Bits: Good Hilton Auctions deal, 1200 Avios with LEGO, 375 Avios with Now! 97

News in brief:

Good Hilton St George’s Park auction deal available

Another interesting package has appeared on the Hilton Auctions site.  It isn’t getting a lot of love at the moment but that is because people haven’t read the small print.

Long-term readers will remember my very positive review of Hilton St George’s Park in Staffordshire – home of the National Football Centre – a couple of years ago.  The hotel website is here.

Because the hotel is used by the England football team, as well as visiting squads who train there, it was built to a very high standard.  At the same time, because Staffordshire is not exactly the centre of the universe, it is excellent value for money when not required for football duties.

The Hilton Auctions site is offering, on a date of your choice before 30th September:

  • Two night stay in a family suite at Hilton at St. George’s Park, including breakfast
  • Dinner at The Restaurant
  • Goody bags for the children upon arrival
  • Passes to Alton Towers theme park (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Family tour of the FA’s National Football Centre
  • Passes to the National Memorial Arboretum, including activity packs for the children

The minimum bid to win is just 125,000 Hilton Honors points.  There have not been any bids so far, so a cheeky bid of 125,000 points could secure it.  The bid deadline is 28th July.  You can see more details here.

Hilton St Georges Park pool

1,200 Avios with £30 of LEGO

Tesco Direct is running another LEGO deal this week which could earn you some cheap Avios.

If you spend £30 on selected LEGO Disney Princess, you will receive 500 bonus Clubcard points, worth 1200 Avios or 1250 Flying Club miles.  Details are on Shopper Points here.

You can also earn 150 Clubcard points (360 Avios, 375 Virgin Flying Club miles) when you pre-order NOW! 97 on CD for £13 – or just £11 if you use coupon code TDX-YMPN.  This offer closes today – see this Shopper Points article for details.

(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. Wonder what they’re going to do for NOW! 100 (apart from making me feel old).

    • Oh! Matron! says:

      I have Now! 3 on LP! 🙁

      • Andrew says:

        Now 1 on LP…

        (Also have first The Hits! on LP too).

        Everything after that is on tape cassette or CD, I gave up around NOW! 50. It’s the early CDs that are sought after by collectors.

      • Wally1976 says:

        You’ve trumped me – I have Now! 4 on cassette (I think). My sister has Now! 2 on LP though. Anyone got Now! 1 (presumably just called “Now!”)?

    • Following from behind says:

      NOW 26 was my first one.

  2. Steve says:

    A cheeky bid has been made. New bids in 10k increments.

  3. This is where I wish I was in HH, my son wants to go to Alton Towers for his birthday in September!

  4. Lol, my first compilation album was Chart Hits 81 – the forerunner of the NOW albums! I was a very trendy child….

  5. JamesB says:

    OT Hilton: On previous Hilton reward stays I have received myway benefits as diamond but on my most recent Hampton stay I received nothing. Is this correct or should I have received 250 points or a drink and snack? I’m now confused whether reward stays count for my way bonus points etc or not?

    • Yes award stays should receive same benefits as paid

      • JamesB says:

        Thanks John, I thought so, I will give it another couple of days days as sometimes points appear later. There was no recognition at check in hmmm. Not complaining though as 5 nights in Newport for 20k booked before price hike. Was a good place to explore Wetlands, Brecon Beacons and Cotswolds , Cardiff and Bath.

  6. Matthew says:

    I recently managed to bag the Honda Maclaren VIP experience for the Formula One practice day in KL for the starting bid of 150,000 Hilton points. So it does happen if you get lucky. Very much looking forward to it. Any reader tips for KL as we will be there for 3 days. Thanks 🙂

    • Following from behind says:

      I found KL a bit hard to walk around so took a lot of Ubers. If you’re going to Batu Caves there is a train station next to it and it’s pretty simple and cheap to use. There’s a decent concert hall under the towers if you have an evening spare.

    • JamesB says:

      Take a taxi someplace out of twon and if you get (un)lucky you might get a second F1 experience 🙂

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      We found KL a bit dull (compared to, say, Bangkok and Singapore), but entirely pleasant, with great food (and shopping if that’s your thing). You need to book Petronas Towers in advance if you want to go up to the observation deck. Ubers are indeed very cheap but traffic is also quite bad so check google maps before booking. The metro system in KL is very easy to use and modern. Airport express from KLIA is a bit expensive but quick and easy (particularly if you are staying near Sentral) – I think there’s a discount if you pay with Mastercard.

      If you’re staying at the KL Hilton Sentral, would definitely recommend getting a park view room. Lounge is great and also a really decent breakfast with a very diverse range of cuisines.

      • Genghis says:

        We were in KL for two nights at end of April. I hadn’t been for about 8 years or so. I found it a right dump, well past its 90s heydays. The DT at 10k HHs per night x 2 less a 5k rebate for a promo at the time = 15k HHs for two nights in a suite upgrade. Decent room but service was poor. We went to the top of the Petronas Towers, which was OK but nothing spectacular. There’s nothing much to see in KL. Nevertheless, have a good time!

      • JamesB says:

        You folks were both lucky, on our last trip we were stuck indoors due to the pollution. First time I was there I think I went up a TV tower or something on a hill which was more fun than the towers. I don’t dislike KL and Singapore but prefer Bangkok or Hong Kong any day.

    • the_real_a says:

      You can easily take the bus from KLIA to Sentral for a couple of pounds. Only marginally slower than the train and arrives at exactly the same place.

      Get a contactless metro pass as soon as you arrive. So much easier than paying in cash for each journey.

      Also GrabCar generally has more cars than uber and is cheaper. They also have a huge amount of offers. Prices are fixed regardless of route or traffic.

    • I’ve been KL and Bangkok too and preferred KL a lot more.
      For views, visit the KL tower, cheaper,less crowded and amazing views.
      Loved the food scene in KL and the bird park is worth a visit.

  7. Nick M says:

    We’re due to stay here to break up a long journey in a couple of weeks and looking forward to it. Seemed good value for our dates- £83 for a “compact family room” and £40 F&B for £30 (+ children eat free).

    Does anybody have recent experience of likely Diamond upgrades?

    • JamesB says:

      Doubletree is only 10000 points per night and good status recognition. Genghis recently got a suite IIRC. Free shuttle bus to various city locations. Metro is under 5 minute walk from hotel for return

      • Genghis says:

        I think Nick M might be on about St Georges. But yes, as I said above, we got a suite upgrade at DT KL for net 7.5k HHs a night.

        • Nick M says:

          Yes, St Georges for me…

          Would much rather we were headed to Malaysia though!

        • JamesB says:

          Oops, sorry, was connecting KL with long journey and missed the thread progression too.

    • Peter K says:

      It’s a lovely place to stay but the prices can be VERY steep for F&B. Obviously you’ll get free breakfast. Can’t comment on upgrade chance as when I went it was full due to an event so no spare rooms (100% full).

  8. Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    There’s also a good-value one in Bangkok, currently at 75k

    -Romantic dinner on the helipad served by Three Sixty Lounge, including specially designed cocktails and personal butler
    -90-minute customized canal tour of Bangkok
    -90-minute spa treatment as recommended by the eforea spa team
    -Two (2) night stay in a Panoramic River Suite at Millennium Hilton Bangkok

  9. In case someone is collecting answers with excuses from Marriott on why the BAEC promohas not been honoured yet, here is another one:
    Dear AVM,
    Thank you for contacting Marriott Rewards regarding the 2017 Double Miles with 1,000 Miles Promotion.

    I apologize that our Marriott Rewards office has been made aware of system issues which have prevented the miles from posting. We do not have an estimated fix date yet. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Thank you for choosing Marriott.


    Jim McGowan

    • Genghis says:

      Completely different to the answer that we got this morning!

      • I got another saying they didn’t know what I was talking about! I copied and pasted the original confirmation email into my reply.

        • Mzungu says:

          I didn’t even get a reply! Not been quite 24 hours yet, so I guess that may be a bit unfair. I forwarded the email that said I was registered, and due 1000 points 🙂

    • JamesB says:

      Just sent mine off this lunchtime, directly questioned whether they treat their members fairly and if they were falling short even in comparison to accor. Will see what answer I get.

  10. Nick M says:

    Sorry, OT –

    I currently have the Gold charge card and companion Gold credit card…
    1) If I upgrade to Plat charge card, can I then cancel it but still keep the Gold credit (and therefore Membership Rewards account)?
    2) If I then only have the Gold credit card, can I refer my wife for the Charge Card in a few months and still get the 9,000 referral bonus?

  11. Felix Flyer says:

    If you time your stay right you get the added bonus of being able to watch Stoke City u23’s play their home games there Gets my vote!