News in brief:
Delays in registering for the new Hilton / Avios promotion, now OK
Yesterday was meant to be the launch day for the new Hilton / Avios (via Iberia Plus) promotion which I wrote about at the weekend.
The registration process was wobbly yesterday but, by midnight, it seems to have been fixed. You can register by clicking here.
Here is the important bit of small print we didn’t have before: “Stays can be booked prior to registration; stay completion required after registration. Additionally, members must register prior to check-out in order for their stay to qualify.”
You can find full details of the offer in my earlier article here – it is worth up to QUADRUPLE Avios points.
Get a bargain at 2pm via SPG Moments
If you have a handful of Starwood Preferred Guest points hanging around, and you are free on Saturday 21st, there is an SPG Moments package in Paris which looks like an exceptional deal.
There are NINE packages being auctioned, closing at 2pm today. The bids are only at 5,500 points so far. This is what you get:
Dig in for an unforgettable dining experience with some of today’s top French chefs. You and a guest will begin in the wine cellar of the Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, with world-class Chef Stéphanie Le Quellec and master Sommelier Clément Gautier. Stéphanie and Clément will guide you through an exquisite dégustation experience, prepared exclusively for the occasion. After the pairing experience, make your way to La Scène for a several-course lunch prepared by Stéphanie in the Michelin-starred restaurant’s open kitchen.
For dessert, enjoy indulgent creations made by celebrity Pâtissier Eric Lanlard and up-and-coming Pâtissier Nicolas Paciello. When you’ve finished your last bites, you’ll have the opportunity to chat with Eric and Stéphanie and have them sign your books. To top it all off, you’ll receive a small gift from the chefs to remember your experience. Bon appétit!
The French Foodie Experience with Renowned Chefs package includes:
- Dégustation experience for two (2) in the wine cellar of Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, led by Chef Stéphanie Le Quellec and Sommelier Clément Gautier on 21 May 2016
- Several-course lunch for two (2) at La Scène prepared by Chef Stéphanie Le Quellec in the restaurant’s open kitchen
- Dessert for two (2) prepared by Pâtissier Eric Lanlard and Pâtissier Nicolas Paciello
- Opportunity for two (2) have books signed by Stéphanie Le Quellec and Eric Lanlard
I’ve met Eric Lanlard a few times now and he is a great guy to get to know. This would be a fantastic deal if you can grab a pair of tickets.
Hyatt Place Heathrow finally sets an opening date
It seems a long time since I first wrote about Hyatt Place, the ‘limited service’ Hyatt brand, opening at Heathrow. The project has been delayed but is now finally set to open on 18th May according to Business Traveller – although the website is only taking bookings from 1st June.
The hotel is technically the Hyatt Place London Heathrow Hayes and is apparently a 20 minute drive from the airport! I can’t imagine how long the Heathrow Hoppa bus service will take.
The building used to house the Heathrow Gate hotel at one point, see above, but has been totally gutted by Hyatt and the images on the website do look good.
The location may prove a stumbling block although it is a way for Hyatt Gold Passport members to generate a few nights stay credit.
Current Advance Purchase rates start at £76. It is a shockingly bad deal for a Gold Passport redemption with rooms coming up at 12,000 points or 6,000 points + £52 per night. I would want at least 1p per point from my Hyatt points.
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