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!
This weekend I took another micro-break in London. I am really trying to push this concept as it is such a fun way to spend time in the city you live and have stayed at the Hilton Syon Park and the Sofitel Terminal 5 so far this year! I wrote in another post how I managed… Read More Another weekend, another Micro Break; InterContinental London-The O2
Most people tend to spend points and miles in the currency they are in for whatever the chain does; people will redeem Avios for flights on British Airways or IHG points for hotel nights at InterContinentals or Holiday Inns.. Typically this offers the best value, but there are some circumstances where this is not always… Read More Can you Belieb what I did with my SPG points?!
Conventional travel booking wisdom is that is is better to book direct; you get the cheapest rates and you get additional benefits based on your status level. This applies to lots of things, including flights, car hire and hotels. It also makes it easier when things go wrong as you won’t be passed from pillar… Read More Want free membership (worth $675) to a Private Global Luxury Hotel Club? Of course you do!