News in brief:
2,000 free Avios if you fly British Airways over Christmas
Here is a little Head for Points exclusive. To spread a bit of Christmas cheer – and get that Net Promoter Score up a bit – British Airways is planning to give all customers over the Christmas period a gift of 2,000 Avios.
The details are still vague. It isn’t clear if this is 2,000 Avios per booking or per segment flown, and the exact dates are not yet finalised. I don’t know if Avios bookings are included. You will definitely qualify even if you have already booked, and you won’t need to register – the Avios will be dropped automatically into your account.
Full details will be officially released later this week.
80% bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points
Until 29th December, Hilton Honors is offering an 80% bonus when you purchase 20,000+ points.
Regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.3p each. You are paying 0.42p ($800 / £600 for 144,000) here so the maths does not look good.
Five star Hilton, Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria hotels typically run to 80,000 points per night. In this sale you would be paying $444 for 80,000 points which is often more than you would be paying for a five star in a major city. This is not a bargain.
However, Hilton Honors IS a decent deal at cheaper point levels. To dig out my ‘usual suspect’ examples, the Hampton by Hilton in Sheffield, for example, is 10,000 points per night on most nights. At 0.42p per point you would be paying roughly £42 per night if you bought the points. That is a 58% discount on the typical nightly rate of £100. Hampton properties include free breakfast as well.
On the other hand, the Hilton Sheffield is 30,000 points per night. You would be paying around £125 for those points which is the same as the typical £125 cash cost – and you would earn points and miles back on the cash rate.
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 buy them.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)
There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
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