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News in brief:

1,200 Avios with LEGO DC Heroes

Tesco Direct has launched another LEGO offer which can earn you Avios.

Until 26th April you will get 500 extra Clubcard points – convertible into 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin Flying Club miles – when you spend £30 or more on LEGO DC Super Heroes.  Full details are in this Shopper Points article.

Heathrow Rewards adds AerClub as a partner – and a competition

Heathrow Rewards has added Aer Lingus AerClub as a redemption partner.

This doesn’t make any major difference to the scheme.  Before, an Irish-based member of AerClub could simply have transferred their Heathrow Rewards points to British Airways  Executive Club and then on to AerClub via ‘Combine My Avios’.  You now save a little time but the end result is the same.

However ….. there is one interesting quirk.  If you transfer Heathrow Rewards points to AerClub before 31st May, you will be entered into a draw to win one prize of 10,000 Heathrow Rewards points.  That is worth 10,000 Avios (potentially more if you wait for a transfer bonus) or a £100 Heathrow shopping voucher.

If you were planning to transfer Heathrow Rewards to or BA, you might want to open an AerClub account instead and send them there.  It gets you entered into the competition and you can move the Avios across via ‘Combine My Avios’.


Hilton’s OneRepublic concert at Abbey Road Studios

I think that Head for Points readers will make up a decent percentage of the 150 people going to the Hilton Honors reception and concert at Abbey Road Studios tonight, featuring OneRepublic.

Tickets were offered via the Hilton @Play auction site for 60,000 points per pair, which includes a pre-concert reception.  Even better value was 100,000 Hilton points for the tickets plus a night at the Hilton London Paddington afterwards.  Tickets have also been offered to selected Hilton Diamond members.

Anika and I will be there, so please do say Hi.  I will run a couple of pictures next week.

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 (24)

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  • NigelM says:

    OT – would appreciate it if anyone knows the answer: I wanted to book a flight through amex travel because they’ve given good service in the past. Their search doesn’t offer the cheapest itinerary offered on the QR website with a 15 hr layover (amex only offers more expensive options with shorter connections). I can bring up the same flights and price on amex travel if I add the flights separately as a multi city itinerary. If I do this, would our bags still be checked through between the connecting flights? Or would the fact I’d put them into the itinerary as separate legs with a 15hr gap mean we’d have to collect them in Doha??

    • Ro says:

      Qatar recently relaxed their rules RE seperate tickets and *should* check them through especially as it’s their own flights. Havent had any experience of this myself though

      • Alan says:

        But if you book it as a single multi-city booking then it is all on one PNR anyway and would be a protected connection.

    • Matt says:

      A multi-city itinerary all on one booking? If so that won’t be a problem for through checking

  • Matt says:

    Has anyone got the 250 Avios for pre-registering with Aer Club?

    I phoned up to chase them up a while back and have heard nothing since. Just wondering if it’s worth bothering again.

  • JamesB says:

    OT Bit for Anika (and others): targetted 50% nectar points back on ebay.

    • Rob says:

      Oooh, might be able to dump my 6k then!

      • JamesB says:

        Capped at 5k Rob for £12.50 points return, ends tomorrow. It validated in my ebay account but no mention of it in my nectar account or by email so I’m uncertain whether I qualify or not.

  • Roger says:

    Some of your remember my post yesterday about closing BA Amex account.
    I can confirm Amex has posted googwill gesture in my PRGC account.
    so instead of Avios I got MR points, so good result there.

  • h1tvd says:

    O/T I am going to Orlando this summer and want to buy tickets for Universal studios, I’m looking at the 3 park explorer tickets about £220 each and I need 5 of them. Its a spend over 1k and I want to maximize either discounts or miles….any suggestions on where to buy them? I’ll be putting the purchase on my BAPP unless the spend is in $ then I’ll put it on my Lloyds Avios. Thanks

    • Sussex bantam says:

      I did exactly this last year. You may struggle to find someone who will accept Amex but we used They let you pay using PayPal so you can get it on Amex by linking your card.

      It’s a bit riskier as you lose and payment protection but it does work. We’ve used them twice without a problem

      Whatever you do make sure you get actual tickets rather than a voucher – with a voucher you have to queue up to redeem it which is painful.

    • Rob says:

      Whilst this is not a Disney question, I reckon the DIBB forum is a good place for this.

      • Kevin says:

        The DIBB covers Universal as well so yes. If you haven’t got all your accommodation sorted then consider staying a night or two in one of the hotels that give you front of line passes.

        • Tracy says:

          Thankfully got all our hotels for 2 weeks on Hilton points 🙂
          Did think about Hard Rock hotel for a night to get 2 days fast passes though……..

    • JamesB says:

      If you have AA membership you have AAA membership and so can sometimes get very useful offers, Disney included, through them. However, it’s now over seven years since I was last in the States so I have no recent knowledge on the subject. Liz might know as she has done a lot of road trips there recently and may have used AAA services.

    • fuzzbox01 says:


      May be no help whatsoever but having overspent in florida with universal parks still to go (had tickets already), I couldn’t face all the queuing again with my family of five. Being cash poor but avios rich, I booked one night through ba site at royal loews Pacific for a room for 5 (70k avios). This qualifies you upon check in for two days worth of universal express pass (as long as you already have park tickets) and you get in an hour earlier to the Harry Potter nonsense (buying express passes on the day would have been 159 usd each) . You can pre check in from 6 am on the first day. Result – jumped most queues very quickly, less moaning from kids, did the wizard stuff early doors. Admittedly not the best use of avios on a strictly cost per avios basis but seeing as though I was skint, I felt it was worth it. Ended up not even staying in the hotel overnight.

      • Tracy says:

        Yeah, I looked at the Hard Rock hotel for one night. Sleeps 5 to a room so 5 fast passes for 2 days at £350 might just be worth it so kids don’t moan as much 🙂

  • the real harry1 says:

    O/T 2x £10 Uber rides free for new customers – 02 priority – code PRIORITYTWO

  • Roger says:

    Yes that was me.
    Until tomorrow ebookers has £10 off £50 spend on activities so I will be using that instead of Viator via

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