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A new Hilton property opens in Paris – the Niepce Paris Hotel, Curio Collection

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Paris has historically been a major blind spot for Hilton.  If you ignore CDG airport and the hotel at La Defence, which is well out of the tourist zone, it had nothing at all in the historic centre until Hilton Paris Opera opened a couple of years ago.

(Hilton Paris Opera is very good – we reviewed it here.)

Things took another major step forward this week with the opening of the Niepce Paris Hotel under the Curio Collection brand.

We have reviewed a couple of Curio Collection hotels (Boston here and Ibiza here) and been impressed by bothCurio Collection is a group of independent hotels which have chosen to work with Hilton to improve their marketing muscle but which retain management independence.  Importantly they do respect Hilton Honors status benefits and you can earn and redeem points.

However …. no Hilton Honors reward nights have yet been loaded into the booking system.

According to Hilton:

Located in the heart of the artistic district of Montparnasse, Niepce Paris Hotel offers guests close proximity to unexpected treasures, whilst being in one of the most sought-after capitals in the world. Guests can delve into Montparnasse’s rich art and culture at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art or beat the Eiffel Tower crowd with panoramic views of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower. The hotel is also ideally located a few metres from Montparnasse train station, giving guests easy access to visit historical monuments, museums and delicious cuisine the city has to offer.

Niepce Paris Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton takes travellers back to the Roaring Twenties, as the hotel is inspired by one of the most influential photographic artists of the time – Janine Niepce. Janine’s famous shots are captured throughout the guest rooms, corridors and ceiling displays, adding a special touch to the hotel’s artsy ambience. Guests can choose from 52 stylish guest rooms, including three elegant suites. The spacious rooms feature the latest technology with tablet control systems and high-speed internet. Suites also feature a separate living area.

You can find out more about the Niepce Paris Hotel on the Hilton website here.

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (May 2023)

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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 120,000 Hilton Honors points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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 into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ card is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points (worth 45,000 Hilton Honors points). Apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

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 (38)

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  • Kevin says:

    OT. We were booked CDG to JNB on Qatar last week. A delay in Paris meant we would have missed our connection in Doha and had a 18 hour layover. Qatar very nicely put us on the Air France flight to Johannesburg instead.

    Question is can I claim the Avios and tier points as originally booked or are these lost?

    For anyone interested Air France business class was very good!

  • Tom1 says:

    Do any of these J sales ever work one-way?

    From what I can see the Swiss one way fares are double the return prices!

    Does anyone know if the Qatar ex EU sales do?

    • Gill says:

      I was looking for a one way deal earlier in the year without luck. All the sales (Inc qatar ex eu) I looked at were only returns fare.

      From looking around, one way fares were generally not far off return price with the exception of Norwegian, easy jet etc. One way Avios redemption worked out for me.

      • Clive says:

        On FT it notes that the mentioned Garuda fare is back in play again

    • Lumma says:

      There was a Garuda Indonesia deal to Bangkok earlier in the year which was £1100ish, which could be booked one way for £620.

    • AspirationalFlyer says:

      Yes, sometimes. Depends on the rules of the fare. Best to play around yourself on Google Flights or similar.

    • JamesB says:

      One way from where to where?

      • Tom1 says:

        The plan is to do Maldives and SEAsia. Got most of it planned apart from the outbound to MLE.

        all my points earning needs to be targeted towards accommodation, so was hoping to get a cheapish cash fare there.

        This is the plan:-
        from UK (BHX,MAN,LON) to MLE
        from MLE > SIN, Scoot around £100 cash in Y

        Not decided yet, but Singapore, KL, Phuket, Phu Quoc either cheap cash fares or small Avios redemptions.

        then eventually back from HKG using Lloyds 241 for 80k Avios for 2 of us.

        It’s getting to MLE which is the stumbling block – you can use Avios from DOH, or CMB.

        Any ideas would be appreciated!

        • JamesB says:

          Business class BKK-LHR with a stopover in Sri Lanka with Sri Lanka should be back under £800 now the £ is higher. The online fare quoted is usually restrictive but if you call them you can get a flexible fare for not much more. You can do CMB-MLE for cash or miles but tbh I’d personally pass on Maldives and stay in Sri Lanka for a while. Sri Lankan is decent for the price, excellent service and good food if you stick with the curry or other local dishes. Should you fly them, avoid seats on front row as the IFE screen is set to low on the bulkhead wall for comfort.

        • Tom1 says:

          thanks jamesb – in fact I still have that in my scrapbook from the last time you helped me.

          Its LHR > MLE that I am struggling with.

        • Clive says:

          How about BA PE to AUH or DXB with a points upgrade to CW. Then an Avios redemption down. Cheapest way is to book a return not a one way. You could also drop the flights with BA using some miles

        • Tom1 says:

          thanks Clive, hadn’t thought about upgrading with Avios. Will check.

  • Jon says:

    Another flash sale from Malaysia Airlines today – various destinations in Asia in the mid-£1500s. Book by April 10th for travel up to Nov 30th.

  • Stuart says:

    OT but can anyone advise when booking a free night with the IHG Credit Card is it cancellable and “refundable”?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I booked and cancelled one recently. I assume it’s as per the points booking cancellation terms?

    • Tracy says:

      Yes, just done it. Free night back in my account instantly.

  • spk307 says:

    The single J seats on Swiss – arent they reserved for Senator members only?

    • spk307 says:

      I mean the ‘throne’ seats?

      • JamesB says:

        I doubt it. If hou are flying solo you might like better the seats that puts you closest to the window as these are more private.

  • jtz says:

    OT but need some advise on EU compensation. I had a connecting flight from Casablanca to Marrakech which was cancelled/delayed for about 2 hours, apparently because there was no pilot. London to Casablanca was fine, it was only the connecting flight that was delayed, but it meant we landed in our final destination approx 2 and half hours late. All of the flights were on one ticket. Could I claim and if so, for how much?

    • Zoe says:

      As far as I know you need to be 3 hours late at your final destination, moneysavirngexpert could be a good place to check

    • JamesB says:

      3h as Zoe states.

      • jtz says:

        Thanks, might just e-mail airline anyway as we weren’t even offered food vouchers or anything else. Paid with Amex gold…is there room to claim with Amex?

    • Andrew says:

      Depends on the airline – Casablanca and Marrakech are both not EU airports so, IIRC, only travelling on an EU airline would be eligible, depending on distance/length of delay etc.

  • Zoe says:

    OT looking at booking a few hotels in Australia (Canberra as arriving there after our ex EU Qatar flight, Sydney, Hamilton Island and maybe a few more) just noticed that booking via but paying entirely in cash is currently earning 15 avios per pound of spend. Need to check how good the cash prices are but it looks tempting.
    Does anyone know if spending for would count as BA spend on my BA amex?

  • Stuart says:

    OT but can anyone advise when booking a free night with the free reward from the IHG Credit Card is it cancellable and “refundable”?

    • Peter K says:

      Yes, I’ve done it before. It works like a normal cancellable room.

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