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.
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.
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.
Is the card changing?
Recently, for a very short time, the card website changed to show this:
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.
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.