Hilton Honors launches ‘Points Explorer’ – what does it offer?

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Hilton Honors has launched ‘Points Explorer’.

Hilton Honors is the hotel reward scheme which doesn’t have a reward chart.

That’s not entirely true.  Whilst the charts are no longer published, hotels are still working to the old category caps which set a limit on how much each hotel can charge per night.  What is new now is that, on cheaper nights, Hilton reduces the cost of a reward night so that you are never getting worse value than roughly 0.3p.

The problem with not having a reward chart is that members who don’t fully understand the scheme seem to be struggling to know what it will cost to get away.  Hilton has now launched a new tool called ‘Points Explorer’ to help which you can find here.

‘Points Explorer’ can be customised by city, country or continent and can be filtered by the number of points you want to spend.  It shows you two bits of information:

the maximum number of points that the hotel is allowed to charge

the lowest number of points that the hotel has actually charged on any night

Whilst it doesn’t show you the points needed on any particular night, it helps members with smaller balances identify properties which they can definitely afford as long as they have more than the capped amount.

For longer stays, you will need to adjust for the fact that status members (Silver and above) get five nights for the points of four when booking standard redemption rooms.

You can try out ‘Points Explorer’ here.

Hilton Points Explorer

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.

(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. The Virgin Manchester flight only goes to JFK. Unless I am missing something! There is a MAN to Newark daily flight but that is with United. The Virgin JFK flight uses the old bucket and spade 747 planes.

  2. OT:
    I rang up BA today to ask how much it would be to upgrade a YVR-LHR trip I booked in November from WTP to CW with cash. The rep on the phone said because it was a BA Holiday and I made the booking in November but didn’t clear the balance until January he was able to check what the cost to upgrade would have been in November or in January and was able to apply the cheapest rate out of the two. I didn’t know this as I thought I would be paying the spot rate today. It seems to be another useful “feature” of making a BA Holiday booking vs a flight-only booking if looking to upgrade in the future.

    I didn’t end up upgrading with cash but I thought this was a bit of info I’d pass on as I certainly didn’t know this.

    I upgraded with Avios + £100pp (family of 4) and got around 2.56p per point against the cheaper rate (January) which I thought was decent enough value.

  3. OT – Bonvoy out to airmiles.

    Am I right in thinking that the 25% bonus only applies to complete units of 60000?

    ie 60000 Bonvoy gets you 25000 Avios, 90000 gets you 35000 (not 37500), 120000 (in one transfer) gets you 50000?

  4. flyforfun says:

    Interesting to see BA bring back the old liveries for the 100 promotion. Will they bring back the world tail fins though? 🙂

    I’m sure I have a photo in my collection somewhere which showed and the world tail fins and the new one that replaced it together at Heathrow and circa 2001 when I was flying a lot for work.

    • Somebody mentioned recently they are bringing back the tartan ones on a319s. These are used to INV, and I guess sometimes GLA and ABZ, have not seen one at EDI of late but I might just have been on wrong flights.

  5. O/T. I’ve just discovered that you can create an Atol protected flight+hotel package when booking an Avios reward flight with BA and earn 15 Avios/£ spent on the hotel (the flights are paid for with Avios). BA are using Hotels.com & Expedia as agents for this.

    I’ve never come across this before and the agent did say it was new. I spoke to 2 agents and they both confirmed it.

    Just wondered if I’ve previously missed this or is it new. It seems like a valuable benefit being able to create a package on reward bookings with protection in case of flight disruption.

    • Hi Graham, this is interesting but slightly confusing, who were you booking this through?

      • I was booking over the phone with BA using the EC Silver line no. Interestingly one of the agents gave me her email address and it was an Avios.com address.

        • I’ve just had it confirmed by email that adding a hotel to an Avios flight redemption booking will provide Atol protection.

  6. Thomas Howard says:

    Airline Flybmi files for administration: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47267901

  7. OT: bmi regional has gone into administration – notice at https://www.flybmi.com/

    As an ex-bmi Gold who did make use of the independent bmi Regional a few times, this is a shame. Perhaps an opportunity for Flybe/VS to swoop in on some abandoned routes?

    • Never knew they were still going, I think VS will definitely be careful on the routes they decide to take on

  8. OT – I have applied for an additional BAPP card, but can’t register it to my account, it asks me to register for a new account – is this normal?

    • Yes

    • guesswho2000 says:

      Yes if it’s in someone else’s name – I assume by additional you mean a supplementary on your existing account, rather than a second BAPP account (would there be any point in the latter?)?

    • Assuming the 2nd card is for your partner, they need to create their own Amex account.

      If it is a 2nd card in your name, that’s correct – the Amex system only allows one card of each type to be registered.

  9. Graham Walsh says:

    OT Had a spare day in Seattle today, so I went up to the Boeing factory tour. $50 each way in a Lyft/Uber from the city and the tour is $25. Good way to spend the morning if you enjoy this stuff. Interesting video also on how the were the Systems Integrator for the 787, with partners building the parts and Boeing were just the bringing it all together.

  10. Graham Walsh says:

    Hilton Related – Diamond Status. When staying at the Curio in Seattle, there was a $18 a day allowance for breakfast. Moved over to the Hilton Conference Hotel at the airport for tonight and was asked if I wanted breakfast. Said no as an early flight, so she gave me a $30 voucher for dinner at the restaurant at the hotel (some steak house). Nice touch. Well done Hilton

    PS On the website when logging into the WiFi, they are offering 130k points when signing up for a new Hilton Amex.

  11. A sneak peek at the peak!

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