News in brief:
You can no longer redeem Emirates miles for JetBlue business class
Back in February, we showed you how you could use Emirates Skywards miles to book JetBlue’s ‘Mint’ business class.
This had become a very useful option, because JetBlue is now flying from both Heathrow and Gatwick to New York JFK and is about to launch routes to Boston. Feedback on their ‘Mint’ business class product has been hugely positive, given the restrictions of fitting into the single aisle A321LR aircraft being used.
According to reports, and indeed my experience trying to book via the Emirates website, this is no longer possible. Emirates has pulled the ability to redeem miles for JetBlue business class. This applies to all JetBlue routes, not just the transatlantic ones.
You can still redeem Emirates Skywards miles for economy class tickets on JetBlue. At 64,000 miles plus £163 of taxes and charges between Heathrow and New York JFK it is pretty poor value, however.
Hilton opens its fourth Maldives resort
We ran a three-part series of articles last week on Hilton’s luxury Conrad Maldives Rangali resort, which is one of the most aspirational Hilton Honors redemptions.
Last week, Hilton opened its fourth Maldives resort – Hilton Maldives Amingiri. The website is here. As well as the Conrad, Hilton has Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi and SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection.
Amingiri comprises 109 villas, split between beach and water villas. Each has a private pool. It is situated closer to Male than most resorts, which means that it can be accessed via speedboat rather than a seaplane transfer.
There isn’t a lot of information available so far, although it is worth looking at this Flyertalk thread.
Standard redemptions are priced at 110,000 Hilton Honors points per night, or 440,000 points for five nights if you have Hilton Honors elite status, compared to $1,000+ per cash.
Note that no rooms can sleep more than three people, including children, unless you book one of the two-bedroom villas.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (August 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 (5,000 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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