News in brief:
Luxury Travel Diary auctions
The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped me a line about another wave of its auctions closing soon.
Here is three nights for six at a beach house in New Zealand which ends next week, or perhaps five nights for 12 people in Koh Samui? The UK hotel offers are here. Not everything will work for you, either in terms of location, length or dates, but you’ll probably find something of interest if you poke around.
More Arsenal football tickets released for Skywards members
Emirates Skywards has released a further batch of Arsenal football tickets for the current season. All of the ‘lesser tier’ games seem to have been made available although there is no sign (yet?) of tickets for the big names.
Pricing varies between 12,500 and 17,500 miles for standard seats and 20,000 to 25,000 miles for the Emirates Superbox. They now call this Box 75 but it is still the Superbox.
This is a great use of Emirates Skywards miles or indeed transfers from American Express Membership Rewards. There appear to at least 4 Superbox seats per game available although you can only book 2 per Skywards account.
You need to remember that the dates shown are tentative. The TV companies only decide a few weeks in advance whether they want a game moved to Friday, Sunday or Monday. Emirates will not refund you if the game is moved and you can no longer attend.
Premier Inn Scarborough reviewed!
Once a year I join a group of friends for a golfing weekend on the Yorkshire coast. Due to the dire quality of accommodation in the area, we always end up at the Premier Inn in Scarborough.
It is always a good reality check. Whilst certainly ‘no frills’, the hotel is a new build and the quality of the bed, bedding, towels and furnishings is good. There is a good desk with lots of sockets and a decent chair. Most rooms have a sofa bed so you can sleep a family of four.
That said, this hotel is not exactly budget. We paid £90 per night.
There is a picture of my room above, which was certainly fine. I was a little annoyed this year by the total lack of frills though:
I had forgotten my toothbrush but reception could not supply a free one – I was directed to a vending machine which wanted £2.50
There were no tissues in the room, so when a cold that had been developing for a couple of days finally erupted I was forced to stuff my pockets with toilet paper
You do get a kettle, teabags and UHT milk. I would happily stay here again and I can’t imagine why Holiday Inn Express and others have not opened up. The competition in Scarborough is not exactly tough.