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Some fun uses for your Hilton HHonors points via Hilton @Play

Hilton @Play is the Hilton equivalent of Starwood’s SPG Moments.  It allows you to use your Hilton HHonors points for interesting ‘experiences’ rather than (more) hotel stays.

To be honest, the UK offering from Hilton @Play has been underwhelming so far.  This was partly down to the quality of the events and partly down to the relatively crazy pricing.  In some cases, it looked as it Hilton was simply buying you a ticket using a relatively poor exchange rate for your points.

At the moment, however, there are a few interesting UK events which have some value:


There were two of these packages left but it was down to one as of last night.  The nominal headline item is two VIP tickets to the show, which is spread across Old Billingsgate Market and St Katherine Docks.  As VIP tickets are not normally sold it is not clear what they offer.  Standard tickets to the show are easily available for free (I had a leaflet through my door with a pair attached) so I don’t value those highly.

However, it comes with a night at the London Hilton Park Lane including executive lounge access.  A redemption night at Park Lane is usually 80,000 points and that does NOT include lounge access.  This package is a decent redemption even if you have no intention of visiting the show.

Bicester Village


Again, this is better than it sounds.  You get:

One night stay for two in a suite at London Hilton on Park Lane, including breakfast
Chauffeur drive pick-up / drop off from the hotel
Lunch for two @ Villandry at Bicester Village 
Champagne reception and VIP room access for two
VIP discount Card for two
£250 gift card
Half day Stylist session
Hands free shopping

Let’s focus on the good bits.  The auction winner gets a night in a suite at Park Lane and a chauffeur driven trip to Bicester Village (which is quite a long drive, probably 90 minutes in bad traffic) where they are given £250 to spend and a free lunch.

Remember that you also earn Avios points on all your spending at Bicester – take your receipts and BAEC card to the Customer Services desk before you head home!


Hilton is the lead sponsor of the Udderbelly Festival on the South Bank this Spring.  There are LOTS of tickets available on Hilton @Play for many of the events.

10,000 Hilton points, which I only value at £30 when used for hotel rooms, would get you:

4 tickets for The Amazing Bubble Man

2 tickets for Closer by Circa (some days have 4 tickets for 20,000 points)

4 tickets for Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids

4 tickets for Card Ninja

The Hilton @Play website is very buggy.  Searching by UK events will not bring these up – you need to look at ‘All Auctions’ and scroll through the pages to find the relevant dates.

If you have some unused Hilton HHonors points looking for a home, there may be something for you here.  If you are willing to travel, there are also a lot of concert tickets available, eg Coldplay, Sting and Rihanna in Berlin.

(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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  1. Double Avios when spending at Bicester Village at the moment. Finishes sometime in May.

  2. Danksy says:

    The devil is always in the detail! What a good find!

  3. If you’re having a half day stylist session, on top of getting there and back, that’s not exactly going to give much time for shopping – suppose that would help the husband’s credit card balance 😉

  4. They even have a Coldplay concert in “Zurich, Germany”…!
    Hee hee, someone at Hilton needs to work on their geography

  5. Alex W says:

    Trouble is I don’t have any “spare” honors points. Hoe on earth people earn a million points for 2 weeks in the Maldives is beyond me!!

    • To be honest, some of these deals are better than redeeming for hotel stays!

      People going to the Maldives tend to buy HH points when they are reduced as it is still far cheaper than paying cash at Rangali. You can also convert from Amex and Virgin Flying Club remember.

    • Credit card sign-ups, probably easier in the States, Virgin transfers…

      • Alex W says:

        I’ve got the Barclaycard and free night certificate… just checked the exclusions and surprisingly it appears that Rangali is NOT excluded!

        I see the lower post regarding e-rewards… I didn’t realise Hilton was a partner. I had given up on that mind-numbingly tedious process for Avios but I might have to have another dabble for some HHonors!

        • No reason to excluded Rangali … it only needs the same number of points as any other top-end Hilton redemption so there is no additional cost to HH if you use your voucher there.

    • Intend going back for 12 nights next year, working on the points, just like Rob says…. Bought some for equiv of £280/night and Tesco–>Virgin->Hilton

  6. Wish I’d known about collecting Avios at Bicester Village when I was there a couple of months ago! 🙁

  7. Nick_C says:

    I would value 10,000 Hilton points at more than £30. We are going to a family lunch in Sheffield at the end of May. I got the Doubletree for 10,000 points a night. The cash price is £89.

    Or next week you could stay at the Waldorf in London for £312, or £65 + 24,000 points; giving you a points value of more than £100 per 10K points.

    • Your Sheffield example is fine, given that I assume you need to be there and that there were no better deals. I don’t think you can use the Waldorf example is proof that the Hilton points are worth more – unless it’s the only hotel that you would consider. Which is unlikely in London…

      • Nick_C says:

        It’s not the only London hotel I would consider. That would depend on why I’m staying in town. But I have used it in the past and it’s a great location. After a night out around Covent Garden, its very nice to have a 5 minute walk home while your friends head off on the night bus.

        Sheffield BTW is a great base for the Peak District and Chatsworth.

        • Nick M says:

          We stayed at The Sheffield DT last month… very impressed and will definitely stay again in the future to break up a long journey

    • I have redeemed a lot of Hilton points and 0.3p is a fair valuation, or 0.5p for cash and points (but that assumes it is available and that you actually want to spend some cash). In any event, you can buy the points for not much more than that whenever Hilton runs a 100% bonus – and you can’t value something at a higher price than someone else is selling it for.

  8. I have 4200 HH points due to expire very soon. Is it worth topping them up with Amex rewards points? It seems daft to top them up to 10’000 points just to gain 1000 avios, but open to ideas. Thanks.

    • Nick_C says:

      Join e-rewards and do a few surveys. I get 28,000 HHonors points a year from e-rewards. Even if you don’t have that much spare time, it doesn’t take long to get the 1000 points you need to keep your account active each year.

      • Alex W says:

        Can’t see Hilton as an option on e-rewards – are you transferring via Virgin atlantic?

        • Nick_C says:

          That’s interesting. I can cash in 8000 e-rewards points for 7000 Hilton points every 3 months. My original invitation to join e-rewards came from Hilton.

          My other travel redemption partners are:-
          Air France/KLM, American Airlines, Avios (x 3), Etihad, German Wings, United, and Virgin Atlantic

        • Nick_C

          Are these all individual accounts, each linked to a separate reward scheme or can you cash out to any of the above from one single account?

        • Nick_C says:

          I have only one e-rewards account, and those are some of the options for spending points on my account. Sounds like different people have different options.

          I also have the option to exchange for vouchers with Amazon, Boots, Sainsbury’s, M&S, and a few more obscure places.

    • Nick M says:

      Take out the credit card and get them up to a “useful” number of points… there are a reasonable number of options from 10k points which you’ll have after spending £1650 (assuming you use the card for incidentals to trigger a 2500 bonus with the free night)

      • Thanks all. I’ll definitely give some thought to both ERewards and applying for the credit card. Cheers.

  9. Jason K says:

    Completely OT, sorry. Has anyone received their Curve card that applied after 19 Feb? Im trying to ascertain what order they’re shipping in. Seems to be taking a while. If you have received it, can you list your order date, and delivery date? Thanks

    • Danksy says:

      Me neither 🙁

      • Jason K says:

        The initial spending limits could be considered a little low, depending on some people usage. I got this in an email from them in case anyone is interested:

        It’s worth noting that there are some limits on spending associated with the Curve card. All of our users are initially in Group 0. Over the first few months of usage, you should automatically move into Group 1, based on your usage patterns and risk scoring, but it takes about 2 – 4 weeks of constant usage of the card. We also need to do some work on our side, and we appreciate your co-operation and patience in supplying the information needed to pass your security checks.

        After passing such checks and 2-4 weeks passing, it will increase your limits.

        The current set spend limits for users in Group 0 are as follows:

        £2000 per single transaction
        £3000 per day
        £5000 per month
        £200 cash withdrawal per day

        • Genghis says:

          Jason K – do you know what those security checks are?

        • Genghis says:

          And does anyone have any idea of how to ‘jump through the hoops’ into higher Groups? I.e. should we be using the curve card as the default card (provided no requirement for S75 protection)?

        • Jason K says:

          I provided nothing more than what was required to sign up, and add cards to the app. So not sure what security checks they are referring to.

        • the security check is Curve depositing a small amount of money into your credit card account and you confirming through the curve app. the amount.

          The bank withdrawl limit seems to be £200 per 24 hours – not per day from my experience

        • Genghis says:

          Axel – and out of interest, for how many days have you withdrawn £200?

        • £200 …twice and I had trouble with the card being approved the next day, even on my own PDQ machine which I have in my own shop.

          I’m keeping to my usual spending pattern with the curve card and would recommend this method for anyone else considering the card.

    • Graeme says:

      Applied on the 18th; no card.

      Don’t suppose anyone has any insight into when Supercard might relaunch?

      • Nick M says:

        I’ve had a few issues with my account and had a chat with someone from their head office the other day – all she could say is that a different company will be running it when/if they relaunch

  10. Genghis says:

    I signed up on the morning of 17 Feb I think (the day there was loads of chat on HfP about it and then Raffles did the article the following day). Still not received it.

    • Same here – I applied on the 17th – got an email on 25/3 asking me to load a card for payment which I did – no payment taken yet – got another email on 8/4 saying I will be contacted again within a week and given a dispatch date. Still waiting to hear ….

      • I signed up before 8am on the 17th and nothing. They do not seem to be doing it in order or signup. Not overly impressed with the business so far, was supposed to be a March delivery. Rule 1, always under promise and over deliver!

        • Signed up on the morning when curve was “hot topic” on hfp. Got email that it has been despatched. I am away and therefore can’t check if it arrived.

          Is it treated as debit card? Wondering if I could use it to pay my car tax when I get back without a fee?

          As an aside note…super card working well for me here in Spain for both cash withdrawals and card payments, their rates good too.

        • It depends …. is the boring answer – on how each company codes this sort of product.

        • Sussex Bantam says:

          I applied on the 18th and got mine a week ago or so. So far so good – does exactly what it is supposed to – although I haven’t used it overseas yet.

        • Jason K says:

          Interesting, thanks. As AndyW suggests, doesn’t seem to be in any particular order. It feels childish to be upset, but i do agree that its always better to under promise and over deliver.

          I go away soon, and won’t be back till May. Disappointing, considering the initial March dispatch date.

        • Genghis says:

          Agreed. Perhaps they’ll allow a few weeks of £200 a day MS as compo?

        • Still no sign of their Android app too so my order is now on hold 🙁

  11. Wally1976 says:

    OT – I applied for the Accor Platinum status through Amex Platinum card last week (no previous status with Accor) and it has come through today. The expiry date is 30/4/17 – is that correct? Thought I read on here that they were doing up to 31/12/17?

    Incidentally I love the wording of the email: “We’re delighted to tell you that you’ve now earned 1,100 points / and stayed 0 nights with us, which means you’ve qualified for our highest level of recognition…”

    • Genghis says:

      That sounds like a mistake. My wife and I applied in February and got our status until 12/17. I’d drop them a note.

    • The same on my account … is there any link for T&C for update I can use to support my request to extend status till December ?

    • My plat status was due to expire this month, so I re-applied via the Amex website. Just looked now and it’s valid until 28/12/16. I don’t know whether that’s just the new “if it expires mid year, extend until December” rule and my application hasn’t been processed yet.

    • Mines been updated to 31/12/17.

      I haven’t had the Plat amex for 2 Years!