News in brief:
Check-in changes for British Airways Bronze members
When Gatwick Airport reopened the South Terminal a few weeks ago, British Airways took the opportunity to introduce a dedicated World Traveller Plus check-in desk.
The same thing has recently happened at Heathrow Terminal 5. I’m not sure about Terminal 3.
Whilst this has not been widely publicised, British Airways has changed the check-in rules at Heathrow and Gatwick. If you have Bronze status in British Airways Executive Club, you should now check-in at the dedicated World Traveller Plus desks. These can be found in Zone C.
Whilst the signage in Gatwick and Terminal 5 reflects this, ba.com has not yet been updated.
Oddly, this move seems to break oneworld rules. This page of the oneworld alliance website says that ‘oneworld Ruby’ members, which is what BA Bronze is equivalent to, can use business class check-in desks.
Bronze members shouldn’t necessarily see this as a downgrade. I can imagine that a dedicated World Traveller Plus / Bronze area could be quieter than the dedicated Business Class / Silver area.
Redeem Hilton Honors points for a Pride after-party
If you are in London for Pride on 2nd July, Hilton Honors is holding a private party on the roof of The Trafalgar hotel in Trafalgar Square.
Five pairs of tickets are available via the Hilton experiences platform here.
They are priced at 75,000 points per pair. This seems pricey to me – you’d get a £250 hotel room for that – but let’s see.
Here’s what you get:
“Join Hilton’s exclusive Pride in London after-party from the rooftop at The Trafalgar St. James, Curio Collection by Hilton, overlooking Trafalgar Square and London’s spectacular skyline. This invite-only event begins as the Pride in London March draws to a close, serving guests free-flowing drinks, colourful canapés, and a whole lot of “Yas Queen!” Also be prepared to strut your stuff with drag performances, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride in London.
This experience for two (2) includes:
– Tickets to Hilton’s exclusive Pride in London after-party on Saturday, July 2, 2022
– Complimentary drinks
– Canapés with a colourful twist
– Surprise drag performances”
Kimpton launches a Summer sale
Several Kimpton hotels were on the list. If you were tempted to book one, Kimpton has now launched a Summer sale which will stack with this offer.
You can save 25% of the flexible rate for stays between Sunday and Thursday, and 20% over the weekend.
You need to book by 20th June for stays between 21st June and 30th September.
Note that a one-night non-refundable deposit is required when you book. This is charged directly by the hotel and will almost certainly count towards the £350 spend required to trigger the American Express cashback.
Make sure you that you also sign-up for IHG’s Summer bonus points promotion before you stay and for their hugely generous offer of 120 days of IHG One Rewards Platinum status.
You can find out more on the Kimpton site here.