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.
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.
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.