News in brief:
Good deals at the Hilton Honors Auctions site
A few interesting things have turned up on the Hilton Honors Auctions site we thought we should mention.
Don’t let the headlines put you off. As often happens with these auctions, the actual package is a lot more interesting than the headline makes it sound.
A Guided Dinosaurs in the Wild VIP Family Experience with Hilton Birmingham Metropole might not sound too exciting, which is probably why no one has put a bid on this experience so far. However, if you read the small print you see that this experience actually includes a stay in the Penthouse Suite with an adjoining room for the children which makes it far more valuable. The opening bid is 100,000 points.
The other experience worth mentioning is the Romantic Getaway at Conrad London St. James with a current bid of 130,000 points. This package includes:
- a personalized St. James bracelet from Storey by Storey
- a bottle of G.H. Mumm champagne
- Champagne Afternoon Tea at Emmeline’s Lounge
- one night stay in a Junior Suite at Conrad London St. James
- transfer to/from the airport
Considering that a normal room at this hotel is already 90,000 points – and that this package is for a Junior Suite plus all the extra goodies – this is a potential bargain.
If you only have a few thousand points lying around in your account, you could take 10,000 points and buy outright (no bidding required) two tickets for various acts at the Underbelly Festival on the South Bank in London.
There are also some British Grand Prix packages available (not cheap) and Goodwood Festival of Speed tickets (potentially a bargain).
You can find all current UK auctions on this Hilton Honors website.
More ways to save on entry to No 1 Lounges
Earlier this month we wrote about ways to save money getting into No 1 airport lounges across the UK with various packages offered by Avios and Virgin Flying Club.
However there is another way that can get you into No 1 lounges cheaper.
Reader Colin told us about using dining clubs and other partnerships for cheaper entrance.
As a member of either one of the four clubs listed below you can get up to 40% off your lounge entrance fee:
The image below shows the reduces prices with Hi Life Diners Club, however the prices are the same with the other three cards. If you have any of the cards above (and some offer free trials) then it is worth comparing these prices with the Avios / Virgin deals.
These deals all include a complimentary glass of prosecco which is not included with the Avios or Virgin offers and which may sway your thinking!
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.
You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a 20,000 points sign-up bonus. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.
The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer. Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.