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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)

  • Scott says:

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

    • AndyR says:

      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.

    • Leo says:

      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….

  • 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

    • Alan says:

      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!

  • xcalx says:

    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.

  • 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!

    • Nick says:

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

  • Nick says:

    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.

  • 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

  • Genghis says:

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

  • 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 🙂