News in brief:
Interesting Hilton Terminal 5 deal
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.
KLM raises premium class rewards with NO warning
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.
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.
£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.