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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.

Arsenal Emirates

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.

Here is a review of a visit with my father-in-law.  Details of the games available can be found here.

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.

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Comments (58)

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  • Johnnycl says:

    Great timing with the Premier Inn piece, just seen a new Amex offer of 10% statement credit at Premier Inn stays until November.

  • Kevin says:

    I don’t think I have ever paid more than £50 for PI, and often the figure is closer to £30. i think is is simply a Saturday night effect. Other days are much more reasonable with many half what you paid. At least with PI you know what you are going to get.

    • Andrew says:

      Just try booking a Premier Inn at one of their more popular sites. The Oxford one is rarely less than £100 a night and often has a waiting list.

      Some of the major employers nearby have an arrangement whereby they block-buy rooms whether they need them or not – the “loss” is better than the inconvenience of trying to book rooms elsewhere in the city.

      • Kevin says:

        Oxford saver rates for November are not currently exceeding £100 for any night. Most nights between £50-70, with some nights as low as £30. It all comes down to when you book and how flexible you want to be. Wanting a room tonight or next week or so then yes you would be looking at £100.

  • Ian says:

    Why not look at renting a home on airbnb will probably work out much cheaper than the rip off prices of premier Inn

    • Kevin says:

      Rip off? Who are you trying to kid? PI offers good value, even when £90 for a Saturday night.

      • Raffles says:

        6 blokes are generally not welcomed with open arms by Airbnb hosts ……! I also needed to work on Fri night and Sat morning.

  • Alex W says:

    Unless your mantra is “I must attend an Arsenal match no matter what the cost”, there is no way this can be described as a great use of Emirates miles. If the miles are worth 1p each then you are paying £125 to see a match which costs as little as £26 for a Cat C game, if you know where to look.

    • Raffles says:

      The comment was directed at the Superbox tickets which are excellent value on any basis – you can’t buy a spot in the best- positioned box in the ground with unlimited food and drink for £200.

      Not sure how easy it is to get Arsenal tickets unless you are a registered supporter and can take part in the season ticket buy back.

      • Alex W says:

        If you value some free food and drink, a better view and no atmosphere at £174, fair enough…

        • Rob says:

          I do!

          • Gavin says:

            Arsenal is renowned for no atmosphere (but I’m a rugger fan anyway!)

          • Dennis says:

            Come along to a NLD game.

          • Alex W says:

            The atmosphere is good if you sit with he real fans rather than the “prawn sandwich” brigade.

          • Rob says:

            It’s far better than prawn sandwiches 🙂

            You get heated seats in the Superbox as well!

          • Alex W says:

            If I had millions of miles I might give it a go. But I don’t and would rather save up for flights and hotels.

        • Simmo says:

          I do too! – Along with lots of others I imagine (or they wouldn’t have these options available!)

          I paid £80 to watch a League 1 Football game on Saturday (hospitality option, 2 courses in a suite with private pay bar) well worth it in my opinion.

          Not to mention my redemption in the SPG suite at the o2 – All making a regular trip that little bit more special.

          Horses for courses and all that!

  • Mr(s) Entitled says:

    Based on your investment advice I have done this for myself, spouse, seven children, and the dog. I don’t suppose you would be kind enough to supply further contact details should my investment fail? Thanks.

  • Adam says:

    I can vouch for the quality of the PI bed. When looking around for a new mattress for our bed at home recently we couldn’t find a better quality / comfort / price point. Their mattresses are made by Hypnos.

  • Will Squires says:

    In terms of the actual bed, Travelodge’s one which went in every room about 2 years ago is brilliant. I’m not sure I can recommend them to this crowd in sincerity, but if literally all you want is somewhere to get your head down and have a shower, Travelodge are great.

  • Sideysid says:

    I’ve been keeping an eye every other day when the new Arsenal games were released. Saw the new list come up this weekend and moved the Amex points, which transferred instantly (I have transferred to my Emirates account before though).

    Boxing day WBA game for a present for a friend. Glad to hear its the Superbox, was looking at the map and was surprised at the amount of boxes they had.

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