Bits: BA cuts Club World baggage allowance, Hilton flash sale for North America and Asia, Luxury Travel Diary auctions

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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.

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  1. Any recommendations for a Hilton hotel in New York worth staying at with Diamond status? I was thinking the Conrad but the review on here is a bit underwhelming (no lounge and small brekkie).

    • Trade off is that every room is a suite and it was only converted a couple of years ago. You’d be a fool to take a tiny, tired room elsewhere purely to get a better breakfast you can anyway buy on any street corner for a few bucks.

    • Hilton New York Times Square gets reasonable reviews (decent-sized rooms for NYC, recently renovated, full breakfast) – I’m staying there on my Hilton VISA voucher in a month or so 🙂

      • We used our Hilton Visa voucher to stay here. Got a spacious room on top floor as Diamond upgrade with great view. While the breakfast is full, it is very disappointing compared to the room rates. More in competition with a HIX but it does do its job and given the location won’t mind booking there again if any free night voucher in future.

    • We’ve just completed a four night stay at the Conrad, the suite rooms are superb. I wasn’t expecting much based on reviews regarding the Honours breakfast offering but you have a choice from either a set menu or can use the vouchers as a $20 credit towards an item off the main menu, all those we had were suberb, in addition there is no additional charge for coffee, juice etc, that’s effectivly free you just pay any addition on the breakfast dish if its over $20. Location is good, nice and quiet away from the manic streets of the Times Square area.

  2. Thanks for that !

    • no probs

      got a feeling there is gonna be a rush of hfp readers getting in on this who missed the one in dec.

      • Oh good lord, Hilton seems somewhat desperate with all this status matching.

        • Although it also seems to be getting a lot of folk trying them out and being pleasantly surprised with them and staying more!

          • Yup! Stayed at Hilton Metropole in Brighton this week for work. Never tried before had status and will now make it the hotel of choice. Upgraded 2 room categories and full breakfast in dining room. Very nice hotel.

  3. Seems to be zero discounts for me in New York for the Hilton flash sale.

    • Yeah it seems to be only a select number of hotels for my dates too (end of May). I checked the first 10 listed in NY for end of May and only 3 had 25% discount.

    • Ditto. Was thinking of cancelling my 4 reward nights at the IC to capitalise on HH Diamond status. It just doesn’t work out – no decent discount, no exec lounge in any Hilton save for the Midtown Hiilton which gets poor reviews and as Rob says sometimes a free breakfast just isn’t worth the trouble! Oh well….

  4. Scallder says:

    Top of the page says matched to end of March ’18 but T&Cs at bottom of the page says to the end of March ’17. I got the last status match to the end of March ’17 so have taken a punt on it being until the end of March ’18, but not too hopeful

    • Ditto, I’ve just reapplied to see if I can get extended to March 2018. Had a fantastic stay at Hilton Frankfurt City at the weekend – best free breakfast buffet I’ve had outside Asia!

  5. Only one of the three nights I need in Sydney are at the sale price, so not a good enough price drop to make me change from the Radisson @ US$ 80 per night using the Carlson F&F rate.

  6. Danksy says:

    Waiting with eagerness what IHG Q2 promo will be! Wifey and I managed to pick up 100k IHG points for trips we were already going to make!

    • My achievement bonus points for the Accelerate promo have posted this week as I’ve just checked so I am too.

  7. Status Match sign at the reception desk of the Hilton Bournemouth last week so it looks promising. Unless it wasn’t taken down from the previous promo. I did ask at the reception and wasn’t told it had finished.

  8. AmandaB says:

    Need to book 2 nights in Bali in September. Looked at Conrad. Not one single date shows any discount over rack rate. In the whole promotion period. Think might stay at the Fairmont after all

  9. Genghis says:

    Did it ever stop? I used the advice on status match and emailed them mid Feb and was matched.

  10. Lochlann says:

    Appreciate the Hilton heads up – had been checking my BOS airport layover booking a few times to see if something cheaper was available, now I’ve got $60 back. Roll on my first Viking trip 🙂

  11. Oyster says:

    About time there was more soft product differentiation between J and F.

    Priority boarding, lounges in most outstations, baggage desks, spa showers etc. The list goes on of facilities that F passengers have to share with those further back.

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