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.

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.

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.

How to earn Virgin Atlantic miles from UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Flying Club miles 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 Virgin Flying Club miles.  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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Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. KBuffett says:

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

  4. 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?
    Thanks

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

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