Bits: Hilton Weekends sale on, good Marriott Moments events, revamped Concorde Room at T5

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 hilton.com – 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 hilton.com 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.

Hilton Tallinn Park

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.

You can bid for this package here.

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.  You can redeem for this one here.

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

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British Airways' Concorde Room at Terminal 5, London Heathrow

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British Airways' Concorde Room at Terminal 5, London Heathrow

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Comments

  1. I’m guessing the Concorde room toilets still look like a hospital wet room?

  2. O/T but Hilton related, I received an Amazon voucher randomly from Hilton Honors after just one stay at the Double Tree out by Heathrow in September. Bit of a surprise but much appreciated!

  3. I’m hoping to fly my first First before BA phase out too many seats and be able to experience the Concorde Room. Will they still need two first lounges if they are reducing the number of First passengers?

    • Galleries First is really a Gold card lounge, not a First Class passengers lounge. Concorde Room is the F passengers lounge.

  4. Total bonus on the Hilton AMEX offer. How I’ve been offered this, I don’t know – I spend over £2k a month on my AMEX in various Hiltons! Do they not exclude certain people from these normally?

  5. Hi, Might anyone have tips for best Hilton property in London? (Fri/Sat night, using reward vouchers, so cost – thankfully – not an issue) Would also consider one night in two differing properties if viable.

    Thanks

    • conrad st james gets my vote

      • waldorf (actually a standard hilton not a astoria) I think is a bit meh but has a pool. Park Lane better but no pool if that’s important.

    • Thanks Guys – also one last requirement is a late checkout on the Sunday – if that is more likely at one property over another?

    • Trafalgar, London Bank appears from the reviews to have a good exec lounge but haven’t tried it myself.

      • Conrad also has a very good lounge, but you’d need to be Diamond to get free access. As long as the slightly odd location is not a problem, Conrad is very very nice. Bankside is funky, a bit like Bournemouth which I reviewed recently. Trafalgar was having a refurb this year and haven’t been in since.

    • Stayed at the Conrad and was very impressed. I have added a few pictures to FT and some comments back in September

  6. PS I’m HH Gold if that influences decision (e.g. I’d definitely want lounge access)

    • Lounge access is only guaranteed for Diamond. If you are trying to get great treatment as gold then best you stay at one of the less popular hotels outside the centre. There are too many Diamonds around at the moment, at least through March 18.

  7. In the Concorde room now. The place looks like BA’s promotional photos. I like it. It all looks very tasteful, perhaps with the exception of the outdoor cabanas (don’t like the sheer curtains and the ceiling lamp). I really can’t complain as the lounge works. The food and wine are very good. It is not the best lounge in the world but I like that it is practical, warm and cozy. No gimmicks. A sense of proportion. British. That’s what I like about BA. Don’t forget the cabanas are essentially mini hotel rooms and some of the world’s best lounges do not have the feature. I agree the bathrooms really need a revamp. But those who describe these bathrooms or the public ones in terminal as “disgusting” must have had a very privileged life. Well done BA.

  8. Mark Smith says:

    O/T…apologies if I have missed this but is there any chatter of another HFP Christmas party this year?!

    • Date will be announced next week. Hoping to confirm a sponsorship deal on Monday.

      • the real harry1 says:

        is it in Truro? 🙂

        • Given how tight you are (kids waiting outside the lounge while you fill your boots with booze), I’m sure a few of us would chip in a few quid for your train ticket. Then there’s a hotel I suppose, unless you have a place in the big smoke?

        • the real harry1 says:

          might set up a crowdfunding page – £1000 to stay at home 🙂

  9. Plaza Premium T5 also very good for a paid-for lounge. Nice design and finishes. Might be much busier once it joins Priority Pass. Manager was friendly and escorted me in and showed me around.

  10. Bits OT – Nectar offer until 15/11/17 – 1,000 bonus points for VTEC booking made for travel before early Jan. This is a separate offer to the recent 500 point one and their Twitter team have confirmed another transaction would make you eligible for this, even if you previously made one for the 500 pt offer. With regards the previous offer I note my Nectar account notes I redeemed it, the bonus points haven’t yet posted, but aren’t due for another 33 days or so.

  11. Bits OT – Clubcard – has anyone yet received their November vouchers (incl Christmas savers)? I want to switch my earning prefs back to VS for the autoconvert bonus but haven’t received them yet so wanted to wait for them to arrive first (even though it appears on the website to have ticked over to the new earning period OK).

    • the real harry1 says:

      they were in 10 days ago – check online

      physical vouchers (post) are not important

      already spent £50 of Xmas Savers to get £5 free back MOC (Amazon)

      • Yeah. Tesco vouchers arrived last week. I’ve already used a few Xmas savers on Tesco deliveries.

        • Bugger – thanks both, quite annoying that they haven’t arrived yet. I couldn’t see the Xmas savers online but I see they’re just mixed in amongst all the others without being specifically identified as such – there’s a £212 difference between available total in my account and the balance available for Clubcard Boost so that’ll account for it. Have also got a couple hundred quid in Tesco GCs via Zeek (15% bonus for going that way with Q/co). Need to make sure I get the Christmas bonus spent in time, most of the rest probably get used on fuel in the coming months!

      • Re MOC – as in they’d given you a conditional spend coupon? Do you get those online? I’ve never seen any coupons online, only in the post.

  12. No Hilton Amex offer on 3 of my cards and no hsbc visa discount 🙁

  13. 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.

  14. OT but thought might be of interest and haven’t seen it posted yet.

    You can get 500 Avios by signing up to Bud and linking it with your Avios account. Mine just posted today about a week after signing up.

    Details here – https://www.avios.com/gb/en_gb/collect/bud

    • 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.

      • 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.

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

  15. 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?
    Thanks

    • 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.

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

  16. 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! :((

  17. 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.

  18. 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!