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Hilton news: why it has the best hotel promo for January, Hampton Exeter Airport shuts

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In the first few days of every month, we publish a long article listing all of the current hotel promotions and suggesting which ones are worth looking at.

This month, we haven’t.

The reason is very simple. There is only one global promotion currently running from the ‘big six’ hotel chains, and this is from Hilton Honors.

Let’s run over the Hilton offer again for completeness.

The Hilton Honors Spring promotion is open for registration here.

The promotion is called ”Double Up & Explore’. There are TWO ways to earn a bonus, and they work together.

  • You will earn DOUBLE Hilton Honors base points for every stay between 1st January and 30th April.
  • In addition, you will earn 1,000 bonus Hilton Honors points for every stay at a different Hilton brand.

There is NO ‘starting with your second stay’ rule.  You get double points from your first stay during the promotional period. You also earn the 1,000 points ‘brand bonus’ from your first stay.

For most brands, you will earn 10 base points per $1 spent, plus an additional 10 promotional points plus any status bonus.

Given that I value a Hilton Honors point at around 0.33p, you are getting a good return on your pre-tax spending here.  20 points per $1 is an 8% rebate and that is before you add in any status bonus. A Diamond would be getting 12% back.

You can add in a flat £3.33 of value per new brand from the 1,000 points ‘brand bonus’ too.

You can sign up for ‘Double Up & Explore’ here. There aren’t any better options at the moment!

And talking of Hilton ….

Hampton by Hilton Exeter Airport closes for 12 months

Hampton by Hilton Exeter Airport closes for 12 months

The Hampton by Hilton hotel at Exeter Airport, which we reviewed here, is the latest property to turn itself over to the Government to house asylum seekers.

The hotel has agreed a 12 month contract from today. Once completed, it will finish the refurbishment which was already underway before reopening in Spring 2024.

If you’re planning a trip to Exeter you have two new branded hotels options – the Hotel Indigo in the city centre and Marriott’s Courtyard which is next to the rugby stadium.

Comments (38)

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  • Peter says:

    Does anyone know if I do the ‘Customise your trip’ and add multiple flights and hotels, does it count as a holiday for double tier points etc? Can’t see any additional discount…

    • Rob says:

      Unlikely as doesn’t appear to be booked via BA Hols for ATOL etc purposes.

    • BSI1978 says:

      DP – not to contradict Rob but my West Coast trip from Oct22 was a ‘Customise flights & hotel booking’, not specifically via BA Holidays. I got the Double Tier points through 10 days after the return flight home.

  • Catherine says:

    Had double tier points post only 3 days after our trip in December….which was faster than I expected!

  • PeterK says:

    I booked a club flight+car package to the Canaries (£75 pp deposit) and the balance is due only 4 weeks before departure 👍

  • His Holyness says:

    Exeter is Ability hotels (Hilton Liverpool, Dunblane, Syon Park) bought just before Covid. Some of their properties, like Dunblane, have huge losses. I wouldn’t rule out them handing over a few more to Suella.

    • Jay says:

      Exeter Hampton is owned by Propiteer Hotels who also own Peterborough HGI which will open soon.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    Is there a way to find out if a hotel is housing asylum seekers? The Lincoln Plaza, Curio hotel near Canary Wharf never reopened after covid and kept having its reopening date changing until they finally kicked it into 2024 months ago. Problem is when these hotels are being used by the government the usual facilities aren’t open so it’s just the bare minimum of staffing (I’m not even sure if they get any cleaning). I imagine all hotels being used by the government will need a full refurb before being suitable to return to regular use as maintenance tasks will be ignored.

  • His Holyness says:

    Yes it’s a bit of a disaster, the rooms have the usage of years. They’re also not cleaned daily, which of course keeps the wear and tear down. The beds can be unusable. I find it all a bit penny wise on the part of the owners, delaying the inevitable. HGI Snowdonia was a surprise considering the high standard and newness of the property, though I found the whole hotel project a surprise.
    I don’t think Lincoln Plaza is finished.

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      The Lincoln Plaza was definitely open pre-COVID. The last time I stayed there was December 2019 with a few bookings in 2020 which were cancelled. I think it was completed, although of course I don’t know if some of the rooms were still being fitted out. The leisure facilities opened late but they were open a few months after the rest of the hotel. There was also a residential part to this building and people who lived in these flats also had access to the gym and pool so I wonder if it’s still open for them?

  • Tom says:

    Re Exeter, there are also two other “branded” hotels in the city centre – both Mercures. The Southgate has a pool.

    There is a Holiday Inn Express as well.

    • Rob says:

      The two I listed are new though, and apart from Sheffield I tend to be very wary of Mercure!

    • DevonDiamond says:

      2 HEX

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Mercure isn’t really a brand in the mainstream sense of the word and especially the case in Exeter.

      Hampton is a loss I used that hotel a lot

      • Tom says:

        Fair point, Mercure hotels are all over the place. Some are good like the Mercure Southgate in Exeter. Some are dreadful (looking at you, Salisbury, Winchester).

  • Gordon says:

    No wonder BA are charging so much for taxes and surcharges, They have a new uniform coming out this year and the designer is Ozwald Boateng….

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