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Bits: 100% bonus buying Hilton points, another £1 Avios redemption quirk, £15 Lufty / SWISS Amex cashback

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News in brief:

Get a 100% bonus buying Hilton points – worth it?

Hilton Honors has launched a new promotion offering a 100% bonus when you purchase 10,000+ points.

The Hilton ‘buy points’ page is here.

Regular readers of Head for Points will know that I tend to value Hilton points at 0.33p each.  You are paying 0.40p (0.5 cents) 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.

The annual cap has been doubled for this offer.  You can buy up to 320,000 points (160,000 + 100%) for $1,600.

You can buy points via this link.  The offer ends on 22nd October.

Another quirk with the ‘£1 taxes’ Avios redemptions trial

We have covered the current trial of ‘£1 taxes’ short-haul Avios redemptions extensively.  There have been a few teething problems but the system is now working as it should.

A reader has picked up another quirk, however

If you book a short-haul Avios redemption using a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher, it prices under the ‘old’ system.  You cannot choose how much or how little you pay in taxes in charges.  You must pay £35 return in Euro Traveller and £50 return in Club Europe.

It gets more complex.

A reader booked two one-way short-haul flights using a 2-4-1 voucher, at 355 days before departure.  The plan was to add the return later when it became available.

A week later, they booked the return flights online – choosing the ‘middle’ pricing option of £17.50 one way in taxes and charges – and later called British Airways to merge these flights onto the existing 2-4-1 ticket.  The Avios for one of the return tickets would be refunded.

This is a proven technique which many people use.  However, it no longer works on short haul.  Even if you pick the ‘£17.50 taxes’ option when booking online, your ticket cannot be married to an existing 2-4-1 booking.   You must ring the BA call centre and get them to book the return for you, adding it to your existing ticket.

£15 SWISS Lufthansa cashback offer

£15 cashback on SWISS and Lufthansa flights for American Express cardholders

Yesterday we covered the current SWISS and Lufthansa long-haul flight sale from the UK.

Coincidentally, a £15 cashback offer for SWISS and Lufthansa has appeared on a lot of American Express cards.  If you are targeted it will appear under the ‘Offers’ tab on your online statement page.  Remember to check all of your cards.

You will receive a £15 statement credit when you spend £100 at either the SWISS website or the Lufthansa website before 9th November.  You can fly at any time but flights must depart from the UK.

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Comments

  1. OT:
    Can you book a Hertz rental for someone else but use your Amex Plat CDP discount?

    Failing that, can you you get them to book it under their name and use another discount code, but still input your Virgin Flying Club number?

    Trying to book a van for my Mum.

    • Charlieface says:

      1. Yes if Five Star or Pres Circle you would need to add them as 2nd driver and turn up at the office yourself also.
      2. Doubt it, could try doesn’t harm. Worse is the points get rejected.

  2. Hello !

    Flying the BA A250-1000 soon and looking at seats. Are the seats in row 15 (just behind bulkhead, in smaller CW cabin) exactly the same as all the others or do they have a little extra legroom or a wider cubby hole for your feet in bed mode ?
    If any differences, is it all 4 or certain ones (A & K or E & F) ?

    Cheers.

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