Happy Saturday everyone. I apologize for the lack of posts this week (even though you still got about 10) as I’ve been in London and decided to take one of the few lazy weeks of the year. Nonetheless, as I prepare to head out of town and review British Airways First Class for the first time, there’s worthwhile travel news…

Cathay Pacific Unveils New Premium Economy For A350’s…

Cathay Pacific has been awaiting delivery and readiness of their state of the art A350 aircraft, a welcome update to their fleet which hasn’t seen a proper face lift in some time. Though we’ll have to wait to see the new Porsche designed business class, they’ve released photos of the premium economy, which looks very nice. Notably, each seat will have a full leg rest, better entertainment system and more support. It’s the exact same seat which American Airlines is introducing. It will begin flying on shorter routes immediately before making it’s way to Europe and from Hong Kong to Auckland. Full coverage HERE.

Norwegian Offers New Direct Flight From London To Las Vegas…

Starting in October, Norwegian Airlines will offer another direct route from London to the US, this time hitting sin city, Las Vegas. The flight will depart London Gatwick and you can book it from October on, with fares from the Las Vegas side starting under $200 one way, just about $500 round trip. What a steal! Kudos to Norwegian who are using their fleet of modern Boeing Dreamliner’s to enhance the passenger experience while expanding. Competition brings better fares from everyone.

Hilton Cutting Diamond Benefits?

Hilton is the mothership for many hotels but not everyone listens to their mother. Many hotels in the UK (and beyond) are reportedly looking to axe Hilton Diamond benefits. Essentially hotel owners see many of these Diamond “benefits” as a costly burden, and effective immediately many hotels have removed the free drink voucher at check in as well as the basket of essentials such as water and fruit. You essentially are just another guest. Bad move. Bad move. Let’s hope other hotels don’t follow suit. Full coverage HERE.