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A new YOTEL hotel opening in Edinburgh – and not in the airport

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YOTEL dropped us a note yesterday to highlight their new Edinburgh hotel, which opens on 19th August.

This is not an airport site – it is on Queen Street in the City Centre.  Standard rooms are very small (16 sq m, with no windows in the cheapest) but they are obviously brand new and with the latest connectivity. 

The ‘Family Cabin’ with two bunk beds also looked interesting.  There is also a ‘VIP suite’ at 44 square metres which sleeps four and seems decent value, by Edinburgh standards, at £220 for a Saturday in September.

This hotel is not yet listed as being part of the Virgin Atlantic / YOTEL miles earning partnership (details here).

You can find out more about YOTEL Edinburgh on this page of their website.  Special opening rates are currently available.

This HfP article tells you how Club@YOTEL, the YOTEL membership scheme, works and what the benefits are.

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Comments (72)

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  • Simon says:

    Miles and More is a pretty unrewarding rewards programme

    • Rob says:

      … except when it’s not – eg LH F to anywhere, J to the Middle East etc.

      • Simon says:

        Noted. I’m just never going to accrue the miles for those sorts of redemptions.

  • Andy_H says:

    The only reason I would consider this would be to transfer Mrs H’s M&M points (expiry coming up in September) to my account (expiry about 2.5 years from now) – but only if the points landed in my account and then ‘inherited’ my expiry date/dropped hers – so in effect I would be paying for additional time on the points. From a quick squint at the link above I don’t see any mention of what happens regarding expiry.

    • Rob says:

      I am virtually certain that they gain the current date, so you effectively get another 3 years to use them.

  • Princess says:

    OT: Hi, I need expert advice.
    If I buy a one way ticket London to Beijing with a 2 4 1 Ba voucher and later on I add the return ticket from Hong Kong, the tax from HK will be calculated as one way or will jump up because part of a journey starting in London?

    • Shoestring says:

      jump up

      • Princess says:

        🙁 thanks!

        • Stu N says:

          Agreed – if you phone to add an inbound, they reprice the whole thing so you won’t get the low fee redemption ex HKG.

          One possible workaround is to book a separate inbound online when the seats are released, then phone in the next day and get the bookings merged with the 241 outbound. You apparently get half the Avios refunded but they don’t always recalculate the charges. Downside is that you’d need sufficient Avios to be able to book the inbound without the benefit of the voucher…

          • Princess says:

            this is interesting! Lets see if I’ll manage enough avios! thanks for the suggestion

          • Stu N says:

            If it works then do report back.

          • Craig says:

            This is what I did (out to Singapore and back from Hong Kong) and it didn’t get repriced, currently in MMB as 2 bookings but I used the same 241 voucher.

  • TGLoyalty says:

    For the cost of transferring your wife’s points why not sign up for a year of the M&M card? Or do you never see her using that enough to be able to redeem a decent redemption?

    • Andy_H says:

      Thanks TGLoyalty – I think this was in response to my comment further up.

      That idea (M&M card sign up to keep the points) was going through my mind too, although I think I am in the mental headspace of your second sentence – in that based on current plans and lack of LH options from our home base she may never get to convert her points into anything useful …..

      Given the cost of the transfer, however (which, as per Rob’s original article, is basically a dead cost), the card may still end up being a better approach…..

      • TGLoyalty says:

        If the card still has a 10k sign up bonus then that plus an economist sign up deal could earn you a few miles.

        I sort of agree and it’s probably not worth the yearly fee on the card but the way I see it I doubt I’ll ever get to see Lufthansa first class any other way and I need somewhere to credit the odd star alliance flights I take.

        • Lady London says:

          You can do a lot better in Star Alliance than Miles&More. Or even by looking at someone like Alaskan that has highly interesting cross-miles crediting options.

          Lufthansa was only worth it to me as crediting airline when I travelled a lot to German-speaking countries. Even making Senator (Gold) I didn’t see that much in the way of real benefits.

          I think to really benefit from Lufthansa flights you have to be actually flying in First. Then the benefits really kick in. Otherwise sign up with another Star Alliance program.

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