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News in brief:

Good £95 deal at Marriott’s The Dixon

The Dixon is a relatively new luxury boutique hotel on the south side of Tower Bridge. It is situated in a building which used to be a magistrate’s court, and was built as part of the new housing and theatre development in that area.

I’ve never been inside although it is on my list – I used to work virtually next door and remember it sitting empty. It is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of luxury independent boutique hotels.

You can see the Marriott website for the hotel here.

The Dixon £95 offer

Via Marriott, it isn’t cheap. You will usually pay around £250 midweek – it is asking that for next Spring – although at present you can book for around £110.

Travelzoo is selling REFUNDABLE vouchers for The Dixon for £95. They can be used up to the end of April 2021, plus August and December 2021.

Spend an extra £34 and they will include breakfast, 2pm check-out and a bottle of prosecco.

It doesn’t represent a great saving for short term stays – although you DO make a saving – but if you need to be in London before the end of April it is definitely worth a look. Travelzoo will refund you if you don’t end up using it.

Remember that you will NOT receive Marriott Bonvoy points, stay credit or your elite status benefits if you book via this route.

You can find out more on Travelzoo here.

Marriott £95 The Dixon London deal

Is something about to happen to the Miles & More Global Traveller Cards?

The Lufthansa credit cards – which are NOT actually credit cards – are the oddest payment cards we cover. They are also one of the most generous.

You receive TWO cards. One is a Diners Club charge card (yes, they still exist) and the second is a prepaid Mastercard debit card.

Both cards earn a whopping 1.25 Miles & More miles per £1. The debit card is funded by the Diners Club card behind the scenes, and to all intents and purposes you don’t notice the difference day-to-day.

Of course, as a charge card, you MUST clear your balance in full each month. There is no ability to pay interest and defer settlement.

I like this card and have one. A key benefit is that your Miles & More miles won’t expire if you have this card and use it once per month.

Our full review of the Miles & More Global Traveller cards is here.

Is the card changing?

Recently, for a very short time, the card website changed to show this:

New Lufthansa Miles & More Global Traveller Visa card

Look carefully. Instead of two cards – a Diners Club and a Mastercard debit card – there is now just a Visa card.

The Diners Club card has gone. The Visa card still seems to be a charge card, as no APR is quoted. The 1.25 miles per £1 rate remains.

As quickly as it appeared, the image disappeared. It was definitely there – Google even cached it. I am guessing someone was testing out a change on the live site instead of using a staging site.

I’m a little confused, to be honest. Why is switching to a (presumably) prepaid Visa debit card better than a Mastercard? How is dropping Diners Club part of this? What happens to the role of Affiniture, the card issuer and UK owner of the Diners Club brand? What would happen to existing cardholders?

I don’t have any answers. I approached Affiniture and Cornercard for comment but didn’t get a reply. Let’s see what happens.

£20 Opodo discount

Save £20 on an Opodo flight booking

Finally, Opodo is currently offering £20 off a flight booking of £250 or more.

You need to book by 25th October. A minimum spend of £250 is needed.

The promo code you need is OPODO20 which can be added on the Opodo site here.

You enter the code on the final payment page. The box is underneath the CVV box.

Rmember that it can be trickier to obtain a flight refund if you don’t book directly with the airline, so the code is best used for a flight you are certain to be taking.

Comments (29)

  • Andy says:

    I was at the Dixon at the weekend. Our Executive King Room was “upgraded” (and a Gold Bonvoy member) to a “nice spacious room”…. that had a view of a wall about 1 foot from the window. They had added some big brass leaves to the wall to break up the monotony, but still, there was very little natural light and it was disappointing. When I mentioned it at checkout I was told lots of people like that room because it’s big, but of course having only seen one room I have no idea what the average size is.

    Breakfast was also disappointing. You pre-order at check-in and advise what time you want breakfast. There was 4 tables in when we arrived at Provisioners, with one person in the kitchen and one person serving. Coffees were good and arrived quickly. The full English was overcooked bacon that was lukewarm, an undercooked hash brown that was lukewarm, a tablespoon of beans that had barely seen a pan or microwave, eggs that were somewhere between an omelette and scrambled (wavy eggs?), a roasted tomato, and a sausage that was actually hot! I don’t want to be insulting to either establishment, but I think we’d have got a better breakfast at the Wetherspoons just down the road.

    I’m willing to give them a bit of pass on the breakfast due to coronavirus, but it really wasn’t good enough considering the quality of the rest of the hotel, and we didn’t bother having breakfast in the hotel on our second morning despite it being part of the room rate.

    Annoyingly, at check-in when they asked for a card for incidentals I used Creation (rather than my Marriott card), and I’ve noticed it has been charged for the full stay, so I’ve missed out on my £50 back from the Amex promo and points. I called them about swapping cards for payment (admittedly this is entirely my fault and they should not have to rectify it), but no response as yet.

    • tony says:

      COVID is no excuse for a poor breakfast. Rake’s at the Andaz last week was knock-out, both in terms of food & service.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I stayed last year and can echo the sentiment about the “view” from the room. And like I said below the rooms are “cosy”

      The rates are always very low though even in pre covid times you could pay £130 for entry room booking a week or two in advance.

      However, really surprised about the food as it was very good when I had breakfast and lunch there. The restaurant is well liked local brunch spot too so something has obviously gone on with covid.

    • Cam says:

      I had the same issue with a Crowne Plaza this summer (in fairness it was a prepaid rate that had not yet been charged to my card). They then put parking and incidentals through as direct charges, rather than through the room folio. I initially missed out on the IHG points for the non-room charges, including a 2x points promo; I had to request retro credit (which IHG Rewards quickly sorted).

    • Jay says:

      On the case of the breakfast, it isnt advertised but you can ask for extras, I combined the continental with some eggs and bacon from the english. they also have cereal etc. Just have to ask them

    • Crafty says:

      I think they’ll do the refund for you, just call front desk and ask nicely.

      • Andy says:

        No such luck, I got a response that they can only charge me using the card that was used for chip and pin at check-in. It’s my own fault so I don’t blame them at all.

  • tony says:

    Re: Opodo – agreed they are hopeless. Airline cancelled a flight, said I had to deal with the agent, agent said I had to deal with the airline. Chargeback (or more likely S 75) appears to have been successful.

    As for LH points expiring, I had the old M&M credit card and when it was withdrawn was left trying to spend a few thousand points. bought one of my kids a toy plane, but the remaining points are still active on the account. That must have been 2 years back now.

  • Niel says:

    A ‘whopping 1.25 miles’ hahaha

  • memesweeper says:

    I’ve been in one of the cosy rooms at the Dixon . It was a work trip and the lack of a desk was an issue for me. Otherwise a lovely boutiquey place — if the area suits, book it. For a few tens of pounds a night more the Autograph at Bankside is a good alternative on the south bank if you need a desk.

  • Sam G says:

    Another warning for Opodo – needed urgent assistance with a rebooking when the sh*t was hitting the fan and we were in Thailand with family in March – they said they’d get ticketing to call me back – they finally got in touch in June! Thankfully being a savvy traveller I’d pushed the airline to reticket , otherwise they might still be there…

  • Will says:

    just received an email from M&M

    Mastercard, not a Visa.. or is it old news for EU clients ?

    • David says:

      That’s their card for the French market. Different issuer and I believe you need a French address to apply.

  • Godot says:

    Worth noting that the code TROOP10 takes another 10% off at Travelzoo, making The Dixon an even better deal at £85.50/night.

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