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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)

  • Genghis says:

    OT. Marriott category changes are effective from today.
    Just checked and a 3 night booking of mine in Cape Town has gone from 15k to 20k a night so I’ve left that one (and I’ll give myself a big pat on the back that I booked early) but a 2 night booking in Johannesburg has gone from 20k to 15k (despite not being on the list for category movement) so I’ve rebooked.
    My advice: check your up coming redemptions as you might be able to save a few points.

  • JamesW says:

    I don’t expect it’ll be long before BA starts to drastically reduce the number of people it’ll pay for to have access to these third-party lounges.
    Such a shame given status members flying economy will need somewhere comfortable to sit prior to their uncomfortable 29″ seat and expensive cup of tea 🙁

  • trickster says:

    What’s the chance of getting Hilton to extend/re-match Diamond status again. Mine expires end of the month – worth an email perhaps. I’m not a heavy booker (leisure only) but we have booked stuff with Hilton last year that we wouldn’t have, Any experiences of this being successful?

    • Brian says:

      They are currently doing a status match (at least they were a month ago, when I wrote) offering to status match if you do a certain number of stays within the following 90 days.

      • trickster says:

        Should have added, my Diamond status was from a status match originally!

  • Alan C. says:

    Emails to check on Lifetime Diamond – 3 to 4 days for a reply.
    Although I’m 16 years consecutive as Diamond I’m still way off on the nights ( circa 770 ) as mostly 1 night stays. Is it worth asking them to take the 16 years straight into consideration against the shortfall in the nights as a gogw? Anyone have any HH contacts who may be able to assist?
    Much appreciated.
    Alan C

    • Brian says:

      According to Rob’s article, you only need 250 nights and 3 years of Diamond status, so you would seem to qualify easily!

      • ThinkSquare says:

        Alan is hoping for Lifetime Diamond, not the one year extension.

  • Nate1309 says:

    O/T but Hilton, I am looking to book 3 nights in Venice in June. If i search to book 3 nights all the nights come in at €299 per night. However if I want to book the rooms individually (to use different cards that all have £50 off £250 spend) then the room rates vary night by night of €299, €349 and €390. Any idea why?

    • Brian says:

      I don’t know why, but it’s certainly something I’ve noticed before when looking at London rooms. Sunday night is always quite cheap, and if you stay from Sunday to Wednesday, for instance, you generally get the Sunday rate all the way through. Seems to be a Hilton thing, since Accor and IHG tend to quote an average.

    • mark2 says:

      it is common for consecutive nights to have different prices but they should be the same whether you book together or separately. If this is Stucky Molino good choice.

      • Nate1309 says:

        It is Stucky Molino :). Never been to Venice so looking forward to it!

        • mark2 says:

          You will love it especially the hotel.
          One thing to note is that at the airport you have a long walk in full sun out to the buses/taxis so take a hat.

    • Tony says:

      Amex statement credit expires in May 2017 for me … you might check before booking

  • the real harry1 says:

    O/T any ‘Tesco deal’ EON customers still left here? I hope not! 🙂

    Not only has your fixed rate ended (just possible you have a few days left) and you’ve been put on a rotten enough gouging rate, but…

    it gets worse…

    ‘E.On has become the latest “big six” energy provider to announce an eye-watering price hike as it will increase its dual fuel standard variable tariffs by 8.8pc from next month.
    The change comes into effect on 26 April with around two thirds, or 2.5 million, E.On customers affected by the increases.
    The average bill will rise by £97 a year, it said, with electricity prices will rise by an average of 13.8pc, and gas prices by 3.8pc.’

    So get out now! I think most of us already left, though.

  • roger says:

    OT- Lloyds Amex Avios Duo

    Has anyone received 100% bonus on Lloyds card?
    I seem to have received 100% bonus on both Amex and Visa transactions.
    Not complaining at all!

    • Gill says:

      Can you view avios earned on the lloyds site? New to the card and can’t find anywhere to check avios earned via Lloyds. Nothing posted to avios so I I suspect the account isn’t linked correctly.

      • roger says:

        Don’t think you can. You need to check it on and that will only show up after the monthly statement is generated.

      • Alan says:

        No – it’ll tell you in your statement each month. If they don’t appear in your Avios account then check with that they haven’t made you a new account – they’ve got a great tendency to do that due to their silly system that just tries to match addresses rather than rely on a membership number. On the upside they can easily merge accounts for you!

        • mark2 says:

          it can be useful to have more than one account for Avios (and other schemes) e.g. to get round e-rewards 90 day rule.

        • mark2 says:

          Another OT
          £25 back when you spend £100 at Majestic Wines on Amex card.

  • Ben says:

    I have Gold with Hilton which I got after a status match (challenge as they called it) until 2019. Do you know of a way to get it upgraded to Diamond without staying 30 days or so?

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