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.
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 hyatt.com.
New Hilton ‘lowest rate’ guarantee
The power of Expedia / hotels.com 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 hilton.com during a search, whether or not you are logged in.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (February 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.
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.
Virgin Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.
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)
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.)