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Visit the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking with Hilton Honors

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Hilton Honors has arranged another tour of the McLaren F1 factory at the Norman Foster-designed McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.

The date is Monday 29th July.  The cost is 110,000 Hilton Honors points for two people.  There were five packages left at 10pm last night.

A further five packages are being auctioned, and come with a stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Woking hotel on Sunday 28th July.

Visit the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking with Hilton Honors

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.

The price has come down on 2023 when Hilton asked for 130,000 points. That said, they were 50,000 points when Hilton started doing these tours about ten years ago!  Given my 0.33p valuation for a Hilton Honors point, you are effectively trading off (110,000 x 0.33p) £360 of free hotel stays by going. For an F1 fan it is definitely worth it.

One upside is that this tour includes a three course lunch. These were a feature of the early tours but were replaced by a more casual lunch until 2023 when it returned.

Visit the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking with Hilton Honors

Those who went to the events with a dinner were very positive about them – above is a picture from a 2017 tour, taken specificially for us, when virtually everyone there was a HfP reader.

No travel or accommodation is included, unless you bid for one of the auction packages which includes the DoubleTree Woking stay. The auctions end on 5th July and there is a minimum bid of 150,000 points per package. I suspect that if there are not enough bids at that price the tickets will be dropped into the ‘buy it now’ pot.

You can redeem via the Hilton Experiences website here – search for UK events. Our full review of Hilton Honors is here.


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

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

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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 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.)

Comments (10)

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  • Tom says:

    Thanks, just bagged one after a quick purchase of 5k (plus 5k bonus) points. 3 experiences left as at 0625.

    • Sundar says:

      Ah, did the same buy purchase for few points needed to make it 110K but by the time I came back to the experiences page, all packages were sold this morning…. 🙁

  • Tom says:

    All gone by 0700

  • Tris says:

    Checked at 7:15am and the ‘buy it now’ packages were sold out already

  • lee says:

    sold out

  • babyg_wc says:

    well thats the mid-year HFP party sorted for at least 10 people…

  • Rams says:

    Was this 25k points a few years back for 4 people? That’s what I vaguely remember paying

    • Rob says:

      No, never been below 50k and that was a decade ago. They had a family day a few years ago that was possibly 25k.

  • mutley says:

    Instead of wasting a large number of points, perhaps join McLaren fans, regular competitions including factory tours. Its on the app store.

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