Bits: Hilton T5 deal, KLM raises award prices with no warning, £399 Air New Zealand to LA

News in brief:

Interesting Hilton Terminal 5 deal

Amazon Local is currently selling a good package for the Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5.  Note that this hotel is NOT connected to Terminal 5 and requires a shuttle bus trip.

For £149, you get:

  • a King room for the night
  • a £60 dining credit
  • a ‘fire and ice’ spa experience
  • late check out

Given the usual cost of a ‘room only’ deal, this is not at all bad.  It is valid for any Friday, Saturday or Sunday night until the end of September.

There is no risk of availability not being available once you have purchased as you need to select your stay date when you buy the voucher.  Full details are on Amazon Local here.

Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5

KLM raises premium class rewards with NO warning

KLM has increased the cost of fully flexible Business Class and La Premiere (First Class) rewards by around 25%.

With no notice.  At all.  Except, that is, for a news release tucked away on their website which was not circulated to anyone.  Not a single person on Flyertalk picked up on this until July 5th, for example.

We all know that, as planes get fuller as the economy improves, reward seats are harder to find and schemes have less reason to make themselves hugely attractive.  We get that.  Increasing your premium award pricing by 25%, overnight, is not the way to do it.

You can find more details in this article by Tim at Points To Be Made.  It appears that, if you ring the call centre to book, they will give you the old pricing until 31st August – but ONLY if you specifically request it.  ‘Classic Award’ business class pricing is unchanged.

Details can be found on the Flying Blue website here.

One lesson to draw from this is the value of convertible reward points such as American Express Membership Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest hotel points (the latter convert to 29 airlines at 1:1 or better).  This gives you some protection against sudden devaluations in a specific scheme as well as allowing you an easy way to ‘top up’ balances in different programmes.

Air New Zealand

£399 Air New Zealand tickets to Los Angeles

Finally, Air New Zealand is running a special deal of Travelzoo this week which looked interesting.  As long as you fly on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday, you can book a return ticket to Los Angeles this Autumn for £399 return.

You can travel at any point from October 29th to February 29th, excluding the 14 days before Christmas.

You can book via the ANZ website but you must add promotional code TZ2LA.  Full details can be found on the Air New Zealand site here.  The original deal is on Travelzoo here.

The booking system is a bit buggy.  Ensure that the ‘+/- 3 days’ box is NOT ticked.  If no £399 seats are available for particular Tue / Thu / Sun dates, it will tell you that the code has expired rather than there are no seats left for that day.

I am due to spend some time with Air New Zealand soon so I look forward to bringing you some more information on what they have to offer.

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Comments

  1. RIccati says:

    KLM behaviour reveals that the airline treats the Mileage Program as a gesture of goodwill, like they are giving the seats and service for nothing.

    They also seem to treat miles not as something valuable but the goodwill that they can modify, extend or withdrew at a whim.

    We know these are not the case and collecting points has its cost and loyalty brings business. Airlines should recognise that points are a cost to consumers.

  2. KLM’s FlyingBlue programme was bad enough as it was, this just makes it even more unappealing. I really want to burn my miles ASAP but need to wait for one of the ‘sales’ before the business prices are reduced to any semi-decent level!

  3. Why is the URL “qantas no fuel surcharge Australia” (http://www.headforpoints.com/2015/07/09/qantas-no-fuel-surcharge-australia/)? Was that something that was going to be covered today but didn’t make it? 😉

  4. Aeronaut says:

    URL redirection?

  5. SimonB says:

    Would be lovely to have some decent promo deals announced for NZ premium Economy product!

  6. Diana Davies says:

    Uploading the redemption cost overnight by 25% is unacceptable – at least BA gave us all fair warning. Airlines seem to totally disregard the fact that if you’ve earned thousands of airmiles (like us), you’ve done it by sitting in their planes, travelling all over the place and by spending thousands of pounds in the process. Flying Blue is a dreadful reward scheme and once we have managed to spend our miles, in the future, we’ll avoid Air France and KLM.