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Bits: Hilton Weekends sale on, good Marriott Moments events, revamped Concorde Room

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News in brief:

Hilton 2017/18 Weekend Sale now on for Hilton Honors members

Hilton has launched a week-long pre-sale event of its major ‘Weekends’ sale for Hilton Honors members.

You can see full details on the Hilton website here.

The main sale kicks off on 14th November and will be accompanied by heavy advertising.  Hilton Honors members – and if you’re not a member, you can join for free at – can book the European hotels (not the African or Middle East hotels) now before the PR push.

Here are the headline details:

Valid for participating hotels in the UK and Europe

Discounts are up to 25% off ‘Best Available Rate’ and ‘Best Available Rate With Breakfast’

Bookings are non-changeable and non-refundable (so, let’s be honest, it isn’t a full 25% discount as a non-refundable rate is usually 10% cheaper anyway)

You must book at here 

Bookings valid for WEEKEND STAYS at any point between now and the end of 2018

Given that you can book for the whole of next year, you may be able to lock in a deal for any weddings or other events which you know are coming up.

We will take another look at the sale when it opens up and adds the Middle East and Africa properties next week.

The photo below is the new Hilton Tallinn Park which we reviewed here.

PS.  American Express has launched a new Hilton cashback deal, offering £50 back when you spend £250 at selected UK and European hotels.  More on this tomorrow, but if you are booking today then look in the ‘Offers’ section of your online Amex statement first to see if you have it and can opt in.  It is, in theory, only valid on ‘pay on departure’ rates though.

A couple of Marriott Rewards Moments of interest

Marriott Rewards Moments, the ‘special events’ redemption option, has added a couple of London events which might be of interest.

First up is a high value New Years Eve package.  This won’t go cheap but, at 150,000 Marriott Rewards points at the time of writing (it is an auction item) it is arguably decent value.

You’re bidding on a New Year’s Eve champagne reception and five course dinner with paired wines at the Marriott County Hall, a room for two nights with a Big Ben view, in-room breakfast, afternoon tea and a bottle of champagne on arrival.  You will also, of course, have an outstanding view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

The second package is far sillier but has a hidden extra benefit.  For 30,000 Marriott Rewards points – this is a fixed price – you get a private hour-long cookery class for two people at the Marriott County Hall to learn how to make the perfect Christmas Pudding!

The package also comes with a champagne afternoon tea (the champagne is ‘unlimited’) for two people before the lesson.  I would value 30,000 Marriott Rewards points at £150.  Given that the afternoon tea would usually cost £92 including service for two people, it isn’t a bad package overall.

British Airways' Concorde Room at Terminal 5, London Heathrow

Some more photos of the revamped Concorde Room in Terminal 5

Earlier this week I published a very unflattering photo of some of the new furniture that has been installed in the Concorde Room in Heathrow Terminal 5.

Seemingly taken from the closing down sale at a retirement home, it was not the sort of sofa you expected to see in a lounge which is exclusively available to ticketed First Class passengers and British Airways Gold Guest List Concorde Room cardholders.

British Airways has now sent us some professionally taken images of some of the other new furniture installed. To be honest, this looks a bit more like it – although the soft focus photography and interesting ‘angles’ still makes me suspicious.

British Airways' Concorde Room at Terminal 5, London Heathrow


British Airways' Concorde Room at Terminal 5, London Heathrow


British Airways' Concorde Room at Terminal 5, London Heathrow

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)

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In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

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.

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

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Comments (119)

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  • NT says:

    We were in the Concorde Room on Tuesday evening. The new furniture doesn’t impress and the food selection for November dining is dire. Of the dining options you have tofu, grilled haloumi or garden salad. The chicken and fish options were very poor. Nice to hear brave words from Sr Cruz but I’ll believe when things start to improve.

  • Genghis says:

    It was posted a few weeks ago. IIRC Raffles will run a competition of some kind and if you’ve already signed up, no entry.

    • lc1 says:

      Ahh fair enough! I did a quick search on the site before signing up but didn’t see anything so went for it, must have missed it.

    • Rob says:

      This comp is still not confirmed …. getting a bit annoying.

  • jtz says:

    OT but OH just got upgraded to plat and card arrived yesterday. Do all hotel statuses and lounge access last after cancelling card?
    I understand Hilton does, but for how long does Hilton and the others last?

    • TripRep says:

      Lounge access with PP ends immediately, that said Dont chop up your Amex Plat, some Lounges allow you in with it (mainly in Oz)

      Think most hotel status last a year til their normal renewal.

    • Rob says:

      They last until whatever expiry is on the card. Waiting until 1st Jan may help and get you 2 years.

  • dicksbits says:

    Shame the AMEX offer isn’t applicable to the Tallinn Hilton you feature in the main body of the article. I’m staying there next week! :((

  • David says:

    The Concorde Room is not open to all Gold Guest List members, only those with Concorde Room cards. It takes 5,000 tier points to be given a Concorde Card Room card.

    Although it now initially takes 5,000 tier points to become a Gold Gust List member, it is retained with only 3,000 tier points. I am such a member and miss the automatic access to the Concorde Room that I had for my first year of GGL membership.

    Note that some older Gold Guest List members may have joined when the admission criteria was a bit easier: two successive years of tier points. So there will be quite a few GGL members who have never had a Concorde Room card.

    The other, albeit small, bunch of people with automatic access to the Concorde Room are BA Premier members. Few of them may read Head for Points, but you never know. The handful of BA Premier members I know are just as interested in accumulating avois are just as interested in collecting avois as your average frequent flyer.

  • John says:

    I’m currently sat in the Concorde room and I must say it’s rather nice, they have clearly gone for the colonial feel and I think it works!

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