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News in brief:

Two new Opodo discount codes released

Opodo has released two new promotional codes which are good for bookings made by 25th July.

These seem like decent offers:

Save £25 on a flight booking of £450 or more with code SALES25

Save £90 on a ‘flight and hotel’ booking of £900 or more with code SALES90

Full details of these Summer sale offers can be found on the Opodo site here.

Wizz Air scraps hand luggage fee

If you fly low cost carrier Wizz Air you will know that you have to pay a fee for most carry on bags.  Only a small item under 42 x 32 x 25 is allowed for free.

Presumably due to competition from easyJet and Ryanair the airline is changing its policy.  From 29th October passengers can bring a cabin bag of 55 x 40 x 23 on board at no extra cost.

The irony is that if you are a member of the €199 Privilege Pass scheme you are now worse off.  Those people are currently allowed a free and larger bag (56 x 45 x 25) and some frequent passengers might need to buy a new one.  You also get a free additional small item (laptop bag, purse, up to 40 x 30 x 18).

The only luggage benefit of the new Privilege Pass and Wizz Priority services from 29th October is that you are guaranteed space in the overhead lockers.  All other passengers face a chance of having to check their bag in at the gate.  You continue to receive priority boarding (including being first off the bus when bussed to the plane!) and free seat selection.

Boeing 737 flight simulator

Fly a Boeing 737 in London this Summer

A new flight simulator experience has landed in Putney, of all places.

At Flight Experience London anyone can have a go at flying a Boeing 737.  The interesting bit is that the simulator’s cockpit was built from an actual aircraft and all the levers and buttons are operational.

Flight experiences start from £109 for a 30 minute flight and can be booked on the Flight Experience London Website here.

InterContinental Paris Le Grand Ambassador Suite

What I got at InterContinental Paris Le Grand last week

I went to Paris for three nights last week whilst my wife and kids were away.  This gave me a chance to put our hotel booking partner Bon Vivant to the test as it was a rare cash booking.

Emyr booked my one night in a junior suite at InterContinental Paris Le Grand.  Booking through a Virtuoso-accredited agent such as Emyr gets you free club access (usually €140 per day per room), and this is one of the best lounges you’ll visit.  There is free flowing champagne almost all day, gold-leaf covered pastries in the afternoon and a good evening buffet spread.

I booked two further nights directly, not involving Emyr, using an InterContinental Ambassador ‘free weekend night’ voucher.

One thing about getting an agent involved whose high-end clients are valued by the hotel is that it bends over to please.  The hotel contacted Emyr the day before travel to ask what upgrade I wanted.  Two different full suites were suggested and I was allowed to pick the one I preferred.

As you can see from these pictures, it was a very modest affair and substantially better than any previous upgrade when directly booking a junior suite as an Ambassador.  It also had a wrap-around balcony with Eiffel Tower views.  This is called an Ambassador Suite and can’t actually be booked on the hotel website.

InterContinental Paris Le Grand Ambassador Suite 2

Whether you like that look is, of course, personal taste.  It is very impressive in the flesh and I’ve stayed here at least once a year for about a decade now.

I was allowed to keep the suite for all three nights, not just the one booked via Emyr.  This was all pre-arranged in advance.  There is no guarantee you’d get the same result but it does no harm to have a high-end agency behind you in cases like this.  Details of our Bon Vivant booking service are here.

IHG One Rewards update – October 2022:

Get bonus points: You will earn bonus IHG One Rewards points on stays between 13th October 2022 and 31st December 2022. You can choose between 2,000 points for every two nights or 10,000 points for every four nights (not cumulative). Read this article for full details. You can register here.

New to IHG One Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.

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

Comments (51)

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  • Tracy says:

    O/T, we have about 12k miles in each of our kids virgin Atlantic accounts. Unlikely to ever use them for flights, any other options?

    • er6 says:

      You can move 10,000 from each to Hilton or IHG (50% bonus). You can then move the Hilton points free to anywhere.

      • Genghis says:

        50% bonus? What do you mean by that?

        • JamesB says:

          Probably the 2:3 conversion which applies to Hilton onky, not IHG.

      • Tracy says:

        I’d like to know too, 50% bonus?
        Can I phone up on kids behalf and move to Hilton, after I open Hilton a/c’s in kids names?

        • JamesB says:

          I think you can still use them on virgin gift cards too. However, Hilton much more valuable as 15000 worth as much as £75 On points and money bookings. There are also quite a few decent 10000 point per night hotels in UK.

      • Alex W says:

        Assume you mean 50% bonus on virgin to Hilton because it’s 1:1.5 whereas virgin to IHG IS 1:1?

  • ADS says:

    WizzAir may have changed their policy since you posted – but Wizz Priority people will be allowed a small handbag/laptop bag/personal item (that normal people aren’t allowed).

    It’s good that Wizz won’t be charging for normal size hand luggage from 29th October – but not allowing a personal item still makes them less attractive than Ryanair / EasyJet !

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