Bits: Aspire lounge at Gatwick North to re-open, Adblock issues, MegaDo update, Accor buys Movenpick

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News in brief:

Club Aspire lounge to open at Gatwick North

The new Club Aspire lounge at Gatwick North, the easyJet terminal, now has an opening date – 28th May.

This replaces the old Aspire lounge – which was the old Delta lounge and (or am I confused?) the lower level of the BA lounge in years gone by.  It’s the one in the basement, basically, underneath the No 1 Lounge.

This is good news for any Priority Pass or Lounge Club cardholder as you have an alternative if the No 1 Lounge is full and you don’t like the Hoxton hipster vibe of MyLounge!

Full details are on the Aspire website here.

Club Aspire lounge Gatwick North Terminal opening

Adblock issues

It seems that a recent upgrade to Adblock Plus is causing issues with viewing HFP articles in some browsers, with chunks of text disappearing.  If this is happening to you, simply whitelist HFP.  It’s not as if the ads on HFP are overpowering and we do have bills to pay ….

MegaDo update

Due to confusion over US / UK date formats, I got the booking dates wrong in the MegaDo article yesterday.  Booking for the European leg opens on Monday 7th May for business class seats and Wednesday 9th May for everyone else.

Movenpick Battuta Gate Dubai

Accor Hotels buys Movenpick

In (yet another) acquisition, the French hotel group Accor has agreed to buy Swiss group Movenpick for CHF 560m.

Movenpick runs 84 hotels with another 42 under development.  Whilst it is almost certain that the brand will become part of Le Club AccorHotels, this is likely to take 18 months or so as IT systems are aligned.  Raffles, Fairmont and Swissotel will not be fully integrated into Le Club AccorHotels until this July, almost two years after they were acquired.

The Battuta Gate property in Dubai is pictured above.

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  1. O/T – How long do Avios take to post to BA Exec Club from Tesco auto convert? Thanks in advance

    • 24 hours should do it, 48 at a push.

    • Alan says:

      Related: How long do they take to credit your BA account if you are doing a single transaction (as opposed to auto-convert)?

      • HayMow says:

        Alan – 1 day for my 22Feb request to transfer Tesco CC pts to BAEC Avios (& 4 days for the ones I requested to go to my account).

  2. I noticed bits of your site disappearing recently. As I had whitelisted your site from adblock as soon as I installed the extension I thought there was a bug in your site and was going to let you know about it. I know I had you whitelisted as I remembered seeing ads on your site which were from the general Google Adsense pool (the welcome Saudi Crown Prince ads for example).

    This new update is excessive. It seems if a link points to an affiliate site then it’ll be blocked.

    This is excessive, I’m quite happy for HfP to get commission (as I know they’d only affiliate link if it doesn’t affect the price we pay) and as well as being a very useful resource they also provide full time employment for Anika (as well as Rob of course). I’ve whitelisted again but anyone using adblock should double check their settings.

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