Hilton Honors has launched some new sporting redemptions if you are looking for ways to spend your Hilton Honors points.
It is worth saying upfront that two of these are not bargains. They will sell out, so arguably Hilton is pricing them correctly from the point of view of classical economic theory. I’m just not sure if it isn’t against the spirit of these redemptions to put a price tag on them which excludes the majority of members.
BMW PGA Golf Championship, Virginia Water, 10th September
This deal IS a bargain, I think. For 80,000 Hilton Honors points – which we’d value at around £265 – you can enjoy VIP hospitality on the 18th green, including food and drink all day from breakfast onwards, for the BMW PGA Golf Championship. The package is for TWO people.
There were originally packages for every day but during yesterday most were snapped up. At 10pm last night, only Saturday 10th September remained.
England vs South Africa cricket, Manchester, 22nd July
For 280,000 Hilton Honors points – which we’d value at around £900, so not cheap – you can redeem for two VIP hospitality packages for the 2nd one day England vs South Africa cricket international at Old Trafford.
The package includes reserved seating in stand E or the balcony viewing area, Q&A with a cricket legend, official commentary radios, official programs and complimentary food & beverage offerings throughout the day including breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
Alternatively, Hilton is auctioning off a balcony room at the Hilton Garden Inn Old Trafford which overlooks the pitch! You get to sleep in the room after the match, with breakfast included the following day.
McLaren Technology Centre visit, Woking, 28th July
Hilton Honors has arranged another tour of the McLaren F1 factory at the Norman Foster-designed McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.
The date is 28th July. The cost is 130,000 Hilton Honors points for two people and includes a buffet. There were five packages left at 10pm last night.
No time is given, annoyingly. The main ticket holder must be 18+ and the guest must be 16+
The factory is not normally open to the public so this is a rare opportunity to take a look inside.
These packages were originally 50,000 points when Hilton started doing these tours about eight years ago, then 75,000 points and then 100,000. Given my 0.33p valuation for a Hilton Honors point, you are effectively trading off £430 of free hotel stays by going. For an F1 fan it is definitely worth it, but the value is getting a little strained.
You can redeem these deals via the Hilton Experiences website here.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 2022)
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
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