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News in brief:

Norwegian selling 142 weekly flights from the UK and Ireland for next Summer

Norwegian is still alive and kicking, albeit now as a short haul airline focused on Scandinavia.

The airline has just put its Summer 2022 schedule on sale. It is planning to operate 142 flights per week from the UK and Ireland. This is made up of:

  • London Gatwick to Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim, Bergen, Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen (115 weekly flights)
  • Manchester to Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen and Stockholm (eight weekly flights)
  • Edinburgh to Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen (15 weekly flights)
  • Dublin to Oslo and Copenhagen (four weekly flights)

Flights are now available to book at

Norwegian planning 142 UK flights weekly for 2022

Get 25 Nectar points per £1 with Europcar UK

Europcar has launched a generous Nectar promotion.

As you can see here, you receive 25 Nectar points per £1 spent. This will convert to 15.6 Avios per £1.

The key rules are:

  • Valid for car or van rentals in the UK only
  • Must book by 1st September
  • Must pick up the vehicle by 16th October
  • Must book via the special promotional website
  • Rental must be for at least 3 days

If you book by Monday 16th August, you will also receive a 15% discount on standard rates. From 17th August, you will still receive the bonus Nectar points but not the discount.

You can learn more, and book, here.

How to get FREE car rental status and other benefits via UK credit cards (March 2023)

If you hire a car in the UK, you can get special benefits (discounts, upgrades, free additional drivers etc) if you have elite status with a car rental programme. You can get elite status for free via certain American Express cards.

The Platinum Card and American Express Business Platinum

The Platinum Card from American Express and American Express Business Platinum come with two free car hire status cards. Your supplementary Platinum cardholder can also receive status in their own right.

From Avis, you receive President’s Club status in Avis Preferred. This gets you up to 25% off standard rates, a free additional driver and a guaranteed one class upgrade. For weekend rentals you will receive a two class upgrade, subject to availability.

From Hertz, you receive ‘Five Star’ status in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. This gets you up to 15% off standard rates, a free additional driver and a one class upgrade, subject to availability.

Hertz also offers Platinum cardholders a 4 hour grace period on rentals. Your final day is treated as 28 hours, so a 1pm pick up with a 5pm return the following day is only charged as one day, not two days. We wrote about the Hertz / Platinum 4 hour grace period here.

The Platinum Card also comes with full car hire insurance with no obligation to pay for the rental via American Express. You can refuse any attempts to sell you additional insurance at pick up. This benefit has substantial value if you rent on a regular basis.

You can find more details on the two Platinum cards, and apply, in our full reviews:

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is an excellent card in its own right. You receive 20,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up (convert to 20,000 Avios amongst other things), four airport lounge passes and £120 of Deliveroo credit. Even better, your first year is free.

There are two car rental benefits:

  • you receive Preferred Plus status in Avis Preferred
  • you receive a special package with Hertz – 10% off best available rates at participating locations, a one class upgrade for rentals of 5 days or more, subject to availability, and no additional driver fees

Find out more about the benefits of American Express Preferred Rewards Gold, and apply, in our review:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

Comments (50)

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  • Chrisasaurus says:

    My £35 booking at the T5 premier inn still seems the better choice…

  • tony says:

    Just to reiterate what others have said. It’s a small sofa bed. They will also (or at least have done in the past) add a roll away – there’s plenty of room – but if you’ve got a couple of teenagers with you, this isn’t likely to work.

  • PM says:

    Guests (prisoners) held in quarantine hotels, harassed by security guards, fed low quality food and stressed due to lack of meaningful daily activities and reduced living space, cause – out of boredom or rage – so called microdamages to rooms.

    These are things like pushing items down the toilets to cause blockages, removing parts in shower heads, damaging cables by repeatedly twisting them, disabling certain digits on safety deposit boxes, tearing upholstery on edges, peeling wall papers in less obvious locations, hiding items of food inside sofas or beds etc.

    Some of these microdamages would normally get spotted by housekeeping or maintenance in normal times but due to covid risks staff spend minimum amount of time in rooms and since it is not a repetitive business model there is no push for meeting standards or ensuring product quality. Staff from customer experience or guest relations do not visit these rooms at all.

    Even if damages are discovered it is impossible to get any money from guests to cover them as it is impossible to prove they had caused them and legal route is costly and without any guarantee of success. Since the government scheme needs to continue rolling substandard rooms just keep on getting used.

    I would advise against booking any rooms at any hotels used as quarantine ones unless they are fully refurbished after they leave the programme or they are so basic and so cheap that microdamages do not really matter.

    • John says:

      Pretty much every hotel I have ever stayed in has had “microdamages” unless I was actually the first guest ever to stay in that room (and in that case I found evidence of shortcuts taken by the builders – that was a £150/night place)

      Not sure anyone is paid enough to inspect every single thing in a room unless a head of state etc. is going to stay there

      • Rob says:

        Crowne Plaza Sheffield had a massive hole in the plasterboard wall of the room I had last week 🙂

        • Doug M says:

          Was it that full the the were down to the less desirable rooms, or is that a new feature of ‘Upscale’ brands?
          Regardless how do you pretend you’re an upscale hotel and put someone in a room with a hole in the wall.

      • PM says:

        The only difference in this case is that these damages are not just wear and tear but deliberately caused issues in form of cleverly hidden “revenge” damages.

      • meta says:

        Even at £1k+ hotel rooms, I can easily spot where builders cut corners…

    • Doug M says:

      I’d wondered about the ongoing negative effect of being a quarantine hotel. without a great deal of logic I could never think of a hotel as being genuinely 4* or 5* if it had previously been a Q hotel. Need a night at LHR, Premier Inn for £60 or the former Q hotel Sofitel for £200, no doubt it’d be the Prem Inn.

      • Mike says:

        Yup I am with you on that one – I don’t fancy a grungy ex quarantine hotel !

  • Doug M says:

    Europcar discount was real for me. Just rebooked and received a genuine 15% off the previous rate, plus of course the Avios. So used to these offers just meaning higher initial price so (alleged) discount is meaningless. Cheers HfP.

  • Bill says:

    A list of quarantine hotels would be welcome. Having seen the hmp Mercure Heathrow I would like to know what to avoid

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      BW Ariel is, Sofitel is, I assume the Renaissance is since it’s been full every time I’ve tried and has a lot of folks in high vis standing in the largely empty car park when’re I go past.

      Thistle has been closed for months but don’t know if quarantine?

      • Dubious says:

        I would hate to be stuck in that Thistle for 2 weeks! What a view you’d have! (at least some of the other hotels have something of a horizon).

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Radisson Blu is too I read on here?

    • Mike says:

      Bill – ditto, I would like to see a list of all hotels and see for Covid quarantine in order I can avoid for 6 months or so . I am not dashing in to stay in a hotel room that has recently been used for quarantine purposes when it wasn’t designed to be used for such purposes

  • Barnaby100 says:

    200+ cancelled and refunded flights
    msng bang more hotel rooms

    Only 1 that did not refund due to Cv19 was T5 Sofitel

    • Barnaby100 says:

      Or even many many more hotel rooms
      Need a spellcheck and edit function

  • EwanG says:

    Europcar offer will stack with on card offers. I currently have 10% back offer (ends in 2 days, max £30 back) on MBNA and 6% money back on Virgin card (wys £170+, 1% otherwise)

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