Bits: Hilton London redemption increases, Avios / Charles Tyrwhitt promo, HFP party update

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News in brief:

Hilton HAS quietly increased the points price of three London hotels

On Monday we wrote about the quiet Hilton Honors redemption price rises.  I said that London seemed to have got away without any changes, but that rises were still filtering through the system.

It seems I spoke too soon.  Three of the four Hilton Honors hotels in London which had a 30,000 points per night cap have gone up to 40,000 points.

There are:

Hampton by Hilton London Docklands (covered here)

DoubleTree London Greenwich 

Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick (reviewed here)

The Hilton Garden Inn at Hatton Cross, near Heathrow (reviewed here) remains capped at 30,000 points.

Whilst all of the other Hilton properties in London are unchanged, this change is a blow to anyone who only had a small number of points and was hoping to get a free London hotel stay out of it.

Charles Tyrwhitt Avios offer

New Avios-earning Charles Tyrwhitt promotion

Avios partner (you earn 4 Avios per £1) Charles Tyrwhitt has launched a new discount code.  This covers shirts, suits, ties …. the lot.

The code you need online is UKDISC10 which will save you £10 of a £50 purchase.

The website is here and you need to order by 18th June.  You can insert your Executive Club number during the payment process.

You can also claim this discount in their shops by quoting the code.  You will earn Avios in their shops too – just tell the staff your British Airways Executive Club number at the till.  I’ve seen grumbling from some readers about Avios not posting correctly for in-store purchases although it clearly does no harm to try if you are buying anyway.

Head for Points Summer party

Head for Points Summer Party update

Last week we told you to save the date for our Summer Party on Monday 8th July.

It will run from 6pm to 9pm in a Zone 1 luxury hotel.

We will reveal full details early next week, but we have now agreed a sponsorship deal.  This means your first drink will be free and there will be some cool raffle prizes to be won!  Put the date in your diary and we’ll tell you more soon.

We have gone for a bigger venue this year, so hopefully many more people who want to come can get a ticket.   It will be the biggest frequent flyer gathering in the UK this year – or indeed any recent year!

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  1. Has anyone received a statement from the recently converted Lloyds Avios Reward card? I’ve just received mine today interest was charged on an o/s balance from last month that I was benefitting 0% purchase rate from. This was due to end in January 2020. I don’t recall seeing any communication that the 0% purchase rate would ceased when the cards were replaced.

    • Ruth4325 says:

      I ŵas under the impression the 0% would be carried over.

    • metac says:

      Yes, I noticed on my online account and others reported the same. You need to call. They will reverse the charge. It showed on my account within 2 days as a reversal. Plus extra £5 as apology. I didn’t ask for it, but it just shows as ‘goodwill’ in the transaction description. I feel this will happen again next month, but we’ll see.

      • Thanks for the quick response. Lloyds IT up to its usual tricks I see. I’ll give them a buzz and see what’s going on. All a bit annoying really.

    • IF the balance was already outstanding before the new card terms were in force and the offer was dated beyond the changeover then they’ve broken the terms of the original card account which still stand for any outstanding balance,

      Quite unbelievable that this could be overlooked by them really. Absolutely the worst credit card issuer out there IMHO.

  2. Crafty says:

    OT: My company will shortly pay corporation tax for the first time. To date I have successfully paid it’s VAT using Curve, and had hoped to do so for Corporation Tax also. However, my accountant insists this must be paid in exactly one instalment using the unique reference number given. This would spoil the plan, as the amount is too large for a single Curve payment. Is he right?

    • Unlikely. Why would HMRC care? I have paid VAT in chunks and PAYE in chunks.

    • PKing says:

      Maybe your accountant has misunderstood the ‘Unique’ in URN and thinks it’s unique to the payment demand and not to the business/individual.

      As long as its fully paid by the deadline HMRC don’t care.

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