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Bits: 50% off Hilton Honors points, new Amex cashback offers, triple PartnerPlusBenefit points

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News in brief:

50% off when you buy Hilton Honors points

Hilton Honors is currently offering a 50% discount when you buy 5,000+ points – see this page and click through.  A 50% discount is equivalent to getting a 100% bonus.

This offer does not seem to be targeted but I can’t be certain.  If you don’t see it when you click through, it is targeted!

This may or may not be a bargain as it depends how you redeem them.  At the top end, you can buy 80,000 Hilton points for $400 (£303).  That is 0.5 cents each.

Regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.33p each, which is a little less than you are paying here.

Five star Hilton, Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria hotels typically run to 80,000 points per night.  The Conrad New York, which I reviewed here, has a cap of 80,000 points per night.  In this sale, if you got the full 50% discount, you would be paying $400 for 80,000 points.  Given that the Conrad New York sells for over $600 on many dates, it can represent a saving.  Similarly, buying points would often be a good deal at Conrad Tokyo which I reviewed here.

Hilton Honors is also a decent deal at cheaper point levels.   The Hampton by Hilton in Sheffield, for example is capped at 10,000 points per night.  At 0.5c per point you would be paying roughly £38 per night if you bought the points.  That is a 60% discount on the typical nightly rate of £100.  Hampton properties include free breakfast as well.

On the other hand, the Hilton Sheffield costs up to 30,000 points per night.  Even with 50% off your points, you would be paying around £114.  Whilst a bit less than the typical £125 cash cost, it is not a great deal – especially as you would earn points and miles back on the cash rate.  One upside of a reward night, of course, is that it is cancellable without penalty.

At the most extreme, you could buy the Hilton Salalah resort in Oman, reviewed here, for £19 a night assuming a 50% discount.  That would be the rough cost of buying 5,000 points in this promotion.

What I can say is that, at a 50% discount, you shouldn’t lose money buying Hilton Honors points at 0.5 cents.

If you just buying a handful of points to top off your account, the price per point doesn’t matter anyway.  If you a few thousand short of a redemption then this is a decent opportunity to top them up.

The link to buy is here.

The offer closes on 5th October.

New American Express cashback deals launched

American Express has launched a new wave of travel-related cashback deals.  Some, all or none of the offers below will be found on the ‘Offers’ section of your online statement page, or in the Amex app.  You need to ‘save’ the offer before it is activated.

Transport for London – 5% back on contactless spending

Valid to 30th September.

Avis UK – £20 back on £125 spend

Valid to 31st October.  UK locations only and you must book via a special Amex / Avios website.

World Duty Free – £10 back on £70 spend

Valid to 30th September.

Claridge’s, The Connaught & The Berkeley – £25 back on £75 of restaurant or bar spend

Valid to 31st October.  You do not need to be staying at the hotel to qualify (and if you were, I think you might need to pay the bar or restaurant bill direct rather than charging to your room).

P&O Ferries – 5% cashback

Valid to 1st October.

Thai Airways – £100 back on £1,000 spend

Valid to 4th November.

These older deals are still running too:

Guoman Hotels (click for website) – £50 back on £195 spend

Valid until 29th September.  Includes The Tower and The Cumberland in London.

Thistle Hotels (click for website) – £35 back on £100 spend

Valid until 29th September.  Remember that the Thistle at Heathrow allows you (for a £5 fee) to take the driverless pods from the car park behind the hotel directly to Terminal 5 – more here.

onefinestay (click for website) – 10% back

This is a more upmarket airbnb!  Ends 30th September.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (click for website) – £25 back on £150 spend

Valid to 26th January, pay at hotel check-out only.  SLH is also an Avios partner – see here.

Melia Hotels (click for website) – £50 back on £200 spend

Valid to 26th October.  Selected hotels only.  Valid on pre-paid or pay at hotel stays.

There is also a decent Laithwaites wine deal available until 30th November£50 off a mixed case of merlot.  Click here for details.  You do not need to save this offer to your card as the discount is applied automatically.  The offer is open to anyone with an Amex card.


Triple PartnerPlusBenefit points to Germany

PartnerPlusBenefit is the small business scheme for the UK and Ireland run by 11 of the Star Alliance airlines.  This includes Lufthansa and Swiss.

I wrote about PPB in detail in this article.  It is a LOT more flexible than the British Airways On Business scheme which I reviewed here – although you’d be daft not to join On Business too if you have a VAT registered UK business.  Click here to sign up – you’ll receive 1,500 BenefitPoints just for joining.

Until 6th October, you will receive triple BenefitPoints when you fly from the UK or Ireland to Frankfurt (212 flights per week) or Munich (131 flights per week) on Lufthansa.  I’m not sure if this includes the Lufthansa codeshare on the bmi Regional services from Bristol.

You need to register for this offer in your PPB account online on the ‘Special Promotions’ page.

Comments (121)

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  • Gavin says:

    OT – best option for spending in Sri Lanka / Maldives.

    Have the Halifax Clarity card, Lloyds Fee free card

    • the real harry1 says:

      if you want cash @ ATM – Clarity & fund the a/c immediately to avoid interest
      if you’re working towards a Lloyds spend target – Lloyds
      otherwise not much difference

      • Genghis says:

        Clarity for ATM, Lloyds for spending.

        • Gavin says:

          Thanks all, my new Lloyds year has just started. Wonder if it’s possible to have 2 Lloyds vouchers at a time?

          • the real harry1 says:

            your good wife?

          • Genghis says:

            Not seen it but don’t see why not. You could hit voucher 1 at the end of your card year (then valid for bookings for a year) and then a month later into your next card year spend £7k and get another.

          • Gavin says:

            Voucher one earned 29th April 2017 expires end of May 2018
            Lloyds Card year reset late August 2017 – so need to start spending on it shortly.
            So if I earn a 2nd voucher by the end of this year, we could theoretically use both if we book by the end of Spring 2018

  • Cate says:

    OT – some help needed please.

    I’m trying to book two redemption through my iberia plus account and Mr Cate’s Iberia account hasn’t satisfied the 90 days rule yet. How can I get his avios into my Iberia account so I can buy both tickets I need. Thank you.

    • Genghis says:

      Create an avios HHA then break it up but that takes a while?

      • Cate says:

        Thanks Genghis but I’ve made a right mess of things. Booked my ticket on Iberia and tried to get Mr Cate’s done on on BA’s website. It went through ok but now won’t let us choose his seat until check in. Trying to get through to Iberia now – BA ‘help’ is helpless….

        • Jo says:

          Hi care in similar position when u say u went through ba in the end for me cate wasn’t it much higher avios and tax?

      • Cate says:

        Result!! Lovely lady at Iberia sorted. lesson learnt the hard way about the 90 day rule, although Mr Cate is going to get a 200 extra avios for his booking.

  • the real harry1 says:

    it’s first utility I’m switching away from to save £175! 🙂

  • Genghis says:

    After MSE collective last year which cannot be beaten, we’ve started the switch to Avro. I enjoyed the bit of MS that BG allowed me to do but price is the main priority.

    • Nick M says:

      I may be a little late for much MS, but assume it is just Visa/Mastercard? – I liquidated some Visa giftcards but haven’t bothered with anything else as yet. Given that they pro-actively refunded the surplus credit last month, I’m assuming you didn’t have any issues requesting a refund/getting paid at the end of the deal?

      • Genghis says:

        No, Amex via Paypoint. Refunds issued every 6 months if you don’t request or manually requested online. Boom!

        • Genghis says:

          I seem to get a 5/10% back at Co op on my Clarity every few months (limited to £30 CB) so came in handy with that too.

    • the real harry1 says:

      switched! – about 2 mins from start to finish

      I went for Bulb in the end – decent saving nearly £100, £25 MSE c/b & Bulb will pay my £60 exit fees from FU – I’m free to switch away again fee-free whenever I like so will do that in a few months for double dips

      • the real harry1 says:

        so £185 for 2 mins work 🙂

        • the real harry1 says:

          that was quick – Bulb just emailed to say my switch goes live 04/10, ie will take 21 days

      • Alan says:

        It’s scary how many folk don’t bother switching given how easy it is. I find the MSE reminder service quite handy for when deal coming to an end and just see cheapest option at that point. Was with GB Energy before but when they went bust all prices honoured by Co-Op Energy – sadly renewal prices way up so I’m off!

  • Nick M says:

    My British Gas MSE deal is coming to an end soon… unfortunately I’m looking at a 30% jump in cost now!

    Was thinking of OVO – they accept cc payments and give you 3%+ interest on any credit you have with them up to £1k

  • Stu_N says:

    OT: 50% extra Avios via BAEC at the moment to purchase and gift Avios. I don’t get the same deal at or Iberia, no idea if it is targeted as I only saw it when I went into the purchase Avios page.

    “Purchase and Gift Avios: 50% bonus Avios offer Terms and Conditions
    This promotion is only open to Eligible Participants. An Eligible Participant is a British Airways American Express® Cardmember aged 18 or over and is a British Airways Executive Club (‘BAEC’) Member. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of Eligible Participants. Eligible Participants confirm that they accept the terms and conditions set out below.
    Between 00:01 hr GMT Wednesday 13 September and 23:59 hr GMT Friday 29 September 2017 (the ‘Promotional Period’) Eligible Participants will receive 50% Avios bonus upon any Purchase or Gift Avios transaction of up to 100,000 Avios.
    Eligible Participants may Gift Avios (purchase for someone else) during the promotional period, provided that the recipient holds or opens a British Airways Executive Club account and the recipient’s BAEC membership number is entered at the time of purchase. Members can receive up to 100,000 gifted Avios. The recipient will receive 50% bonus Avios.
    Eligible Participants may not exceed their annual 100,000 Avios limit. Bonus Avios do not count towards your annual limit.”

    Small purchases still awful VFM but looks like about 1.1p per Avios as long as you’re buying more than approx 10k (e.g. 22.5k for £255, 45k for £495, 60k for £655).

  • Michael Jennings says:

    Okay, I used the 50% off Hilton Honors points link to buy 5000 points, which will get me over what I need for a particular redemption. I instantly received an e-mail saying “Your Hilton Honors account and Points balance have been updated to reflect your Points purchase”, but its now about 7 hours later and the points have not come through. Is this normal? How long should it take?

  • LondonFoodie says:

    Conrad Maldives might be good value? At £350 or so for a reward night this may be a bargain?

    • JamesB says:

      Yes if there are standard room awards, but if all you’re looking for is to maximise your return then you will get an even better bargain at Samui. If you otherwise need or want to keep costs down then that’s easy in Thailand but not in the Maldives.

    • TripRep says:

      Decent value for Maldives if your Gold/Diamond, with the complimentary sandwiches on offer at 4-5pm and then free happy hour meant if we dined out later we’d just have a main course or even just a starter.

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