News in brief:
BA bed bugs story – does it have legs?
Metro had a story on Monday about a Canadian family who were apparently ‘attacked by bed bugs’ when they flew with British Airways from Vancouver to London.
The whole story is suitably vague, not even mentioning where on the plane the passengers were sitting. (Can they be bed bugs if they are not in a bed?!) On the way back, they were apparently given “the best seats on the plane” without actually explaining where they were either.
Interestingly, the quote from BA is that “reports of bed bugs onboard are extremely rare.” Not “unknown”, just “extremely rare”. Which is comforting.
American Express launches Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria offer
Amex has launched a new offer for Platinum charge card holders. Until 20th December, you will receive either a ‘3rd night free’ or ‘4th night free’ at participating Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria hotels.
These properties are all part of the Amex ‘Fine Hotels & Resorts’ scheme. This means that you will also receive free breakfast, guaranteed 4pm late check-out, an extra amenity (usually $100 of food and beverage credit) and a room upgrade subject to availability at check-in.
You will earn Hilton Honors points and stay credit as usual, even though you need to book via American Express Travel. (Emyr Thomas, our luxury hotel booking partner – details here – can also book ‘Fine Hotels & Resorts’ stays for Platinum cardholders if you find it easier just to ping him an email.)
Participating hotels are:
‘4th night free’ – Waldorf Astoria hotels in Arizona Biltmore, Boca Raton, Case Marina, Rome, Versailles, Berlin, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dubai, Panama, Ras al Khaimah (review); Conrad hotels in Koh Samui, Maldives (review)
Thistle Hotels launches free breakfast
As their latest salvo in the ‘book direct’ war, Thistle Hotels has launched free breakfast for everyone who books directly via their website.
This would stack with the current Amex cashback deal of £35 cashback when you spend £100 at Thistle. Details of that offer are in this article.
If you’re looking for a Heathrow hotel, remember that the Thistle Heathrow – whilst not being the smartest hotel at the airport – lets you access the driverless pods in the adjacent car park for £5, letting you glide effortlessly into Terminal 5 in the morning!
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).