Bits: visit the McLaren factory with Hilton, SPG to American 30% bonus, Vueling sale

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Visit the McLaren-Honda factory with Hilton Honors

On Monday, Hilton Honors ran another of its occasional ‘behind the scenes’ tours of the McLaren-Honda factory at the Norman Foster-designed McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.

A photo from the day is below.  Amusingly, at least half the attendees were Head for Points readers who had redeemed their Hilton points for tickets after reading about it here.

Hilton is running another trip in November.  The date is Monday 13th November.  The cost is 75,000 Hilton Honors points for two people.

The factory is not normally open to the public so this is a rare opportunity to take a look inside.

The last two times I wrote about this offer, HFP readers had bought the available packages by 9am.  If you are interested in this – there are six packages still available at the time of writing – do not hang around.

You can redeem your points for a pair of tickets here.

20% – 30% bonus on SPG transfers to American Airlines

American Airlines is offering a 20% – 30% bonus when you convert your Starwood Preferred Guest points into AAdvantage.

Full details are on the American Airlines site here.  This is valid for transfers made up to 15th October.

You receive a 20% bonus on ALL transfers into American, with an additional 10,000 AA miles earned if you convert across the equivalent of 100,000 American miles.

The sweet spot conversion is therefore 80,000 Starwood points. This would get you 100,000 American miles (due to the 25% bonus on conversions of 20,000 points) and the base 20% bonus added by American and trigger the additional 10,000 miles. This is the only way to get the full 30% bonus.

However, it is NOT worth converting 80,000 Starwood points to AA under this offer because a Marriott Travel Package would be a better deal. As you can see here, 80,000 Starwood points get you 240,000 Marriott points. If you can get that up to 250,000 Marriott points, you’d receive 100,000 American miles plus a 7-night Marriott hotel stay at a Category 1-5 hotel.

I’m not going to discuss the pros and cons of whether you should or should not collect AA miles today. You get the same award availability as Avios offers across oneworld partners, with the added benefits of Etihad Guest as a partner and no fuel surcharges on American transatlantic flights. Some routes are massively cheaper in terms of miles needed, eg London to Australia, whilst others are not.

Unless you have a very large number of Starwood points, however, this is unlikely to influence you.  What you SHOULD consider, before taking advantage of this, is whether you’d get a better deal converting from Marriott Rewards. Starwood points convert at 1:3 into Marriott Rewards points. Marriott has different conversion rates to American based on the number of points transferred, so it worth checking what you would get going via that route. As I showed above, the Marriott route is a better deal for converting 80,000 SPG points. For small amounts, this promo should be better.  You can trigger an airline transfer of SPG points from this page of


Vueling flash sale – today only

Vueling, BA’s low-cost sister airline, is running a two-day flash sale which ends today.

Flights from the UK start at £23.  Vueling operates from many UK regional airports to a variety of destinations, primarily Barcelona, Alicante and Rome but there are others.

You need to book today for travel between 18th October and 20th March.  Full details of the sale are here.

(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. I’m sure SPG have a daily cap of 79,999 starpoints to miles anyhow so you’d couldn’t do it in one go of 80,000 anyhow. )If you didn’t want to do a Marriott travel package for some reason!)

  2. Have / do / will British Airways ever run a similar extra bonus (on top of the standard 20% bonus per 20k SPG points) for transfers like AA’s offer!?

  3. OT – I had 2 IHG stays on 29/08 and 30/08 that should have completed my accelerate targets. Both posted for number of nights but only 1 went through as “travel with app” and “corporate rate”… this means I’m missing 2 targets and of course the overall achievement bonus so around 19000 pts.
    What can I do? Obsiously impossible to prove I booked with the app, and invoice doesn’t show the corporate rate, although the booking confirmation does… thanks for your guidance and help

    • Have you spoken to customer services? They should have a record of your booking channel. Whether that’s accurate of course is another matter…

    • My experience is that they generally credit you the points. Under most of these promotions I’ve had one of the targets not track properly, usually the IHG Credit Card spend and they’ve always credited the points in the end, though it does take a bit of perseverance with email as they often try to fob you off initially.

      I’m currently AMB so I’ve just used the Ambassador email this time to see if that’s more effective. I know it’s easy to say but I always grab a screen shot of the confirmation page when booking on mobile device.

      • Down The Back says:

        FYI- anybody waiting for IHG accelerate points to show.

        My last stay 30th-31st Aug completed 2 of the offers and triggered the achievement bonus, all 3 lots of points showed in the account on 4th Sep.



        • My august bonus posted a few days ago, the stay was on the 2 August so I’d wait before chasing….

  4. Would transferring from SPG to American keep my American points from expiring?

    Also what if I transferred from Etihad to American?

  5. Iberia Express also had a load of cheap seats released.
    No idea where in the UK they operate except for Cardiff to Madrid

  6. Do SPG ever do the same kind of bonus when converting to Avios?

  7. Hilton tour is sold out

    • Gutted. Next time. My dad and I are massive fans.

      • Really recommend it if you’re into F1 and/or engineering. Seeing all of the classic F1 one cars lined up is worth it alone and a great little resume of Mclaren’s history given on the tour capped off with a lovely lunch. Between Hilton and Mclaren they put the day together very well.

        • We’re both really into F1 (go to Silverstone every year – already got our club corner tickets for next year) and McLaren is our team. Definitely will do this next time if I’m quick enough.

    • Impressive. Looks like 6/8 couples next time will be HFP readers then!

  8. the real harry1 says:

    Amex offer – £20 credit for £125 spend on Avis, is that new?

  9. O/T – I am a few thousand pounds spend short of triggering my 241 companion voucher. I will do that in the next few weeks….Loads of reward seats are available though on the flight I want to book. Can I book 1 seat now then “apply” the voucher to that booking when I trigger it. Or do I just have to wait for the voucher and hope 2 seats are still available?

    • I think you could book the outbound now and ring up to add the return later?

    • You need to wait until you have the voucher. No way of converting a standard redemption.

      • Thanks Rob. Booked my wife and daughter on her voucher. My son and I will have to wait to see if we can get on the plan with them !

  10. the real harry1 says:

    O/T some free Scotrail tickets released from 10am today – could suit the Scottish contingent?

    Claim your free train ticket!
    We’re giving away £1 million worth of free off-peak tickets to some of Scotland’s top destinations.
    It’s our way of saying thank you and your way of seeing a bit more of Scotland for free.
    How to get your free ticket…
    Claim your free tickets* from 10am on Wednesday 6 September 2017 at
    Free tickets are available on selected routes for travel between 18 September and 30 November.
    Make sure you get in quick as once they’re gone, they’re gone.
    *Maximum two tickets per person

    • Cheers TRH1. Excludes period 7 – 22 October so not useful for my Scottish trip. Oh well – thought I’d be able to save a few quid…

  11. OT. i put thisup late last night and no reply – all early birds on here!
    has anyone had difficulty removing a “friend” from an avios family a/c? do they carry out checks?
    thx. sam

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