Bits: sneak peak of BA’s 747 in BOAC colours, Hilton launches ‘Points Explorer’, £100 off Virgin Upper Class to NYC

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News in brief:

A sneak peak of BA’s repainted Boeing 747

As we covered recently, British Airways is repainting a series of aircraft in historic liveries as part of its 100th birthday celebrations.

The first, a Boeing 747 in BOAC livery, will be unveiled on Monday.  Unfortunately I am in Austria and can’t go, but here is sneak peak from the paintshop (click to enlarge):

Repainted BA plane in BOAC livery

Hilton Honors launches ‘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.

PS.  Remember that Hilton is the only major chain to waive resort fees on points stays, something that will be important if you are heading to Las Vegas, New York or other markets where resort fees are now rampant

Hilton Points Explorer

Save £100 on Virgin Upper Class to New York

Talking of New York, Virgin Atlantic is running a short offer for this weekend only, offering £100 off Upper Class flights to New York.

It is available for both Heathrow to Newark / JFK and Manchester to Newark / JFK.

You need to book by Monday night.  Full details can be found here.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

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  1. 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 & 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 address.

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

  2. Thomas Howard says:

    Airline Flybmi files for administration:

  3. OT: bmi regional has gone into administration – notice at

    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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. A sneak peek at the peak!

  8. Interesting but fairly useless tool??


  9. on a similar topic – shouldn’t we be seeing a Hilton USA sale soon??

  10. The BOAC livery looks great, BA have released pics today.

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