Bits: free hotel night with HSBC Premier credit card, Hilton to open at Silverstone

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News in brief:

HSBC Premier credit card offering a free hotel night

HSBC Premier has brought back its ‘free hotel nights’ offer on its free HSBC Premier Mastercard credit card.

If you take out the HSBC Premier credit card before 9th November you can claim a free night in one of a number of – surprisingly decent – UK hotels.

You need to have a HSBC Premier current account in order to get the credit card, and strict financial criteria apply.  There is a similar offer available if you do not already have the current account, so you would get two free nights if you applied for both.

The credit card offer requires you to apply by 9th November and spend £1,000 on the card, or make a £1,000 balance transfer, within 30 days.

The offer does not apply to the £195 HSBC Premier World Elite credit card.

This offer comes with a catch, to the extent that you need to give HSBC three possible dates and three possible hotels from the list.  This leads to a fairly decent chance that they will not be able to find anything you can use.  I am guessing they refuse to make rooms available if the cash price on that particular night is above a certain level.

The HSBC Premier credit card is the most generous free Visa or Mastercard available if you want to earn Avios.  You get 1 HSBC point, which converts to 0.5 Avios, per £1 spent.  You can also choose to earn Etihad Guest, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer or Asia Miles.

My full review of the free HSBC Premier Mastercard credit card is here.   You can learn more about the ‘free hotel nights’ offer here.

Thanks to Alex and Stewart for this.

Hilton hotel Silverstone motor racing circuit

Hilton to open a hotel overlooking Silverstone motor racing circuit

Hilton has announced plans to open a Hilton Garden Inn overlooking the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Northamptonshire.

Due to open in early 2020, it will include a rooftop terrace and offer raceday hospitality experiences for all the major sporting events held at the venue.  It will also have direct access to the Silverstone conference centre.

The new build hotel will be constructed on Silverstone’s International Pits straight, with extensive views over the track.  Guests will be able to enjoy views of the circuit from their guestroom balconies.

Hilton has a slightly odd niche in stadium hotels.  In the UK, it already has the Hilton Ageas Bowl in Southampton, the catchily named Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Emirates Old Trafford and the soon-to-open Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse.

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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.

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  1. The pick 3 hotels and 3 dates thing makes it sound a lot like the free hotel night I got when I signed up to the aqua credit card a few years back. If it is operated by the same people I’d advise anyone taking advantage to double check the booking confirmation for the dates.

    I turned up at the Mercure in Sheffield only to be told my reservation was for 4 months earlier

  2. Don’t forget the doubletree Milton Keynes , built into the MK football stadium

    • Stayed there twice recently. Good experience first time, less so second time due to insolent lady at check in. Overall it is a decent property though and a substantial improvement over Hilton Milton Keynes. On our second stay we needed a family room and what we got was actually a bit of a surprise. It was effectively a one bedroom suitewith lounge and dining room given over to a second bedroom. Thus, 2 rooms with as single main entrance into a small hall. One room was a king, the other had two large single beds. Each room had their own door off the hall and there was a single large bathroom with twin basins. Could work great for family or group of friends at excellent prices. Beds were very comfortable, breakfast was good, Diamond got upgrade, 2 drinks vouchers and two vouchers for canals at evening reception.

      • Really good hotel and great upgrades

      • I think you mean canapes not canals. The canapes I received were the only disappointing thing about the hotel, it was just 5 meatballs which were cold! (Well the check-in guy was a bit gloomy too, but I guess it isn’t the most exciting job in the world.) They have fried bread at breakfast.

        • Thanks John, yes canapes, predictive text…

          Never got to try them as we went out to dinner.

  3. Anyway for existing holders of that free HSBC Premier Credit Card to benefit?

    • I’d be interested to know. There doesn’t seem to be any benefit for existing customers to retain them.

      • Do you have partner/joint Premier account. My wife doesn’t meet the criteria but is on our account and I was told she could get a credit card therefore.

        I got the same Night Away offer for joining Premier. Call up with only one hotel and one date in mind (a peak August Friday night in the New Forest) and go it, so the 3×3 rule isn’t rigid.

        • In fact to prove the option, she got an invite letter this morning for the offer (I have the WE card).

  4. The £200 switching bonus is back for anybody looking to get into HSBC. Not available to those holding an HSBC account since early 2015 though, hopefully that date will change with next year’s offers.

  5. Also Hilton Garden Inn Sunderlan,d which shares the car park at the stadium.

  6. The Ricoh Arena has a Doubletree inside the stadium where the guest rooms overlooking the pitch are turned into executive boxes for Wasps and Coventry City games. The bed gets folded up into the wall and the ensuite bathroom becomes the boxes private bathroom!

    • Felix Flyer says:

      Can I suggest a future hfp feature of hotels inside stadia which I for one would be very interested in. Could differentiate between those built in and those within the car park /periphery. Other brands include Holiday Inn at Carrow Road, Norwich and the Marriott at Twickenham.

  7. OT: Has Amex Platinum referral link stopped working for non MR cards?

    Have been trying for the last three days and no luck.
    Have also switched off Adblocker.

    • That is the current position. Similarly for BAPP and SPG cards so sounds deliberate.

      • It happened a month or two back also. But came back. Pretty sure it’s not an adblock issue so must be deliberate. Let’s hope it comes back again.

      • Hope it comes back, I still have 2x18k to do in October to complete my quota this year.

    • Happened a few days ago. No sign of a quick return unlike last time. I’ve maxed out my 90k now anyway so will just wait and see what happens in 2019 – will really miss it if it doesn’t come back.

  8. As mentioned the Ricoh Arena has a Doubletree, although the walk to some of the rooms is along some pretty long corridors. Notball rooms have pitch views.

    References to the HGI at Sunderland don’t really count as the hotel is simply near to the ground rather than part of the stadium itself.

  9. TGLoyalty says:

    Where does garden inn sit in the Hilton profile becuase you’d think you’d want a silverstone hotel to be up market especially as F1 weekends could be very lucrative if it was of the right standard.

  10. Slightly OT: Has anyone churned the HSBC WE card?

  11. Also on Nationwide

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