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.
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 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.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (December 2023)
There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)