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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:

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 from UK credit cards (August 2021)

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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.

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)

  • Gin and Tonic Please says:

    Fred is the guy who hosts First Dates on Channel 4. It’d be WAY more fun to ask him about the weird and wonderful sights he’s seen on that show…

  • Anon says:

    Min bid 2/3 of a night in the Maldives??? Hmmm I’ll pass….

    • Raffles says:

      I see it as min bid 1.5 nights in Sheffield …..

    • Brian says:

      Bit difficult to get away to the Maldives for one night – or 2/3 of a night…

  • Sideysid says:

    I was hoping that you wasn’t going to mention it…

    Oh well if I would have won the bid, poor Fred would have been left jilted, like some of the daters on the show.

  • Tilly71 says:

    Agree, this offer seemed a great use for a couple get away, just don’t turn up for the dating advise.

  • Jonathan says:

    This is recipe for disaster! I predict another mumsnet post from a partner concerned her husband is bidding to get some dating advice!!

  • Talay says:

    Surely the lack of companion to “share your free bed later that evening!” would be resolved after your “Thirty minutes of dating advice from Fred Sirieix at Galvin at Windows” would it not ?

    Perhaps presumptuous but the Hilton is no stranger to ex strangers sharing a bed !

    • Genghis says:

      It depends on what the starting point is I guess. “Is that a ladder in your tights…”

  • Liz says:

    OT but Hilton related. I thought if you used your HH credit card in the first 12 months your got the 2500 pts bonus even if you booked through a 3rd party. We stayed last week at Bankside (lovely hotel and excellent staff) but didn’t get the bonus points triggered from spend we charged to the room. I just emailed HH and they have credited me the 2500 points as a goodwill gesture confirming that it didn’t qualify. We got them on the Conrad free night booking though. Have another 2 nights booked so will have to plan another one now for later in the year.

    • Alan says:

      I’ve found these 2.5k points post very patchily – previously I had to chase with both Hilton and Barclaycard although sometimes this means one or both of them issue the missing points!

  • Paul says:

    I’m giving a lecture on how to buy a skirt for only 40000 Points
    and my hidden bargain is a free skirt 🙂

    Nice info/story !

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