Bits: Radio 4, earn Hyatt points with home rentals, 80% bonus buying Hilton points

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The Radio 4 documentary

In the end it turned out that there was a fair bit of me in the Radio 4 documentary, Inside the World of the Frequent Flyer, broadcast yesterday.

If you have 28 minutes to spare, you can listen to it here.

Everyone seems to have found the content good.  It is fair to say that feedback on the narration style was ‘mixed’ – it depends on whether you see it as dumbing down or a fun way of presenting the topic to a generalist audience.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, have a listen.

Earn bonus World of Hyatt points with Oasis home rentals

Last August, Hyatt bought a minority stake in home rental group Oasis.  Oasis is a collection of:

….. over 2,000 personally vetted homes in prime neighborhoods worldwide like Rome, Barcelona and Punta del Este (Uruguay). Enjoy the authentic feel of a residence with the hotel-like amenities you are accustomed to like in person check-in and checkout, fresh linens, luxury toiletries, internet and a personal concierge. Whether you’re traveling with your family, have a longer stay in mind or need a little more space, consider Oasis home rentals to meet your travel occasion needs.

Oasis has now been integrated into the World of Hyatt loyalty programme.  Until 30th June, you will receive 1,000 bonus World of Hyatt points – which I would value at £10 – per night at an Oasis property.  No registration is required.

Here are the other World of Hyatt benefits at Oasis:

  • Earn 5 Base Points per eligible dollar spent on qualifying stays at Oasis
  • Elite members earn Bonus Points on eligible spend at Oasis
  • Elite members enjoy a welcome amenity at check-in
  • Enjoy late checkout—2 p.m. for Discoverists and Explorists; 4 p.m. for Globalists—upon request (subject to availability at some locations)
  • Enjoy a $200 stay credit toward an Oasis stay for every 15,000 points you redeem

Oasis nights also count towards achieving World of Hyatt status which could be a valuable extra benefit for anyone seeking Hyatt status but struggling with the lack of European properties.

80% bonus for buying Hilton Honors points

As this offer has been running for ages already, it is worth a reminder that until 16th March, Hilton Honors is offering an 80% bonus when you purchase 10,000+ 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 0.39p ($800 / £566 for 144,000) here so the maths does not look good.  That said, the strengthening of Sterling means this is a better deal than when it last ran in December.

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 0.39p per point you would be paying roughly £39 per night if you bought the points.  That is a 61% 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 £117 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 via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Hilton Honors points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

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Comments

  1. I have just listened via player and the narration became really irritating after about 5 minutes. Almost as bad as the current BA safety video which is horrific.

    I did laugh when Honolulu was mentioned as I did that tier point run – as a pure tier point run ( well I had 2 nights in HNL) but also as a family vacation starting in Dublin. I also did a run last year to LAS for 6 hours on the strip.

    In both cases the fares were very low and the tier points were obtained at less than £1 but I did rack up miles as well.

    I won’t do tier points runs now for the sake of it, but I will stretch a family holiday. This year I bagged a CAI – Hawaii with stopovers in London, Amsterdam, Philadelphia and Washington for less than £1200 each.

    I can’t see the point at all of chasing status with BA in particular. I have been gold silver and nothing at all with BA and it makes little difference to the sub standard experience.

  2. Johnny Tabasco says:

    Listened to the show tonight, correct if I’m wrong but did that guy really say that when he lost his Gold Tier status he compared the loss to a bereavement ? that’s a sure fire sign it’s all gone too far. Get a girlfriend mate.

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