Bits: Hilton’s EXCELLENT Japan / HK flash sale, Cathay flight discount code, HSBC to Avios transfer bonus coming?

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News in brief:

Excellent Hilton ‘50% off’ flash sale for Japan and Hong Kong

Hilton has launched a short flash sale covering its hotels in Japan, Korea, Guam & Hong Kong.

There are some VERY good deals here, particularly for Japan.  I saw in the comments yesterday that a few readers had snapped up a bargain.  Some hotels are only discounting executive rooms or suites, but in these cases it is still worth a look as the prices are often down to the level of the undiscounted standard rooms!

The sale ends at 5am GMT on Friday.  This means, effectively, you need to book before you go to bed tonight, Thursday.

The standard discount is 40% with an additional 10% for logged-in Hilton Honors members.  However, you don’t genuinely get 50% off because the discount is based on the refundable rate.  These sales rates are non-refundable.   You should, however, be saving at least 33% on the usual non-refundable rate.

Stays must be completed by 30th June.

You can find out more on this page of the Hilton website here.   You must book today.

Hilton Japan Tokyo sale

Cathay Pacific selling discount vouchers on Groupon!

Cathay Pacific has taken a slightly different approach to running a sale, by selling discount codes on Groupon!  This even includes Business Class fares.

It on ONLY valid on Sydney, Perth, Shanghai, Tokyo or Manila.

You can see details on Groupon here.

This is how it works:

“[You receive a] Discount voucher of up to 20% to be used on Economy or Premium Economy/Business fares for Cathay Pacific flights for up to nine passengers travelling on a single booking; valid on flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or Manchester to Sydney, Perth, Shanghai, Tokyo or Manila

£5 (Early Bird Price) or £10 (when Early Bird Price has gone) for a 15% discount off Economy Save and Economy Core fares

£20 for a 20% discount off Business and Economy Premium fares

Valid for Business Save (subclass I) and Premium Economy Standard (E) or Economy Flex (K), Economy Core (M, L, V) and Economy Save (S, N, Q) fares only”

Here are the travel dates:

Travel period: 21 Nov 2019 – 21 Jun 2020 (outbound travel must be no later than 17 Jun 2020)

Economy tickets have some blackout dates – see Groupon for details

Must be booked between 21 Nov–5 Dec 2019 

Note that the discount only applies to the base fare and not to the taxes etc.  This doesn’t make much difference on a Business Class ticket, where the base fare is around 85% of the total, but does have a big impact on Economy tickets.

You can find out more, or buy a voucher, on Groupon here.  You can check flight prices, to see how much is base fare and so how much you would save, on the Cathay site here.

Cathay pacific Groupon deal

New HSBC to Avios transfer bonus coming?

Finally, we may be about to see a new transfer bonus between HSBC Premier credit cards and British Airways Executive Club.

A HFP reader, ZW, found this PDF on the HSBC website – click here.

It shows a 25% bonus on transfers made between 1st December and 31st December.

This could obviously change between now and Sunday, however, so don’t rush out to make a transfer until you’ve seen the offer on the HSBC Premier website.

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  1. OT – can anyone help me sign up to AerClub? It seems impossible! If I say ‘yes’ to already having an ‘Avios account’, it will not accept my old password (because it doesn’t have an uppercase letter or something). When I then try to ‘reset’ my password, won’t let me create a new password (also throws up an error). If instead I try to register for AerClub but tell them I do not have an avios account, that throws yet another error and will not let me complete registration! ARRGH!

    AerClub support firstly told me to contact because I would not work if my Avios account was inactive (but aren’t they all shut down?!) Then they told me to enter by BA executive club account and password – which make no sense to me.

    I’m happy to register with a different email, but am worried that might cause problems with transferring Avios between accounts.

    Can anyone advise please? I want to take advantage of the Groupon offer, but can’t even get an AerClub account opened!!

    Thanks 🙂

    • Just set up a new account- old ones not liked to Vueling or AerClub were disabled.

      • Thanks…problem is, I can’t set up a new account with my email address. It doesn’t matter if I say ‘no’ to having an old Avios account, when I press the button ‘Create account’ after telling me to wait I get an error ‘Unfortunately we are unable to complete your registration.’ Tried now 5 times now. This could be an unrelated issue with AerLingus site, but I suspect it something to do with my email…

        If I try creating an account with another email, can anyone confirm if I will be able to transfer OK to BAEC?

        • It shouldn’t make a difference what email address you use, to transfer the balances you use the log-in information to use the combine my Avios function

          • Ok many thanks – will try another email

          • Uh? Emails have to exactly match for the combine my avios feature to work.
            OP try logging in with your aer club number as the username on It worked for me.

  2. Does anyone have good Hilton hotel suggestions for Tokyo please?

    • Search for our Conrad review.

      • Thanks Rob, nice review and at the same time of year I’m looking to get booked up for.
        Sounds comparable to the Intercontinental. Will also check my Hyatt Explorist points and see if I can make the Park, retrace Bill and Scarlett’s footsteps.

  3. Thumshie says:

    I see Monese announced the Avios millionaires eventually:

  4. The HSBC bonuses seem to bounce between 25/30/50 percent.

    Do we think they’re ever going to bounce back to 30 or 50 percent or are we at the new max now do you think?

  5. Jason Scott-Taggart says:

    1st of Dec has arrvied and I cannot see anhy evidence of a new HSBC bonus Avios Awvrd offer. Also, the PDF you can find which raised our hopes initially references a link that does not exist yet either. Anyone seen any other positive evidence?

  6. Any update on the HSBC Bonus situation?

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