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 (October 2021)
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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.
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 (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
(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.)