It is around this point every year when all the hard-earned tier points get wiped from my account and the balance is reset to 0. In the last year, I have done more flying than in previous years, and was able to accrue exactly 1500 Tier Points to reach Gold status. This will give me… Read More My flying year – 2016-2017
After years of stuffing my clothes into a small suitcase with one broken wheel, I decided that it was time to invest in a new cabin suitcase. I had had lots of opportunities to travel with just hand luggage but my old suitcase was just too small. I did some research online and decided that… Read More A new bag is on the Horizn
Anyone serious about miles and points is going to use an American Express to rack up the miles as they are the best earners, but what do you use when you are spending money somewhere that doesn’t accept AmEx? I have always advocated for the IHG Black Visa card – for £99 a year I… Read More Goodbye Barclaycard – there is a new Creation in town!
Nestled in the Caribbean archipelago, south of Anguilla, St Martin is 37 square miles of beautiful beaches and impressive landscapes. It is possible to drive round the island in about 90 minutes, but there are so many places you could stop to swim in the sea and lie on the beach that you would need… Read More The top 5 beaches in St Martin
I am a tall man, and I like having knees, so I am disappointed to read about the plans for British Airways to offer less leg room than they currently do. This has been all over the web today, but it is not new news; in fact the densification of the BA Eurofleet cabins on… Read More A right old knees up!
Our connection on the outbound MAD-MIA-SXM was really smooth as I reported here, and I was glad that we had a practice run through. Flying home, our plane was late in departing so a short connection became a tight one which was not helped by the lack of Flight Connections. We were fortunate to be in… Read More Is Flight Connections too much to ask for?
One of the things that St Martin / Sint Maarten is most famous for is the legendary Maho Beach. Located at the west end of the runway at the Princess Juiliana International Airport, it is renowned for the very low flying aircraft over the beach and the jet wash from departing aircraft. The one and… Read More Nothing plain about this plane beach
I spend last summer marking exam papers, and the reward is being able to go on a week’s holiday to the Caribbean in half term. Clearly, this is a fantastic opportunity for my wife and I to practice our French by visiting a French Island, and it will be nice to relax on a beach,… Read More Can someone tell Iberia what a meal is?!
Christmas travel is always tricky – busy roads, weather issues and lots of bags means that whatever method you choose it is always going to be a pain in the back side. Brothers both chose to fly up to Scotland this year and both were beset with delays and cancellations; we let the train take… Read More REVIEW: The Caledonian Sleeper
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