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Hampton by Hilton hits Bournemouth, Hilton on the way

I found out yesterday that a new-build ‘Hampton by Hilton’ hotel opened in Bournemouth recently.  Given that the general quality of accommodation in British seaside towns is woeful, this could be a decent option.

You can find details of the hotel here.  It is 30,000 points per night for a Hilton HHonors redemption – given that room rates are well over £100 per night for weekends in Autumn this is a good value redemption.

Remember that Hilton HHonors status members get 5 nights for the points of 4 which would bring it down to 24,000 points per night.  Hilton Silver comes free with their free UK Visa card.

Hampton Bournemouth 2

Tripadvisor feedback is that everything is shiny and new but the hotel is on a hill which may be an issue for some.  The upside of that is sea views from some rooms!  All guest receive free breakfast and free wi-fi.  It appears to be a modest walk down to the town centre and beach.

A ‘proper’ Hilton is being built next door which should be even better – apparently the surrounding area does, literally, look like a building site at the moment however.  The hotel website is here.

Hampton Bournemouth

Qantas removes most Economy seat selection fees

In a move which goes against the global trend, oneworld member Qantas announced yesterday that it was removing the $25 each-way seating fee on Economy Saver tickets.

Tickets bought during a Qantas fare sale (booking classes O, Q, N) will still require payment to be made for seat selection – a fee which increases to $30 – but apart from that no-one should pay on international routes.

It is worth noting that Qantas never had a seating fee for Premium Economy or Busiiness Class, unlike BA.  These changes come into effect on September 23rd.

Comments (34)

  • cheekychappie says:

    Same with Halifax

  • slonik says:

    Does anyone know whether you would still get the Amex statement credit if the spend was for restaurant/room service/etc and the room itself was paid for on another card? I presume they would have no way of knowing what the spend was actually on?

    • Rob says:

      It depends how the payment goes through. Trader Vics at the Park Lane Hilton goes through on your statement, I am 99% sure, as Trader Vics and so would not credit it. If the restaurant is fully integrated into the hotel and it comes up at ‘Hilton Bournemouth’ on your card statement you’re fine. Best to ask first.

  • TrekTrendy says:

    So the Hilton next door is scheduled to open in January… a breath of fresh air in my opinion, as the local hotel options are awful. Currently best in the area is the Hotel Du Vin and that’s in Poole….

    • pauldb says:

      TBH if someone wants a trip to the area, the highlights are the New Forest, Purbecks/Jurassic Coast and a visit to some part of the beach, not Bournemouth itself. I’d suggest you stay in Poole or Christchurch.

  • Stuart L says:

    Just found this on FlyerTalk, seems this Hampton can arrange a status match from others to Hilton !
    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hilton-hilton-hhonors/1710335-status-match-offer-hampton-bournemouth-uk.html

    • Simmo says:

      That’s the first I’ve heard Hilton do that!

      Wonder what the other chains levels translate to? Already have Hilton Gold… But would love Diamond!

      Anybody tried? (I’ve got the following)

      Accor Platinum
      IHG Ambassador Platinum
      Carlson Gold
      SPG Gold