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.
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.
Some more photos of the revamped Concorde Room in 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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 10th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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