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News in brief:

Last day to enter our exclusive City Airport competition

Today, Monday, is the last day to enter our London City Airport competition.

One lucky reader will win two passes to the First Class Lounge in the Private Jet Centre, which includes being driven to your plane.  We reviewed City’s First Class Lounge here.  This is worth £190.

The runner-up will receive two passes to the Business Lounge in the Private Jet Centre – our review is here.  This is worth £70.

To enter, visit this HfP article and complete your details at the bottom.  Good luck!

PS. If you’ve got any friends who use City regularly, why not send them a link to the competition?


£15 Addison Lee sign-up code

As it desperately tries to stay relevant in the age of Uber, Addison Lee is offering £15 off your first ride in London if you download their app and take a ride this month.

You need to enter code WELCOME15 into the app.  Your ride must cost £10 or more and you must choose to pay by credit or debit card, not cash.

Addison Lee

Off to the cricket at Old Trafford?

If you’re planning to be at Old Trafford for Lancashire v Worcestershire on 16th August or England v West Indies on 19th September, Hilton Garden Inn has a competition for you.

To promote its hotel, which faces the pitch, it has set up four pitch side beds, including room service and private bar.  If you can’t imagine what that looks like, try:

Hilton Garden Inn competition

If you already have a ticket to the game, you can win an upgrade to one of the beds via this website.

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 (30)

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  • chris says:

    OT: New York City.

    Looking to take the better half to NYC for her 40th in mid Nov.

    looking for advice on flights and hotels

    I have 115K Virgin Atlantic points (plus 25k amex points)
    My gold card status expires end Nov
    We’re MAN based but would like to sample the LHR clubhouse at least once. can probably get a lift down.
    More than happy to travel ecomony providing gold gets me an exit row seat for free.

    Hotels (looking at 4 nights wed-sun)
    No significant points (unless i transfer the the amex points)
    I do have Gold status for Hilton, IHG, SPG (And Marriott) unitl 2018
    not bothered about lounge access as we’ll be heading out, free good breakfast and upgrades more welcome.

    Looking to spend about £1250-1500 on travel and hotels plus the points. also looking at virgin holidays as gold get 10% off.

    any ideas?

  • flyforfun says:

    Re Lounge access at City Airport. Normally I used to scoff at the thought of it, but I hadn’t flown out at a peak time in a while and hadn’t realised what a Zoo it’s become. Flew out 7pm last Thursday and was shocked to see how busy it was, with all available seating taken. Walked to the new gate area and was at first pleasantly surprised to see the new seating at the gate area until I realised it was also being used by people not flying from that gate!

    Also, the flight started being called just as the plane landed. People were standing on the stairs down to the gate for about 20 minutes before being released onto the plane. Not great for those carrying large bags as one lady was.

    • John says:

      It was the same at 7am last Thursday. Also, the security experience reminded me of the “old days” at LHR slow track.

      However, the lounge is still pointless unless you are driven to the plane.

  • Ant says:

    OT: i know no one has a crystal ball but what would you do?

    I need 2 flight tickets in business to Auckland for January 2018. I have been looking at the prices and the best option is Stockholm to Auckland at £2,241pp.

    Should I wait for a Qatar sale?

  • Natalie says:

    Can anyone work out where the WELCOME15 code goes into the Addison Lee app? I’ve inputted my card number and still can’t figure it out.

    • Dave says:

      Natalie, you enter it when you select your journey. confused me as well.

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