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News: Norse drops San Francisco flights, new Hampton Budapest hotel opens

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News in brief:

Norse Atlantic drops Gatwick to San Francisco flights

Norse Atlantic appears to be reviewing its route network, having trimmed flights to Barbados and dropped Kingston entirely.

The airline now appears to be reviewing its USA network and has decided that San Francisco isn’t working.

Whilst always seasonal, flights to San Francisco were due to resume for the Summer 2024 schedule on 31st March. As flagged by Aeroroutes, this is no longer the case and tickets are no longer bookable.

Under EU261 regulations, anyone booked on these flights next year can choose either a refund or a re-route, although you may have to fight to be rerouted. No additional compensation is due as the cancellation is more than 14 days in advance.

Norse Atlantic drops flights from London Gatwick to San Francisco

Hilton opens a Hampton in Budapest

If you are thinking about a break in Budapest and want to stay somewhere good value and in excellent condition, Hilton has just opened a Hampton by Hilton hotel in the city.

Hampton by Hilton Budapest City Centre has 219 rooms, and features the latest version of the Hampton ‘design principles’.

As with all Hampton hotels, a hot breakfast is included.

You can find out more on the hotel website here.

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 2023)

There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

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Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

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and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

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Comments (43)

  • Mike says:

    Just to manage expectations the picture of Budapest is the old Hilton Castle not the new Hampton which is a regular downtown newbuild 😀

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