Bits: 2000 free Avios if you fly BA over Christmas, 80% bonus buying Hilton points

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2000 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.

The Hilton ‘buy points’ page is here.

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.

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  1. Are there no new articles today? Or is it just me that cant see them?

    • Nevermind the website has finally updated now

    • Just you. Your browser has cached the page from yesterday when we were playing around with some new cache options. Clear your browser cache (quick Google search for your browser will say how) and all should be OK.

  2. Any more news on the 2000 Avios for travel of Christmas?

  3. I’ve just had 2000 Avios added to my account – ‘Special Promotion – Christmas gift from BA’

  4. I just got my 2000 on 15th and I dont fly till boxing day!

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