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Were you at the Hilton Honors Jessie J concert?

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If you were at the Hilton Honors Jessie J concert at Abbey Road Studios the other week, you may find this review from the (ahem) Daily Star worth a quick read.

Hilton Honors Jessie J concert

It includes this picture.  If you click to enlarge, you might see yourself on there somewhere – I am there, my face partially hidden, in a grey jacket (look straight down from the barman top right in the white shirt), my wife is the blonde with the white top in front of me.  It was probably the oldest crowd she had ever played to ….


How to earn Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards (June 2021)

There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted in three Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (115)

  • Shoestring says:

    20%-40% off No1 Lounges with SUMMER2019

    in some cases it might beat the £20 Dragonpass offers (via Telegraph and Tastecard)

  • Julian says:

    OT – (allowed as its a BITS thread) But just to say I finally received notification from Lloyds Bank a couple of weeks ago of the termination of my joint Amex and Mastercard Rewards card and its replacement by the single Mastercard offering 0.4 Avios per pound spent in a couple of months time. Interestingly the couple of months time during August ties in with the existing expiry date for the current Lloyds Amex and Mastercard of 08/2019.

    So a dilemma now as to whether to get a BAPP Amex card, Amex Preferred Rewards Gold card or the fee paying Virgin Mastercard that earns 1.5 Virgin miles per pound spent and has an introductory 30,000 Virgin flying miles bonus. And only four days left to decide due to the expiry of the current Virgin offer………

    • SimonW says:

      Julian, just pay up and get a metal Platinum card. The chicks dig them

      • Julian says:

        Too heavy, so bore a hole in your wallet and can’t be used affordably abroad due to Amex’s unwillingness to play with Curve.

        So all things considered Virgin Premium card in conjunction with Curve looks most sensible for a solo traveller (due to the companion aspect voucher of the BAPP card) and is only clear cut replacement for the Lloyds card (only one with a solo traveller voucher).

        On the other hand Virgin only has a very limited choice of destinations, especially in Europe.

        • Julian says:

          P.S. Also paying with a Mastercard for everything just seems too boring and normal. However can route most of it through my Curve card, which is reassuringly non standard and offbeat…………….

          • Shoestring says:

            you can upgrade with Avios, remember?

            no idea of your favoured destinations but if only BA flies there, that’s your best option (Gold) if you want a cheap upgrade: upgrading PE to Business is seen as one of the best ways to use Avios out there

          • David says:

            Get the Miles & More Diners card if you’re looking for something different in your wallet – can’t get more quirky than that.

          • Julian says:

            Shoestring,

            I’m clearly missing something as Amex Gold only offers one Avios per pound compared to 1.5 for BAPP and so far as upgrading with Avios goes in my experience BA World Traveller Plus cash tickets can often cost more or the same as the very cheapest cash business fares with the likes of Qatar, Ethiad or Malaysian (although personally I would avoid the latter due to their tendency to continue flying through dangerous war zones that BA has long since avoided until they are shot down and due to their whitewashing the fact that one of their pilots deliberately crashed the aircraft he was flying in a manner calculated to make it impossible to factually ever prove what took place).

          • Julian says:

            @David I had a BA Diners before in the days when it was reasonably widely accepted but since then Diners has virtually disappeared as a brand in the UK, although I understand that all the locations (mainly petrol stations) that show they accept Discover cards do in fact also accept Diners???

          • Shoestring says:

            @Julian – Gold will get you 1.67 Avios per £1 if you spend exactly £15K in your Amex year

            2,67 Avios/ £1 on foreign spend

            so beats BAPP 1.5 Avios/ £1

    • Julian says:

      @Shoestring – but Amex Gold has no flight upgrade voucher of any kind plus it is unlikely one will spend exactly £15,000?

      To be honest I’m getting rather fed up with the elaborate hoop jumping required with all these cards as its far too easy to fall foul of the hoops……………

  • N says:

    Bonvoy points advance – made a booking pre price rises at a 60k per night hotel for a week. Marriott now asking for equivalent of 85k per night to confirm reservation (less the free 5 for 4 night).

    What have others done in this situation? Will Marriott honour the lower price?

    • Anna says:

      They are supposed to honour the lower price, stand your ground. It’ll be interesting if they try and do this with all the HFPs readers’ bookings at The Langley this winter!

    • Lee says:

      Should be straight forward for their CSA, call them and they will credit the difference to your account before order certificate

      • Luthar says:

        Yes. That’s what they did for me. The only issue is that I was on hold for about 45 mins.

        • Tom H says:

          +1 Different agent did it really easily. Got the number of FT

    • Tracy says:

      I also got the original points honoured. They took the new higher points from my Marriott balance and then did a manual deposit of the points difference into my Marriott account.

  • Simon says:

    likewise. I thought for about a millisecond about them having a late night before realising what horrors they would be. Shudder

  • Lego says:

    Am I missing something – cant see BA legoland deal on website at all

    • Rob says:

      Click the link in the article.

      If you’ve got an adblocker running then you won’t see the link (and frankly you won’t see much of the text and images on HFP!).

      • Lego says:

        yes, I did click the link above fine (can also see HFP website fine) but there’s no mention of BA offer on legoland website

        • Lego says:

          wouldn’t work via your link

          tried two different browsers

          but got it to work fine by deleting lego cookies then simply visiting their website directly and entering BA2019 as promo code

  • nick says:

    How can I pick up 40.000 points to book 4 one way flights on Aeroflot?

    I have large amounts of Amex MR, Avios and Virgin points?

    • pauldb says:

      Aeroflot is in SkyTeam, so you could presumably transfer from Amex to Alitalia, Delta or FlyingBlue (AF/KLM) and redeem from there, but you’ll have to figure out first the miles required by each of those programmes.

  • Nick S says:

    Love the Alex Cruz reply to your BA1 review 🙂

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