On Tuesday I wrote about some of the interesting auction items available for Hilton HHonors points via the Hilton @Play website.
One of the points I wanted to make is that the packages on offer are often more interesting than the headline implies.
Last night, Hilton launched the best example of this that I have ever seen. If I’d been asked to make up a fictitious example of a headline which undersells the prize on offer I couldn’t have done better.
If you visit the Hilton @Play website, you will see this item on offer:
DATING ADVICE WITH FRED SIRIEIX – LONDON, UK – MAY 19, 2016
Opening bid: 50,000 points
For a married man with two kids, this sounds about as useful as a lecture on how to buy a skirt. It isn’t even the sort of thing that a single friend would necessarily approve of you buying on their behalf.
When you click through the link – which, frankly, almost no-one is going to do – it is an entirely different story.
This is what you get:
Thirty minutes of dating advice from Fred Sirieix at Galvin at Windows, with a complimentary cocktail
VIP invitations for two to the Galvin at Windows 10th birthday party, including a DJ set by Fred Sirieix
One night accommodation at London Hilton on Park Lane on May 19, 2016, including daily breakfast (the small print confirms you actually get Executive Lounge access and breakfast is in the lounge)
Now we’re talking.
You get a free night at Park Lane, usually 80,000 Hilton HHonors points and which usually does not include lounge access. You get access to what I am sure will be a pretty good party at the Galvin restaurant on the top floor, which has amazing views. And, frankly, even if you don’t need dating advice from Fred you can join him for a cocktail and chat about his role as Maitre’D at Galvin.
This is well worth 50,000 points although the bids may go higher. I am pretty sure it would have died a death if I hadn’t mentioned it.
(Of course, when you think about it, the package is bizarre. If you need dating advice, you probably don’t have a +1 for the party who you’d want to share your free bed later that evening! I suppose you could take another single friend and ask for a twin room …. or perhaps go on your own on the basis it might be a good party ….)
As it happens, I will be next door at the InterContinental Park Lane that night at an IHG event, so if a HfP reader wins I am happy to pop across to join you for a drink in the lounge.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (August 2022)
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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 (5,000 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.)