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Bits: see The BRIT Awards with IHG, get a 100% bonus buying Hilton points, save 15% on Malaysia Airlines

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News in brief:

See The BRIT Awards with IHG Rewards Club

The BRIT Awards is the annual celebration of British music, or at least the more popular end of it.  IHG Rewards Club, in conjunction with event sponsor Mastercard, is offering two fantastic VIP packages via the IHG Access auction platform.

First up is a very decent package:

 2 X Level 1 tickets to The BRIT Awards 2020 on 18th February
 2 x Tickets to The Official BRITs After Show Party
 1 night stay at the InterContinental London – The O2
 Food allowance at the InterContinental London – The O2
 Travel allowance

There is also a second package which adds:

1 x Capture the moment Experience: You and your guest can capture the stars’ arrival to the BRITs on camera and on the red carpet.

You must have a Mastercard to enter, but any Mastercard will do – it doesn’t need to be the IHG Rewards Club one.

The first package is here (current bid 78000 points) and the second package is here (current bid 101,000 points).

If you don’t have enough points for this, there is also a package up for grabs on Facebook – see here.

PS.  The IHG Access page is also offering concert tickets, mainly at ‘buy it now’ prices, at The SSE Arena for Lewis Capaldi, Jonas Brothers and Tadeschi Trucks Brands.

IHG Rewards Club BRIT Awards

100% bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points (again)

Hilton Honors is currently running another promotion offering a 100% bonus when you purchase 10,000+ points.

The Hilton ‘buy points’ page is here.  You have until 19th February to buy.

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, the ‘all suite’ Conrad New York Downtown or Conrad New York Midtown 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 – and if you don’t have status, you can get a match here.

Personally, I am considering buying points for my trip to the ITB travel show in Berlin in March.  Hotel rates in Berlin go through the roof during ITB.  I have always fancied giving the relatively new Waldorf Astoria Berlin a try – picture below – but €500 per night (£430) for my dates is a little steep.  $350 (£271), which is what it costs to buy 70,000 points, is also not a bargain but brings the cost down to the level of a typical 4-star level.

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

You can buy points via this link.  The offer ends on 19th February.

Waldorf Astoria Berlin

Save 15% on Malaysia Airlines flights

Malaysia Airlines has a launched a new promo code for 15% off flights booked from the UK in association with Heathrow Rewards.

It is valid for both Economy, Business and Business Suite flights.

You need to book by 25th January for travel dates up to 30th November 2020.  The discount only applies to the base fare and so will not be a full 15% due to the taxes and charges included.

Full details and the promo code you need to use are on this page of the Malaysia Airlines site here.

Remember that you earn Avios and tier points in British Airways Executive Club when you fly with Malaysia Airlines.

If you missed our recent Malaysia Airlines review series, you can catch it here:

review of the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4

review of Malaysia Airlines A350 Business Suite (ex First Class)

review of the Malaysia Airlines First Class Lounge in Kuala Lumpur

review of Malaysia Airlines A350 Business Class

Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.  This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.

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  1. Sorry off topic but looking for City break to a Milan in June. Any recommendations on decent hotel in good location. Looking at 4 star hotels.


  2. OT – if I book a hotel through Amex travel for someone else, will they have any issues at check in if I am not travelling? Trying to take advantage of the cash back deal.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      should be able to put their name down as the guest, some hotels can be funny about checking the card that booked the stay but it’s a very small %.

      • If you prepay at Amex Travel the hotel won’t see the card you paid with – they will see a card number that belongs to Amex Travel

    • I have done exactly this, used their name and email address and no issues.

  3. Talking of Hilton

    Stayed at Doubletree Harrogate last week. Service was abysmal.

    Waited 40 mins to check in at 4pm.
    Phone calls to housekeeping and reception went unanswered.
    Requests for extra shower gel and bottles of water (Should have this as Hilton members) were ignored and needed chasing up.
    Dirty sheets and laundry left outside in corridors.
    No fridge in rooms despite this being advertised.
    Digital key didn’t work for my room.

    Really really understaffed. The breakfast was very good, however.

  4. Harry T says:

    Has anyone flown JAL in J between Beijing and Tokyo or Tokyo and Hong Kong? Trying to figure out if it’s worth the extra Avios. Premium economy also available on the HND to HKG leg.

    In other news, I’ve managed to bag two seats in Cathay F from HKG to PEK – will get to experience the Wing and the Pier with my partner!

    • Between Tokyo and HK I’d say it’s worth it. I flew Premium Economy on JAL but would have paid the extra Avios for business class if it had been available (something like 5000 extra points). I think the taxes remained the same. If you don’t have status it’s even more worth it as you’ll get lounge access.

      • Harry T says:

        Thanks, Gavin. We don’t have status so that’s a good point. The taxes are really cheap and don’t change between PE and J, as you say.

      • JAL PE does come with lounge access (designated in outstations, e.g. QF lounge at HKG), so essentially just a non-flat seat and better food.

    • Business class. As the late great Oscar Wilde once said ‘Give me the luxuries, anyone can have the necessaries’ .

    • Flew HKG to NRT in J on JAL last month. Superb. Well worth the Avios. The meal was the best I have ever had on an aircraft. Looked almost too beautiful to eat! Angle flat seating with a massage function. Seating is forward facing 2-2-2. Easy to talk to your companion during the flight.

      We also flew JAL economy from HND to ITM. Only a 50 minute flight but IFE, free headphones, free WiFi, and a free soft drink. Great airline.

  5. OT: last week I was in a BA long haul flight that was delayed 3 hours because we had to stop to disembark a passenger that was unwell.
    Am I write thinking that there isn’t any compensation in this case?

    • Shoestring says:


      • Surely it depends what caused the passenger to be unwell i.e. self inflicted alcohol intoxication?

        • Shoestring says:

          but then somehow you’d be talking about Princess chasing the passenger for compo?

          from the airline’s point of view (and in the EC/261 context), it (passenger illness causing delay to disembark them) is extraordinary circumstances outside BA’s control

        • Don’t you mean BA-inflicted alcohol intoxication? As in if BA could be proved to have supplied a drunk passenger with excessive alcohol then the situation could potentially be argued to be within BA’s control

          • Shoestring says:

            even then, you’d have a devil of a job getting BA to admit they did it – and I sympathise with them, a passenger can get on already very drunk from the lounge but act quiet and normal, order another – on long haul – (say) 8 drinks/ doubles and still act quiet and normal until the alcohol makes them keel over

        • Ahahah!!! Not sure what happened, she definitely wasn’t drunk… doctor and paramedics cone on board when we landed. She didn’t look great but she walked out by herself!
          Anyway I thought that probably would have been no under BA control rule!

  6. Angela Dye says:

    OT Revolut

    Had a notification on my (Android) phone today from Revolut. I think it started with something like ‘Good news. Spend…’.
    Couldn’t see the rest of it. Notification disappears after selection. Can’t view it from Revolut app.

    Anyone had anything similar and if so, was it exciting?

    • the_real_a says:

      haha – hold the notification with your left thumb and then with your right thumb swipe right or down to see the full notification…

      I reported this back in the Revolut Beta days… annoyed the heck out of me!

  7. Rob – was in Berlin in 2018, stayed at the Hilton, its location is IMHO far superior to that of the WA. We did visit the WA when out br Zoo for a drink which is nice inside, but I think I’d stay in the Hilton again, especially if I got another upgrade to a suite.

    You should check out the roof terrace of hotel de Roma (Rocoforte) nice views having a cocktail

  8. Shoestring says:

    Willie Walsh ‘scandal’ reported in the Sunday Times – he (divorced) is in a relationship with a woman who works in Finance! Big deal, sez I, we’re not uptight this way like the Americans, how else was he supposed to meet a new lady in his life? Though – he did say 2 months ago he’d carry on working another 2 years! Probably realised that at 58 he’s not getting any younger, that’s all.

    In other news – no external candidates were interviewed for the CEO position.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Dating a colleague that doesn’t work for him. Who cares. Papers need to focus on reporting real news not people’s personal lives.

  9. Oh dear… Flybe, or Flymaybe.

  10. Booking a Hampton for a convenient airport stay for an early flight.

    Trying to decide between 30k HH pts for a flexible booking or £100 in the sale.

    To be honest I think both are overpriced but its peak season with School holidays.

    • Waste of HH, surely you can do better than 0.33p per point with your trips to Maldives. 2,000 points per night promotion might swing it.

      • Aye, 30k HH pts is $150/£115 in the current 100% bonus offer.

        The flexible equivalent room price is £125.

        You could argue that not burning points and going for a sale price of £100 I’m effectively buying 30k points (+ base & bonus for stay) with restrictions of a non refundable booking.

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