Bits: Get Goodwood Festival of Speed tickets with Hilton, 10% off Travelodge today, 40% bonus buying Hyatt points

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Get tickets for Goodwood Festival of Speed with Hilton

Waldorf Astoria is an official sponsor of the Goodwood Festival of Speed again this year, and has made a selection of ticket packages available on the Hilton Auction site for ‘buy it now’.

These are decent value, especially for the Saturday and Sunday.  The price has been doubled from last year, however, when the tickets were an absolute steal.

For 50,000 Hilton Honors points, which I value at around £170, you get tickets for two people (Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday) plus a glass of champagne at the Waldorf Astoria bar.

What is not clear is if the bar is on a special viewing platform, as it was last year.  This allowed you to get a better view of the racing than would otherwise be possible.  It also isn’t clear if Hilton Honors Gold and Diamond members will be able to access the viewing platform again simply by flashing their membership card, irrespective of whether they get this special package.

Is this good value?

Saturday and Sunday tickets are sold out so this is your only chance to go!

Friday tickets would usually cost £230 for two people, so the Hilton packages are a decent – but not outstanding – use of your points, unless you put a lot of value on the Waldorf Astoria champagne bar access.

Thursday is the cheap day, with a pair of tickets only costing £98 including a grandstand pass.  I would NOT redeem 50,000 Hilton points on this basis.

The festival runs from Thursday 4th July to Sunday 7th July.  You can redeem your Hilton points via the auction site here.

You can also bid for ticket packages which include a short helicopter ride around the circuit or a ride around the circuit as the passenger in a rally car, driven by a professional!

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.

24 hour Travelodge sale today via laterooms.com

Whilst Travelodge probably isn’t top of most HFP readers wish lists, sometimes needs must!

To be fair, I should also add that I was impressed by what I found when I reviewed the new Travelodge PLUS in the City last year.  This is the hotel pictured below.

LateRooms.com is running a 24 hour Travelodge sale today, offering 10% off stays between 14th June and 14th July.  If you have a flexible room booked for this period, it might be worth rebooking.

The sale page should be here – click – although there is always a risk when I write these articles in advance that the URL is changed at the last minute!  If that page is a 404, try the home page here.

Travelodge 10% discount

Last chance for 40% bonus buying Hyatt points

Until Tuesday night, 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 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 in April I bought points to stay at the Park Hyatt.  The fair had caused hotel rates to spike to over €500 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 have made sense.

The Hyatt ‘buy points’ site is here.

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Comments

  1. I stayed at Hilton Sorrento a few weeks ago for 60,000 points per night (cash rates around 250-300eur per night)
    The room at the £29 Travelodge last week (normal room, not super, new hotel) was far better. Modern, clean, comfy bed, endless hot water, USB sockets by the bed. Admittedly no free breakfast or exec lounge, but that doesn’t bridge the gap!

    Needless to say I checked out of the Hilton early and went to a nearby HIE.

  2. Harry T says:

    OT:
    I’ve booked a trip to Florence/Firenze from 16th May to 23rd May 2020 (Avios flights booked from Edinburgh). Any recommendations for places to stay, especially places that are good value for points redemptions? And any recommendations for things to do are welcome too.

    I remember @Shoestring saying he lived there for a bit.

  3. Russell Gowers says:

    Dammit! I’ve just bought tickets to the FoS on Sunday – hadn’t realised there were points packages available.

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