Bits and pieces: £295 Qatar sale, 24 all-inclusive resorts on points, Hilton HHonors quirk

Here are four interesting bits and pieces which did not justify a full article:

£295 Qatar Airways economy sale

Qatar – generous sponsors of our current competition – is running a ‘flash sale’ in Economy to desinations in the Middle East.

The prices are very competitive – Dubai from £295, Abu Dhabi from £295, Kuwait from £295, Bahrain from £300, Muscat from £305.

These fares are only available from London because there is a separate broader offer currently running on flights from Manchester and Edinburgh.  At the time of writing, a Monday to Sunday flight to Dubai over February half-term was coming up at £315 per person.

You need to book by 23rd January for travel by 31st March.  The Qatar website is here although the home page is currently promoting the broader sale.

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24 all-inclusive resorts you can book with hotel points

To be honest, I have never been a massive fan of all-inclusive hotels.  However, if you are booking a free hotel room using your loyalty points, I can definitely see the appeal of making it ENTIRELY free!

This article from US blog MileCards is well researched and worth a look.  It covers all-inclusive resorts you can book via Best Western Rewards, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards Club, Starwood Preferred Guest and Wyndham Rewards.

A lesson to learn from Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 4

I will be writing more about this hotel in the next couple of weeks as I have a stay coming up.  However, here is a slightly disturbing fact I discovered whilst booking.

If you book a reward room for 1 person, the hotel will only offer you a room with a single bed for the standard redemption price.  The rooms with queen beds are not available.

However, if you book a reward room for 2 people, the queen room is offered at the standard redemption price!

Here is the pricing for March 9th:

Search for 1 person – single bedded room = 60,000 points, queen bedded room = not available

Search for 2 people – queen bedded room = 60,000 points

Odd …..

48-hour Flash Sale

Finally, emailed me last night about a 48-hour flash sale which is running on Wednesday and Thursday.  It is valid for stays until March 8th.

They are promising discounts of ‘up to’ 50% although 20% seems more like it looking at the preview.  If you are booking hotels at the moment, though, it is worth a look – the link is here.

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  1. It’s a great time to be a leisure traveller with the fuel charges going down, i booked onto QR from MAN to DXB for <£280 and now from LHR it's £271.

    Roll on lower fuel charges, lets just hope that Scotland gets rid of the APD and then i will start taking the train from York to EDI and flying from here… When you can get from the North of England to EDI in about 2 hours – i bet they will see a massive increase in numbers of travellers….

    Love QR, but their last sale ended days ago and then they have another one??

    • There’s no way Scot APD will be dropped without, at least, APD being dropped in the North of England. Given that people, myself included, already travel to other European countries to avoid APD etc it’s clear that having airports just a couple of hours apart with vastly different duty would quickly put one of them out of business.

      • James67 says:

        What the Sckttish government does is not not dependent on ne England. Hopefully it is going to be scrapped as the noises suggest ir at least signifucany too. Hopecully that in turn will promote pressure to do tge same from Manchezter borth, and that in turn will see it go UK wide.

      • It happened in Northern Ireland when Dublin dropped the tax so, yes, I would expect something similar. Dominos then topple – Newcastle is allowed to drop it and then Manchester and Birmingham say they are losing out to Newcastle …..

        • Brendan says:

          Yes, but it only happened for direct long haul flights…of which there are currently none until the United BFS-EWR flight returns in March.

  2. James67 says:

    Got Hilton T4 at £55 + 20k points earlier this month which was a great deal. IMO courtyard rooms feel vert claustrophobic and the hotel simewhat airless in general. They also have a habit if clising restaurants a d health centre early and without notice at quiet times. Convenience outweighs all that though.

  3. Camille says:

    I have only ever been to a fully inclusive resort once….it was crap! However, it was not in the spg, Hyatt, etc league, which i assume are much better.

    For points collectors with families though, there is potentially great value to be had on a well-timed redemption. I have no experience of availability, but would be interested to hear of anyone who has been through the booking process and whether redemption space was plentiful or limited?

    • Camille says:

      sorry….in particular at the spg, Hilton or IHG properties.

      btw, great find Raffes!

  4. OT My bonus 10,000 points per supplementary amex platinum posted today.

  5. Also OT booked a Eurostar return from London to Ansterdam and need to book my train from crewe to euston, anyone know how long I should leave for a connection. Also does platinum access at the Eurostar lounge include guests (traveling with my children aged 22 and 17) Thanks.

    • No guests unfortunately. I got my kids into the Paris lounge but that was a favour (they were 6 and 3) and me and my wife both had Platinum cards to flash.

  6. Lady London says:

    Re the Hilton hotel experience where an awards room for 2 people was available but an awards room for 1 person was not. IME this happens frequently with cash bookings too.

    I usually travel alone. I’ve got into the habit of checking for rooms for 2 people as well as just for 1. Often the room for 2 people is the same cash price as for 1 person. Plus it’s a better room. Especially if you don’t let them know there is only one person occupying the room upfront, If you’re alone on reception checking in, keep an eye as if it becomes clear you’re travelling alone they may sneakily change your room allocation to a worse room.

    I believe single travellers are discriminated against in this way as hotels believe they get more ancillary revenue from a pair travelling.

    I personally get very p ed off with this as it’s bad enough paying the same or more per person, if you don’t watch out they will give you the room next to the lift or another worse room as well.

    So I always check for a room for 2 people, and often book a room for 2 people if the price is little or no different.

  7. All inclusive resorts get a bad reputation as there are a lot of cheap and nasty ones trying to do things on the cheap and sacrifice quality because of this.

    I’ve been to a few of the better all inclusive hotels and have had some good experiences but its best to research the hotel reviews carefully

  8. I got my 50k points posted today… None of the cards were activated or used

  9. FYI: Sofitel Heathrow will not allow under 12s in the Club Lounge now. This messes with you if you are an Accors Plat member through AMEX Plat. You can sit outside like a leper if you want, that really keeps the children and parents happy. Really disappointing as I had a great deal on a 1 bed suite.

  10. Pilotoui says:

    How can I use my BA avios to fly qatar airways?