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Who won the Heathrow Express Business First tickets?

Last week we ran a competition in association with Heathrow Express giving away five pairs of Business First tickets.

We gave away one pair of tickets per day and here are the lucky winners:

Monday: Kathryn B.

Tuesday: Sofiane M.

Wednesday: Simon T.

Thursday: Chris E.

Friday: Ivar v. H.

Well done!  Heathrow Express has already been in touch with the winners, so if your initials are above it wasn’t you, sorry.

IHG and OpenTable

Earn IHG Rewards Club points with OpenTable

IHG Rewards Club has teamed up with OpenTable to allow you to earn up to 500 points when booking restaurants.

You need to download the IHG Rewards Club app and click ‘Offers’.  You will then be taken to the OpenTable site.

A search for London brought up 1820 restaurants.  A standard booking will earn 150 points, which we value at just 60p so don’t get too excited.  Your first booking will earn 500 points – worth £2 in our book – and ‘IHG Featured Restaurants’ will earn double points.

I’m not sure that the return is worth the effort involved to go via the IHG app to access OpenTable all the time, but if you need to make a booking then you should at least try to pick up the ‘first booking’ bonus.

Thanks to Nick for this.

Cheap UK Hilton Honors redemptions

Over the last few weeks a lot of Hilton properties which used to cost just 5,000 points per night have been quietly increased.  There are still around 50 hotels globally at 5,000 points per night (Turkey is most realistic place that most UK residents may come across them).  A few 10,000 per night hotels have also crept up.

Our old favourite, the Hilton Salalah resort in Oman, pictured above, is no longer 5,000 points per night but is now 10,000 points.  We ran a review of Hilton Salalah here.  Because Hilton elite members get ‘5 nights for the points of 4’ it was in reality even cheaper, just 4,000 points per night for longer stays!

If you are looking for a good value Hilton Honors redemption in the UK, we recommend this article from US blog Loyalty Traveler.  It lists the 26 of the 145 Hilton hotels in UK where reward rates are between 10,000 and 22,000 points per night.  It is worth noting that points price and quality are not correlated, with a lot of new Hampton hotels on the list in places where there are pricier, older, Hilton properties.

There are still six UK hotels at 10,000 points per night.  Until 30th April you would get 2,000 points per stay back as part of the current Hilton Honors promotion so a one night stay would only be 8,000 points.

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.

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

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  1. I was looking forward to trying the Salalah property.
    I won’t bother now it has doubled in price.

  2. OT. Any recommendations for the best lounge in Singapore T1 accessible with lounge club?
    Many thanks

  3. Did anyone else have any difficulty booking with Hilton yesterday? I tried booking a hotel last night and got an error every time.

  4. LL has all of the Hilton 5k properties here… (newly updated)

  5. Scottydoggiom says:

    With regards to IHG points . I need an extra 12,000 points to book a 35,000 points reward room in a city where the hotel prices have shot up as there is horse racing on there that day .
    To buy 12,000 in the current sale will cost $81 so roughly £57
    Im thinking of using a ‘hack’ that i read about , booking a cheap cash room , then cancelling and getting the points as a refund . Ive found rooms for £49 , that when cancelled will get me 15,000 .
    Anyone have experience doing this and any hotels / countries / dates i should be looking at to make this as profittable as possible ?

    • You can do a ‘cash and points’ and cancel it. Pricing should be the same across all hotels although IHG has occasionally experimented with elasticity by running different options in different cities.

    • JamesB says:

      I think you misunderstand how it works, you are part paying with points you have and buying the remainder you need in chunks of 5k, 10k or 15k points for $40, $70 or $90 the last time I checked. When you cancel, youhet those chunks of points back instead of the cash you paid for them. To cover 12k points you need you need to do one 15k at $90 or two stays one each at 5k and 10k. Regardless of all that IIRC the 100% bonus works out slightly cheaper than the hack.

  6. Since self referring to different cards now seems to be possible, has anyone actually tried working it into their churning? I currently have BAPP and Platinum having done the PRG-Plat upgrade. Before I cancel Platinum, is it worth doing a self referral to SPG and getting 18k referral plus the 10k sign up on SPG? Afterwards then cancelling Plat and SPG for pro rata refund?

    • I’ve done it once so far successfully (BAPP to SPG) and have just referred myself for a Gold card from my BAPP today, so hopefully that will work as well.

    • roberto says:

      Someone mentioned in the comments earlier this week that the self refering from plat was their preferred option to gaining points. I can see that loop hole being closed PDQ as all you need to do is refer whoever, take the 18k reward , cancel the new card a week later and repeat. The sign up bonus becomes a non entity and your just pocketing an easy 18k for a BA and/or a SPG every time you churn.

      90K MR could be racked up very quickly ,however not something I would recommend for your credit score and a sure fire way to getting blacklisted from Amex.

  7. I have 13k of Hilton Points at the moment… Not sure what to do with it… Does anyone have a list of UK Hilton’s where it only costs 10k a room by any chance?

  8. O/T my club europe seat reservations, heathrow to glasgow, have been changed with no notification from BA, is this normal? I have a club europe domestic added on to a San francisco to LHR business class flight. I had 4 seats across row 2 booked, now I have been randomly allocated 4 seats over rows 3,4 & 5. BA cannot explain why they were changed, I was fobbed off with “operational changes”…..

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