News in brief:
Virgin Atlantic to be joined by Delta at Heathrow Terminal 3
Delta has announced changes to their London flights. Starting on 14th September all Delta flights from Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Philadelphia will be moved from Terminal 4 to Terminal 3. As Delta’s New York-JFK, Boston and Seattle services are already operating from this terminal, it will bring the entire Delta operation under one roofs.
The main beneficiary will be passengers who are connecting Delta-Virgin in London who often found that their onward flight was from a different terminal. This won’t be the case any longer and makes stopover flights with Delta and Virgin Atlantic (which is 49% owned by Delta) more appealing.
However as much as this is good news for Delta passengers, Virgin Atlantic passengers might worry about an overcrowded Clubhouse lounge. Delta will now be operating 11 flight per day from Terminal 3 to the US and Virgin Atlantic operates 31 flights during the summer. This means that the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounge will have to cater for Business / Upper Class and status passengers from 40 flights throughout the day.
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If you need a hotel in Worcester …..
This is slightly off-topic for HFP as this is not a branded hotel, but as it is a Bank Holiday Weekend, Rob is still away and there is a space to fill …..!
I had to go to Worcester recently and, in the absence of any chain properties where I could earn or use points, ended up at the Worcester Whitehouse Hotel. This was surprisingly pleasant and a good reminder that there are many good independently run hotels still out there in the UK.
Worcester turned out to be a very pretty town. The Worcester Whitehouse Hotel is right opposite Worcester Foregate Street station on the High Street and has got a gym with pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room – which is always a huge plus for a hotel.
Parts of the building like the entrance hall with its staircase apparently date back to the 17th century:
My room was a decent size with a double bed, sofa and large desk. Unfortunately it didn’t have aircon and even though it was rather rainy and cold outside, the room was a bit stuffy and hot. However there was a fan on the desk which made the room more bearable.
The food in the restaurant was good and the service great. Breakfast was a decent selection of hot and cold food and was also served in the restaurant.
Given that the alternatives are mainly of the Premier Inn or Travelodge style, I recommend it if you’re heading to Worcester.