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What happened to our Hilton / McLaren competition winner?

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The first weekend in April saw the winner of our exclusive competition with Hilton Honors head to the prestigious McLaren Technology Centre in Woking to enjoy their prize.

The lucky winner, Petros Kipouropoulos, was able to experience an unforgettable sleepover hosted by Hilton inside the home of McLaren Racing during the weekend of the Australian Grand Prix.

When talking about the experience, he commented:

“The event was what I’d call ‘a once in a lifetime’ experience, one of those things money simply can’t buy. Visiting the McLaren Technology Centre is like going to the F1 Mecca, the ultimate cathedral of the sport and an amazing opportunity to get through Hilton Honors. 

Petros had a full tour of the centre and enjoyed activities including the Pit Stop Challenge, before a delicious evening meal with a menu curated by Anthony Marshall, the head chef at London Hilton on Park Lane.  He was joined by other Hilton Honors members who redeemed points for access.

After a few hours sleep on the iconic Boulevard – in a bespoke bedroom that replicated a hotel stay, complete with finishing touches from Hilton including personalised bathrobes and bespoke welcome boxes – Petros was then invited to watch an exclusive live screening of the Australian Grand Prix.

“What really topped everything was the way we experienced the Australian Grand Prix. The pre-race briefing, our visit to the strategy and monitor room during the race, the chance to listen to McLaren team talks and, of course, having McLaren’s people around us explaining every small detail. It’s forever changed my perception of F1.

This Hilton Honors experience is one of the best, if not the best way, for Hilton Honors members to spend their points. Experiences like these are truly unforgettable – plus they make great presents for loved ones! I couldn’t imagine a better reward for being a loyal Hilton Honors member!”

I can’t thank Head for Points and Hilton enough for this opportunity. I am eternally grateful and can’t wait to experience another Hilton Honors event.”

For any F1 fans who missed out on this prize, there are other F1 experiences available with Hilton Honors Experiences and redeemable with points, including VIP access to the Canadian Grand Prix.

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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 Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 and they come with generous sign-up bonuses. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

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

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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