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The latest UK business travel news:
JetBlue is adding a day flight from New York to London Heathrow. One of the Gatwick flights will be dropped.
British Airways launches Heathrow to Florence. Find out why this route never existed before.
Hilton Glasgow has decided to start charging for pool use in a growing trend.
InterContinental has opened a ‘new’ hotel in Bucharest, a year after pulling out.
New 2023 hotel openings – here is a round-up for Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt, written from a UK perspective:
- 10 new Marriott Bonvoy hotels opening in 2023
- 10 new Hilton Honors hotels opening in 2023
- 10 new World of Hyatt hotels opening in 2023
Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:
Luton DART system “expected to be operational by Easter” (Business Traveller)
Star Alliance names interim chief as Goh steps down (FlightGlobal)
Our latest travel reviews:
There are no fresh reviews this week but we have put together an index of all of our flight and hotel reviews from 2022.
To avoid breaking up the newsletter, you’ll find the list at the bottom of this email. We’ve grouped the hotel reviews by geography to make it easier to search.
If your airline / hotel has not been featured and you would like some coverage in 2023, get in touch.
The latest UK travel loyalty news:
Marriott Bonvoy appears to be offering soft landings for anyone with status. With business travel still down, it may keep some customers loyal.
What tier matches can you get from your existing status cards? Status Matcher is a useful website telling you how and where you can convert status in one programme to another.
Is Virgin Atlantic’s ‘Points Plus Money’ feature a good deal? Part pay a cash flight with points – a great option if you don’t have enough for a redemption.
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PPS. Here is an index of our flight and hotel reviews from 2022. For hotels, we have grouped them geographically and indicated where a property is in one of the ‘big six’ chains.
UK airport hotels:
Courtyard London Heathrow Airport review (Marriott) – image above
AUSTRIA: Park Hyatt Vienna review (Hyatt) – image above
FLORIDA: The Tampa EDITION review (Marriott) – image above
MALAYSIA: W Kuala Lumpur review (Marriott) – image above