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News in brief:

Qatar Travel Festival starts on Monday

Last January Qatar Airways ran an astonishing sale.

This is my article on it from January 2016.  As long as you were happy to start your travels in Europe, you could get business class tickets to most places Qatar flies for £800 – £1000.

Flights to Asia would also have earned you 560 British Airways tier points (140 points Europe to Doha, 140 points Doha to Asia and return) which is 90% of a British Airways Silver card.

Remember, too, that Qatar’s business class product is one of the very best on the market.

The 2017 Qatar Travel Festival launches on Monday 9th January.

It is impossible that the deals this year can be as good because the £ has fallen sharply against the €.  However, if you are planning any long haul travel to the Middle East, Asia, Africa or Australasia – for any dates before mid December 2017 – I would hold off booking until this sale is live, just in case.

American Airlines

Hilton / American Airlines bonus miles promotion

Hilton HHonors has launched a new promotion with American Airlines.

Until 31st March, you will earn 500 bonus AA miles per NIGHT if you choose to credit your stays to American Airlines.

This deal applies at the main Hilton, Curio, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, and Hilton Grand Vacations chains.  The bonus is smaller at Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton and Homewood Suites where you only get 500 bonus miles per stay.

This is on top of the standard mileage you would earn.

In order to take part in this offer you must register at this page of the Hilton HHonors website AND ensure that your Hilton account is switched to the ‘points and miles’ option, with American Airlines set up as your preferred mileage partner.

You will NOT receive a bonus at Conrad or Waldorf Astoria hotels but all of the other Hilton brands are participating.  There is cap of 10,000 bonus miles over the course of the promotion.

This offer is good for stays until 31st March.   The link to register is here.

How to earn Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards (August 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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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 via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.

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 (137)

  • Andy says:

    Does the Qatar sale apply to economy tickets as well? Unfortunately I can’t quite justify business class.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, but oddly enough the extra Avios you’d get for paying for Business (plus the fact you’d pretty much get BA status from an Asia trip) pretty much cover the fare gap.

  • Fenny says:

    Of all the utility companies I have ever dealt with the Co-op have, by far, the worst online provision. Half the time, their pages just didn’t work and when they did, you couldn’t find previous readings, bills, or anything useful.

    The CS department are very nice but fairly useless. When I finally managed to leave, it took them months to process my refund.

    I really couldn’t recommend them at all, even if they were half the price of any other supplier!

    • @mkcol says:

      Identical experience!

      A hideous organisation to deal with & none of the compensation thrown my way made it worth any of the hassle.

    • Talay says:

      Co-op bank is also stuck in the dark ages – we have a business account with them which is dormant as we cannot find a reliable way of using it as their token machine keeps breaking down.

    • Rich says:

      +1 Appalling billing system and user interface, useless customer services who seemed to think that being a Co-op meant that mediocre service was part of the deal.

      It took me six months and a complaint to the Ombudsman to get my refund after I left, and even then they missed the Ombudsman’s (generous) deadline.

      The promised ‘Our rates won’t be market leading, but will always be a decent price’ never materialised either.

      Wouldn’t go back if you paid me. Very happy with Ovo since then.

    • James67 says:

      Your experience seems to be typical based on the customer rating I saw at CEC last night.

  • kevino says:

    If I book the Qatar deals on their site, will I still get my avios and tier points, presumably by entering my BA number on the booking?

    • Polly says:

      Yes before you check in, or indeed in the lounge pre departure, make sure your baec no is in place. We literally did it at the gate last time, as mine had changed on the system but my OH hadn’t. It showed his old air Berlin no which was totally useless. What a panic. But it worked. Very efficient. You can log into QR or Finnair websites and do it long before you fly, either. But double check your BP,mthatsbwhen l spotted it, literally as we were boarding!

      • Rod says:

        Yes. Be careful though -I had issues in Berlin and Penang last year when the lounge agent and check in desks tried to change my FF number to my AB Gold account that I was using to access the lounge instead of my BA number which was already in the booking. Changed it back to BA on leaving the lounge via Finnair website.

        I would certainly recommend an overnight in the connecting European country before an ex-EU. I was knackered doing one last year to HKG from ARN. 6am Norwegian flight to ARN, 4pm QR flight to DOH, 1am flight to HKG on CX. Even with flat beds it’s challenging but for less than £900 rtn I was happy.

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  • James says:

    The sales are great but I’m always worried they’ll ‘pull a fast one’ and all of a sudden Tier Points won’t apply or something. Hoping to travel to Australia in March – but work will be paying so the flight price isn’t as much of an issue, this time. Hoping to get BA Silver from the return trip to Oz.

    • Polly says:

      James, you will get your TPs and avios. Presume you will have your 4 sectors planned on BA metal also. Great that work are sending you out there.

      • James says:

        Yep totally fine on the BA metal front. Excited to have silver for the first time.

        I’ve always flown out Etihad to Oz, and I have gold with them. While it’s a fantastic product, the status is a bit useless and I’m finding it hard to spend my miles. If anyone has any link or tips on how best to spend about 200k EY miles, please send my way.

        • Polly says:

          Jeans, who are you flying with? If they insist on emitprates, then make sure it’s a QF flight no, that way they can go into your baec account. Anyway, good luck. Rob probably has ideas on Emirates. Probably say visit Dubai on points

        • Matthew says:

          You can use them intra Oz on Virgin Australia at pretty decent rates and its one of the few partner redemptions that are easy to find availability.

        • Rob says:

          Loads of partners including American Airlines. Or why not just take cash via PointsPay?

  • h1tvd says:

    Re. the hilton airmiles promo, I recently received bonus hilton points I wasn’t expecting. I had registered for a few promos – 1. triple points booking through app, 2. 5000 points pay with visa, 3. triple avios. I have my earnings set to points and points so didn’t expect any bonus for avios but the following posted
    0 5000 0
    Base Points
    1473 0 0
    0 1473 0
    0 1473 0
    0 1473 0
    0 1000 0
    0 736 0
    GOLD VIP BONUS – 25% 2016
    0 368 0
    Looks like I got quadruple points, is this how it was supposed to work? If I register for the AA promotion and choose stay with points and points, will i get 500 extra points?

  • Clive says:

    OT(!) – here’s an interesting article about Emirates from bloomberg if anyone’s interested :

  • James67 says:

    OT IHG accelerate: just noticed at the top of my list of challenges it states I must complete all of them to get the bonus while next to the bonus figure it states I need to complete 4 of 5. Which to believe?

    • Rob says:

      You don’t need to do the January one.

      • James67 says:

        Thanks Rob but it’s not that, there are 5 challenges not including the January 1000 bonus.

    • Alan says:

      It’s meaning you need to complete them all to get the full headline number of points – the 4 out of 5 (excluding the January one) is all that’s required to get the bonus points.

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