News in brief:
Win 100,000 Virgin Flying Club miles
I have written about the Virgin Red smartphone app before. It is a new product which tries to bring together customers from various Virgin Group businesses and cross-sell them other products.
Today, it will be running a competition to win 100,000 Virgin Flying Club miles. (Check the comments below to see if it has started yet.) It is a reverse auction, where you make a cash bid for the miles. The person who places the lowest unique bid wins (e.g. if 10 people each bid 1p, 2p and 3p but only one person bids 4p, that person wins – once they have paid their 4p).
Their is a £1 entry fee which I would have assumed went to a good cause but, it seems, does not! It is up to you whether you think a chance of winning 100,000 Virgin miles is worth £1.
Monarch Airlines £33 flash sale
Monarch doesn’t get a huge amount of coverage on HFP but if you live in the regions it is a reliable option. Their flights can, of course, be booked via avios.com using Avios points. You can also redeem Tesco Clubcard vouchers for Monarch flight credit at 2 x face value.
Until midday on Friday, Monarch is selling 5,000 seat at £33 each way. They are valid for departures from 9th – 23rd March, 12th – 29th April and 4th – 26th May.
A massive hotel upgrade I didn’t need!
Our trip to the snow over half-term involved an overnight stay in the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport. I reviewed the Sheraton at Frankfurt Airport a couple of years ago here so I won’t go into full detail again.
We did, this time, get the biggest upgrade I think I’ve ever had. We booked two standard rooms on SPG points (10,000 points per night). The hotel upgraded us to a 140 square metre, two bedroom suite!
This is the standard looking main bedroom:
This the work and living area:
And this, in a separate room, was the rather silly dining table for eight:
There was also a small preparation area for food!
Unfortunately for us, we were only awake in the room for about 90 minutes. The dining table was handy for a room service dinner for the whole family though!
A good family ski resort
Whilst I don’t intend to review it, this is the hotel where we stayed in Austria, the Ellmauhof.
If you want to take your kids skiing, I thoroughly recommend it. Under 5’s have a dedicated ski school at the hotel whilst older children can walk or be driven into Hinterglemm to the main ski school. The hotel, as a member of Kinder Hotels, is fully geared up for kids of all ages and it worked well for adults too.
(The swimming pool also has a fantastic water slide!)
All of the front line staff speak English and it is a 90 minute taxi ride from Salzburg Airport. Recommended.