Bits: the ultimate Hilton / F1 redemption, free breakfast at Best Western (and how to get a status match)

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The ultimate Hilton / Formula 1 points redemption!

I often write about how some ‘experiences’ redemptions offered by the hotel groups go very cheaply because they are not well described in the headline, and the real value only emerges when you drill down.

There is one of those going at the moment.  If you search Hilton Auctions, you will see (click for the direct page) “MCLAREN VIP EXPERIENCE IN SILVERSTONE: SUNDAY RACE DAY + MCLAREN THEMED ROOM

On the face it, interesting but not exceptional.  This is what you actually get:

You and your guest will fly to the Silverstone Circuit in a private helicopter, where you will be hosted in the premium McLaren hospitality suite, situated above the team’s garage, with the best view in motorsport of the pit-lane and start/finish straight. There is no better place to see and hear the cars up close as they fly by at speeds in excess of 200mph, and the teams perform their pit stops a couple of meters below your feet. Your ultimate VIP experience with McLaren will also include a tour of the McLaren garage where you will be able to have your photo taken next to the cars, as well as driver appearances and access to pit-lane walks. 

You’ll also be treated to a stay in a themed room at The Trafalgar St James, London decorated with McLaren memorabilia, including race overalls, drivers’ helmets, steering wheels, tires and model cars, as well as much more! This iconic hotel offers chic urban spaces, is located directly on Trafalgar Square and has a popular Rooftop bar with incredible views of London. 

This package for two (2) includes:
– Access to the Rolex British Grand Prix race on Sunday, July 8, 2018
– VIP hospitality with the McLaren Formula One Experience
– Pit-lane access
– Tour of the McLaren garage to see the cars up close
– Driver appearance
Private round-trip helicopter transportation to and from Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2018
– Two night stay in McLaren themed room at The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton from July 7-9, 2018, including daily breakfast

Not bad!  At the time of writing the highest bid is 550,000 Hilton Honors points.  OK, that sounds like a lot – it is a lot – but you would only get £1,800 of free hotel rooms for that.

I doubt that you could actually buy the package I detailed, but I’m sure if you could you would be looking at £10,000+.  Private helicopter charter doesn’t come cheap.

Bidding closes on 30th May.

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.

Hilton Honors British Grand Prix McLaren offer

Free breakfast at UK Best Western hotels

Best Western has brought back its ‘Breakfast Is On Us’ promotion.

Bookings made at 180 UK hotels between now and 30th September 2018 will have complimentary breakfast included in the room rate. There is no promo code and no special landing page.  You must be a member of Best Western Rewards however.

Simply book via the Best Western home page between now and 30th September, choose the hotel and date you would like to book and you will see the ‘Breakfast On Us’ option.

I did a random hotel search in Manchester to check if the promotion is really this straight forward – which it is:

There are two things worth remembering about Best Western:

It is now an Avios partner, earning you 500 points per stay – details in this HFP article

They will status match any existing hotel status you have – the PDF form to complete is here and details are in the Avios article linked above 

(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. Marti says:

    O/T Qatar major devaluation for Qmiles, would of liked a bit more notice!

  2. OT free hour of WiFi on my Doha to Canberra is just fine for catching up here. And for the person asking about the poor guy in Oslo whose bag we had, he took it very well ( for some reason the luggage guy put my husband on the phone to him) he was there to fix a car and the tools he needed were in the bag, he didn’t want to wait for delivery so was heading back to the airport to collect. Meanwhile one of those Avios earning tags from last year has been attached to my husband’s bag.
    We took the Oryx Rontana as our free overnight in Doha which was fine it is Ramadan so I can’t comment on the wine prices.

  3. I’m Hilton gold from my amex plat at the start of this year.
    If now have plat supplementary from my wife’s plat… Will that extend my HH gold for another year?

  4. Mark Priest says:

    800,000 points that went for in the end.

    • Whoa. Although arguably a good deal if you assume you’re ‘only’ giving up £2600 of free hotel rooms.

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