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News in brief:

British Airways to cut Club World baggage allowance

British Airways is to reduce the luggage allowance for Club World passengers.  All tickets issued after 10th May will only allow you to check in two suitcases, each weighing up to 32kg.

The current limit is three pieces of luggage.

Any tickets issued before 10th May, irrespective of the travel date, will operate under the old rules.

Gold Executive Club Members will still be entitled to an additional free bag.  A third piece of luggage will now cost £120 if pre-booked online or £140 when purchased at the airport.

Waldorf Astoria

Hilton flash sales for the USA and Asia

If you are heading eastwards this Spring, Hilton is running a flash sale for the US, Caribbean, Canada, and Latin America.

Bookings must be made by 4am on Thursday (ie midnight Wednesday Central Standard Time).  Pricing details can be found here at

The maximum discount is 25% which is not huge but certainly better than nothing!  If you have existing Hilton reservations in North America for the next two months you may want to recheck them.  You will need to sign up for Hilton HHonors (free) if you are not already a member.

There is also an Asia-Pacific flash sale which I will cover tomorrow as it runs for a few days.  The discount here runs to 40% – full details are here if you want to take a look now.

Conrad New York

More Luxury Travel Diary auctions closing

The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped me a line about another wave of its luxury auctions closing this week.  These are often worth a look as there are often deals to be had.

Some of the cooler lots, although these are not closing this week, include a seven night holiday for six in Costa Rica and some interesting safari deals.

As usual, it is worth having a look to see if anything takes your fancy.

Comments (86)

  • N says:

    Are the auctions for charity? I feel like they were at some point and now there seems to be minimal mention of charity anywhere on the site.

  • C Y S Yuen says:

    You know that I am actually feeling slight angry about the reduced luggage allowance…

    • C Y S Yuen says:


      • Sandgrounder says:

        The race to the bottom continues. Comparison sites have a lot to answer for.

    • John says:

      BA is still the most generous in the world. Technically you can still bring two 23kg bags on board in addition to the 32kg checked bags…

      I’ve done it. Brought some very heavy gold bars from London to HK.

  • Andrew says:

    Sorry- when is the Hilton USA sale ending, UK time wise ?? I can’t find it on the Hilton page and not so sure from what you have said above (midnight Tues / early Wed… Both of which have passed ?)

  • Neil Holland says:

    Heading east to the US? For our Tahitian readers? :^)

  • Dale says:

    Yeh surely the Hilton sale is ongoing – it only appeared last night, and still showing on I can’t see anywhere the timeframe specified

  • Talay says:

    We finally booked a Club World 2 for 1 Amex Avios ticket to Asia for July and were quite surprised that the allowance was 3 x 32kg, meaning my wife and daughter could travel with 192kg plus 4 hand luggage between them !

    We have been used to Etihad and a (usually) flexible 2 x 32kg plus seemingly unlimited carry on luggage and of course been “stuck” with hand or 1 x 28/32kg on European routes.

    I am glad this will not affect us this year as I believe my wife has already been working out just what she can take to fill all of the 192kg and likewise on the way back !

    No wonder they are cutting back but we did pay them £1024 in spurious “taxes” and “fees” and “fuel surcharges” or whatever they like to call them thee days.

  • Leo says:

    Confused about the Hilton sale. So it was only valid until 4am this morning?

  • Eliot says:

    So just to confirm, a biz class ticket from London to NY is going down from 3 X 32kg to 2 X 23kg?