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Hilton Sheffield to close in December

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Anyone travelling to South Yorkshire in 2020 should note that the Hilton Sheffield hotel is closing for good on 15th December.

According to The Star, the operator has surrendered the lease on the building.  It is possible that the owner decides to re-lease it to another hotel operator, although it could be turned into offices or apartments.

I stayed here once a couple of years ago and it was totally acceptable.  The location is pleasant but competition has been increasing – a Holiday Inn Express opened immediately behind it, and the downtrodden Holiday Inn – also directly behind it – has been reborn this Summer as Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Sheffield.

There are two other Hilton options in Sheffield but neither is great for the business traveller.  The DoubleTree is out of town whilst the Hampton Sheffield is in a weird location and, whilst nominally central, is likely to still need a bus, tram or taxi to get you to where you need to be.

The Hilton Sheffield website is here.

Hilton Sheffield closing

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  1. OT: The Platinum Business offer for 27,000 referral points ends on the 6th November.

    Do applications made before this date count if they receive the card in the post say a few days after the 6th? Usually points post on the day the cards arrive.

    If the application is not accepted 1st time but under review will this still count if accepted after the 6th?

    Rob you mentioned a possible extension to the promo? Need two more referrals to complete my full quota so busy convincing friends and family.

    • Looks like 6th November is firm – T&C’s still show this as the end date.

      As long as you apply whilst the offer is showing on the landing page you should be fine, but take a screenshot just in case.

  2. OT – Partner redemption and schedule change

    I have a flight with AA miles on EY and now there is a schedule change leaving me for almost 24 hours in AUH on my return journey to Asia (This is happening on both onward and return trip, so 2 x say 20 hour per stop)

    Do I have any recourse?
    Tickets were booked as soon as it opened and now even getting a refund is of no use as flight prices over Christmas is astronomical.

    • Shoestring says:

      I take it you’re flying out of Europe? You should have a strong claim for EC261 duty of care on your outward flight, though getting Etihad to refund you might be a different matter.

      Europe—> Asia via AUH on 1 PNR counts as a single ‘journey’ under EC261, so you might be able to see a more convenient connection in AUH and persuade EY to re-ticket you/ or even re-ticket the whole journey. Under EC261 the airline is obliged to re-ticket you if they are giving you an unreasonable variation to your booked itinerary and you can see a better option. Much easier getting this done with BA, though, with EY you’d probably be wasting your time but worth a try.

      • Lady London says:

        Also check it’s really a schedule change. A few cases of being told a flight is cancelled but actually being offloaded and the flight is running. Check if seats are being sold on your original flight, or any better flight. Politely request your preferred alternative, or reinstatement to your originally booked flight if you can see that seats are still being sold on it – happened to me twice and both times I politely requested reinstatement and was successful.

        An extra almost-24 hours each way added to your journey is really unacceptable. Plus, I presume, hotel costs? Even if airline offers hotel costs it’s still unacceptable. Not everyone has 2 extra days of holiday they can just add to their booking, and I guess it’s quite possible that arriving 1 day later will cause you to miss an event you are travelling for.

        • Thanks you both for replying.

          The trouble is it is booking with AAmiles with EY, so they keep bouncing back between AA and EY as they say tickets are issued by AA so EY wouldn’t do anything.

          I have looked up the schedule and the original flight is indeed now rescheduled as per KAYAK schedule finder and no longer seen even on other nearby dates.

          • Lady London says:

            AA issued your ticket do they are responsible for rerouting you. By any measure (and would be supported by the courts) there is no way adding nearly a day to the time your flight takes is acceptable. As your flight departs from Europe you are covered by EU261 and so you can’t be forced to accept this if there are other flights even on other airlines that will get you to your destination/back from it reasonably close to your original landing time (at least within a few hours) then you are entitled to request AA to ticket you in those (and award seats do not have to be available on the replacement flights).

            EU261 means you could obtain those flights for cash and sue AA for their cost if they continue to refuse. Ask them to escalate and mention EU261 if you’ve found a replacement set of flights (easier to get them to cooperate sooner if on original airline booked, or OneWorld airline(s), but technically does not have to be).

            If you go this route make sure you have a record of asking them for a fair rerouting at least 3 times or their final refusal. Don’t take a refund if you can avoid it as posters here have said this releases AA from the contract and they then owe you nothing.

            I believe Etihad redemptions may cost AA more than other OneWorld flights so this may be a factor. Additionally Etihad could be difficult for AA to deal with. None of that is your problem. You have a ticket to reach a destination bought from AA and if departing from Europe you are covered by EU261 on any airline. If returning to Europe from somewhere else then you are only covered by EU261 only if carrier is a European airline.

  3. OT Does anyone know if Sainsbury’s CC are ok when used with Curve to pay for something at a normal retailer and that it will go down as a purchase to get 0% interest for 25months?

  4. Shoestring says:

    A Fosun good deal!

    Thomas Cook name to live on after £11m brand buyout by Fosun
    The assets bought include the trademarks, domain names, social media accounts and licences of the now defunct business.

  5. Flying from Glasgow to London tomorrow Club Europe. Can I use the arrivals lounge or is that just for First and Club World?

  6. OT: Amex
    Does upgrading or downgrading BAPP/BA Blue change the renewal date and voucher deadline?
    On a similar thread: To anyone who downgraded to Gold charge from Plat, did that restart the annual renewal timer? Thanks in advance

  7. Just sent a message to IHG asking why, for at least the second time, I am unable to register for Accelerate, and that not being able to take part in offers means I’m significantly less likely to stay with them.

  8. planeconcorde says:

    Bits: British Airways Flash Sale for short haul flights to 17 destinations from Gatwick. For travel on selected dates until 29th March 2020. Fares start at £24 one-way. Sale ends 5th November 2019.

  9. Ian Bailey says:

    Good morning from Hilton Sheffield! I’m a bit gutted that this hotel is closing – and from speaking to the staff it is *closing* with conversion to luxury apartments supposedly the future. Hilton isn’t left with many options – the Hampton is no worse for the city centre than the main Hilton TBH but is in need of a refurb itself and has according to its own staff been waiting for that all year.

    Which doesn’t leave many options for regular (weekly) Hilton business travellers in Sheffield! IHG could offer me a recast of their Accelerate programme for 2020 but the last couple of “personalised” offers haven’t been worth my while vs Hilton offering double points and big bonuses.

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