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Big redemption savings: Hilton properties in Turkey and Iberia Express flights to Spain

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Two interesting savings which could make your next miles and points redemption go a lot further have turned up.

Big savings on Hilton HHonors redemptions in Turkey

The political situation in Turkey has had a major impact on hotel bookings.  Hilton has responded by making some massive reductions in the number of Hilton HHonors points required for some hotels.

From 12th October – so you can’t book today – some hotels have been reduced to just 5,000 Hilton HHonors points per night.  As Hilton offers five nights for the price of four to elite members, this means that you could pay as little as 4,000 points!

Click here to see the full list – you need to scroll down to ‘Hotels With Category Decrease’.

The Hilton Garden Inn at the main airport drops from Category 5 to Category 1 (5,000 points) as does the Garden Inn at Erzincan.  The DoubleTree in Van drops from Category 5 to Category 2 (10,000 point per night).  The DoubleTree Istanbul Sirkeci drops from Category 5 to Category 3.

In total, 26 hotels in Turkey are reduced.

PS.  There is one other interesting reduction.  The Hilton Garden Inn at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai – is dropping from Category 6 to Category 4.  The hotel is next to – not connected to – the mall but this is a very decent price for central Dubai at peak times.  This price cut takes effect from 12th October.

Get 50% off Iberia Express redemptions from the UK

Iberia Plus is offering selected flights from the UK to Spain at half the Avios price until the end of November.

These deals can ONLY be booked on the Iberia Plus website so you will need to use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move points across from or

You cannot join Iberia Plus today and book.  You must be a member for 90 days AND have earned at least 1 Avios point in your Iberia Plus account (do an American Express points transfer or credit a flight, hotel or car booking) before you can transfer.  This is why I always recommend that HFP readers open an Iberia Plus account as soon as they can and get it activated – you never know when a good redemption will come along.

Here are the Iberia Express routes on offer.  You can check out timetables etc on the Iberia Express site here.

Gatwick to Madrid – 3,250 Avios one-way

Heathrow to Oviedo – 3,750 Avios one-way

Birmingham to Madrid – 3,750 Avios one-way

Edinburgh to Madrid – 3,750 Avios one-way

Manchester to Madrid – 3,750 Avios one-way

Heathrow to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – 5,000 Avios one-way

You book must book and fly by 30th November although some routes may end in October for the Winter.  Only ‘Blue Class’ economy redemptions on Iberia Express count.

Remember that Iberia does not have Reward Flight Saver so you will be paying the full taxes and charges – Manchester to Madrid is £55 for example.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (17)

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  • Dio says:

    Even with 5,000 points a night, does it worth the risk with the very unstable political status in the country?

    • Genghis says:

      I was there for 11 days over Easter and travelled around the country. Very fascinating, especially Cappadocia and Pamukkale. Would I go if I had booked a holiday there ages ago? Yes. Would I actively book a holiday there now? Probably not.

      • Stuart Graham says:

        I had a holiday booked before the Gedi park riots in Istanbul a couple of years back and went anyway.
        We were tear gassed three times (while lying next to the hotel pool, in restaurants, walking along streets) and kept awake often with people banging saucepans out of their windows. It was absolutely fascinating to see, we never felt in danger and the rioters and police never actually did anything to us apart from the gas.
        But no, even at 5,000 points a night I won’t be back anytime soon.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, I think so. I was in Istanbul this year with no issues.

    • Boris says:

      I have been in Turkey 3 times this year … Holiday and two transits.

      If you stayed out of the U.K. when the IRA were running their murder campaign then stay out of Turkey. I guess.

      I will happily go back except to the very high risk areas eg near the Surian border.

      I am more worried about my safety if the TSA have a brainstorm when I go into the USA with an entire page of Turkish stamps and nothing else !

      • Radiata says:


        South Africa during apartheid rightly avoided by many to shame regime but in the initial uncertain aftermath perceived disruption and/or heightened risk to residents and tourists alike similarly overblown.

  • mark2 says:

    Just to point out that the Vancouver at the bottom of the list is in USA, just south of Seattle, not the Vancouver in British Columbia.

  • David cliff says:

    The IB offer is a real con !!! Throughout the whole of Nov there are tickets readily available MAN-MAD for £27, incl all taxes etc confirmed ! And of course you earn Avios on these fares too ! I’m assuming it’s similar for flights from LGW & BHX too !

    • xcalx says:

      I have IB express tickets booked for next April MAN-MAD £30 includes checked baggage and seat choice.

    • Rob says:

      Do you get a suitcase with a redemption? That might swing it.

  • S. david says:

    Erzican and Van are in eastern Turkey. Unless you have a specific reason to go there, you shouldn’t really go there as a tourist even if they give you 50,000 points. Not saying they are not safe, these are just tiny cities with no tourist attractions whatsoever

    • Johnnycl says:

      Van is a wonderful place to visit as a tourist…it’s only 15 minutes from Akdamar Island in Van lake which is surrounded by a backdrop of stunning snowcapped mountains. The castle at Van is also good to look around and offers unparalleled views across the lake and city towards the mountains. I think Van is well worth a 24-48 hour visit if you’re already visiting Turkey and looking for something a little different; I really cannot rate it high enough!

      • friendofbiffin says:

        Well said. As for Erzincan, it’s one of the ugliest towns in Turkey, hours from anywhere, and has nothing for the conventional tourist. God knows why Hilton decided to build there. The standard room rate seems to be about £25-£30 so it may not even be a great use of points.

  • Alex W says:

    Glad I stayed at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh Caledonian this summer before the price went up! Though for festival prices, still good value for your points. Very nice hotel. Good location, but not brilliant for proximity to festival venues. Might try crowne plaza next year.

  • vol says:

    Cheers Raffles.

    Pity the Bomonti isn’t in that list. Stunning hotel.

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