Bits: £1080 business to Bangkok from London, Tesco cuts hotel partners, Rip Off Britain

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News in brief:

£1080 Garuda business class deal to Bangkok

Garuda Indonesia is currently offering an excellent business class fare to Bangkok via Jakarta.  Unlike many of the deals we feature, this involves departing from Heathrow and not positioning yourself in Europe.

The cheapest price seems to be on the Garuda website.  You are looking for days showing £630 outbound and £450 inbound.  I cannot replicate the fare via ITA Matrix so I can’t access the fare rules regarding booking dates, but the deal is there – try 15 March out, 26 March back for example.

My review of Garuda business class is here albeit that is based on a short hop between London and Amsterdam back in the days when they stopped off on the way.

Garuda is a member of SkyTeam so you can credit your flight to Flying Blue, Delta or one of the other SkyTeam programmes if you don’t want to earn miles with Garuda.

Garuda Indonesia

Tesco quietly dropping some hotel redemptions from Clubcard

It is taking a while to piece together the changes to Tesco Clubcard as the company is not making it easy to find the data.

We have covered the change in many redemptions from 4x face value to 3x value on Shopper Points in three articles, which sit at the top of the home page.

There are also changes to some of the hotel redemptions.  The good news is that the main ones – Hilton, Mercure, Novotel, Warner Leisure – are unchanged.  The following partners will cease to accept Clubcard vouchers over the next few weeks:

  • Classic Lodges
  • Hastings Hotels
  • New Forest Hotels
  • Select Hotels of Ireland

This HFP article explains how to book Hilton hotels in the UK via Clubcard.  Despite what Tesco tells you, it is possible to book and search availability online if you know the right corporate code.

Some package holiday companies are also leaving Clubcard and are listed in this Shopper Points article.

Rip Off Britain on Avios

Rip Off Britain on Avios

If you’re not at work at 9.15am tomorrow, Rip Off Britain on BBC1 is running an episode devoted to reader problems with airlines.  This will include the segment on Avios that I filmed for them in Manchester last Autumn.

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Comments

  1. Anyone tried the anantara riverside hotel in BKK.
    Looking for a chillout place

    • Don’t know about that one but Millenium Hilton has been selling very cheap for cash of late. It’s accross the river so as chilled out as Bangkok is likely to get. Alternatively stay at one of the hotels next to Lumpini Park and spend yors days there like local Thais do.

      • Michael C says:

        Totally agree – we did this HIlton at a fabulous price a few years ago…meaning we could get gorgeous suites for incredibly reasonable prices.

        Having said that, it’s back to the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in April: with its location, great cocktails and nice pool for the young’un, it wins hands down for us to catch up with pals around the centre.

        • Not to mention some decent counters at the Terminal 21 food centre for a £1-2 meal. Only downside is skytrin and underground are atrocious at rush hour.

    • if you aren’t married to the river the So Sofitel; its not surrounded by much besides a park.Has an excellent roof top bar and nice enough pool. Rooms are different. Club lounge is excellent. There is an MRT station over the road or you can walk down to Silom in about 20 minutes.

    • if you aren’t married to the river the So Sofitel; its not surrounded by much besides lumpini park.Has an excellent roof top bar and nice enough pool. Rooms are different. Club lounge is excellent. There is an MRT station over the road or you can walk down to Silom in about 20 minutes.

    • Anantara jis the old Marriott. Great pool and breakfast. Rooms were dated last time I stayed. Location is poor IMO

      • The Original Nick says:

        I use to stop at the Anantara 15 years ago when it was the 4 star Marriott. It was a nice pool area. Conrad is now the only place I stay at now as I llike the staff and the pool area. Shed loads of bars and restaurants close by too.

    • The Original Nick says:

      Conrad Bangkok, can’t go wrong.

    • Delbert says:

      Personally wouldn’t stay there. Location not great and have learned our lesson with BKK hotels, i.e. Lebua – great reviews but not really what we were looking for and expensive for what you get. Better value to be found elsewhere.

      My wife and I visit LOS twice a year and only frequent BKK hotels for transit purposes and have refined our location to Lower Sukhumvit. Great international hotels, central location and escape route via the tolls to the airport.

      • thanks all for the input. now confused 🙂
        lots of great options.

        Looking for a hotel with a good pool area to relax on our way back from Melbourne .
        Only 4 nights with the kids so want to take it easy

        • Grand Mercure Residence in Sukhumvitt. Has a pool and plenty of space for the family.

    • Lottietiger says:

      We stayed there last year, it is a good chill out place with nice pools and excellent breakfast on the riverfront. However just depends on how many times you want to visit bkk central as it does take a while getting in and out. There is a free boat shuttle takes about 20 mins I think from memory, which is fine for days out but it is a bit of a pain at night for dining elsewhere. The hotel itself is great though and out of the bustle of bkk.

    • I’ve known this hotel for 20 years from back when it was a Marriott (and before that a Royal Garden, a then brand of owners, Minor Group).

      It was by a long way my favourite hotel in Bangkok, if you wanted a riverside escape and didn’t need immediate access to the CBD.

      After Marriott lost / dropped the contract a few years ago, there was some reinvestment in the hotel and it got a new lease of life. The main draw is the fantastic daytime setting of the large pool and it makes for superb lazy days, whether a couple or family with kids. There is a paddler pool for the young ones.

      The staff are attentive and well trained and I find their food very good and often we spend days on site without going in search for alternatives, though we have time to do so of course.

      Transport is taxi of course but far better to take the frequent and free shuttle boat (hotel boat) to the BTS at Saphan Taksin, a 10/15 minute or so ride away. Cruising the Chao Phraya river is great viewing and relaxing at the same time. Then you are at the Shangri-La / Peninsular / riverboat / BTS intersection and your skytrain (BTS) can take you anywhere in air conditioned comfort. It also connects to the MRT subway at certain points.

      Sunday brunch is a Bangkok feature and this doesn’t disappoint. Various options including freeflow champagne for Bt2999++ to Bt4100++

      https://siam-bangkok.anantara.com/Sunday-Brunch-Market-Journey/

      Breakfast is fantastic inside or outside on the large terrace. I’d make sure this was included in the rate.

      If staying longer than a couple of days, they are often happy to discuss deals directly via email, especially if you want something such as inclusive laundry or a premium room. The Presidential Suite is also available for serious negotiation if not booked. Aim for below 50% of rack rates but as a 2 bedroom suite, it offers families great options.

      The only negative is that there are no more Marriott points or redemptions so no global presence but for me, being quite Asia centric, their membership does give benefits I can use in hotels I actually visit https://www.anantara.com/loyalty/

      I wholeheartedly recommend and will be back myself with the family in late summer.

  2. David Macdougall says:

    I have just booked this fare but they would not take a UK American Express card as payment, I had to use VISA. The AMEX logo is clearly on the booking page.

  3. Genghis says:

    OT. I’ve built a simple “model” for some decisioning as to whether cash tickets / redemption tickets should be bought and whether avios and money / part pay with avios are then good deals. Can someone technical please advise what the best way to share this might be?

  4. Tesco now delaying the changes until 10 June…
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42715143

    • Well done Annika – though MSE seems to be taking the credit!

      • Yes, Martin Lewis has saved the world!

        • He’s been singing the same old song for years already, looking at his website is now rarely worth the time.

        • Kinkell says:

          Ah, but Shopper Points got a mention on radio 4 You and Yours at lunchtime today

          • Did we?!

            That was a joke by me about Martin. Anika has been quoted in over 50 papers / newspaper websites over the last 48 hours plus, of the nationals, Sun, Mirror (web and print), Guardian (tonight again), Mail, BBC, Sky News and probably others I forgot. She did 5 Live’s drivetime show last night (live!) and ITV News wanted her on News at 10 tonight but the timing didn’t work.

            EDIT: You & Yours, here we go: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09lw36n You can jump to the Tesco section.

  5. rams1981 says:

    OT as ambassador spire at an intercontinental what can I expect?

    • Steve-B says:

      In Porto last year we got a lovely room upgrade and complimentary breakfast (which was a surprise), whereas in Budapest last month we got a decent room upgrade but nothing else (other than the usual stated benefits). AMB does drive a ‘genuine’ room upgrade, whereas Spire does very little/nothing (in my experience).

      • rams1981 says:

        Thanks – that doesn’t include an upgrade to a club room does it?

        • No – since late 2016 you are not supposed to benefit from the “Club Intercontinental Experience” as part of any upgrade even if AMB and you get a better room. In this respect it is different from a Hilton upgrade where if you are upgraded to the executive floor you get into the lounge too.

        • rams1981 says:

          Cool thanks.

          I was upgraded in Johannesburg to a corner room, welcome points and late check out of 4pm. So can’t complain then.

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