News in brief:
Uber drops fixed London airport fares
London taxi / minicab / ride-sharing / call it what you want group Uber has announced that it has dropped its fixed fares to London airports.
All airport trips will now be priced using the standard Uber formula, which is a black cab-style mix of time and distance.
No reason was given for the change. It is certainly a fairer deal for drivers, who were often getting a low fare for what could be a 2 hour trip at peak times – and a lot of money for what, for me, can be as quick as 35 minutes on a Sunday night. Until I have given it a go, I won’t be able to compare it properly.
If you are still after a fixed price ride to the airport, try the Kabbee app which will give you quotes from a number of local firms and let you book online. There are no sign up codes for Kabbee at the moment, unfortunately.
80% bonus when you buy Hilton HHonors points
Hilton is running an eight day ‘flash sale’ when you buy Hilton HHonors points.
This offer was originally launched two weeks ago as targetted promotion. Everyone can now take part.
As I wrote two weeks ago, regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.3p each. You are paying 0.39p ($800 for 144,000) here so the maths does not look good.
Five star Hilton, Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria hotels typically run to 80,000 points per night. In this sale you would be paying $444 for 80,000 points which is often more than you would be paying for a five star in a major city. This is not a bargain.
However, Hilton HHonors IS a decent deal at cheaper point levels. The Hampton by Hilton in Sheffield, for example, is 10,000 points per night. At 0.39p per point you would be paying roughly £39 per night if you bought the points. That is a 61% discount on the typical nightly rate of £100. Hampton properties include free breakfast as well.
On the other hand, the Hilton Sheffield is 30,000 points per night. You would be paying around £117 for those points which, whilst a bit less than the typical £125 cash cost, is not a fantastic deal – especially as you would earn points and miles back on the cash rate.
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 decent opportunity to buy them.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
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 (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(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.)