Bits: Plaza Premium lounge in T5 underway, Hilton sale on, 10000 new Avios seats

News in brief:

Plaza Premium lounge in Terminal 5 under construction!

As you can see from these two photographs, which I took yesterday, the new Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5 is now under construction.

Plaza Premium lounge Terminal 5 Heathrow

It is situated by Gate A7, which means it is in a parallel position to the Aspire lounge but at the north end of the terminal.   I have no idea how it is meant to hold the 175 seats promised by Plaza Premium – I can only assume it must wrap substantially around the back.

(The kids play area has been moved to Gate A2 if you were wondering.)

Lounge Club, free with Amex Gold, and Priority Pass, free with Amex Platinum or buy one direct, will presumably both be accepted for entry, given the usual Plaza Premium standards.

Plaza Premium lounge Heathrow Terminal 5

Hilton Summer sale now on

Hilton’s summer sale started yesterday with an exclusive preview sale for Hilton Honors members.

Until 19th June Hilton Honors members can book Europe and UK weekend stays at up to 25% off.

Included is for example the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice for £239 per night instead of £319 (the Hilton Honors changeable and refundable rate is £309).

That said, the 25% saving is on the Best Available Bed & Breakfast rate and is non refundable so it cannot be directly compared to a refundable rate.  These deals do usually offer a saving on the usual ‘advanced purchase’ rate however.  A full prepayment needs to be made at time of booking.

This rate is only available for weekend stays in the UK and Europe between 16th June and 8th October 2017.

If you aren’t a Hilton Honors member, yet you can sign up when booking your stay on this Hilton website.


BA releases 10,000 Club World Avios seats over Christmas

British Airways sent an email out to some Executive Club members yesterday, but only a handful, to let them know that 10,000 additional Club World Avios seats have been released for travel over Christmas.

The dates covered are 18th December to 5th January.

10,000 Club World seats is more than 500 per day, so if you have tried and failed to find a suitable Christmas or New Year break destination it is worth having another look over at

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  1. Andrew H says:

    The direct link is if you don’t want to faff with Iberia Store.