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Save up to 25% at Hilton in South East Asia, Australasia, Japan, Korea and Greater China

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Hilton is currently running an APAC sale to celebrate its 100th anniversary.  This covers hotels across South East Asia, Australasia, Japan, Korea and Greater China.

Discounts are up to 25% off the Best Available Rate.  There is an additional discount for logged-in Hilton Honors members, except in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

The new Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is included, image below, as is the – more affordable – brand new Waldorf Astoria Bangkok.

As always with Hilton sales, your room will be non refundable and requires pre-payment.  This means that the 25% discount is not a genuine one because you would usually save 10% anyway by pre-paying.  You should still see an additional saving, however.

You need to book by 6th September for stays until 29th February.

The Hilton APAC sale site is here.

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!

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, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

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.

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

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Comments

  1. Spaghetti Town says:

    I’m going to Indonesia in October which has a currency not covered by Curve – what Currency cards I can load up with amex or Virgin Mastercard would people recommend?

    • the_real_a says:

      Starling Bank is currently the best. You get the perfect mastercard Fx rates without any loading, and importantly in Asia it has zero ATM fees or limits. Both Revolut and Monzo have quite low ATM limits which is inconvenient in cash countries. (the ATM provider will charge a fee for use). You can also think aabout Halifax clarity which although is a credit card, does not charge Cash advance fees so if you pay off your balance each week your interest payments will be pennies.

    • pauldb says:

      What do you mean – “not covered by Curve”? I know you can only use an underlying card in certain currencies, but I don’t think there are limits on where (in what currency) you can spend or use ATMs, converted back by Curve to your card’s currency.

      • Spaghetti Town says:

        List of curve supported currencies is here:

        https://support.imaginecurve.com/hc/en-gb/articles/214121389-What-do-you-mean-by-supported-currencies-

        Indonesia Rupee is not on the list – so i’ll have to find an alternative. I don’t particularly want to open a bank account up so would be happy just loading a card. Thanks for the response though @ the_real_a

        • pauldb says:

          Yes but that link says: “You make purchases in every currency with Curve. However, Curve can only charge your underlying cards in one of the following currencies:”
          You’re talking about using the Curve card in Indonesia right, which is fine? (Not about trying to connect your curve to an Indonesian credit card?)

          • Spaghetti Town says:

            You’re right, the underlying card will be charged in GBP, which will be fine. Apologies, I initially thought my curve card would only work in those currencies.

            Curve it is then.

    • Axel Heyst says:

      Curve is fine to use in Indonesia, cards can be used virtually anywhere these days. Occasionally a 3% charge is requested but point out your curve card is a debit card, then there will be no surcharge.

      I use Curve and Transferwise (£300 ATM fee free monthly). Also insist on using your PIN at all times, smile and say “mau paki PIN”

      For ATMs look on the cover and make sure it dispenses 100 000 Rupiah notes, not Rp 50,000 as the machines only dispense 30 paper notes e.g Rp3m. Maybank and BCA are best for ATM’s. Mandiri more hit than miss.

      The currency these days is Rupiah, the Dutch Duit and Spanish Dollar are no longer acceptable.

  2. Scallder says:

    OT: IHG removing all miniature toiletries from all of its hotels by 2021… https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49163456

    • Bold move.

    • RussellH says:

      Ironically, that will be (small) blow to the country’s food banks. We now make a point of collecting as many toiletry bottles as possible and I take the to our local food bank, unless passing through NCL, where there is a bin in arrivals asking for donations of toiletries brought back from holiday. And the small bottles can be recycled (a lot of them are made from recycled PET anyway), though I accept that food bank users are probably not great at recycling as they have too many other things to worry about.

      More concerning to me is the vast quantity of single use plates, cups and cutlery got through in USA HIEs, though I do note that the CEO of IHG says that he wants to tackle that too.

    • Thumbs up from me. As much as I like a freebie, it’s ab absurdly wasteful freebie!

      I don’t have anything against the wall mounted shower gel dispensers, but they do tend to be filled with industrial drain cleaner, rather than nice potions. Hopefully that will change. No reason it can’t be done in upscale hotels if it’s done right.

      I never tire of an opportunity to wheel out this wonderful story from the old, innocent, days of the internet.

      http://people.cs.ksu.edu/~schmidt/soap.txt

      • If the potions are too nice people will take their empty bottles and empty the dispenser on every visit.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Voco use large bottles of Aveda toiletries. Wouldn’t say they are cheap.

        My real concern is that they are cleaned/wiped by housekeeping between guests. The washes/shampoos etc are fine but moisturisers could be grim.

  3. OT – Anyone know what the likelihood of Monday and Tuesdays Hetahrow strikes going ahead? Looks like an outcome on the new pay deal isn’t expected untl Friday at the earliest.

    • I have spoken to BA at length re the LHR (non-BA) staff strike. The outcome of the ballot will be known sometime on 2/8. The strikes are definitely set for 5/8 and 6/8 unless the latest deal is accepted under the ballot or if they agree to suspend the strike again in the event that the deal is rejected. As to the impact on BA flights, well they have zero to say on that and I assume that anyone flying on those dates may need to react with little or virtually no notice.

  4. roberto says:

    OT.. RE BA STRIKES

    If you bored and want to watch a live feed for the BALPA court appeal its on you tube

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFFIKTKW32WJ-xzfesJ4t8w/live

    Appoliges if its mentioned elsewhere.

  5. O/T question re train ticket from Gatwick.

    Sorry I can’t find the relevant post. Flying back in to Gatwick instead of Heathrow and will take the Southern train to Victoria. Can I just use my Oyster card instead of buying an actual ticket? Thanks .

  6. Waddle says:

    Info about Virgin Money & Clydesdale:
    https://uk.virginmoney.com/virginmerging/credit-cards/

    Doesn’t look like much will change for VA card memders but good to keep in mind if anything unexpected happens during the transition.

  7. lauren says:

    Can you get the 25% offer with a points equivalent? or is it 25% off cash purchases only?

  8. OT – Any chance we’ll see another decent Iberia deal this summer? I’m looking to fly to Mexico City in November and regretting not snapping up the earlier €999 offer! 🙂

    • Andreas says:

      I think as a cash fare that was pretty much a once in a lifetime occasion, especially leaving from Spain; we never see those kinds of fares here! We went for it as they even let me hold the tickets for 24hrs before paying…. off to Mexico next week.

  9. Rui N. says:

    OT: any recommendations on luxury hotels in Oxforshire or surrounding areas (we are in Didcot, anything less than 1 hour drive would be preferable) for one night stay to celebrate the wife’s birthday in October? Anything cheaper than the Belmond please!

    • SimonW says:

      Cliveden, or the new Monkey Island hotel, both under an hour, back towards London

      • Tempted to try Monkey Island, bookable on Hyatt points.

        • If only for the name.

        • SimonW says:

          Is it really? I had no idea. I remember going there over the wobbly bridge 25 years ago for a wedding party. V tempted to give it a go too.

          • Yes, its part of Small Luxury Hotels. Really good value – I looked at a couple of Sat nights and it was 25k vs £375. Worth buying the Hyatt points actually if there is a promo on.

          • SimonW says:

            Or, make a booking for Sunday 25th August. They havent noticed Monday is a bank holiday. Quoting £275 a night.

    • Nick Burch says:

      The Heythrop Park near Enstone is no longer a Crowne Plaza, but was pretty good when we last went pre-deflagging, especially if you can get a room in the old part.

      Otherwise, you ought to be able to get to the Langley in under an hour 🙂

  10. OT — I know that Avios bookings on BA can be cancelled up to 24 hours before the flight for a full Avios refund. Is the same true of Avios bookings on Iberia (via Iberia.com)?

    • marcw says:

      Yes and no. Yes on Iberia, Iberia Express, Air Nostrum and British Airways operated flights – 24h before scheduled departure 25 EUR. On all other partners, redemptions are non-refundable.

    • Optimus Prime says:

      Yes. You have to call though, can’t be done online.

  11. Sarah says:

    OT – Anyone know how long it takes points to post for the BA wine offer?

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