Bits: triple Hilton points on your next stay, 40% bonus buying Hyatt points, Rhys returns

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News in brief:

Get triple Hilton Honors points on your next stay?

Hilton Honors has been sending out targeted offers to some members who have not stayed recently.  I got one myself, offering 5,000 bonus points if I complete a two-night stay before the end of June.

This link – click here – leads to another option: triple points on your next stay before 30th June.

It seems that anyone can register for this offer, even if they did not receive the email.  The points are posting successfully looking at reports online.  It is up to you whether you want to sign up despite not being targeted, but so far the triple points seem to be arriving without any trouble.

Triple points helps make up for the fact that, with the new ‘Go More, Get More’ promotion (article here) you DON’T get double points on your first stay after 6th May – only stays 2+!

Hat-tip to Loyalty Lobby.  The link to register is here if you want to give it a go.

Hilton triple points

40% bonus when you buy Hyatt points

Until 11th June Hyatt is offering a 40% bonus when you buy World of Hyatt points via this link. The minimum purchase for a bonus is 5,000 points (10% bonus) although you need to buy 20,000+ points to get the full 40% bonus.

40% is the most generous bonus you will see for buying Hyatt points.

This is obviously worth a look if you need to top up your account.  It may also be worthwhile if considering a stay in a top tier Park Hyatt such as the ones in Paris or Sydney, where buying the points may be cheaper than paying cash.

The new-ish Park Hyatt resort in Mallorca – photo below – is another location where buying points makes sense.   Prices for cash are a little scary – rooms from €470 in August, or €495 if you want a cancellable one.  A redemption at 25,000 points per night ($432 based on buying 50k for two nights) would be a better deal.

When I was at the Aircraft Interiors Expo trade show in Hamburg recently I bought Hyatt points to stay at the Park Hyatt.  The fair had caused hotel rates to spike, and there was a substantial saving by buying 15,000 World of Hyatt points per night.  Unfortunately this hotel is now 20,000 points per night but buying would still make sense.  A standard room for the show next year, from 31st March to 2nd April 2020, is currently €495 per night fully flex, so €990 for two nights.  Buying the points would cost $700, saving 36%.

The Hyatt ‘buy points’ site is here.

Hyatt buy points bonus

Rhys returns …..

I’m pleased to say that Rhys has rejoined the Head for Points team alongside Anika and myself.

Rhys worked for us last Autumn for six weeks and many of you will have met him at the Christmas party.  He has now finished his degree and I’m delighted to have him back.

Long-term readers will know that I advertised for a new full-time writer last Autumn.  We had some excellent applicants and I met a number of candidates before Christmas.  The game changed, however, when I discovered that American Express was planning substantial changes to its UK card portfolio.  We will see a sharp decline in revenue from Amex going forward as a result of this, and I felt it was unfair to take someone out of their existing stable job when I don’t know how strong our on-going turnover is going to be.

As Rhys is joining directly from university, this is not an issue for him.  There was also the small factor of the very positive response from HFP readers to the articles he wrote for us last year!  I look forward to helping him learn some real-life business skills and introducing him to some relevant people before he eventually moves on to something bigger and better in the aviation world.

For those who care about such things, Rhys and I will concentrate on editorial going forward.  I hope to take advantage of a less punishing schedule to spend more time working on longer term site projects.  Anika will be almost exclusively dealing with the commercial side of the site (ad sales, competitions, reader offers etc) although you will still see her name cropping up on articles from time to time.

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Comments

  1. LewisB says:

    OT – Made a BA Holiday booking in the sale. 3 nights in NY (LHR – JFK) for £399pp staying at the Paramount Times Square. Rang BA and they let me upgrade to WT+ on the outbound (no availability on the return). Bargain.

  2. Harry says:

    OT-
    I have a pre-existing Hertz Account from when I was in Australia and using the benefits associated with the Amex Explorer there. I’m now living in the UK and have just been accepted for the Platinum Amex charge card. To upgrade from Gold to Five Star, do I need to make a new account and link it to my new Platinum Amex, or is there some way to upgrade my status on the existing account?

    I ask because I no longer hold the Explorer Australian Amex but I do have 1554 Hertz points in my existing account that I would like to use.

    I appreciate this is a bit niche – any help gratefully received.

    • Charlieface says:

      Adding the Platinum CDP to your account should do the trick, takes a couple weeks. Either 211762 or 633306

      • Anyone know whats best for California, two insured drivers?

        Cheers

      • Harry says:

        Thanks, I’ve added the CDP. Was a bit concerned when it didn’t change my status right away. Good to know it’ll work out in the end.

  3. Qwerty Bertie says:

    OT: Amex platinum travel insurance.

    I held the personal version when booking a holiday for this autumn. I have since applied for the business version, which was approved, and I am therefore intending to cancel the personal version once the business one has arrived and been set up.

    However, would the above lead to me wiping out the insurance cover as regards that particular holiday, due to the new card not being held at the point of booking, and the old card not being live at the point of travel?

    • What does the small business policy say? Personal Plat only lets you pay with a personal Amex. Does Business Plat require you to pay with a Business Amex?

  4. Mark says:

    Rob-
    You may want to check & edit the Hilton triple points offer expiry dates. I signed up OK and was suprised to see on my account’s My Offers page:-
    CRM 3X PTS ON NEXT STAY OFFER – Offer valid through March 30, 2020
    I hope that’s correct, rather better than 30th June!

    • 2019 is on the registration page so who knows?! Better safe than sorry.

      • Mark says:

        It also says “Please note this offer is only valid for recipients of the email invitation and is not transferable.” but I wasn’t emailed. They can undo it any time of course.

    • My Hilton Honors Account clearly states ‘CRM 3X PTS ON NEXT STAY OFFER. Offer valid through March 30, 2020’. Clarification is somewhat difficult as when I click the ‘Fine print’ hyperlink the dialogue box that pops up is entirely blank!

  5. Qwerty Bertie says:

    Data point on the HH x3 offer. A stay on Tuesday has posted under my past stays, and the extra points granted. The offer is still showing on my promotions page, and appears to be active until March. However, the real test will be if extra points are granted for the next stay…I will report back in a few days, if it still seems like it would be useful information.

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