Official Heathrow Parking is the obvious place to start if you want parking at the airport, since this covers the airport-owned car parks. Here’s a good alternative tip, however.
The Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5 hotel has its own NCP car park. You can park here for far less than using the official Heathrow car parks. Even better, your parking price includes a free ticket from hotel reception for the Hotel Hoppa bus service which will take you to the airport.
Details are on the NCP airports website here. Search for ‘Heathrow’ in the top-right box and select the Hilton option.
This is how it is described:
“This NCP Heathrow Airport car park offers:
- A convenient location near Heathrow terminals 4 and 5.
- A shuttle bus service that’s included in the cost of your parking and runs regularly between the car park and the main terminal buildings.
- A staffed car park 24hrs a day and located within the grounds of the 4 star Heathrow Hilton Hotel.
- The ability to pre-book your Heathrow parking using our great value saver rates.
- One of the cheapest Terminal 4 and 5 parking options available.”
One thing to note is that the Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5 – and therefore the NCP car park – is NOT in the airport. The only hotel directly linked to Terminal 5 is the Sofitel. The Hilton is a five minute drive from Junction 14 of the M25, to the west of Terminal 5. The Holiday Inn London Heathrow Terminal 5 is also a short walk away if you need a hotel and find the Hilton too expensive.
The NCP option got a lot of unsolicited positive reader feedback after our last article, although I have never tried it myself. You can get a quote via the NCP airport site here.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)
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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.
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.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus 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.)