IHG Spring sale and Points & Cash discount
If you are planning a trip to the Americas in the next few months and need a hotel, the IHG Spring sale will be worth a look. The sale is on until 30 April 2018 with discounts of 15-30% and includes select IHG hotels in
If you are an IHG® Rewards Club member, you’ll save even more. The sale is valid for stays until 31 July 2018. There is also an interesting offer for 20% off Points & Cash bookings for 20% off the cash portion of your booking on stays until 31 May 2018 if you book by 30 April.
How to use points and cash:
1) Use the search tool to find your Reward Night destination
2) Choose your hotel and a Points & Cash combination—rates vary per location
3) Select your room type & book your stay
You can find more details on the IHG sale here.
Alex Cruz was at a breakfast meeting yesterday which a number of Flytertalk members attended. There were a few items of interest that have been reported back as follows:
- The First Wing will be rolled out at Heathrow T3
- More Jaguars have been ordered for aircraft to aircraft transfers for premium customers on tight connections
- 5-10 A350 aircraft should arrive next year with the new Club World seats.
- The A350 will feature similar First seats to the B787-9
Thanks to Flyertalk
Paris and Brussels from £29 one way
If you fancy a short break and want a change from flying Eurostar have some excellent deals to Paris, Brussels and Lille. The prices start from £29 oneway. If you live within easy reach of the Eurostar terminal it is worth trying it out as an alternative to flying. Although it seems like a fairly long journey time, when you take into account getting to the airports and the time for security, check-in and collecting luggage, Eurostar is likely to be faster. It takes 1 hour 50 minutes to Brussels and 2 hour 15 minutes to Paris from London.
Certainly, for business purposes, it is useful in terms of the amount of productive time you get on board and if you are travelling for leisure it is often a less stressful way to travel usually especially since you end up near the centre of the city you are travelling to. I emjoyed Eurostar when I travelled on it and if it was more convenient to reach a terminal I would certainly consider it for travelling to Paris rather than flying.
Sofitel, Pullman and Accor hotels sale + 15% cashback
Accor hotels have another private sale for members of Club Accor their loyalty scheme. This includes the main brands of Sofitel, Pullman Ibis etc but does not seem include any Fairmonts. You can join Club Accor for free here. The sale covers most destinations including Europe, Asia and America with discounts of up to 40%. The travel periods vary with travel until September for Europe and until December for North America but you must book by the 3 May 2018.
If you fancy staying at the Heathrow T5 Sofitel there are Friday and Saturday nights on offer from £122 a night for the entry level room. Combine this with Quidco’s current 15% cashback and it takes it down to an extremely reasonable £103 a night. 15% cashback is also available on Pullman and MGallery hotels. If you are not a member of Quidco it is free to join here (additional £5 cashback for using the link when you earn your first £5 cashback). Quidco works the same as TopCashback where you click through to Accor’s website to make your booking so you still get all the status benefits and points but then get cashback on your booking. There are less options for converting your cashback than TopCashback though as you can’t withdraw it as Avios.
The Accor private sale page is here.
KLM new seats for B787 and A330-200
KLM have been doing some excellent business class deals recently and also offer good connections from UK regional airports which are almost as convenient as connecting through one of the London airports. The main drawback has been the variety of seats across various aircraft. However, KLM are gradually remedying with new seats for the renovated A330-200s and the new B787-10s.
KLM is the first European airline that will fly with the new Boeing 787-10. The first aircraft will be delivered in June 2019. The new Dreamliner is an extended version of the Boeing 787-9. KLM have ordered JAMCO’s Venture seats, which offer greater personal space and comfort, with full-flat recline and an 18.5-inch entertainment screen. Another new feature is the “Do not disturb” button on the armrest, which passengers can turn on and off. The middle seats also have a movable partition. There will be 38 World Business Class seats aboard these new aircraft with direct access to the aisle.
KLM are also fully refurbishing their Airbus A330-200 with a fully renewed cabin interior. In addition to a whole new design, all seats in World Business Class will be converted to fully-flat with a brand-new inflight entertainment system. By November 2018, KLM will have converted all seats in World Class Business to full-flat models. These still won’t offer direct aisle access for the window seats but they are definitely a step up from the previous ones. These are the same seats that Qatar uses on their A330 also in a 2-2-2 configuration. You can read my review of Qatar’s A330 here.