I wanted to start this trip in Copenhagen to save money, but also need to be in Manchester to get to Wakefield fora family party. I therefore took advantage of the <24hr stop-over rule which meant that I could depart on a flight from Manchester at 11am as long as I arrived into Manchester after… Read More Vegas2017 – Part 2: The Manchester stop-over
As I wrote here, I had decided to head to Las Vegas in the Easter holidays for some sun, warmth and to explore a bit of the area that I had not seen when I went before. I booked the trip starting in Copenhagen, with a detour to Manchester for an unmissable family commitment before… Read More Vegas2017 – Part 1: The Copenhagen Shuffle
My most popular article by far on this website in the almost 2 years it has been running was the one I wrote explaining how to get instant Gold status in Accor’s Le Club loyalty scheme that would otherwise require 10,000 points or 30 nights. No wonder, given that it is a fantastic deal that… Read More Why I am giving up (temporarily) on Accor Le Club Gold status
Later on this week I am returning to Las Vegas. I’m really excited about this, particularly as I have planned to go to the Grand Canyon which I didn’t do last time. I’m also hoping that being a returning visitor there, I will be able to experience a slightly different side of the city. I… Read More The Hilton Copenhagen Airport – or is it?!
St Martin does not have a wide range of well-known hotels on the island, and I was keen that we stayed on the French side so when I was researching the trip I was drawn to the Mercure St Martin Marina and Spa. I have a Le Club Accor Gold card through this little trick… Read More Review: Mercure St Martin Marina and Spa
I stayed at the Crowne Plaza last summer when I was on my wide-bodied jet tour with my Mum and was really impressed. When I knew that I would be in Madrid overnight this trip, I booked the hotel again. We had been offered an upgrade to a suite last time, but we declined as… Read More Review: Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport (again!)
Over drinks with friends in the autumn, we got into the subject of New Year and ended up deciding we would visit them in Brighton. Not knowing exactly what the plan was, I booked a room at the Holiday Inn on the sea front in Brighton for 31st December. As is not uncommon, I was… Read More Review: Holiday Inn Brighton
I’ve had the IHG Black Visa card for about 4 years now and, as a result, have been afforded Platinum level in the IHG Rewards Club. This was the top tier, until they introduced Spire Elite over the top. Spire Elite affords the holder 100% bonus points on stays in addition to all the published… Read More Reaching the top of IHG’s Spire
An email popped into my inbox over the weekend from the IHG Reward Club that seems to have caused a bit of a stir in the blogosphere. Headforpoints labelled it “weird” and InsideFlyerUK called it “puzzling“. I don’t see what all the fuss is about! The email says this: So, they are not going to… Read More What’s all the fuss about IHG’s Reward Club email?
I was going to write a post about how your hotel points can be worth different amounts at the same hotel. This came about when I was booking a night in for New Year’s Eve. I went onto the IHG app and found, a little to my surprise, that there were plenty of rooms still… Read More Booking with points? Book now and think later!