Get exclusive BA Gold benefits at Langham hotels including free status

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One of the lesser-known benefits of British Airways Executive Club Gold status is that you receive nearly-top-tier status with the Langham hotel chain.

Langham Hospitality Group is owned by a Hong Kong property company.   The majority of the hotels are in Asia, with a scattering in the US, Australasia and of course the landmark The Langham hotel in Portland Place (below) after which the entire chain is named.  I reviewed the Langham London hotel here.

Langham London

There are two brands in the group:

The Langham and Langham Place – classical and contemporary luxury hotels

Cordis Hotels and Resorts – luxury properties with a holistic ‘well being’ approach

British Airways Gold benefits at Langham and Cordis hotels

The Langham loyalty scheme is called ‘1865’ after the year that the London property was founded.  You can find out more about it here.

There are four membership tiers:

Explorer (entry level)

Gateway (3 stays or 9 nights in 12 months)

Voyager (5 stays or 15 nights in 12 months) and

Destiny (invitation only)

Even Explorer members receive free internet, a free online newspaper and 2pm late check-out subject to availability, so you should definitely sign-up even if you have only one stay planned.

‘1865’ is NOT a points based scheme.  I assume they believe that the chain is too small for that to work effectively.  Instead of points to redeem for free nights, members receive airline miles in a variety of programmes, including Avios (but not Virgin Flying Club).  Continued loyalty to the group is shown through the stay-based benefits that ‘1865’ members receive.

Langham Voyager status for British Airways Gold members

The British Airways Gold benefit is impressive as you are enrolled immediately at ‘Voyager’ level.  This would usually require five stays or 15 nights and gives you the following benefits:

6pm check-out subject to availability – very handy for evening flights

a one category room upgrade subject to availability (although this will not include club access)

free fruit on arrival

your choice of personalised welcome amenity

free internet

500 Avios points per NIGHT (maximum 3 nights) or 250 per night at two associate hotels

The website also mentions that Voyager members receive a suite upgrade voucher but it implies that this is only given to Voyager members who complete five stays in the current year.

This page at ba.com has more information if you click through to the Langham area.  You do not join ‘1865’ in advance.  Instead, you show your British Airways Gold card when you check-in.  The reception staff will arrange for your ‘1865’ membership and ‘Voyager’ upgrade to be processed.

The Langham London confirmed to me a coupleof years ago that BA Gold members will receive ‘Voyager’ benefits from their first stay – you do not have to wait until you come back to start benefiting.

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Comments

  1. OT: Did an article just disappear this morning? Thought I saw something about a business travel agent earlier, came back to read it and it’s gone.

    • Nope!

      • The Original David says:

        It’s an advert. With the Etihad competition blocking the top spot on the page, an advert appears between stories 2 and 3.

        It’s just that travel agent advert is so unimaginative and text heavy that it looks like the start of an article…

        • Thanks David, thought I was imagining it 🙂

        • Are you suggesting that Rob’s articles are unimaginative? :))

          • No, not at all, that’s just his titles of late although they swing towards too imaginative at time too 🙂

          • The Original David says:

            Hah, I wouldn’t dare! Well, visually they appear as a picture followed by a block of text, which is what you want from an article. Adverts can usually afford to do something more exciting, but perhaps these guys are better at booking travel than they are at visual marketing…

          • That’s not how it works. Some people book text ads on Google, but Google then decides (because many sites – as we do – block text ads because they are ugly) to automatically create a ‘display’ ad, putting in a random image, to increase the number of places it can be shown.

          • Just curious Rob, are you still using somebody to help with the IT or are you now back to doing it all yourself? You certainly seem to know a lot about it these days. Have you been studying it or just picking up the expertise from day to day running of the blog?

          • Neil (Enbecom, link in sidebar) does all the back-end stuff but the day to day stuff we pick up as we go along! I can’t write a line of code though, if you don’t count the formatting code used on the site.

          • Good stuff.

  2. All very well but Langham hotels are expensive!

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