Bits: £50 off Virgin Atlantic Premium to the US, Hilton India sale, Norwegian aircraft swaps

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News in brief:

£50 off Virgin Atlantic Premium flights to the US

Virgin Atlantic is offering £50 off flights to the US in its Premium cabin.  You need to book today, however.

Until midnight tonight (Friday 3rd) you will get £50 off flights in Premium from London and Manchester to the United States on selected dates.  A Sunday night must be included.

Travel dates are (excluding Manchester to New York which has different dates):

Outbound: 27th October to 12th December; 24th December to 25th March

Inbound: 29th October to 31st December; 10th January to 25th March

There is no code needed and the discount has already been applied to the fares you can find on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

£50 off Virgin Atlantic Premium

Hilton launches an India Sale

Hilton has launched a dedicated sale for its hotels in India.  I think this is the first time we’ve ever seen an Indian-focused sale promoted heavily in the UK.

Until 10am on 17th May you can get up to 25% off the Best Flexible or Bed & Breakfast rate at selected hotels.

Included are for example the Conrad Pune and the Conrad Bengaluru (pictured below).

The sale website is here.

As we always say with Hilton sales ….. basing the ‘25% saving’ on the Best Available Bed & Breakfast rate is not exactly fair. Sale rates are non refundable so it is cheeky to compare them to a refundable rate.  That said, these deals do usually offer a saving on the ‘advanced purchase’ price. Full pre-payment needs to be made at time of booking.

These rates are available for stays until 31st December 2019 and you must book at least 3 days in advance.

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.

conrad bengaluru

Norwegian aircraft swaps at Gatwick

Poor old Norwegian is still struggling with availability of its Boeing 787-9 aircraft due to the industry-wide problems with the Rolls-Royce engines.

The following airlines you’ve probably never heard of began operating services this week and will continue for an indefinite period:

Gatwick to New York JFK (DI7013/14) – Evelop Airlines using an A330-300

Gatwick to Orlando – Hi-Fly using an A340-300

Gatwick to Miami – Privilege Style using a Boeing 777-200

Gatwick to Chicago – Wamos Air using an A330-200

Gatwick to Denver – Wamos Air using an A330-200

If you are booked in Economy it is unlikely to make much difference, but passengers booked in Norwegian Premium may benefit from an upgrade to a ‘proper’ business class depending on which operator they are on.

These are ‘wet leases’ which use Hi-Fly / Wamos cabin crew.  This has meant very bad news for Norwegian’s Gatwick based 787 cabin crew, as I will explain over the weekend.

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  1. Yawn says:

    So what’s the bad news for Norwegian’s LGW crew? Apologies if it was discussed, but I didn’t see an update anywhere over the weekend.

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