Bits: HFP Summer Party sold out, no resort fees on Hilton redemptions, win 40,000 Virgin miles

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News in brief:

The HFP Summer Party is sold out

The Head for Points Summer Party, sponsored by Etihad Airways, sold out in four minutes yesterday (well, all tickets were in baskets within four minutes, a few reappeared later as some baskets timed out).

I’m sorry if you couldn’t get a ticket.  We genuinely don’t know the demand curve for our events because they always sell out so fast.  Compared to Christmas, we almost doubled the number of tickets available, we dropped the ‘free drink all night’ offer and we cut down the raffle prizes by 75% – and we still sold them all immediately.

Congratulations if you managed to get a ticket.  Anika, myself and the Etihad team look forward to seeing you on the 9th.

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No resort fees on Hilton Honors redemptions

I have been in Washington this week at Hilton’s HQ to find out more about what the company is doing.  More from this trip will follow.

There was one thing I learned on Tuesday which I didn’t know, and which none of the other writers in the room knew either.  There are no resort fees to pay on a Hilton Honors redemption when you pay 100% with points.

As we have written about recently, ‘resort fees’ have started to appear in New York of late as well as their traditional haunts of Las Vegas and Hawaii.  If you book a Hilton Honors redemption, however, Hilton pays this fee directly to the hotel on your behalf.

Hilton has done a bad job of promoting this benefit, because it could make a real difference to your thinking when deciding whether to book a cash or reward stay.  Now you know.

PS.  Here is something else I learned.   Some hotels, primarily Starwood, tend to have long lists of ‘excluded’ hotels when they run a promotion.  This is because the hotels are charged extra for participating.  Hilton does not levy additional fees during promotional periods which is why all hotels – except Hampton properties in China – are included in their offers such as the current ‘double points’ promo.

PPS.  We were also given advanced notice of some new Hilton Honors member benefits which may come later this year.  I can’t discuss them but if implemented they will address some of my few niggles with the programme and ensure that the scheme keeps pace with the combined Marriott / Starwood scheme.  Where that leaves IHG Rewards Club is a different question ….

Win 40000 Virgin Flying Club miles

Win 40,000 Virgin Flying Club miles

To celebrate 40 years of flights to the UK by Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic’s main partner (and 49% shareholder), Virgin Flying Club is giving away 40,000 miles.

To enter, you must be a UK resident member of Virgin Flying Club.  Here are the instructions:

“We’re celebrating 40 years of our partner Delta Air Lines® flying to the UK with a miles giveaway. You could boost your Flying Club balance by a massive 40,000 miles – enough for two return reward flights to New York. All you have to do is answer this question:

Which year did Delta first fly from London Gatwick to New Orleans?  [the answer is 1978]

To enter please email [email protected] with the subject line “Delta” with your name, Flying Club number and the correct answer to the question below by midnight on 6 July 2018. “

You should read the full rules here, under the ‘Competitions’ tab, before entering.

(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. You obvs used Yr credit card saved on their instore page. Count it as an additional bonus

  2. Rob – you should definitely justify your nickname and do a raffle / ballot for these tickets, disappointing that not everyone has an equal chance to get there

  3. Simon D says:

    O/T (sorry) am currently delayed in Oslo (5 hours plus and counting). Does EU 261 apply given that the flight starts outside of the EU? The SAS website mentions only compensation for food/drinks etc. Thanks in advance

  4. GRIMZ says:

    OT, I have upgraded from Gold charge card to Plat, how long should I wait before adding a sup card to receive the 5k bonus?

  5. OT – Trying to use a Lloyds upgrade voucher on a trip to Japan in October. Best availability in business class that I can find is to Seoul, South Korea. Question – is it possible to book South Korea > Japan also on the same ticket to somehow get bags checked through to Tokyo?

  6. OT. My parents just booked a holiday (through Sandals) but flights with BA. Can I use Avios (in HHA) to upgrade them to WT+. FlyerTalk seems to have some people saying yes, others no.

    • Kinkell says:

      Go onto MMB ( travel agent should be able to give you BA reference) and click on upgrade with avois. Likely that a notice will pop up saying no and contact your booking agent. Booking agent can’t do this, at least mine couldn’t.
      I tried this with a booking, no joy, but TA was able to upgrade 2 WT seats to WT+ for something like £150 ….it was a no brainer! ( Sin-LHR)

      • Roland says:

        Agree with Kinkell – in MMB it said ‘contact travel agent’ or similar and when I did so they were able to upgrade WT to WT+ for £150pp MLE – LGW which I thought was well worth it!

  7. EvilGazebo says:

    OT. Was just buying a birthday card in WH Smith (don’t judge me) and got a 20% off UBER gift cards till spit voucher. They are the variable load type, £30 to £150. I bought £150 which is about as much as I want to have as a balance but that’s just me. Plus 300 VS miles from the purchase as a last hurrah on the VS Black AMEX ????. The sale of the gift card generated another identical till spit voucher so I’m guessing it’s on every purchase right now. Voucher valid til 01/07/18 so assume that’s when the promo ends.

  8. Off Topic…

    I’m looking at booking Moscow to Manchester via Heathrow with BA. If I book a First Class ticket, will I have access to the Concorde Room at T5 during my 2hr 40min wait? The LHR-MAN flight obviously doesn’t have an F cabin, but I’ll be on a F ticket having come from Moscow in first.

  9. rams1981 says:

    OT I mentioned a few days ago how Hilton agreed to extend my Be My Guest Certificates by a year. And they arrived today by DHL. Amazing service

  10. KBuffett says:

    There are also no taxes to pay on redemptions with Hilton which saves a nice amount, especially in places like Dubai.

  11. Cavlin says:

    “You should , under the ‘Competitions’ tab, before entering.”

    Sorry I didn’t understand what this was trying to say. Do we need to register to partake before sending the email?

  12. Rob – sure I covered the advantages of redemptions to avoid resort fees in my Conrad Maldives reviews…

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