Bits: ‘3 for 2’ on InterCon Club rooms, new Hilton Asia-Pacific sale, Mandarin Oriental Dubai opens

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News in brief:

InterContinental offering ‘3 for 2’ on rooms with lounge access

InterContinental has launched an interesting ‘3 for 2’ deal covering rooms and suites which come with club lounge / executive floor access.  Click here to find out more.

It does not cover Europe, unfortunately, but there are a lot of participating hotels across the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Australasia and Africa.  The new Robertson Quay hotel in Singapore, pictured below, is included.

You need to do the maths to see if it works for you.  Remember that you’ll definitely get free breakfast in the lounge, so even if you are not around during the day or for drinks and snacks in the evening, it might make financial sense.  Most hotels also put their club rooms on higher floors and offer better in-room amenities, although this is not guaranteed.

You need to book by 10th March for stays until 31st December.  Full details are on ihg.com here.

Intercontinental robertson quay singapore

Up to 35% off Hilton APAC resorts

Hilton is currently running an ‘up to 35% off’ sale for resorts in the Asia Pacific region.

Non-Hilton Honors members can save between 15% and 25% off the Bed & Breakfast rate, but Hilton Honors members save an additional 10%.

Note that the discount is not totally accurate as this is based on the Best Flexible Rate whilst rooms booked under this offer will be non-refundable.  You should still make a saving on the standard Advanced Purchase rate.

The sale runs until 19th March for stays between 20th March 2019 and 2nd February 2020.

You must book your stay at least 29 days in advance.

Included in the sale for example is the Conrad Bali pictured below with nightly rates starting at £78.

New Mandarin Oriental now open in Dubai

The new Mandarin Oriental resort opened in Dubai this week.

Location-wise, this is interesting.  Whilst on the beach, it is not near the main Jumeirah Beach / Burj Al Arab / Dubai Marina hotel strip.  It is further up, parallel to the financial district.  This means that it is closer to the airport and a short drive to DIFC, Dubai Mall etc.

The hotel website is here.  If you are interested in booking, our hotel partner Emyr Thomas at Bon Vivant can get you special amenities at no extra cost as he is a Mandarin Oriental preferred partner agent.  You can drop Emyr an enquiry via this page of HFP.

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  1. I’m in the Conrad Bali right now. As diamond upgraded from lowest room to private pool villa and free afternoon tea and then cocktails. Bring your mosquito spray though

    • Neil Donoghue says:

      +1 major construction going on as well which was due to end in August. See you for afternoon tea at 3pm

    • Nate1309 says:

      I’m there end of next month. Any tips?

      • Neil Donoghue says:

        Absolutely, ask them if there will be any construction going on and ask to be assigned a room away from the noise! Bring lots and lots of repellent. If possible, plan your day around afternoon tea 3-5 and cocktails 5-7. You will not be disappointed with afternoon cocktails, you basically have access to the entire bar free of charge. Overall very impressed with the place and would definitely come back. Will write a proper review when I get back.

        • Afternoon tea itself is average at best – not that I turned down free food but my wife did – but evening drinks were excellent (we found the lobby bar more lively with great staff than the lounge).

        • Your earlier comments read more negative! We dismissed it from consideration because of the construction – were we wrong? Still time to change. Currently doing Courtyard Seminyak instead.

      • Nate1309 says:

        thanks. got 4 days here and 4 days in Ubud, will stock up on bug repellent!

      • I’ve enjoyed walking down the beach, been been to Mr Bobs a few times for lunch which is good. Skipped afternoon teas most days, it’s nice but given I’m in Bali and I love local food I don’t have enough space for it mid afternoon. Cocktails are great though and come with snacks. Hotel must only be about quarter full

    • Whereabouts in Bali is the Conrad? Need 3 nights at end of trip after the Gili Islands before flying home. Will be looking at last week of May.

      TIA

      • Nusa Dua. Google maps can probably pin point it better than any description I can give.

        • Ah right, thanks. Already staying in Nusa Dua for first 4 days of trip. Probably will look at Seminyak area for last part.

      • Please don’t think this is a criticism, but why would anybody ask a question like that in the comments here, rather than Googling it in the first instance? Does this mean that you will keep checking the comments until some helpful person has given an answer? Each to his own, but you might find it quicker and easier to type ‘Conrad Bali’ into Google maps…

    • How’s the weather? We’re supposed to be in Ubud and Seminyak in 10 days’ time but hesitating as the Google forecast (reduced to a single icon per day) looks dreadful. Hoping it’s more a case of a short storm each morning?

      • Shoestring says:

        @Crafty – We don’t actually need or benefit from reports on what the weather is like nor what it was like in the recent past, & my short storm this morning may be your downpour all day long in 10 days’ time.

      • Forecast has said thunderstorms every I’ve been here but there has always been a good number of hours of sun until at least 2-3pm each day more other days and then rain or cloud. Very humid

  2. OT: just been in the new No.1 lounge in Edinburgh. Huge improvement over previous version, it’s about twice the size and has full height windows on both sides. Shame the views are obstructed by airbridges so you cant really see the apron from most of the window seats.

    The F&B offering is about the same as before but more space so better presented. I’d say much nicer space than Aspire but the breakfast isn’t as good. Still, nice to have a choice. Probably about 20 people in and feels very empty.

    Absolutely no issue getting in with lounge access card. Worth a look, certainly.

    • Cheers for the update, sounds positive!

    • Thanks for this. I’m due to be flying to/from Edinburgh in April, so this is good to know.

    • Had issues getting in to this on PP on a Saturday afternoon/evening – they were only letting in customers on the Emirates flight until 18:30, after which we could get in.
      Appears to be less seating in the new lounge, but larger overall space. Agreed on the walkways blocking views – very quiet given proximity to apron.

    • Thanks. Am there in early April so will do a review.

  3. Singapore not included in Hilton sale. Shame as have quite a few visits planned there.

  4. Question for the Asia experts.

    Best way to get back as a one way?
    I know hkg on BA or VS.
    No availability for when I’m traveling end of march.

    Any other creative routes – even indirect? Like hkg-pek-lhr etc?

    Thanks for any ideas!

    • Depends on how you define best; comfort, service, sleep, champagne … Singapore Airlines Suites?

      If price scoots current promo to Athens / berlin if you can make the dates work.

      Collecting Avios; fly BA from Singapore,
      Redeeming avios; lcc to India and redeem from there

      • Don’t forget to factor in the visa costs for India if you are making separate bookings.

      • Good point – looking for best value on points for business class redemptions using the amex Mr transfer partners.

        I would normally fly economy on cash (sorry Rob!) so looking to use points to best use to travel better than I would normally.
        Hence why I was looking at VS from HKG in upper is 53k points +£30.

    • Iberia Shanghai – Madrid

    • Tokyo is also cheap on fees for avios redemptions and availability is always quite good.

      Also look at Singapore to Istanbul. Then onwards to London. Very cheap redemption rates (although I know Singapore have just increased them, not sure about virgin’s redemption chart but was 40k points) Also fees there are incredibly low.

    • Checkout Singapore’s Krisflyer Spontaneous Escapes – reduced points cost (only 38,000) from Singapore to Barcelona or Rome in Business.
      Haven’t checked availability myself but needs to be booked by the end of the month.

    • £800 cash on Sri Lanka business class BKK-LHR earns avios and TP. Finnaur about £1100. Check MAS at OLTA. Check Thai for specials although these tend to be on specific dates. Oman and Gulf worth a look.

  5. Steve Davids says:

    OT. I’m flying TAROM as a surface sector from Athens to Bucharest on a roundtrip from LHR on BA. Does anyone know if there’s complimentary goodies in economy or it’s buy on board?

  6. The 3 for 2 rate was only about 10% cheaper against the advance purchase rate when I was looking at the IC Dubai Marina yesterday.

    It must be 3 for 2 on a flex or semi flex rate.

    • From the T&Cs

      “Offer is valid with booking of 3 consecutive nights at our Best Flexible Rate

      A deposit for 1 night of the stay is payable at the time of booking, and is non-refundable in the event of cancellation or no-show.”

  7. Shoestring says:

    Flybe news:
    Flybe rejects attempt to disrupt Virgin takeover
    Airline dismisses investors’ offer of £65m capital injection
    Troubled UK regional carrier Flybe has rejected a proposal from investors including a US airline and a hedge fund to replace its current takeover deal.
    In January Flybe accepted a 1p-a-share takeover from Connect Airways, a consortium including Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Air, which is due to complete on Friday February 22. The deal valued Flybe’s equity at £2.2m and included working capital of £20m.

    Mesa Airlines of Arizona and New York-based Bateleur Capital would make a capital injection of £65m at 4.5p a share, according to Sky News, which first reported the offer.
    Flybe said that Andrew Tinkler, its second-largest shareholder, had supported the new proposal. This week Mr Tinkler called Connect’s offer “an insult”.
    Flybe, which has drawn £15m in working capital from Connect, said: “It continues to regard the arrangements entered into with Connect Airways as being the only viable option available to the company which provides the security that the business needs to continue to trade successfully.”

  8. If I book a club room do I automatically gain Club Lounge access.
    Only reason I ask is that when you get to checkout page for a club room at Tokyo Bay you get offered different rates.
    The 3 for 2 rate doesn’t specify breakfast.
    There is a separate Club Intercontinental rate which does specify breakfast. This rate is more expensive.

    • I usually book the IHG rate club room in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and that includes club lounge access (and breakfast in the lounge as well as the main restaurant). It should specify that you have lounge access in the room description although it doesn’t specifically mention breakfast. If you want to check if it includes breakfast in the main restaurant as well, I’d recommend calling them. I don’t think I’ve ever booked the Club Intercontinental rate (as it can be considerably more & my trips are all self-financed).

  9. Regarding Mandarin Oriental, just noticed that the new Beijing hotel is now taking reservation. Location is unbeatable, and huge rooms.

  10. luckyjim says:

    OT: Just heard that Zeek, the gift card re-seller, has gone into administration. It was a 3V cash-out route back in the day and still a manufactured spending scheme for some. There is an article about it on MSE today.

  11. OT: where do Manhattan residents do their supermarket shopping?

    Planning a week’s visit with family members (4-6), probably to mid-town Manhattan, mainly using IHG or Hilton points. Our go-to hotel Doubletree Suites Times Square is no longer available.

    Looking at Staybridge/Candlewood properties with breakfast and catering facilities, but where would we buy comestibles for an occasional meal? In spite of numerous visits to Manhattan, I cannot recall seeing any supermarkets. Plenty of delis, restaurants, bars, food halls, etc. Odd question for Manhattan, of course, but party size makes it relevant to us. So where do Manhattan residents do their super market shopping? (Or do they let the likes of Amazon deliver?)

    Many thanks.

    • There’s definitely a Whole Foods at Columbus Circle, but that’s the nearest I’ve seen to a supermarket in downtown Manhattan!

    • Definitely possible! There are quite a few Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and a chain called Gristedes. Also, just wandering around you’ll come across smaller, independent shops (i.e. ones with vegetables on display outside) – though more downtown rather than mid/uptown.

    • The Lord says:

      Whole Foods and Trader Joes your best bet for a larger supermarket but there arent too many on the island. Gristedes and similar in most neighbourhoods but dont get your hopes/expectations up, they tend to be dingy and over priced but will have what you need.

      • There is a supermarket on West 43rd Street between 9 & 10 Avenue, but I don’t remember the name of it. Easy walk from Times Square.

    • Depends how fancy you want to get when it comes to cooking. There’s plenty of 7/11 convenience stores dotted around manhattan together with trader joes, whole foods and gristedes. Best bet is to just see what’s closest! If you use google maps, just type in one of the above chains and will point you in the right direction…

  12. O/T – Are there any good Charles Tyrwhitt codes going round at moment please?

  13. O/T Unless I missed it on here but Tesco Pay+ has brought back its 1 extra Clubcard point for every £4 spent using the app. Went live on the 15th of February and runs until the end of August.

    • Thanks, hadn’t seen.

    • Just back from Tesco and got a slip with my receipt telling me this! Not seen it advertised anywhere else. Also fuel coupon offer still on till 24/2.

      • Shoestring says:

        They’re offering 2000 Clubcard points with some 55″ TVs in store

        • Saw this today in store – first time I’ve seen it in a while – was £529 for the tv in store

    • Ah, interesting – wonder if they saw much of a drop in usage when the offer stopped? I certainly stopped bothering with it!

  14. OT: To get 3k points for adding a supplementary to Amex plat do I have to opt in somewhere or is it automatic? thx

  15. O/T Iberia flights booked using 90k promo Avios.

    Does anybody have any experience of changing the date of a flight booked using these Avios, without losing the Avios in the process?

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