Bits: Virgin East Coast sale, 30% Hyatt ‘buy points’ bonus and Park Hyatt Mallorca, new Hilton ‘lowest rate’ guarantee

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News in brief:

Virgin East Coast Edinburgh sale for £25

Virgin East Coast is running a special promotion to push its new ’23 trains per weekday’ timetable to Edinburgh from Kings Cross.

Until 4th March, it is selling 25,000 Standard Advance one way tickets from London to Edinburgh for just £25 each.  This are only valid for weekday travel between 16th May and 15th July.

Remember that you will also earn Nectar points or Virgin Flying Club miles on your purchase.  The Virgin miles are worth more (you get 2 per £1 whichever you take) but obviously you need to be an active Virgin collector to get value from them.

Virgin East Coast

30% bonus when you buy Hyatt Gold Passport points

Until 7th March, Hyatt is offering a 30% bonus when you buy Gold Passport points.

This is obviously worth a look if you need to top up your account.  It may also be worthwhile if considering a stay in a top tier Park Hyatt such as the ones in Paris or Sydney, where buying the points may be cheaper than paying cash.

The new Park Hyatt resort in Mallorca will also be opening this Summer and looks from the images (see below) very impressive.   Prices are a little scary (rooms from Euro 800, or Euro 1,000 if you want a cancellable one) so a redemption would be a good deal.  Note that points and ‘cash and points’ rooms have not yet been loaded on

The Hyatt ‘buy points’ site is here.

(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.)

Park Hyatt Mallorca

New Hilton ‘lowest rate’ guarantee

Hilton has launched a new ‘lowest rate’ guarantee, promising that you will pay less on than you will pay on Expedia, etc.

The power of Expedia / is so strong these days that they are able to force hotel chains not to undercut them.   Hilton has worked around this by restricting the discount to Hilton HHonors members (free to join, of course) which means that technically the general public is excluded.

Weekend stays booked 15+ days in advance will now be 10% cheaper for Hilton HHonors members (3% midweek).  From 1 – 14 days in advance the discount is just 2%.  The discounts clearly show on during a search, whether or not you are logged in.

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  1. Am currently going through a torturous process with Hilton trying to get them to honour the BRG. I provided the details of 5 websites who had a rate up to 40% cheaper than the room I purchased directly with them, on exactly the same dates and same conditions. I even took a snapshot of one of them and sent it within 24 hours to their team. The first email I received back stated their “verification team” were unable to find that price (I checked back constantly, and it’s even still up there now, 10 days later). The subsequent 5 emails I have received in response to my protestations have all simply stated that “the verification team were unable to find that rate within the permitted time”. I find it utterly criminal Hilton can boast a BRG and then be so obtuse about enforcing it. For what it’s worth I’m a platinum member. Has anyone else had similar experiences?

    • Try the Hilton rep on flyertalk, or Twitter

    • “Has anyone else had similar experiences?”

      Last 2 Hilton bookings I made led to the price matched to the OTA (Priceline) and an extra $50 off the cost using the BRG.

  2. OT – decent Marriott flash sale on right now…

  3. Something which I don’t think has ever happened before or if it has I certainly haven’t noticed! I booked the Hilton Hua Hin Thailand yesterday for the same day as was having an unexpected trip there. The rate was a points + cash rate. When I checked out this morning the rate was a fair bit cheaper (in Thai terms) than the rate quoted at time of booking. No complaints but was a bit surprised!

  4. Off topic but if you already have HHonors Silver status then get a Hilton credit card do you just stay at silver status or are you upgraded anymore?

  5. Just hope that your room is as advertised, they offered view of Shard for my room; no view. I initially told them I’d stay somewhere else, but they offered me dinner, and I accepted.

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