checking

    • Charlie says:

      ooo I think this has happened to me! My iberia is showing it twice:

      12/21/15 Avios Earned With Groupon Shopping 2,000
      12/21/15 Avios Earned With Groupon Shopping 2,000

  • Geoggy says:


    If anyone can give some advice on how to do the US address thing for Air Berlin I would be very grateful.

    Also I’m typing this from the Hilton Bournemouth.

    This is our first Hilton stay since the Diamond Match and happy to report a major upgrade. Booked basic room, given upgrade to King One bed suite with Sea View – their highest category room from what I can see on their website.

    The room is very nice. Nice large lounge and dining table , high standard bathroom with seperate tub and large shower. A mini fridge that is useable and currently holding some of our booze.

    Went into the lounge twice yesterday. During the day there’s peanuts , fruit tea and coffee, soft drinks and bottled beer.

    Last night between 6 and 8 there was canapés , gin whisky vodka prosecco and wine. One of the better lounges I’ve been in. Any questions just ask

  • Ross says:

    Just got back from a 2 night stay at The Hilton Bournemouth in one of their sea view suites and must say we really loved it, still some teething problems as you’d expect with any hotel that’s only been open two weeks but overall sets a completely new standard for Bournemouth. Will definitely be staying again. The Hampton is just next door and a good choice for the price, rooms small but great value.

    • plastikman says:

      New Hiltons seem to be doing something differently these days. Stayed at the Hilton Bankside over Christmas and it was not like any other Hilton I had stayed in – stylish furnishings, restaurant and bar excellent and an omlette chef who could actually make an omlette. Staff couldn’t have done more for us.

      • Tariq says:

        The newer properties are definitely a class above the tired old provincial ones. Many of which should probably be reflagged as Doubletrees or Hamptons.

        • James says:

          Would have to disagree – a lot of the doubletrees are a mile above the standard of some hiltons!

          • Will says:

            I always look forward to staying in a doubletree, usually new and sleek (in Europe at least)

            I think they need to rebrand the old hiltons to “acceptable in the 80’s”

          • Danny says:

            Yes I agree – one of my favourite Hilton hotels (any brands) is the DoubleTree Amsterdam Centraal Station.

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.