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News: Hilton Winter hotel sale, Opodo flight discount, congratulations Anika

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News in brief:

Hilton Winter sale now on

This slipped through the cracks when it launched, but I should mention that Hilton is currently running its Winter sale across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Due to coronavirus, all rooms booked in the sale are fully flexible. This means that the quoted discount of 25% from the Best Flexible Rate (20% for non-members of Hilton Honors) is a genuine one.

You need to book by 31st January for stays by 31st March. The sale home page is here. The picture below is Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik which we reviewed in our ‘My Favourite Hotel’ series recently.

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

£25 Opodo flight discount

Opodo launched a new flight discount deal yesterday, running to 31st December.

You will receive £25 off any flight booking worth £275 or more. You need to use promo code OP25DEC.

Many online travel agents have not exactly distinguished themselves with their service levels during the pandemic, so you trade off the saving against the risk of additional problems if your flight is cancelled, changed or postponed.

You can book the Opodo offer here.

Congratulations Anika

I’m delighted to say that Anika had her second child, another girl, on Christmas Eve.

Having two children under 14 months old will not, clearly, leave her with much free time and we don’t know when she will be back.

Anika was the first person I hired for HfP, nominally to run marketing, and the day she went full-time was also the day we moved into a permanent office. After five years, HfP had suddenly become a proper ‘thing’ and I had responsibilities towards other people.

Within 15 months she had won ‘Best Newcomer to Business Travel Journalism’ at the Business Travel Journalism Awards and we had taken big strides in developing the commercial side of the site. Soon after that she met an American guy in the pub who was working temporarily in the UK and before we knew it she was married and moved to Virginia …..

I am hopeful that we haven’t heard the last of her, but for now she is definitely taking a break with her two girls.

PS. With Sinead also expecting a baby soon, we will be looking for a new Marketing Manager in the Spring. We are not starting the process until we are back in a permanent office, but if you or someone you know may be interested then please keep an eye on the site for an announcement. A track record in travel and/or affiliate and/or financial marketing will be necessary and you will need to be London based.

Comments (51)

  • Jimmy says:

    From a TA review. Sums OPODO up very nicely…

    ‘Opodo are a bunch of thieving, moronic, scoundrels who should be boycotted…’

    AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!

  • Peter K says:

    Congratulations Anika!

  • AJA says:

    Congratulations Anika!

  • The Savage Squirrel says:

    Congratulations Anika and family!

  • Steve says:

    AVOID Opodo! They are appalling and can not be trusted to do anything that is not in their best interests. Impossible to contact with a system that is designed for them to keep your money.
    You will be abused and ripped off!!!

  • Sundar says:

    Congratulations Anika !

  • Craig says:

    Congratulations Anika.

  • Matt B says:

    Take a look at @opodo_truth on Twitter. One of the worst companies out there to book travel through. They’ve left me out of pocket in the £££s which I’ve had to claw back via charge backs on my credit card. Good friends don’t let them book with Opodo.

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