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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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  1. timds says:

    OT: Had a 5 month gap to fill between BAPP anniversaries, I went for the Amex Gold, then upgraded to Plat but have hit the spending target and still have 6 weeks to “fill”. I was thinking of referring myself for the Amex SPG but will the Gold/Plat cards mean I’ve already had 2 in the last 6 months, or will it be treated as a single card because it was an upgrade?

    • Peter K says:

      Two in 6 months is nothing. Don’t worry about it. SPG is not a bad choice or if you have a Nectar account you can get a Nectar AMEX to earn £100 to use on EBay or Expedia.

  2. BrotherBear says:


    Have 2 one way Avios bookings. Outbound tomorrow and inbound next weekend. Didn’t use 2 for 1 voucher when booking.

    More reward availability has just been added for the outbound flight. So I want to make a new booking for the outbound using the 2 for 1 voucher. Then add the original inbound flight to the booking. And cancel the original outbound flight.

    Spoke to one BA agent who told me this is not possible. Surely they are wrong here? Has anyone else done similar.

    Voucher expires next month so want to use it rather than lose it and obviously want to use it on a return journey rather than just a one way.

    Thanks in advance.

    • When is the flight tomorrow? If it is less than 24 hours then the agent is right. You can’t change Avios booking within 24 hours of departure as otherwise you forfeit Avios and carrier imposed charges.

      • BrotherBear says:

        It has within the last 15 mins minutes gone below 24 hours. Hadn’t thought of that issue. Although that wasn’t the case when I spoke to the agent. Think lost the ability to do anything now but was the agent correct initially?

        • I think if you were above 24 hours then no, he wasn’t right. Also you could have done all this online. If there are seats available as you say, you could have just cancelled original booking and rebooked online. Normally Avios are redopisited immediately or with a short delay, but if you have enough Avios for a new booking no need to wait.

  3. jason says:

    OT Has anyone successfully upgraded from new gold credit card to platinum charge card

    • Stuart says:

      This question gets asked frequently, and is never answered.

      My conclusion – “Don’t talk about flight club”

  4. AlanC says:

    Hope Hilton might match the SPG Marriott requirement for Top Tier Lifetime:-)

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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. 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?

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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