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News in brief:

British Airways has a new lounge in Copenhagen

A new lounge opened at Copenhagen Airport last week – “Eventyr”, operated by Menzies.  British Airways has adopted this as its lounge instead of the “Aviator’ facility which is still open.  A photo is below.

The new lounge is by Gate 26, in the non-Schengen area, very close to where the BA flights usually depart.  A reader who was there just after it opened reported that it is “small and nicely appointed” (it is advertised as having 200 seats) with – in the morning – a small bar selection, scrambled eggs and sausages, pastries and fresh fruit.  The reading material on offer was limited to “Eurowoman” and “Euroman” however …..

According to this airport press release, entry is available to anyone on payment of a DKK 250 fee.

Eventyr lounge Copenhagen airport

Hilton’s new ‘Diamond Extension’ now live

The new ‘Diamond status extension’ feature is live as of yesterday.

This is the second of the changes which kicked in last week with the major restructuring of their redemption system.  Frankly, ‘Diamond extensions’ are a very tiny dessert course (more like the free mint with your coffee) compared to that.

This is the new benefit – eligible Diamond members can extend, one time only, their status for one year, no questions asked, if they are unlikely to requalify under the standard nights or points rules.  You can apply via this page here and the deadline is 31st March.

Not many people will be able to activate this.  It only applies if:

You currently have Diamond status and have had it for at least three years (not necessarily consecutive)


have stayed at least 250 nights or earned 500,000 base points since you joined Hilton Honors

This is definitely a feature worth having, but not something worth making a big song and dance over in my view.

Zabeel Saray

Where we’re going this week

Don’t turn up at our office this week for a coffee because we won’t be there.

The review trips we do on HfP usually need a few things to come together to justify the time.  We can’t give up 3-4 days for a single flight or hotel review unless it is somewhere one of us really wants to visit.  We have a list of hotels we’d like to try and flights we’d like to do and we look for ways of weaving them together.

Three things came together for me this week:

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (above), a beach resort on The Palm in Dubai, offered me a few free nights for a review.  As we’re off to Asia at Easter this year instead of the Middle East, I could justify the trip.  I stayed at Zabeel back in 2012 just after it opened, for cash, and reviewed it here with mixed feelings.  A lot has changed since then and I’m keen to take another look.

I had quite a few Etihad Guest miles heading towards expiry – so it made sense to top them up via some Amex points and book myself a one-way Etihad A380 First Class Apartment down to Abu Dhabi.  I have flown this before but I’d be mad to turn down the chance to do it again.

To top it off, I’ve used Amex Membership Rewards points to book myself Emirates First Class back.  I have flown this before but not since 2008 – before I started the site – so I’ve never reviewed it.  I might even try the showers this time.

Meanwhile, Anika is off to ITB in Berlin.  This is the world’s biggest travel trade show, making World Travel Market (which I think is the biggest trade show held in London) look like a school fair.  I’ve never been because hotel rates tend to get very steep, but Anika has a sofa bed to crash on.

She will be covering the launch of the new Qatar Airways business class seat, the launch of the new Emirates A380 bar (coincidentally at the same time I will be drinking in the real thing) and whatever other surprises the industry throws up.

More on all this over the next couple of weeks – the ITB news should be up promptly but my reviews may take a while to get finished.

Comments (67)

  • JPR says:

    Hilton have also taken this opportunity to confirm Diamond members that they will lose their status in April. I was pleased to have the following on my account “To maintain Diamond status in 2018, you need xx more stays.” I optimistically took this to mean that they were going to extend the level for another year!
    They a couple of days ago the message ” On April 1, 2017, your status is scheduled to change from Gold to Silver.” appeared alongside the first message. They don’t seem to know what I am. Sadly, the truth is that I go from Diamond to Silver on April Fool’s Day. As Trump would say. Sad.

    • Genghis says:

      I have that too on my account but I’m status matched till Mar 18. Did you status match again post Mar 16?

    • Alan says:

      Ah, this has been a missing bit of info for years – hopefully it’s accurate!

    • JamesW says:

      Yep, that statement on the Hilton website is very misleading. I thought it meant I had Diamond until Dec 31st 2017 too.

    • Simmo says:

      I cant see this information on my Diamond account at all.

      Mine currently says “Based on nights earned this year, your 2018 tier would be Member.”

    • BlueThroughCrimp says:

      Yes, my Gold from the Air Berlin 3 night stay finally disappears, and I’ve made decent use of it, but only enough to get Silver.

      Thanks to Rob for that one – the Hilton in Boston was good enough to give us all five of us on the booking gold privileges for nearly a week, and the free breakfasts elsewhere have been very handy.

  • Ben says:

    What was the cost in miles and taxes for the EY and EK F redemptions? Would be good to compare the costs side by side given the routes are almost identical!

    • Rob says:

      Good question, will drop it into the review.

      • JamesW says:

        Can AirBerlin TopBonus points be redeemed for the Etihad A380 First Apartment ?

        • Rob says:

          Should be, given that American Airlines miles can.

          No chauffeur when you redeem via AA though. Not sure if TopBonus redemptions get you a car.

  • Kathy says:

    OT: Have Economist Avios turned up for anyone yet?

  • Jovanna says:

    Is it possible to use this lounge at CPH for a departure with QR? QR depart from T3, I think, but can you walk between terminals once airside?

    • John says:

      QR uses the Aspire lounge.

      CPH only has one terminal but they use the word “terminal” to refer to different gate areas and check-in areas.

  • Ian says:

    > “Don’t turn up at our office this week for a coffee because we won’t be there.”
    I hadn’t realised that was an option; will save me a fortune on Starbucks while I’m visiting the city office. What is the address and do you also serve food? 😉

    • Rob says:

      Coffee and beer are free at WeWork to guests and residents.

      • Genghis says:

        I’ll pop by sometime. Just not this week 🙂

      • ankomonkey says:

        Is the number of guests dependent on HfP status? Maybe avatars should have a background corresponding to HfP status… Alan, Genghis, Harry1, Liz and James67 are Lifetime HfPGL.

        • Alan says:

          Hahaha love it 😛

          (you know you’re posting too much when you get a WordPress error saying “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.”!!)

  • Jonty says:

    Many/most German long distance trains do a decent breakfast, and beer and wine in glass glasses,so it’s often no hardship to stay an hour or so from big events that cause silly room rates.

  • Waribai says:

    Slightly OT, trying to plan skiing for next Feb half term. When will Chambery and Grenoble flights start selling? When searching on after December it comes up as “we do not fly to this location”

  • Alan says:

    OT but I see BA have managed to find their daily cost cutting measure again by adding more seats to all their planes and cutting legroom.

    This race to the bottom is really picking up pace now.

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