The options to use your hotel and airline points for ‘experience’ packages has been thin on the ground recently, with latest lockdown measures putting an end to large sporting events and concerts.
Long-term readers will know that Rob is a big fan of these events, especially redeeming Emirates Skywards miles for the Emirates VIP box at Arsenal and Marriott Moments points for the Marriott box at the O2 Arena.
Hilton Honors Experiences launched something new today which can be done from home. It is giving you the opportunity to race 20-year old British Formula 1 driver Lando Norris for 25,000 Hilton Honors points. Virtually.
The 45 minute race will place on Wednesday 18th November, I assume in the evening. 15 packages are available.
You need the Codemasters F1 2020 game for PC to take part:
“Open to PC/Steam platform only. Requires a PC and a copy of Codemasters F1 2020 game to enter. Recommended that participants use a wheel and pedal set compatible with the F1 2020 game and PC platform to participate. Standard controllers also usable however less optimal to benefit from McLaren Shadow training sessions. All assists and drivers’ levels will be accommodated.”
Granted, this is a bit of a niche opportunity given the requirement to own a copy of the game (£39.99 on Amazon) but it may be worth it for you if you’re a big F1 fan and/or you want to have the opportunity to “interact with Lando himself”.
Participants must be 18+.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (October 2021)
There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
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