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Let F1 driver Lando Norris drive your child to school – pay with Hilton Honors points

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If the school run is getting boring, Hilton Honors has the answer.

One Hilton Honors member can have their child driven to school by Formula 1 driver Lando Norris. You don’t need to worry about your insurance, because Lando will bring his own McLaren supercar to make the trip.

The event is fixed for 6th July. Check the dates before you bid – my daughter’s school finishes on Friday 2nd July, although my son has a week left.

You need to live within 25 miles of Woking to bid. Most of London is within 25 miles of Woking as the crow flies, but the usual M4 / M25 route is over 30 miles – it isn’t clear how McLaren will decide if you are eligible.

You can bid for this genuinely unique Hilton / McLaren experience here. The current high bid is 60,000 points.


How to earn Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards (June 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.

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Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted in three Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly via American Express Gold, the American Express Rewards Credit Card and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold and Business Platinum.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

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Comments (19)

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    Maybe taking me to the supermarket, but taking a kid to school?

    Seems so wrong in so many ways.

    But having hosted several grime artists for video shoots – latest was Ambush – I can see the attraction in Camden!

  • mark2 says:

    From the headline I assumed that Lando Norris was another taxi service.

    • Mike says:

      So did I – i thought Lando Norris was a competitor of Addison Lee

  • roberto says:

    Anybody actually done anything with Leaders Club Points?

  • Rich says:

    ‘Must live within 25 miles of Woking’ has to be a contender for the oddest competition rule I’ve ever come across! I mean, if it was being run by the local paper, maybe…

    • N says:

      Local F1 team?

    • Rui N. says:

      McLaren is based in Woking…

      • Rich says:

        Sure, but still. Seems a little parochial. I’m sure Lando could venture a little further for a PR engagement.

        • Rob says:

          Guessing Lando has better things to do given that the Austrian GP is the 4th and the British is 14-16th ….

  • Lady London says:

    Woking? 60,000 points plus? This is going to be grabbed by someone in the Cobham-type ‘Stockbroker Belt’ practically next to Woking.

    It’ll be a great ride to a nice school down those green country lanes…Holland Park Comprehensive isn’t going to get a look in. At most, someone who lives in Surrey Stockbroker Belt with a daughter at St.Paul’s Girls School nearish Rob.

    • Andy says:

      It’s pretty restrictive, but I’d feel a bit bad if an F1 driver had to come all the way up to Cumbria (even if he’d enjoy the roads) to do the 10 minute drive to school.

      • Super Secret Stuff says:

        There is technically no limit to the length off journey, just looks like they want it to start and end near Woking. Any Uni students needing to come home that day? Lol

        • Super Secret Stuff says:

          Ahhh T and Cs limit the max age, damn it

        • Genghis says:

          I had a look as my son loves cars – but yeah, he’s too young. Journey also limited to 20 mins.

  • TJ says:

    You’ll need to weigh-up the pros & cons of booking a LHW hotel directly vs Emyr. In general, going via Emyr gets you additional benefits including the $100 F&B benefit. However, going directly via the Leaders Club gets you some of the same benefits, plus a 20% discount on the published rate and points (currently Emyr does not offer this). The points can rack up quickly on a longish stay especially with the double points promo. You’ll need about 7.5k points for a 1 night redemption at a 5-star hotel (with a discounted cash rate of £425).

    • Rob says:

      Emyr can book the LHW deal in the same way he can book Amex FHR packages.

      Why bother? You needn’t unless, for eg, you have special requests like connecting rooms.

      They are just specific rate codes that the hotels file and which Emyr can pull up. I think he can book you Amex FHR even if you don’t have a Plat card, in theory, as long as you have an Amex to pay with.

      • Matthew says:

        I found he couldn’t pull up the Amex FHR rate at University Arms Cambridge and only the Marriott Stars rate instead which doesn’t come with the $100 F&B credit unless it has changed…

  • Sloth says:

    You need to live within 25 miles ok Woking. Doesn’t say where the school needs to be located…might send my kids to school in Scotland for the day 🙂

    • Genghis says:

      “ The ride will not exceed 20 minutes”. I know the car is fast but… 🙂

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