News in brief:
Luxury Travel Diary auctions
The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped me a line about another wave of its luxury auctions closing this week. These are often worth a look as there are often deals to be had.
Deals closing in the next 48 hours include stays in Tuscany, Kos, Koh Samui and Athens. On Tuesday they have this two bedroom suite sleeping up to four in Barcelona and a stay in Istanbul. As usual, it is worth having a look to see if anything takes your fancy.
20% off your next five Uber trips
Uber has launched a new UK voucher code offering a 20% discount on your next five trips. It doesn’t seem to be targetted but you’ll never know until you try.
You need to go into the ‘Promotions’ section of the Uber app and enter the code MASTERCARD205. You then need to switch your payment method to a MasterCard.
You will save 20% off your next five rides as long as the rides are taken by midnight on Friday 1st July. UberTAXI in London is excluded.
If you still haven’t signed up for Uber, you get your first UK ride for free – up to the value of £15 – by downloading the app and entering the code HEADFORPOINTS. To avoid any risk of losing your free ride, don’t enter the MasterCard code until after you’ve used up your free ride.
Interesting Hilton @Play auction
Finally, this Hilton @Play auction looks interesting and has no bids to date.
On Sunday 21st August, you can have Afternoon Tea for two, including a glass of champagne on arrival, at the Waldorf Hilton in London which is just off the Strand. You can also take part in the Sunday tea dance if you want!
After that, you will get a free dinner for two people and one night in the Astor Suite in the hotel, with executive lounge access and breakfast.
The minimum bid is 75,000 Hilton HHonors points and it may well go for that. It would be pretty good value if you did. Bidding closes on 24th June.
PS. Before anyone asks, because this question always comes up – the Waldorf in London is not run as part of Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria chain. It is very smart but lower level hotel and therefore branded as the Waldorf Hilton. The Palm Court where the tea dances and afternoon tea take place is particularly impressive. You can find out more about the hotel here.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 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.
The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.
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 (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus 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.)