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Bits: Kimpton Amsterdam on points, British Airways dropping and starting routes at City

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News in brief:

Amsterdam’s forthcoming Kimpton bookable on IHG points

OK, if you’re not a bit of a hotel geek the headline above might not mean much.  However, fans of Kimpton Hotels – the cult US boutique hotel brand now owned by IHG – have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the first European site in Amsterdam.  This will be a conversion of the Crowne Plaza in the city centre, pictured below.

Kimpton has now been owned by IHG for two years.  IHG has been very wary of messing with a successful formula, however, which is why Kimpton has retained its own loyalty programme and the hotels do not allow you to earn or spend IHG Rewards Club points.

Except … Kimpton Amsterdam (home page here) IS now available for IHG Rewards Club redemptions.  It is due to open on 26th June and is pricing at 50,000 points per night.

As a trade off, you will NOT earn Kimpton Karma Rewards if you stay here.  This may not go down well with Kimpton fans in the USA.

50,000 points is a little toppy, given that cash rates for the opening period are around €260 – €280, but I would still redeem at that level.  In fact, I will be redeeming at that level because I want to check it out as soon as I can!

Note that the hotel cannot be booked on the Kimpton website, either for points or cash – you need to use

Crowne Plaza Amsterdam Kimpton

Changes for British Airways at London City

British Airways has announced some adjustments to its London City services.

Flights to Hamburg, currently 3 x daily, will be suspended from 27th March

Flights to Angers, due to operate 3 x weekly during the Summer starting from 27th March, will not now happen

If you are booked onto either of these routes you will be transferred to a Heathrow service.

Instead, BA is launching a new route to Skiathos in Greece.

The timings are a little odd.  There will be three flights per week, but those days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only.  The service runs from 26th June to 6th September.

BA will also offer an extra flight to Mykanos from City.  This will operate on Fridays from 30th June to 8th September, adding to the existing Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday services.

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Comments (60)

  • Metatone says:

    Anyone know if someone is taking up the baton on the flights Cityjet is dropping from LCY?

  • Frenske says:

    Odd destinations Skiathos and Mykanos for City. Typically destinations for the youngsters.

    • Stu R says:

      Respectfully, Mykonos is far from a destination for the ‘youngsters’, Mykonos Town is one of the most delightful places to explore. I’ve been twice, I’m 52, and can’t wait to go again. Anyone who love sun and relaxation would love Mykonos, regardless of age!

      • Genghis says:

        We went when we were 26. A few years later, I’d happily go again. I’d actually say it’s far from a youngsters’ place. All very classy.

    • Leo says:

      Mykonos is also very (reassuringly?) expensive.

  • Frank De Jongh Swemer says:

    Apparently they are also adding a new late Friday night flight to Palma, bit late arrival at 1AM, but might be useful for some after work….. When I checked for my trip in August to see the parents, the fare was already £200+ for a O/W. So demand is clearly there..

  • Waribai says:

    Did you mean Mykonos?

  • Russell Evans says:

    I’ve stayed at the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam and must say the location of the property is excellent. A short walk from Central Station makes it very easy access direct to/from the airport. Walking distance from Dam Square, Red light district etc etc. If you visit AMS would thoroughly recommend restaurant Max, an Indonesian restaurant.

  • Barry cutters says:

    Kimptons are great. Iv used a lot in the states . They all have a canapés hour-2hour and the wine is Normally excellent. Does this mean we can now book any kimpton hotel via ihg?

  • TravellerFrequently says:

    Shame the Club Lounge has gone from the old Crowne Plaza where I have stayed many times over the years. Not part of the Kimpton brand.

    Great location.

  • James67 says:

    For a moment I thought you meant Kempinki!

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