News in brief:
Free books and magazines with Amazon Prime
With Prime Reading you can download 1,000 books and 40 magazines – the latest issues – for free. The magazine selection looks pretty decent with Vogue and Wired being just two of the magazines I’m personally interested in (YMMV).
All you need to access the titles is a Kindle or the Kindle app on an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet.
Hilton running a ‘40% off’ APAC flash sale
Hilton is currently running an Asia-Pacific flash sale. Discounts offer up to 40% off the Best Available Rate, although the sale rooms will be non refundable and require pre-payment.
Offers are focussed on the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Korea, Maldives, India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. The Millennium Hilton Bangkok is pictured above.
Note that China, Macau and Japan are excluded.
You need to book by Sunday night (well, 8am Monday morning to be precise) for travel before 31st December.
Full details are available via the Asia Pacific Hilton website here.
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.
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:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(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.)