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Bits: Virgin gets an Amex Centurion Lounge at New York JFK, 30% Etihad transfer bonus, Hyatt updates

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News in brief:

A new American Express Centurion Lounge opens at New York JFK

American Express is opening a new Centurion Lounge at New York JFK this week. It is in Terminal 4.

It looks fantastic, especially the 1850’s style ‘speakeasy’ bar pictured below. To quote:

“Step into a Lounge so spacious it boasts two premium bars—and a speakeasy. Relax with a cocktail, enjoy access to our new Digital Library of newspapers and magazines, or try self-led spa services from Equinox. Or get productive with high-speed wifi and a specialty coffee bar. Either way, you’ll depart refreshed. The Centurion Lounge is proud to serve Irving Farm’s fresh roasted, New York Coffee on both drip and espresso.”

The great news is that Terminal 4 is the home of Virgin Atlantic and its partner Delta Air Lines. It is also the base for – amongst European airlines – Air Europa, SWISS, KLM, Air Serbia and Uzbekistan.

Lounge entry is free to holders of The Platinum Card from American Express and American Express Business Platinum, as well as Amex Centurion cards.

The HfP article from February explains more about how Centurion Lounges work and where they are. A lounge is still due at Heathrow Terminal 3, although clearly we won’t be seeing that for a while.

You can learn more about the JFK Terminal 4 lounge on the Amex website here.

American Express Centurion Lounge JFK Terminal 4

30% bonus transferring points into Etihad Guest

Etihad Guest is currently running another of its occasional transfer bonuses.

This one is quite restrictive, although the 30% bonus is not bad. It does NOT include transfers from HSBC credit cards or American Express Membership Rewards.

For UK residents, the most relevant potential partners are Marriott Bonvoy, Accor Live Limitless, Shangri-La Golden Circle and World of Hyatt.

Etihad Guest has relaxed its draconian mileage expiry policy recently. The previous ‘use them within 24 months or lose them’ policy has gone, thankfully. It has been replaced with a more generous ‘no expiry if you have any account activity within the last 18 months’.

Full details are on the Etihad website here.

World of Hyatt announces more programme updates

World of Hyatt members will benefit from a new range of covid-driven programme updates announced this week.

The key one for most members is that the launch of peak and off-peak pricing has been delayed further. It is now scheduled to launch in July, which means that you will be able to lock in bookings up to July 2022 at standard pricing.

Other moves include:

suspending all points expiry to June 2021

extending unused suite upgrade, club access and free night vouchers to December 2021

postponing the annual repricing of reward nights for 2021, except for 16 hotels (12 of which are moving down) – although it would be difficult to justify increases in points requirements at this time

Hyatt has already rolled over status, with all members keeping their status as of 30th March 2020 until 28th February 2022.

Details of the new Hyatt ‘triple points’ promotion are in this HfP article. Remember that you can tie this in with the current American Express Hyatt cashback offer, as the article above explains.

Comments (25)

  • Alex says:

    I wish IHG would extend my free night l. It expires in December and they are refusing to extend it to next year.

  • meta says:

    Etihad pulled all A380s until the end of schedule. No more F apartment on Abu Dhabi-London route. Probably not returning again. Shame, but I at least got to try it once. Now I need to cancel my booking for January.

  • Brian says:

    Why does the headline say ‘Virgin gets….’? Is there a tie-up between Virgin and Amex?

    • Alex W says:

      That’s what I thought, but then the article reads like Virgin pax still need a Platinum card to get in. Bit disappointing!

    • Evan says:

      I knew someone would say this. It should say Terminal 4 at JFK gets an Amex lounge – good news for some Virgin flyers in PE or economy…. But as Rob keeps explaining you have be economical with headlines.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      No it’s just that it’s in the same terminal that Virgin flies from.

  • Niel says:

    Virgins gets Centurion? Misleading and doesnt make sense.

  • pauldb says:

    I don’t remember speakeasys like that in the 1850s???

    • TGLoyalty says:

      No speakeasy’s were in the 1920-1930’s

      They’ve called it the 1850 as that’s when Amex were founded and I think the style of the decor is 1850’s.

      • cinereus says:

        Just saw your comment after posting. Speakeasies were around before the ’20s and existed in Australia in the 1830s hut definitely not in the States that early.

      • pauldb says:

        1850s style would be more like Les Mis / GoT tavern! Weird to take design with an obvious 1950s style and name it with a completely different date.

    • Lady London says:

      You were there? 🙂

  • cinereus says:

    How can there be an 1850s speakeasy when the word wasn’t used in the States until the latter 1880s?

  • Floyd "Money" Mayweather says:

    Hi the Etihad offer is ‘UP to a 30% transfer bonus’.
    Marriott Bonvoy, Accor Live Limitless, Shangri-La Golden Circle and World of Hyatt is only a 20% transfer bonus.

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