Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

News: HSBC Premier to Avios transfer bonus coming?, Hilton’s EXCELLENT Japan / HK flash sale

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

New HSBC to Avios transfer bonus coming?

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.

PS.  Our recent article on the top 10 reasons why you should get the HSBC Premier World Elite credit card is here.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

Hilton Japan Tokyo sale

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.

(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.)

Comments (135)

  • Allan says:

    Surely economy and business mixed up for the Cathay value?

    • Erico1875 says:

      No. If Economy base fare 100 then 20% is 20. If Business base fare is 1000 then saving is 200

      • David P says:

        Exactly. So the article should say something like “This makes a big difference on a Business Class ticket, where the base fare is around 85% of the total, but doesn’t have a big impact on Economy tickets” rather than the other way round.

  • Nigel says:

    OT but re Hilton: If you cancel a Hilton points stay thru the website, how long does it usually take for the points to return to your account for reuse?

    • Zara says:

      Almost immediately in my experience.

    • meta says:

      They advise it can take up to 30 minutes. Last night it took less than 5 minutes.

    • John says:

      Either immediately, or 6 to 8 weeks and requiring about 6 to 8 phone calls.

      Chances of the latter are higher if cancelling on weekends or between midnight and early morning UK time.

      Note that in rare cases points reservations will not be cancellable at all

    • Travel Strong says:

      And on rare occasions – a month of phonecalls to sort it out!

      If you are using them to do an immediate rebooking, it is safer to call up and get it all done by the call center in one process.

  • Air Miles Andy says:

    Hi chums. Down on my luck a bit just now. Haven’t quite the funds I used to. Chanced across this website. Hope you guys can help keep me airborne. Thanks!

    PS Are there any good Pizza Express deals out there?

    • Shoestring says:

      Welcome. Stashing away £57m on a £20K Navy pension qualifies you as a top rank poster with no further formalities needed.

    • John says:

      You’d better go this week as trains to Woking are on strike in December.

  • Jack says:

    Thanks for the heads up about the Hilton flash sale. Perfectly timed for me. Yesterday I redeemed points on a 5-nights-for-4 stay at the hilton tokyo, and now today have got my remaining cash nights for that trip at a nice discount. Not to mention, I got a bigger room for cheaper than the room I would have otherwise bought.

  • Bonglim says:

    High five to ZW. Was literally about to transfer 50000 Avios from hsbc today. Will wait a couple of days!

  • Secret Squirrel says:

    OT:
    Iberia Groupon promo – How long has people here found its taken for the avios to credit accounts? I’m on day 12 today since purchasing, I have read elsewhere 10 – 14 days but good to hear personal experiences.

    • Anna says:

      Last year I had avios credit within a week but another package took 6 weeks! However, I bought some via the Groupon Ireland offer this week and they appeared in my brand new AerClub account within 24 hours so I would recommend this route.

  • JRC says:

    OT: BAPP card, have normally churned but due to the rule changes this year have kept. Two questions : (1) Is there any “bonus” for keeping for 1 year with spend target? Eg spend £25k get annual 10,000 bonus Avios (2) once I’ve renewed does the clock for earning a new companion voucher restart – ie. each year I can earn a new companion voucher?
    Thanks!

    • Genghis says:

      1. Just the 241 at £10k spend
      2. Yes

    • Spurs Debs says:

      The bonus is spend 10k in a year get 241 voucher and yes clock starts again for new voucher.
      Don’t want to be rude but you seem clueless about the credit card you have signed up for. Have you not read t&c at all?

      • JRC says:

        Like I said have always churned so have never worried about any annual targets or what happens in 2nd year, does the Amex site even say that? I doubt it. No need to be rude. It took Genghis all of 7 words to clarify.

        • Peter K says:

          I think it’s a fair point to suggest that if you are keeping a credit product (or applying for one) that you read the t&c’s to avoid any unexpected surprises etc

        • Spurs Debs says:

          Well if you think that was rude you’ve led a sheltered life. But hey you want to sign up for finical products knowing zero about what you are signing for that’s your business.

  • Spurs Debs says:

    Considering the site is being sponsored by Hilton I was surprised you hadn’t mentioned this sale on Tuesday when it went live. I saved a considerable amount on my Conrad Tokyo suite cancelled my reward booking, those points will come in handy for something else.