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Welcome to your weekly trade round-up of UK business travel and travel loyalty news as well as our latest reviews and features.

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Hyatt buys Mr & Mrs Smith hotel booking platform

The latest UK business travel news:

Hyatt is buying the Mr & Mrs Smith hotel booking platform. What does this mean for the partnership with IHG One Rewards?

BA Euroflyer (Gatwick) unveils improved food offerings. It’s now better than Heathrow in Economy.

Save £100 on Virgin Atlantic Upper Class flights to the US. Ends Tuesday.

Lufthansa launches two new UK routes from the regions.

Two new high-end hotels opening in Liverpool from Accor and IHG.

The Hard Rock Hotel in London rebrands.

Gatwick Airport unveils a new logo.

A new Radisson hotel sale has launched.

Vietnam Airlines to return to daily flights from Heathrow from October.

Eurowings to launch low cost Dubai flights from two German cities.

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

London’s Meliá White House completes £40 million refurb (Business Traveller)

Lufthansa agrees more time for ITA takeover negotiationsb (Simple Flying)

Sea Containers launches ‘hotel subscription service’ targeting remote workers (Boutique Hotelier)

JetBlue daily flights to Amsterdam will launch in August (FlightGlobal)

Qatar Airways opens The Garden lounge at Hamad International (Business Traveller)

Virgin Atlantic Retreat Suite

Our latest reviews:


What’s it like flying Virgin Atlantic’s new Retreat Suite? Rob pays the £200 surcharge to find out. Image above.


Rob returns to InterContinental Boston …. a decade after his last stay.

Airport lounges:

Rhys reviews the American Airlines First Class lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3.


How much does it cost to reserve a business class seat on British Airways?

Avios issues 220,000 points per minute …. is that a problem?

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Virgin Atlantic launches a reward seat sale – save up to 40% in Economy and Premium.

British Airways is increasing Avios Subscription prices. Today (Monday) is the last day to get the old pricing.

Use your Accor Live Limitless points to see Lana Del Rey at BST Hyde Park in London.

Get an 80% bonus buying IHG One Rewards points. Click here to buy.

How to gift a Marriott Bonvoy reward night to someone else.

See ICC Cricket (India vs Australia) at The Oval with Emirates Skywards miles.

How a solo traveller can benefit from the Barclaycard Avios upgrade and BA Amex 2-4-1 vouchers.

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