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Bits: 9,000 Thistle hotel rooms in London for £90, Norwegian launching low-cost Gatwick to Vegas

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News in brief:

£90 Thistle Hotel rooms in London – including breakfast

Thistle Hotels is running a four day promotion, starting today, to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Queen.

There are 9,000 rooms available at exactly £90 each including breakfast, spread over the eight Thistle hotels for stays until June 2017.  On peak dates a price of £90 will represent a decent saving.

You should be able to book via this special link from today.

Sister company Guoman Hotels, which runs The Tower by Tower Bridge amongst other hotels, is having a similar sale.  It is charging more but you get breakfast and a bottle of prosecco thrown in!  This deal is bookable until the end of February 2017.  Click here for details.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Norwegian 787

Norwegian launching Las Vegas from Gatwick

I haven’t covered budget long haul (at least from the UK) airline Norwegian for a while.  I looked at them when they launched their New York service and I wasn’t hugely impressed – the cost savings over BA were modest and the terrible flight times meant that you either lost sightseeing time or had to pay for another hotel night.

The company has continued to expand using a growing fleet of new Boeing 787-9 aircraft.  It now flies to Boston, New York, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Los Angeles and Oakland / San Francisco.

In October it will launch flights from Gatwick to Las Vegas.

I took another look.  3rd to 7th November, for example, is £380 return.  However, adding food (!) and a suitcase takes you to £480.  This compares well with Virgin Atlantic (£612) and BA (£719).

Premier class was £910.  This only comes with 46 inches of legroom – we’re not talking a flat bad here – but does include food, seat selection (which BA charges for), luggage, fast track security and lounge access.

This is not such a great deal, however, when you consider that – ex Dublin – you can buy ‘proper’ flat bed business class to Las Vegas for £1,175 on BA, Virgin or American.  Factor in the Avios or Virgin miles you would earn and Norwegian looks even poorer value.  For economy travel it might be worth a look.

If you’ve ever flown with Norwegian long-haul, please post below – I’d be interested to know how you found it.

Comments (73)

  • Sussex Bantam says:

    Totally OT but I’m looking for some advice on car hire for an upcoming trip to Florida. I’ve booked an Avis car via BA with the flight booking. The voucher says CDW and ALI but there is no mention of the level of excess. I’m also not clear if I need LDW cover as well.

    I must say I find car hire insurance completely confusing. Any advice ?

    • Rob says:

      Take out an Amex Plat for a month and forget about it!

      It is a bit rubbish not giving the limits. Insurance4carhire is worth pricing up if you want peace of mind.

  • harry says:

    Heh heh bit of a Ryanair opening ceremony, never seen one lower budget before in my life lol

  • David says:

    Okay, late to the party, but which Thistle is good for central london? Taking the Mrs to the city for a few days (fly in LGW, out LCY), and need a nice place.

    Feel free to say none, and I will use my Spire/ Hilton Diamond to get something with them…

    • Rob says:

      The Guoman properties are higher quality in general so perhaps start with those (factoring in the value of free prosecco!) and then work back to the Thistle ones.

  • Tom says:

    Thistle T5 booked for the evening prior to our trip to Iceland next year.
    £90 for the room including tax, dinner x 2, breakfast x 2, parking for 6 days (up to 8 days allowed). Incredible value! Thanks again Raffles.

  • Nick Haley says:

    Hmm. On the date I need it’s £73 on hotels.com and i have no need for parking. So It’s a deal but only just. Good to check nonetheless.