Bits: new Paris luxury option for Hilton, why bad airlines are profitable, Avios / Charles Tyrwhitt promo

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News in brief:

Hilton gains an attractive new Paris option

Hilton has been woefully under-represented in Paris.  Until Hilton Paris Opera opened a couple of years ago, it didn’t have a single property in the main tourist zone.  (Here is our review of Hilton Paris Opera.)

Things are now picking up.  Maison Astor Paris – website here – has joined Hilton as part of the Curio Collection.  Maison Astor Paris sits on a quiet street between the Opera Garnier and the Champs-Elysées, “making the hotel a peaceful hideaway amidst Paris’s bustling city centre.”

Curio allows independent properties to retain their own quirks and charms whilst still benefiting from Hilton’s marketing clout.  This includes allowing guests to earn and redeem Hilton Honors points and receive status benefits.

We have reviewed a few Curio hotels and they are generally very good.  Here is our review of the Ames in Boston and here is the Montesol in downtown Ibiza.

The hotel name links back to John Jacob Astor IV who used to live in the hotel when it was a private house, before drowning on the Titanic.  There are 131 recently modernised rooms which “take inspiration from classic Parisian apartments, featuring large windows, beautiful French balconies and high ceilings.”  There is also a fine dining restaurant called Salle à Manger.

Hilton Honors redemptions are capped at 80,000 points per night although I was struggling to find nights over the Winter where it went that high – for November it is usually around 63-68,000.  You find out more about Maison Astor Paris on this page of the Hilton website.

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.

Maison Astor Paris joins Hilton's Curio Collection

Why bad airlines are profitable

I normally don’t link to comment articles, but as this one is from Forbes magazine and is based on a university survey, I thought you might find it interesting.  Click here to read.

In summary …. it’s all your fault that bad airlines are profitable, because you keep flying them.

Thanks to Saqib for this.

Charles Tyrwhitt Avios

New Charles Tyrwhitt / Avios discount code

Shirtmaker Charles Tyrwhitt has launched a new discount which will also allow you to earn Avios.

Until 14th October you will save 10% on a £50+ spend, 12% on a £75+ spend and 15% off a £100+ spend.

It is valid both instore and on orders placed via the website here.

You MUST add code PWUK for the discount to be applied.

You earn 4 Avios per £1 spent both instore and online.  In a shop, tell the checkout assistant your number and they will ensure your points are added on.  With online orders you can add your number doing the payment process.  Full details of the Tyrwhitt Avios deal are here.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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  1. OT – Missing Amex SPG – On Amex Chat yesterday told the points should turn up in 2-4 weeks. Asked for some kind of compensation and was offered 3000 Starpoints.

    • My wife’s points for this month have swept across and actually arrived in her Marriott account today!

      …she is still missing her August and September statement points, however.

  2. The ‘why bad airlines are profitable’ article should be called ‘why lack of competition leads to poor service and the ability to charge slightly more’.

    There are at least two factors that have not been considered which mean that the study cited neither proves or disproves the claim. 1- fuel costs, aka the biggest driver of one half of the profitability calculation. 2- competition, aside from a few markets, there is simply no realistic competition from other airlines (or rail) domestically, meaning you can restrict seats enabling you to price fares/fees slightly higher.

    Causation vs correlation….

  3. Peter K says:

    In the industry I am in most customers go to the large company that is generally cheaper, is certainly perceived as cheaper, but has the worst customer service. Other companies have also reduced their prices, and quality, to match.

    The airline industry is not alone in this sad state of affairs.

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