News in brief:
A great video of Heathrow’s Radisson RED in 1964!
Two weeks ago we ran a review of the new Radisson RED hotel at London Heathrow. This is part of the old Park Inn hotel, which has now had its 950+ rooms split into two hotels – a Radisson RED and a standard Radisson.
You probably don’t know that the hotel itself dates back to 1964, when it was the first hotel to open at the airport.
A reader sent a link to this fantastic video on the British Pathe website. It is a 2 min 25 secs video of the opening event, filmed in classic 1964 newsreel style. It is well worth a watch.
Qatar Airways extends its flash sale
A quick note that the Qatar Airways flash sale we highlighted on Thursday has been extended until today (Sunday).
Shangri-La Golden Circle extends expiry
If you are sitting on any unused Shangri-La Golden Circle hotel points, the company has decided to postpone expiring any points at the end of the year.
All balances will now be protected until 31st December 2021.
This is a good move, as Golden Circle points have a ‘hard’ expiry. Irrespective of activity, they usually expire at the end of the 3rd calendar year after you earn them.
The company has already announced a one year status extension for all elite members.
If you are sitting on some Golden Circle points, keep an eye out for an interesting announcement later this week ……
Full details of all Shangri-La covid policies covering everything from stays to status can be found here.
IHG UK and Europe flash sale ends Wednesday
A quick reminder that IHG is running a ‘There’s More To See’ flash sale until Wednesday 14th October.
Brands included include InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo and Crowne Plaza. The InterContinental Lyon is pictured below.
Participating hotels in the UK and Europe are on offer at 30% off the standard Best Flexible Rate.
You can book for travel until 30th April 2021. Full details and rules are on this page of the IHG website.
This offer will double up with IHG’s new ‘double points’ promotion. You will earn double base points on all cash stays between 1st October and 15th December. You MUST register before your stay via this link. Use code 44480 if needed.
LAST DAY for a 75% bonus buying IHG Rewards Club points
Talking of IHG, today is the LAST DAY for the current IHG Rewards Club 75% bonus for buying points.
The link to buy is here.
We have seen numerous offers of a 100% bonus during 2020, so I wouldn’t buy speculatively at this price. If you are looking to make a cash booking in the flash sale, however, it is worth looking at whether buying points for a redemption stay is cheaper.
The 75% bonus runs until tonight, Sunday 11th October.