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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.

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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)

  • George says:

    OT: With regard to Miles&More, is there any value in continuing to maintain a small balance using the now dead MBNA credit card? I assume the offer will be pulled for customers and there no obvious way it will return, which means preventing expiry is no longer possible?

    • Rob says:

      I would keep it going for now …. there is a chance the card keeps going for a year or so if no new card is announced. Best to do what you can to keep them alive.

  • Mutley says:

    BA can shove their Avios up their collective corporate arses. Speaking as one of several thousand customers currently stranded abroad I can honestly say that I will avoid BA where ever and whenever I can. To put it into context I went to Stuttgart with wife and two sons (one disabled) for the weekend, due to fly back Sunday evening. Adverse weather in UK (5cm of snow at LHR) flight cancelled so re booked for this morning, no help with hotels transport etc, from BA. No rep from BA. Called helpline, predictably no answer!

    Rocked up at airport this morning, flight cancelled again, no BA staff, just locals dealing with angry punters. The flights are full today so now booked on for Tuesday evening 48 hours late, two nights hotel, for four, countless meals and several cab journeys later…..This is the reality of 2017 BA customer service,they seem unable to communicate to customers when things go wrong. Walsh and Cruz are so preoccupied with the IAG share price at the expense of ordinary customers, that soon they won’t have any.

    • Rob says:

      Just had a regular reader email me – he has told he won’t be leaving Amsterdam until at least Wednesday.

      • the real harry1 says:

        LHR is so hopeless when there is a light dusting of snow, that I am more than slightly concerned about Saturday’s flight out

        yes I do know that just clearing the runway of 5cm snow takes enough time to throw out tightly scheduled flights

        fingers crossed

        empathetic thoughts going out to regulars here hit by delays! 🙂

        • The Original Nick says:

          Thanks Harry. I am the one stuck in Amsterdam. I’m currently sat at the bar at the CP Hoofdorp. Thanks to Rob too for giving me advice for alternative options and all the years of advice since he started his site.
          I’m running out of clean boxer shorts which is concerning.

        • the real harry1 says:

          mine were clean on this morning but now looking somewhat dodgy! 🙂

    • Cate says:

      We are at Gatwick – no problems and that includes catering for diverted flights.

      • Stu N says:

        Yes, extremely glad to be on Gatwick flights this weekend (from Edinburgh). I came down yesterday, was 3 mins late, back tonight showing 10 mins delay on arrival. In the circumstances, not bad.

        Overhead the gate agent at EDI yesterday rebooking someone on a flight from Glasgow the following evening, it’s a complete mess.

  • Jonny says:

    Re Shop Small – has anyone had any luck with shop small credits when calling up and making a payment over the phone?
    Would like to buy a gift voucher for somewhere too far away to get to this week…


    • drt247 says:

      Yes, this afternoon. I had forgotten about the shop small credit and ordered two items by phone from the same retailer. Immediately got the email to say I would receive the credit. Should have made my purchases in two transactions and I guess I would have received two credits but as I had forgotten about the offer still pleased.

  • the real harry1 says:

    BA cancelled 170 flights on Sunday, meaning many planes and crew were out of position on Monday. More than 100 flights BA were cancelled by Monday afternoon.

    Heathrow said it was operating three-quarters of its schedule on Monday, although many flights were also delayed.

    Passengers shared pictures on social media showing long queues and chaotic scenes in parts of Heathrow airport on Sunday night, with some complaining of a lack of information and compensation from BA. Some arrival flights were diverted, and those that did land delayed due to a lack of available stands.

    • the real harry1 says:

      ‘Beth Kanter, 60, a non-profit and charities consultant from San Francisco, said her BA flight was cancelled on Sunday after passengers had boarded and spent six hours on the tarmac, waiting for de-icing. She said she was told by crew that as the weather was “an act of God”, the airline could not pay for a hotel as a result. ‘

      this is wrong, folks

      let all HFP readers understand the duty of care basics – if you flight is cancelled or delayed – caused by weather or extraordinary circumstances or not – indeed, caused by anything – the airline has a duty of care towards you

      this means paying for your food & drink (not alcohol) and your hotel accommodation – £200 per night is fine, more is also fine if you can’t find it cheaper – until you get re-ticketed

  • the real harry1 says:

    2 out of 3 not wearing ties


    no wonder the globe isn’t a patchwork of British red any longer

    • Mutley says:

      Absolutely, bring back compulsory cross country running in schools , red telephone boxes etc etc. In all seriousness I get that planes and crews will be out of position, but it’s the lack of communication that’s unacceptable from BA. Interestingly despite telling me there were no spaces on tomorrow mornings flight, I saw that there are still two in business at 500 Euro , shouldn’t these be offered to passengers who have been waiting 24 hours plus for a flight????

      Never mind the free gluewein for guests and stollen cake at the Hilton garden inn in Stuttgart eases the pain

      • Cate says:

        I hope this doesn’t last too long. I’ve got reservations at some of the Bath Rd hotels starting end of this week.

      • Mutley says:

        I might add that to rebook I had to show up in person at the airport ,as BA’s antiquated booking system could not cope as well as no answer from telephone helplines…Prost!

        • the real harry1 says:

          I hope nobody misses out on the HFP party as they are stuck in Stuttgart!

        • The Original Nick says:

          I’ve been onto BAEC Gold line 3 times today (I’m only Silver) and they’ve been very helpful. Answered within 4 minutes. I’m stuck in Amsterdam but can be re-rooted from any airport back to London for no extra charge as long as it’s within 300 miles from AMS.
          Rotterdam have availability for LCY tomorrow. I need to take a look at what’s going on tomorrow morning with the trains as it’s heavy snow here.

  • Charlie says:

    Anyone else still getting the Sunday Times Travel magazine?! I originally subscribed in August 2016 via direct debit and for the life of me cannot find any evidence of me having paid for another year on or around August 2017.

    • Denis says:

      Yes, I am. Very weird.

      • Laineyling says:

        I was receiving the magazine despite having cancelled. I called up to today to check it had been cancelled (which it has) and that they hadn’t taken additional payment. Don’t think they would have noticed otherwise….

        • Rob says:

          The subscription numbers sell the ads. Copies sent to newsagents are difficult to track, as many get returned and pulped months later. Subscriptions are ‘hard’ sales and valuable.

          If they keep you on the list, they can probably make more money than it costs from posting your mags from the inflated ad rates they charge.

          (Oddly, for us, email subscribers are lower value. Advertisers value page views, because that involves a person viewing a page, but irrespective of what data you provide on email ‘open rates’ etc an email subscriber is never as valuable.)

        • Pete says:

          I’m getting the Sunday Times Literary Supplement since the Travel magazine subscription expired. I’d rather be sent something with more pictures and less text.

  • SR says:

    I’ve received this month’s Sunday Times Travel magazine despite cancelling several months ago, and not having received it since the end of the first year – I’ve since also closed the bank account so I’d be very surprised if they have taken a new payment! Very strange…