Bits: Hilton UK-only competition, Terminal 2 trialling a new tunnel transfer option, Amex hotel sale

Some news in brief:

Hilton HHonors launches a UK-only competition

Reader Alan helpfully pointed me in the direction of this competition which Hilton is running exclusively for Hilton HHonors members in the UK.  Apparently some HFP readers are seeing it advertised on the site although I have never seen it!

The prizes are good and include a New York holiday with a stay in a Presidential Suite, hospitality package to the British Grand Prix including hotel, hospitality package to the BMW PGA Championship and an ‘Ultimate Football Experience’ for 12 people at Hilton St George’s Park (see my review and photo below) at the National Football Centre.

The closing date is July 5th.  All you need to do to enter is go here, enter your Hilton HHonors account number and click.  UK residents only.

Hilton St Georges Park aerial

Heathrow Terminal 2 trialling a new tunnel transfer option

Whilst Terminal 5 has the train to take you from the main building to the satellites, Terminal 2 does not.  You have a v-e-r-y long walk on a moving walkway.

As an experiment, the airport is currently trialling these:

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I saw one in action this week and was impressed.  For a start, they are funky – or about as funky as such a thing can be.  They seat six people.  The plan, if the trial works, is to install two and have them permanently shuttling up and down the tunnel.  This is fairly easy as I would imagine 95% of people take the travelator because of the distance.

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American Express Travel launches its own hotel sale

Amex Travel has launched a small hotel sale, promising discounts of up to 50% of standard rates.  These deals must be booked via the American Express Travel website and will require an Amex card for payment.

Details of the properties included are here.  You need to book by 30th June for travel by 15th July.

One property included is the Fairmont Royal Pavilion in Barbados which I visited a few years ago and enjoyed.  The rooms are not huge but the direct sea view makes up for it.  It is on offer at £227 per night versus a headline rate of £384.

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Comments

  1. RIccati says:

    Something to add to the mix:

    I have visited the brand new American Express Centurion Lounge at SFO airport (available to Platinum Cardmembers) and it was the heaven on Earth as US airport lounges go. Gourmet delicacies, fresh berries and a free selection of Napa wines. Brute served in tall flukes.

    Better than BA Concorde room at JFK.

    • Can you take a guest in, or do you both have to present a platinum card? Sounds wonderful, we are departing form there next march, so look forward to that. Does anyone know what SEATTLE airport lounges are like ?

      • Patrick says:

        I have been to the Seattle Alaska Lounge – was doing a mileage run with a SEA-JFK segment in F. It isn’t great – like a domestic lounge in UK – apart from the hilarious pancake machine which on the press of a button spits out a pancake which hangs off a roller like a Labrador’ tongue.

      • You can take up to two guests in on each Platinum card, or your immediate family, so I guess that means more than two if they happen to be your partner and children.

        • From the Amex website.
          What is the guest policy?
          Centurion® Members and Platinum Card® Members who receive complimentary access may enter with up to two guests or your immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, and children under 18) at no additional charge.

          • I suppose that means elderly parental units can accompany you as guests, but not “immediate family”!

    • AndyGWP says:

      Do they swipe your Platinum card, or just require sight of it? :) 😉

    • Geoggy says:

      is it better than the Virgin lounge at SFO?

  2. Phillip says:

    You can do even better price wise for The Fairmont. A quick price check and you can get it for less than £200!

  3. re Hilton Hotel competition, the rules say winner must be ‘a legal resident of Great Britain’ although the heading says ‘Regional UK HH Campaign ‘.
    So beware if you live in Northern Ireland.

  4. stewart says:

    Re – Hilton comp. Not very helpful that ‘all winners will be notified on 1 June 2015’ when the closing date as per T&Cs is 5 July 2015 and one of the prizes (the PGA hospitality) is for 22 May!!

  5. So how can I relate this to East Coast in anyway… only joking 😉

    Am I the only one that prefers the walk in the tunnels to the transit train in T5? I know I normally spend more time waiting for the train, boarding, feeling like sardines and then getting to the other end in T5 then I do just walking in T2. Then again I may feel differently if T2C if ever built.

    These new things look like fun but won’t they get in the way of those who want to walk? If you’re going from B to A walking is the only option.