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Bits: Sunday Times, impressive TAP deal to Rio (£1349) for Christmas, last chance for Hilton’s Winter Sale

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News in brief:

HFP and a reader in The Sunday Times

Back in early December, I asked for volunteers to work with a national newspaper which was planning a big article of earning Avios from credit cards.

The article ran yesterday in The Sunday Times (see here, paywall) featuring myself and reader Paul, who had a fantastic story to share.  I can’t reproduce it but if you look at HFP on your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram feeds you may be able to expand the image I posted enough to read it 🙂

Head for Points in the Sunday Times

Excellent TAP Air Portugal deals to Rio from London, including Christmas

TAP Air Portugal is offering some excellent Business Class deals to Rio de Janeiro.

These flights are from London and Manchester, so no positioning is involved.  You will be routed via Porto or Lisbon.  You can add a stopover here if you wish for the same flight price, although obviously you are responsible for your hotel costs.

TAP has recently taken delivery of a fleet of A320neo, A321neo and A330neo aircraft.   It is the first airline in the world to operate the A330neo and this is what you will be getting to Rio in most cases.  You can find out more about the TAP neo fleet here.

Here is a typical fare to Rio covering Christmas, for £1349:

TAP deal to Rio

This price is available from September until New Year, albeit not every day. Similar deals are available to Recife and Salvador.

TAP Air Portugal is a member of Star Alliance so your flights will earn miles in any Star Alliance frequent flyer scheme.  This HFP article discusses which Star Alliance programme may be best for you.

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.

You can find out more on the TAP website here.

Hat-tip to Jack’s Flight Club.

Hilton winter sale

Last chance to book in the Hilton Winter Sale

This is your last chance to book in the Hilton Winter Sale and lock in decent weekend deals across Europe, Africa and Middle East.

Full details are on the Hilton website here.

The sale offers up to 30% off the standard Best Available Rate if you are a Hilton Honors member.

That said ….. basing the ‘30% saving’ on the Best Available Bed & Breakfast rate is not exactly fair. Sale rates are non refundable so it is cheeky to compare them to a refundable rate but these deals do usually offer a saving on the usual ‘advanced purchase’ price. Full pre-payment needs to be made at time of booking.

This rate is only available for weekend stays.  The good news is that you can lock in prices for stays between now and as far out as 31st August.  Rooms must be booked by TOMORROW, 28th January.

The 30% savings are for Hilton Honors members only. The normal sale discount rate is 25%. If you aren’t a Hilton Honors member – very unlikely I admit if you are a regular HFP reader! – you can sign up when booking your stay.

Hilton Points Unlimited

Don’t forget to register for the new Spring promotion!

Hilton Honors has launched its new Spring promotion, Points Unlimitedwhich is now open for registration.

To give Hilton credit, it is very straightforward with minimal small print:

You will earn 2,000 bonus Hilton Honors points for every stay between 6th January and 3rd May.

Even better, you will earn an additional 10,000 bonus Hilton Honors points for every TEN nights you complete.

There is no cap to what you can earn and there are no minimum stay requirements.  The bonus should also trigger on reward stays given how similar promotions have worked in the past.

You can register for the offer here.

Hilton winter sale

…. and also don’t forget Hilton’s generous status match offer

Finally, remember that if you have top or mid-tier status with another hotel loyalty scheme, Hilton will match you to Gold for 90 days and give you an opportunity to keep it until March 2021 or even be upgraded to Diamond.

Details of how you can claim your status match are in this article.

Top-tier Diamond status comes with guaranteed Executive Lounge access and (on request) late check-out at most brands.  Gold – which you are given instantly as part of the match – gets you free breakfast and some sort of upgrade.  If you have status elsewhere that you can match, and can pick up a sale deal at a property with a decent lounge, you should get a good deal.

Full sale details and the booking site are here.

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  1. Anyone know if a peanut allergy is considered a pre-existing condition for the purposes Amex Plat travel / medical insurance?

    Can’t find any definitive guidance in the T&C’s

  2. Shoestring says:

    O/T are TM Lewin still on Amex offers? If so, would combine with their ‘secret’ £14.95 shirt sale here

    down from £44.95 etc

  3. O/T – Do alll Amex Plat cards have a similar statement date near end of the month? ie tomorrow ish…. Ive got a new account and cant work out when i will get my first statement, (and if it will have the painful yearly fee on it?)

    • The accounting period starts in the moment you were accepted as a new card holder. So everyone has got a different one. If you applied on 04/01 for example it is safe to assume it could be around 5-6 of every month, payable around 10 days later.
      My one for example ends on 10 and payable on 20 approx

  4. I’m super keen for a solo trip to beirut (BA deal for £225)

    Safe on the ground there?

    • memesweeper says:

      Planning a trip later this year. FCO advise against travel in a number of areas of The Lebanon, including the southern suburbs of Beirut.

    • Went in June last year. Felt safe as houses the whole time wandering around Beirut and while touring outside Beirut. Absolutely wonderful place.

  5. Another Monese Gift Card Promotion.

    “Here’s something to help you beat the January blues.

    Enjoy 15% off when you buy a £100 gift card

    That means you’ll get a £100 gift card for just £85 – but hurry, because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

    How does it work?

    Add BEATBLUES as your promo code in the Monese app

    You’ll be charged £85 for your £100 gift card

    Check your in-app notifications to find your gift card”

    In stock at time of posting

  6. Off topic.
    Can anyone recommend a nice hotel in Seoul. I will be there in a few days time but have not booked somewhere to stay. We’d like someone central and normally at least 3 stars.
    I have Hilton Diamond ( for a few more months) and IHG Spire Ambassador. Thanks for any advice.

    • Genghis says:

      We stayed at courtyard namdaemun in late 2018. Nothing fancy but decent hotel in v good location.

  7. Glad I popped by and got my Monese Gift Card!

    Other Bits courtesy of First Direct Visa Offers:-

    Waitrose – 5% until 29th January
    LNER – 5% until 10th February (remember you can buy gift voucher that last 12 months)
    Now TV – 25% until 10th February (2 months for the price of one Pass offers too)

    And probably most importantly for this site

    Holiday Inn – 5% until 7th February Instore and Online, Maximum reward £100

    It warns that “Not all Holiday Inn sites are monitored by Visa Offers”, not sure if that means they are ineligible or if they’ll need a nudge to push it through.

    • Shoestring says:

      there was a good one on Halifax today – Europcar 10% max £30 – & free to cancel once that hits the a/c 🙂

      somewhat puts me back in a good mood after my Monese cr/app (blocked)

      • I cannot get decent Lloyds Group offers for love nor money. Only thing I have had in last 6 months are Butlins, NowTV and IdealHomes.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Monese offer finished already.

    • Didn’t know about the LNER gift vouchers. Great tip! Currently getting 5pc back on my BAPP. Ends tomorrow so a voucher will be great. Thanks.

  8. Harry T says:

    Likely going to be renting a car in Tasmania later this year, and would be cool to get a nice upgrade to a big ute. What was your trick for getting top tier status with Hertz and co?

  9. O/T Accor Limitless: I bought 5 shares in Accor hotels and completed their Shareholder club form here:

    And I was upgraded to gold for two years! I can even sell the shares if I want to! So easy and almost for free! (Paid €10 for buying the shares)

    They upgraded me in 3 days!

    • Thanks. I was considering taking out the Ibis Business offer to get gold but looks as though only one share needed to join the Shareholders Club!

      • Yeah! Go for this instead! Just a note: shares are £35 each, but I paid €10 in fees.

  10. OT IHG Pointsbreaks – Since I was expecting a new list any time, I did some searching and unfortunately discovered this on LL

  11. Eh? Is that true? News to me if it is – all of our $ HFP spend goes through mine.

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