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News: £70 Opodo discount code, British Airways Arrivals Lounge closed, Hilton in Cape Town

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News in brief:

Save up to £70 with an Opodo discount code

If you are looking to book a flight this week, Opodo has launched two new discount codes:

Offer 1:  £20 off flight bookings (minimum basket value £500)
Valid: 13th to 19th July

Offer 1:  £70 off flight + hotel bookings (minimum basket value £900)
Valid: 13th to 19th July

Full details are on this page of the Opodo site.

Bear in mind that if you need to cancel or reschedule your flight you will – as we found in the last few months – find it far easier if you booked direct with the airline.

Opodo discount code

British Airways closes its Arrivals Lounge at Terminal 5

The positive feedback from the reopening of the Galleries Club (South) and Galleries First lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5 continues.  I haven’t tried them myself yet but it does seem that British Airways has done an excellent job in getting these up and running.  I hope to take a look over the weekend.

What hasn’t worked, however, is the reopening of the Arrivals Lounge in Terminal 5.  The main users of this facility were passengers on overnight flights from the US and Asia, and clearly there aren’t many of those at the moment.  The Arrivals Lounge has therefore closed until there is a pick-up in long-haul traffic.

Hilton Cape Town City Centre closes

Hilton closes in Cape Town

With international tourism in South Africa down to effectively nothing, Hilton has handed back the keys of its Hilton Cape Town City Centre hotel.

The hotel ceased to be operated by Hilton from last Saturday.  You can find out more in The South African here.

There are no alternative Hilton Honors properties in the city centre, unfortunately.  There is a DoubleTree in Woodstock, and a Canopy is due to open next year.