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Bits: Uber scraps fixed London airport fares (our £15 code still applies!), 80% ‘buy Hilton points’ bonus

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News in brief:

From April 2018, please use our new Uber sign-up code UBERHEADFORPOINTS via this link, or download the app and add the code via the promo code box on the ‘Payment’ tab.  This gets you £3 off your first ride.

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.

Remember that if you have not tried Uber yet, sign up code HEADFORPOINTS gets you £15 off your first ride.  This is valid in ANY UK city where Uber operates.

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.

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80% bonus when you buy Hilton HHonors points

Hilton is running an eight day ‘flash sale’ when you buy Hilton HHonors points.

The Hilton ‘buy points’ page is here.

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.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Jules Lyndon says:

    We used Uber to get home from Heathrow last week on Monday at around 9:30pm to E14, the southern end of the Isle of dogs at a cost of only 36 pounds for over an hour’s journey. The cheapest fixed price minicab charges 55 from Heathrow and 42 going to Heathrow. That was quite a substantial saving and the driver picked us up outside arrivals within a couple of mimutes of requesting.

  2. Mr Cinnamon says:

    Have used Uber LHR to Fitzrovia and back and always found it excellent. Prompt, efficient, polite helpful drivers and decent price.

    Only used once in USA- again no problems and will use it by default whenever possible.

  3. Chelseafi says:

    So Ive not used uber but will have a journey from Heathrow T5 to Uxbridge this summer, should I create an account with code, can you pre book the pickup giving flight info?

  4. We are getting pretty pissed with Uber in Nottingham They are almost always surge charging (anywhere between 1.5-3 percent) which makes them double the cost of getting a local cab.

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