News in brief:
100% bonus when you buy Hilton HHonors points extended
Hilton HHonors (the new Hilton Tallinn Park, recently reviewed here, is pictured below) has extended its offer of a 100% bonus when you purchase 20,000+ points.
The original deal, due to end of the 21st October, will now run until the 31st.
Regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.3p each. You are paying 0.40p ($800 / £643 for 160,000) here so the maths does not look good, especially given the current state of the £.
(Of course, the cost of booking hotels priced in $ or € for cash has also gone up due to the weakness of Sterling. It may be time to start giving points a higher value if you plan to spend them outside the UK.)
Five star Hilton, Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria hotels typically run to 80,000 points per night. In this sale you would be paying $400 for 80,000 points which is often more than you would be paying for a five star in a major city. This is not a bargain.
However, Hilton HHonors IS a decent deal at cheaper point levels. The Hampton by Hilton in Sheffield, for example, is 10,000 points per night. At 0.40p per point you would be paying roughly £40 per night if you bought the points. That is a 60% discount on the typical nightly rate of £100. Hampton properties include free breakfast as well.
If you just buying a handful of points to top off your account, the price per point doesn’t matter anyway. If you a few thousand short of a redemption then this is a decent opportunity to buy them.
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Over the last few months our Instagram page has chilled out. It is where we put the frivolous, silly or random stuff that doesn’t fit on the main site – although you will still get an early peak at the new hotels and airlines we are reviewing.
The last few sets of pictures cover a cocktail making day organised by Radisson Blu, the Sheraton Grand Park Lane relaunch party, a Justin Bieber concert with Starwood, some 1951 vintage UK airline travel posters I bought and a WWE Wrestling night organised by Virgin Atlantic – none of which was covered here.
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