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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.

Hilton Park Lane

If you visit the Hilton @Play website, you will see this item on offer:

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

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (June 2023)

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 120,000 Hilton Honors points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ card is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points (worth 45,000 Hilton Honors points). Apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

(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.)

Comments (17)

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  • Chris says:

    I want to know how much traffic you drove towards Fred Sirieix’s wiki page today, the name meant absolutely nothing to me

  • Lux says:

    If you’re a frequent traveller (or Clubcard points-chaser) with too many points in the bank, you’d be better looking for marriage guidance rather than dating advice!

  • tobeornottobe says:

    Too true!

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