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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.

Earn Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards

How to earn Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards (January 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, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted in three Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (125)

  • Clive says:

    OT: sorry for the basic question, but I don’t know the answer, so… We fly out of Gatwick on BA next week in the evening. How early are we allowed to drop off cases to go airside and make the most of lounges – is it a particular number of hours before flight?

    • Anna says:

      Apparently there’s a facility in the MMB section which tells you when your bag drop opens – unless you have a really early flight I would guess you have at least the 3 hours they recommend you arrive before your flight and probably more.

      • Lady London says:

        Last week going through the boarding pass barriers for an early flight at Gatwick the machine beeped, gates did mot automatically open, and threw up an error message ‘more than 5 hours before flight’. It was actually a chunk less than 5 hours before flight. Security came over, checked the boarding pass and let me through.

        Maybe this is a hint it’s 5hrs?

    • John says:

      If you are referring to the BA lounge, then this means you are in J/F or have status, and you can drop your bags at any time on the same day.

      If you are referring to some other lounges and are in Y/W without BA status, then it’s 3 hours before scheduled departure time.

      You said your flight is in the evening, but for future reference if your flight departs before 3pm, all passengers can check bags starting from 4pm on the day before (but not until 3 hours before on the same day unless in J/F or status holders).

  • Richard G says:

    Can’t argue with free. I’ll take those. 🙂

  • Harj says:

    OT: Have both a platinum and BA Premium, if i refer my wife for the BA Premium using the Platinum referral link will I get 18,000 points or best to go for the BA referral link?

    • Polly says:

      Yes you will..make sure the correct card is soon as the card is mailed they post..good luck..

  • Vand says:

    Go on BA, make it per segment. I promise to help up the NPS.

  • Peter K says:

    Hilton redemptions have gone very peculiar since the changes earlier this year.
    I have just booked a 3day redemption that came up as 24k points per night for 3 nights but instead of 72k points out came up as 77k points.
    I then checked reach night separately and got 22k, 30k, 20k. So the 72k I expected.
    I then tried the first two nights together and it was only 48k, not 52k!
    That meant the total points cost ended up only 68k. What a crazy system! I know the 5 for 4 redemptions had gone weird but this is crazy!

    • John says:

      I suspect that you were getting different combinations of rooms for each of the combinations you tried.

      Hilton redemptions are now based on the flexible paid rates. So if the paid rates are also doing something odd like this, you will see a similar pattern if trying to redeem.

      • Tom says:

        Hilton related – can I combine three reward points nights with a free weekend night (from Hilton credit card) to trigger a 5th night free?

        Or even better can I combine 2 rewards points nights with two free weekend nights (on different Hilton accounts) for the 5th night..?

        (I think I know the a deer..)

        • Rob says:

          No, because it prices automatically when you book 5 nights and you won’t be doing that – you will need 3 separate bookings.

  • Graham Walsh says:


    IHG Advent Calendar comp today is discount on buying points. 100% on 15k points or more.

  • BlueThroughCrimp says:

    I like your Sheffield example, used it recently for a midweek redemption. Was cheaper than a (non-sale price) Premier Inn or Travelodge, with breakfast included.
    The Hampton used to be Police Headquarters, and has a few old photos of it in the previous guise dotted about the building.

    • Cate says:

      We’re down for Hampton at Liverpool John Lennon booked on 10,000 points per night and thought buying through this would be cheaper. But at 84GBP a night it works out roughly the same price so giving it a miss.

  • Will says:

    Quick question on the BA Avios giveaway. If you booked flights on BA but they are being operated by Aer Lingus, would you still get the Avios? Thanks