Bits: 100% bonus buying Hilton points this week, Oman Air £1042 Dubai deals, Manchester T2 F&B unveiled

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News in brief:

100% bonus buying Hilton Honors points

Hilton Honors has launched a new promotion offering a 100% bonus when you purchase 5,000+ points.

The Hilton ‘buy points’ page is here.

This is a weird one because you only get the bonus if you buy 40,000 points (= 80,000 with the bonus) for $400 or 80,000 points (= 160,000 with the bonus) for $800.

Regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.33p each.  You are paying 0.39p ($800 / £630 for 160,000) here so the maths in general doesn’t work.

HOWEVER ….. there ARE real bargains to be had at peak periods.  Conrad Maldives at 95,000 points per night, the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives at 120,000 points, Conrad New York at 95,000 points etc are places where you will usually save a lot of money by buying points instead of paying cash.  This is especially true if you have Hilton status and can get ‘5 nights for the points of 4’ on a longer stay.

If you are just buying a handful of points to top off your account, the price per point doesn’t matter anyway.  If you a few thousand short of a redemption then this is a decent opportunity to buy them.

Looking at the small print, you can buy 80,000 points via this offer and it will not count towards your annual ‘buy points’ limit.

You can buy points via this link.  The offer ends on 4th July.

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.

Oman Air deals from Paris

If you found our recent set on Oman Air reviews interesting (the full series is here, our Business Class review is here), the airline has some attractive deals out of Paris at the moment.

Dubai, for instance, is available in Business Class for €1,164 / £1,042.   As you can see from this screenshot (click to enlarge):

Oman Air Paris deals

…. you can even get this price over the peak half-term week in October.

It is also worth getting a price if you are looking at routes to Asia, India or elsewhere in the Middle East, although Dubai seems to be the outlier in terms of value.

You can’t earn Avios or BA tier points from Oman Air, but they are an Etihad Guest partner and you can credit your flight there.

The Oman Air booking site is here.  These current Paris deals are bookable until 14th July.  Hat-tip to German blog YHBU.

Manchester Airport Terminal 2 extension

Food and drink outlets in the new Manchester Airport Terminal 2 unveiled

Finally, the Manchester Evening News ran a big article last week on the food and drink outlets which will be found in the Terminal 2 extension when it opens next year.  It looks impressive, with 15 new brands being introduced, and a massive improvement on what is available at present.

You can find the article here.  Don’t blame me for the eye-popping level of advertising that the MEN website throws at you ….

It doesn’t mention anything about lounges, although I believe that Virgin Atlantic will eventually have its own Clubhouse. Whether this is in the 2020 extension or in the refurbished current terminal, which will close in 2020 and reopen in 2022, I don’t know.

Thanks to Nicholas for this.

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Comments

  1. Harry T says:

    Tried to add my OH as an additional card holder on my Virgin Rewards Plus card but Virgin have rejected my application as she doesn’t live at the same address as me. I have called them today and they have insisted that the additional card holder must live at the same address. Has anybody else experienced this problem?

    • Shoestring says:

      apply again & now she moved in with you

      • Harry T says:

        Think that would look suspicious!

        • Shoestring says:

          to that computer program, you mean?

          I doubt if Virgin particularly care but they just have a rule that supps must live at the same address, so easy enough to comply

          main cardholder is still liable for all purchases & paying them off so it’s not as if you’re making Virgin’s position any worse

          • Harry T says:

            I suppose I though it might look a bit dodgy after I talked to one of their customer service reps today and received that information. It didn’t actually say online why the application was rejected. The CS rep attempted to add my supp over the phone but then said it wouldn’t be possible if she didn’t live at the same address. Would they run any checks to see if she lives at the same address?

  2. OT: I referred other half for BA Amex card. He’s spent £1000 and it says 1,000 Avios welcome bonus. He’s never had a BA Amex before. I thought the welcome bonus was 5k or 6k.

    • What did it say when you made the referral? I thought the sign up bonus was 5/6000 on the free BA card but this might have changed with the recent Amex shake up.

      • Also – the 1000 could be the extra bonus for being referred and the rest might appear shortly!

    • Jonathan says:

      My dad had this, the 1000 extra avios points posted with the last quality spend. The 5000 avios posted about 3 weeks later.

  3. Roger says:

    Rob

    Any opinion on this?

    https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/business-debit-card

    Promises 0.5% cash back on all Debit ca d spend

    • Freddy says:

      Just a MasterCard debit, rare to find a place insisting on MasterCard debit only + business only card.

  4. Taylor says:

    OT: If I have signed up to plat and enrolled with hotel chains that I did not previously have an account, do they contact me to set one up after I have filled in the online form? Been several weeks now and nothing…

    • PaulC says:

      I’m still waiting for 2 of mine. Been about 6 weeks. Waiting to close the account but want the memberships first.

  5. Out of interest Rob, where do you see the 120,000 for the Waldorf Maldives? I’m checking for early next year and the cheapest Honors points redemption I’ve seen (and having just spoen with customer service) is approximately 800,000! Which would make even this offer far from worth it. cheers.

    • 120k was the price when booking opened. Anything at 800k is a Premium Redemption after all standard rooms have been booked. It is possible they have temporarily removed standard availability for some reason.

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