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News in brief:

10% off a 16-25 Railcard until tomorrow

If you are in the right age group or are a full time student of any age, or have one in the family, you can get them a 16-25 Railcard with a 10% discount until the end of the month.

You need to enter code SAVE10OCT on the Railcard website here.  The price will be £27 instead of £30.

Alternatively, you can also redeem Clubcard vouchers.  This Shopper Points article explains how to use Tesco points for Railcards.


Monarch in trouble?

Low cost airline Monarch, now run by the ex-Avios Group CEO Andrew Swaffield, may reach the end of line today if it does not receive a cash injection from its 90% shareholder Greybull Capital.

All airlines have to convince the Civil Aviation Authority on a regular basis that they have the required funds to operate.  Monarch’s license expires tonight and press reports suggest that it does not currently have enough liquidity to meet CAA requirements.

Monarch transitioned from a charter airline into a low cost carrier in recent years and appeared to be making a decent job of it.  Competition is clearly fierce, however, and it may not have had the financial discipline or cost structure needed to compete.

If the airline does collapse it will be interesting to see if it is acquired by IAG – who could merge it into Vueling – or potentially Eurowings which is in the process of buying chunks of airberlin.  I would be surprised if easyJet or Ryanair would be interested given that they already have the assets required to take over the most attractive routes if Monarch disappears.

Monarch is an Avios redemption partner but only when you book via  Details of that relationship are in this article.

A HfP reader wins big

Finally, I was delighted to receive this email from a reader this week:

Hi Rob,

I just thought I’d drop you a note to say that I have heard that I won the Hilton World Tour competition that you mentioned on headforpoints back in June:

[The prize is two tickets to a concert ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD of your choice, with travel and accommodation thrown in!]

I mention it because I undoubtedly wouldn’t have entered had it not been for your site. This is just the sort of competition which usually passes me by, but getting your emails every morning makes it easy to just click the link and enter.  So thanks very much for the service.

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards

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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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 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 (35)

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  • Boris says:

    OT: Has anyone had any success with the Best Western M&More offer?

    I registered and switched my preferences to Airline Miles/Lufthansa while abroad, followed by half a dozen BW stays, which should be showing about 14k M&M miles by now given posting delays, with more to follow.

    Having returned the BW website is saying that the airline is set to the previous airline, and nothing has posted there either.

    Am I going to be able to resolve this?

    • Boris says:

      Having checked date by date, it seems that *one* of my hotels, which had one stay, has tracked as 500 miles to Miles and More (despuite the BW programme profile having a different airline), and the other hotel (4 stays) has tracked nothing.

      Administrative chaos at Best Western?

  • mark2 says:

    For anyone who has not heard, Tesco now stock Amazon and John Lewis/Waitrose gift cards. This is ironic since it seems that we only have 18 more days to get triple points.
    I loaded up this afternoon using the last few days of my Diamond Club card and a £12 off on £80 card.

  • Simon Schus says:

    Just saw Monarch extended its license with CAA

  • Simon Schus says:

    …. for now

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