Bits: Hilton ‘buy points’ offer extended to 31st, why you should follow HFP on Instagram

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 Hilton ‘buy points’ page is here.

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.

hilton hotel tallinn park exterior press picture

Why you should follow Head for Points on Instagram

When we launched the HFP Instagram channel last year it was, by necessity, a bit dull.  The original content was a few hundred photos which had already appeared on the main site.

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.

If you’re not already following us on Instagram you can visit our page here.  We will try to run as much original content as we can.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Followed! Instagram is the only Social Media platform I use/can be arsed with. Had no idea you guys had an account. I’m @bjd_, if you like inane pictures of cats and food, and of course my travels!

  2. the realharry says:

    £100 on £500 BA spend @ Amex
    Spend £500 or more, get £100 back
    Save to Card to get a £100 statement credit when you spend £500+ at by 24/11/16. UK departure flights only. Valid once per Card for the first 20,000 UK Cardmembers to save.

    • Which type of Amex?

      • I got it on my BA Amex Premium card – had to click more as it was at the bottom…

        Only one £100 statement credit per UK Card for the first 20,000 Cardmembers to save.
        UK departure flights only.
        Travel insurance purchases are excluded.
        Offer only available when you spend £500 or more at by 24th November 2016 with the British Airways American Express® Card to which the offer is saved and on transactions made in Great British Pounds (GBP).
        The offer does not apply to spend on other Cards you might hold and on transactions made via payment wallets or payment aggregators including, but not limited to, PayPal.
        An awarded credit can be reversed if qualifying transactions are refunded or cancelled.
        Credit should appear on your billing statement within five days from qualifying spend but may take up to 90 days from 24th November 2016.
        All travel is subject to British Airways conditions of carriage, subject to availability and standard booking conditions apply, For full terms and conditions please click here.

        For full Offer Terms and more details about statement credits click here. By saving the offer to your Card, you agree to the Offer Terms.

      • I have it on BAPP. It’s not on my Platinum charge or credit cards.

        • 99% certain to pay out on the taxes on a reward booking 🙂

        • Wonder if this could work for Holiday bookings?
          Is this once per customer? (i.e pay £500 4x for a £2000 holiday).

          (Not that its available on my BAPP!)

        • Confirmed….it was on my card 2 weeks ago….

          And it paid out for reward taxes…

    • UK cardholders living in Ukraine will love this offer 😉

      • I think we can handle £95 off rather than £100

        Anyway why bother with Ukraine, just put any country you like. I book many BA flights while I’m in Hong Kong or Germany and those countries load as the default billing country when you go on from there.

    • James67 says:

      So, we can now expect the next world sale to begin on or after 25th November. Unless booking close in I think this one should be treated with caution, near the end of the year we usually get something useful from BA either for revenue or redemption. For the moment I guess BA are busy plotting how best they can sabotage the third runway.

  3. Waribai says:

    IHG seem to have a 100% points purchase bonus on too

    • Targetted, I got 80%, but worth logging in to check.

      • My husband got targeted for 100% but he has no status. I have used up my allocation this year but received an email today saying they have reset my account and lifted my limit allowing me to purchase 60k again this year plus 100% bonus! We use them for our USA road trips and I am down to 6k so timing is great for me!

  4. OT, 1000 Avios just posted for collecting with a new partner. The only new thing I have done is open a Nutmeg ISA so it must be that.

  5. Question about Maldives Hilton…

    Is it worth getting two Hilton credit cards (myself and my wife) – hitting the spend on both, and then buying points at the 100% bonus to get enough for 5 nights (plus two free using credit cards)?

    What would be the spend for enough for 5 nights?


  6. the_real_a says:

    I had no idea Anika was a Justin bieber fan!

  7. OT – New feature on the Amex website, just under your Total balance is a link/text saying “Check spending power” – gives you the opportunity to put through test transaction values to check if they will be approved or not. Limited to two per card per day I think.

  8. Semi OT – Do Hilton “5 for the price of 4” nights work with cash+points or does it need to just be points?

    • James67 says:

      Just points I believe but you can try it and see
      as cash and points can be cancelled.

  9. O/T. Being a Hilton diamond I booked the conrad Istanbul for my colleague for 8 nights added him on as additional guest. When he checked in they refused all diamond benefits and wiped the reservation from my account as I was not accompanying them.

    • Sounds like he didn’t say the right things!

      • Genghis says:

        🙂 lol. Gave me a laugh.

        So he said, “My colleague Saj booked 8 nights for me as he’s a Hilton Diamond member. He’s not coming along but I’d like to use his benefits” instead of “I’m staying with Saj for 8 nights who’s checking in later but I’m down as an additional guest so can I please check in now? I’ll take Saj’s key”

        I think this could be the story of the remaking of

        • “and wiped the reservation from my account as I was not accompanying them.”

          The clue could be in the last word above . Three in a king room !!!

  10. europcar – looks like you dont know what car you are going to get

    • maybe it’s me, but on the rare occasions that I have rented a car I never got what I had booked (always much better).

      • the real harry says:

        same here – Europcar frequently upgrade at pick-up

        on the £1 deal it’s possibly going to be a dealkiller if you’re particular about car size or luggage space – however, for those who can be flexible, it’s brilliant

        I was looking at Plymouth and Exeter just to see if I could make it work over Xmas somehow – there were 20+ cars available from LHR on your choice of dates…

  11. Was a family suite

  12. the real harry says:

    just spent 5 mins on the Instagram site – what is the purpose of it? My guess is: photo album you can share with a wider audience.

    Are there ways to monetise Instagram a/cs?

    • No, no way of monetising it. At the moment we are using it as a bit of fun because the main site has always been fairly serious and not too personalised (our photos rarely appear here, for eg).

      • TGLoyalty says:

        There is the product placement side of it where people with large followings are compensated for their posts I believe?

        • Our numbers aren’t big enough – 10,000 is seen as the minimum – and in any event it isn’t the sort of thing that the business travel market has really embraced. ‘Influencer Marketing’ is the technical name for it.

          I doubt a picture of me eating a Kit-Kat would fetch much money from Nestle …..

  13. Bit frustrating, I have the £100 BA offer but the points redemption I want to do departs/arrives from different airports so can’t book it online.

    Any way around this? Thanks

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