Bits: SWISS business class sale to Delhi, new Hilton boutique hotel opens in Paris

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News in brief:

Good SWISS business class deal to Delhi

SWISS has launched a new business class sale.  The standout fare is from Heathrow to Delhi, priced at £1183 return.

Other offers which are decent but not life changing include:

  • Cairo £1079
  • Dubai £1630
  • Johannesburg £2003
  • Tokyo £2140

You can fly from regional airports from a premium, eg Birmingham to Delhi is £1390 return (Cairo is cheaper at £863 return).  The booking and travel dates are not clear but it seems to be valid for trips from early June.

SWISS is a Star Alliance member so you would be crediting to Miles & More or the scheme of another Star airline.  The SWISS business class seat is well regarded, see the photo below, as are the lounges in Zurich.  There are plenty of solo seats in the rows by the windows.

You can play around with pricing on swiss.com here.

Swiss business class seat

New Hilton property opens in Paris

Paris has historically been a major blind spot for Hilton.  If you ignore CDG airport and the hotel at La Defence, which is well out of the tourist zone, it had nothing at all in the historic centre until Hilton Paris Opera opened a couple of years ago.

(Hilton Paris Opera is very good – we reviewed it here.)

Things took another major step forward this week with the opening of the Niepce Paris Hotel under the Curio Collection brand.

We have reviewed a couple of Curio Collection hotels (Boston here and Ibiza here) and been impressed by bothCurio Collection is a group of independent hotels which have chosen to work with Hilton to improve their marketing muscle but which retain management independence.  Importantly they do respect Hilton Honors status benefits and you can earn and redeem points.

However …. no Hilton Honors reward nights have yet been loaded into the booking system.

According to Hilton:

Located in the heart of the artistic district of Montparnasse, Niepce Paris Hotel offers guests close proximity to unexpected treasures, whilst being in one of the most sought-after capitals in the world. Guests can delve into Montparnasse’s rich art and culture at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art or beat the Eiffel Tower crowd with panoramic views of Paris from the Montparnasse Tower. The hotel is also ideally located a few metres from Montparnasse train station, giving guests easy access to visit historical monuments, museums and delicious cuisine the city has to offer.

Niepce Paris Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton takes travellers back to the Roaring Twenties, as the hotel is inspired by one of the most influential photographic artists of the time – Janine Niepce. Janine’s famous shots are captured throughout the guest rooms, corridors and ceiling displays, adding a special touch to the hotel’s artsy ambience. Guests can choose from 52 stylish guest rooms, including three elegant suites. The spacious rooms feature the latest technology with tablet control systems and high-speed internet. Suites also feature a separate living area.

You can find out more about the Niepce Paris Hotel on the Hilton website here.

PS.  Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Hilton Honors points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

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

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Comments

  1. Kevin says:

    OT. We were booked CDG to JNB on Qatar last week. A delay in Paris meant we would have missed our connection in Doha and had a 18 hour layover. Qatar very nicely put us on the Air France flight to Johannesburg instead.

    Question is can I claim the Avios and tier points as originally booked or are these lost?

    For anyone interested Air France business class was very good!

  2. Do any of these J sales ever work one-way?

    From what I can see the Swiss one way fares are double the return prices!

    Does anyone know if the Qatar ex EU sales do?

    • I was looking for a one way deal earlier in the year without luck. All the sales (Inc qatar ex eu) I looked at were only returns fare.

      From looking around, one way fares were generally not far off return price with the exception of Norwegian, easy jet etc. One way Avios redemption worked out for me.

    • Lumma says:

      There was a Garuda Indonesia deal to Bangkok earlier in the year which was £1100ish, which could be booked one way for £620.

    • AspirationalFlyer says:

      Yes, sometimes. Depends on the rules of the fare. Best to play around yourself on Google Flights or similar.

    • JamesB says:

      One way from where to where?

      • The plan is to do Maldives and SEAsia. Got most of it planned apart from the outbound to MLE.

        all my points earning needs to be targeted towards accommodation, so was hoping to get a cheapish cash fare there.

        This is the plan:-
        from UK (BHX,MAN,LON) to MLE
        from MLE > SIN, Scoot around £100 cash in Y

        Not decided yet, but Singapore, KL, Phuket, Phu Quoc either cheap cash fares or small Avios redemptions.

        then eventually back from HKG using Lloyds 241 for 80k Avios for 2 of us.

        It’s getting to MLE which is the stumbling block – you can use Avios from DOH, or CMB.

        Any ideas would be appreciated!

        • JamesB says:

          Business class BKK-LHR with a stopover in Sri Lanka with Sri Lanka should be back under £800 now the £ is higher. The online fare quoted is usually restrictive but if you call them you can get a flexible fare for not much more. You can do CMB-MLE for cash or miles but tbh I’d personally pass on Maldives and stay in Sri Lanka for a while. Sri Lankan is decent for the price, excellent service and good food if you stick with the curry or other local dishes. Should you fly them, avoid seats on front row as the IFE screen is set to low on the bulkhead wall for comfort.

        • thanks jamesb – in fact I still have that in my scrapbook from the last time you helped me.

          Its LHR > MLE that I am struggling with.

        • Clive says:

          How about BA PE to AUH or DXB with a points upgrade to CW. Then an Avios redemption down. Cheapest way is to book a return not a one way. You could also drop the flights with BA using some miles

        • thanks Clive, hadn’t thought about upgrading with Avios. Will check.

  3. Another flash sale from Malaysia Airlines today – various destinations in Asia in the mid-£1500s. Book by April 10th for travel up to Nov 30th.

  4. Stuart says:

    OT but can anyone advise when booking a free night with the IHG Credit Card is it cancellable and “refundable”?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I booked and cancelled one recently. I assume it’s as per the points booking cancellation terms?

    • Tracy says:

      Yes, just done it. Free night back in my account instantly.

  5. spk307 says:

    The single J seats on Swiss – arent they reserved for Senator members only?

    • spk307 says:

      I mean the ‘throne’ seats?

      • JamesB says:

        I doubt it. If hou are flying solo you might like better the seats that puts you closest to the window as these are more private.

  6. OT but need some advise on EU compensation. I had a connecting flight from Casablanca to Marrakech which was cancelled/delayed for about 2 hours, apparently because there was no pilot. London to Casablanca was fine, it was only the connecting flight that was delayed, but it meant we landed in our final destination approx 2 and half hours late. All of the flights were on one ticket. Could I claim and if so, for how much?
    Thanks

    • As far as I know you need to be 3 hours late at your final destination, moneysavirngexpert could be a good place to check

    • JamesB says:

      3h as Zoe states.

      • Thanks, might just e-mail airline anyway as we weren’t even offered food vouchers or anything else. Paid with Amex gold…is there room to claim with Amex?

    • Andrew says:

      Depends on the airline – Casablanca and Marrakech are both not EU airports so, IIRC, only travelling on an EU airline would be eligible, depending on distance/length of delay etc.

  7. OT looking at booking a few hotels in Australia (Canberra as arriving there after our ex EU Qatar flight, Sydney, Hamilton Island and maybe a few more) just noticed that booking via Avios.com but paying entirely in cash is currently earning 15 avios per pound of spend. Need to check how good the cash prices are but it looks tempting.
    Does anyone know if spending for avios.com would count as BA spend on my BA amex?

  8. Stuart says:

    OT but can anyone advise when booking a free night with the free reward from the IHG Credit Card is it cancellable and “refundable”?

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