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The St Regis Venice is opening soon!

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The St Regis Venice is opening soon.

When I was in Venice last August I noticed that Marriot’s Westin Europa & Regina was closed for refurbishment.

It appears that the hotel is about to reopen under the luxury St Regis brand.  This will make another excellent Marriott option in Venice to add to the JW Marriott (on an island outside Venice, JW Marriott Venice review here), the Gritti Palace and the Danieli.

Booking is not yet available.  The website says March 2019 but that is not probably happening if you can’t book yet!

You may remember that St Regis used to have a hotel in the lagoon, next to the JW Marriott, but it closed after a year and was rebranded as a Kempinski.

The hotel website, not that there is much on it yet, is here.

St Regis Venice

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  1. Those flight times are terrible, you pretty much lose a night going and lose a night coming back, in a Cory where £200 a night is average for something decent.

  2. Bits OT: LHR T5 non BA lounges..

    Got a couple of hours prior to flight later this week and a PP to use, any current preference between Aspire & Plaza?

    • The Plaza lounge in T5 isn’t available on PP so Aspire is your only option, unless you have an Amex Platinum which will get you in

      • Lady London says:

        And personally I’d prefer Gordon Ramsay’s. Or come to think of it, if I didn’t have to work I think I’d almost even prefer to use the Pret on the ground floor.

        Food options in the Aspire are insultingly low quality. Drinks not much better. Can work at some tables. But it gets rammed due to monopoly market on PP in T5 so don’t even count on that.

    • ps I have an Amex Plat for Plaza, but does it allow me to take in a guest.?

    • Hands down Plaza – Aspire is massively overcrowded and rubbish food selection whenever I’ve been in.

    • (assuming you’ve got PP via Amex Plat that is, given PP itself doesn’t allow access!)

  3. OT: Got an EasyJet flight coming up from Luton next month for the weekend, recommendations on parking? Ideally want to be close by because land on Sunday at 23.15 and have work next day!

    • Meadowlark says:

      I always pre-book the onsite Mid Term Parking ( If you only have carry-on bags don’t wait for the shuttle bus (unless it’s pouring with rain!) – it only takes five minutes for a brisk walk down the road and through the tunnel to/from the terminal. Footpath all the way, so no problems with the road traffic. Much better value than the pricey Short Term, or the outrageous Multi-Storey parking. Unfortunately even the satisfaction of saving money on your parking can’t compensate for the general experience of using the airport.

  4. OT: Anybody experiencing problems adding new cards to Curve? I’ve tried adding my Virgin Atlantic card three times this morning without success.

  5. OT: We know and hate that BA add on their Carrier Surcharges to redemption bookings but I have just been seeing what the taxes on a redemption would cost in a ‘perfect world’ using the ITA Matrix and notice that even on a normal cash ticket, BA still add on a Carrier Surcharge of £400. Does anybody know why this is as surely their money comes from the Fare itself?
    (Apologies if this has been discussed before)

    This is a Club World LHR to JFK booking in December:

    Fare 1: Carrier BA INW1C1S6 LON to NYC (rules)
    Passenger type ADT, round trip fare, booking code I
    Covers LHR-JFK (Business)

    Fare 2: Carrier BA INW1C1S6 NYC to LON (rules)
    Passenger type ADT, round trip fare, booking code I
    Covers JFK-LHR (Business)

    United States Immigration User Fee (XY)

    United States Customs User Fee (YC)

    United States APHIS Passenger Fee Passengers (XA)

    United Kingdom Air Passenger Duty APD (GB)

    United Kingdom Passenger Service Charge Departures (UB)

    Carrier-imposed surcharge (YQ)

    US International Arrival Tax (US)

    US September 11th Security Fee (AY)

    US Passenger Facility Charge (XF)

    Subtotal per passenger

    Number of passengers

    Subtotal For 1 adult

    • I’m confused, they all do… BA, Virgin, American, Air France – what am I missing/not understanding?

    • AFAIK their carrier surcharges are the same on both award and cash tickets. BA is not alone in adding such surcharges and the reason they do so should be blatantly obvious.

      • BJ – actually not convinced that YQ is constant for a redemption Vs cash fare, if fact in previous examples I’ve seen I’m sure it’s higher for redemptions.

    • the_real_a says:

      Which is why AMEX MR are so valuable so you can trasnfer to Delta / United Etc that dont generally charge the exorbitant carrier fees.

      • You can’t move MR to United or American, so that is 2 of the 3 ways of avoiding fees gone!

        • the_real_a says:

          Yes quite right united. Ive booked on Guarda/Vietnam air/Korean air long haul for next to no fees in the last 12 months through partner redemption’s. All from Amex MR. I guess these must have been through Delta in that case.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Does the IDC card allow transfer to either?

          What’s the rate?

      • Wish you could transfer them to United, sadly not an option for UK MR programme.

    • Lady London says:

      The other name for “Carrier imposed surcharge” is “Carrier Greed Charge”.

      So far as I understand it, British Airways used to call these amounts ” fuel charge” until someone sued them in the US courts saying cost of fuel had gone down not up and why was British Airways still charging a “fuel surcharge” type thing on every ticket.

      To their credit British Airways promptly complied and removed the annoying title fuel surcharge AFAIK. However mysteriously we now have a carrier charge, also coded YQ, which has apparently sneakily increased by serious amounts recently without any announcement, instead.

  6. OT: Hilton Honors points expiring end of this month.

    Can I book a room for April onwards (after points expiry) without risk or does the room have to be booked to stay in pre expiry date?

  7. OT Sorry Julian
    Hilton Malta posted an offer.

    20th February marks the 100 DAY COUNTDOWN to the 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the Hilton Brand! To launch the celebrations we are offering 100 Deluxe Rooms at €100 per room per night including breakfast for 2 persons!
    That is NOT ALL! When taking up the room offer, you get a 10% DISCOUNT on any Food & Beverage consumed!

    Another 100 year anniversary?

    • Gosh that could be generous if I’ve read that right:

      100 rooms for €100 on the 100 day
      99 rooms for €99 on the 99th day
      98 rooms for €98 on the 98th day….etc etc…

      Possible over optimistic reading into that.

      • Shoestring says:

        wishful thinking! 🙂

        But if you can go for it in the dates allowed [T&CS APPLY, LIMITED TIME OFFER OVER SPECIFIC DATES], could be a cheap holiday

  8. OT – If you book an airport hotel and parking package on a third party site (such as Travel Supermarket or Holiday Extras) do you get status benefits and points from the stay? Is it brand dependent?

  9. Hilton Malta posted an offer.

    20th February marks the 100 DAY COUNTDOWN to the 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the Hilton Brand! To launch the celebrations we are offering 100 Deluxe Rooms at €100 per room per night including breakfast for 2 persons!
    That is NOT ALL! When taking up the room offer, you get a 10% DISCOUNT on any Food & Beverage consumed!

    Another 100 year anniversary?

  10. Is the Intercontinental Venice simply not happening?

    Something to be keeping an eye on I think.

    • Lufthansa uses passenger for not taking booked flight

      • A freudian slip perhaps?
        They sued someone – will be interesting to see if they can make it stick.

        I am sure a good chunk of people book ex-EU with the last leg on a separate day?

        • The problem with Lufthansa is that German Court ruled that no-show policy is unfair and they should remove it from their T&C’s. Now Lufthansa is happy if you do not fly any of the segments, but they specifically state that they will reprice the fare. That’s what happens with this customer… he didn’t fly the last leg, and his ticket got repriced. Lufthansa lost the first case, but it has decided to appeal. Interesting times ahead.

          • I was happy to play the game and fly my last leg to OSL after getting BA F for £2k with GUV2! Even managed to get Qantas to check back BNE-SYD-SIN-LHR-OSL! 🙂

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