News in brief:
Plaza Premium in Heathrow T2 voted ‘best lounge’
The Plaza Premium departure lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2 has been voted ‘best Priority Pass lounge worldwide’ by members of the Priority Pass scheme.
These two lounges are also part of Lounge Club as well as Priority Pass, which means you can get into them for free using the 2 free Lounge Club passes that come with the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card – which itself is free for the 1st year. You can also pay for entry to Plaza Premium lounges via this site.
The prospects for Plaza Premium pulling another winner out of the hat with their new Terminal 5 lounge in 2017 are hopefully pretty good.
‘Be The First’ – a hotel booking site for new properties
One of the more interesting new companies I bumped into at World Travel Market last month was ‘Be The First’.
This is a niche hotel booking site which focuses on new and refurbished hotels worldwide. This is an idea I like.
There are many times in the past when I have specifically tried to search out new hotels when visiting somewhere. If your miles and points don’t direct you somewhere specific, looking for a new property is a good way of guaranteeing that you will be OK.
A new hotel will have (hopefully) modern furnishings, will not be in desperate need of renovation and will have the latest technology – things you cannot even guarantee from many five star hotels. As long as a new hotel is fully open with all the facilities operating and construction finished (it isn’t unusual to open hotels too early to get some money in), it is usually a good choice.
Even better, because it takes hotels a couple of years to build up their occupancy levels, there are often good deals to be had at new properties. You would expect a discount during a ‘soft opening’ when not all facilities are open, but ‘fully open’ new hotels will also want to be price competitive as they try to build awareness and tempt guests from other properties.
One problem is that is often tricky to identify new hotel openings. In the past I have often found myself using Google to try to find news stories linked to new hotels in a particular city.
Be The First is a UK based website focusing only on new and refurbished hotels. If you want an easy way to find somewhere fresh, you may find it interesting.
Hotel offers update – September 2021:
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.
Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Marriott Bonvoy (‘mystery’ 45% or 50% bonus to 25th September), Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 30th September), IHG Rewards (‘mystery’ bonus, usually 100%, to 8th October) and World of Hyatt (30% bonus to 31st October).