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  • in reply to: IHG Creation free night search
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    @BlairWaldorfSalad: IC Park Lane, IC O2 are the only ones on that list that appear for me for Sep 10th with credit card free voucher

    Perfect, many thanks 🙂

    in reply to: InterContinental Ambassador – worth it?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Remember it’s not BOGOF weekend night. It’s 2nd night free. There’s some fun in finding situations where a Saturday night is much pricier than Friday, but only paying for Friday. I love the AMB free weekend night; so easy to get outsize value. Sadly I deployed mine at Easter this year so have to wait a long time for the next one.

    in reply to: IHG Creation free night search
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Hi thinking of releasing my Free Night booking to swap elsewhere. Can someone with an active voucher check free night availability for London Saturday 10 September please. Only ICs, Kimpton, Crowne Plaza Albert Embankment or the Indigo Leicester Square.

    in reply to: Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I have 3 reservations for Dubai for December now. Voco Dubai The Palm, until recently it was scheduled to open in December, looks like this has been pushed back to January so this probably won’t happen. I have this hotel booked too, should happen by December. If not, my back up is Intercontinental Festival City lol….

    Festival City is my backup too. Worse places to be…

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Even with Concept D, not all seats rock. Some are tethered to the cabin solo rather than as a connected set. You just need to know which ones and choose them. I’m a big fan of the seat once in a non-rocking one.

    in reply to: Dallas – Aer Lingus or American?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Aer Lingus don’t fly direct to DFW. Are you sure you’re not being routed onto Jetblue or United on arrival in an East Coast hub? If so that’s quite a few more hours in a non-lie flat seat on the domestic flight within the US. Alternatively you’re being shown a mixed carrier route EI GLA-DUB then AA (who do fly direct) DUB-DFW. If it’s this latter option you absolutely should choose this over a LHR transfer. DUB has thrown staff at their congestion problem and you’d avoid initial security checks anyway as you’d transfer airside within T2 and go straight to US pre-clearance.

    in reply to: Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    You won’t get lounge access at WA and I expect it’ll be a hell of a fight to get moved. I’d be disinclined to have your backup booking with Hilton as Hilton customer service would be able to see you have a backup option already. I’d prefer to appear utterly homeless without Hilton support to send me to the WA. The Conrad is a good hotel but how is it comparable to a beachside property. The rooms and general quality might be a step up, but it’s an entirely different proposition. Also I may be misremembering but I think Emirates house some of their staff near the Conrad and they enjoy access to its pool deck and leisure facilities. The last thing you need in autumn in Dubai is a tussle for space on a limited sun deck. All the more reason to go for a beachside property.

    in reply to: Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I’m in a similar predicament. I would only accept WA Palm as a reasonable alternative. The existing Hiltons on JBR Walk are not IMO suitable lodgings. They’ve had staff hired for quite some time so I remain hopeful for early November when I travel. The Dubai destination forum on T-Advisor is quite active with ex-pats who live there so I suggest you post there too. Someone who regularly shops at Nakheel Mall on The Palm may be able to swing by and give you a first hand account. As noted on a thread last week about Hiltons in Dubai, I walked past it in March and both it and the Marriott looked fully finished so not quite sure what the delay is. For full disclosure, I do have a backup IHG booking (also on points like the Hilton) but I don’t really want to have to fall back on it.

    in reply to: Platinum Card benefits – Priority Pass
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts
    in reply to: Creation Financial Services bashing
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    FOS are a basketcase in terms of backlogs. The fact these 2 jobs (link below) are being hired in at the same time suggests at least an awareness that new leadership is needed: https://www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/news-events/financial-ombudsman-service-appoints-deputy-chief-ombudsman-chief-operating-officer

    in reply to: Centurion Lounge guest policy after Feb 2023
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Overcrowding is a daily and indeed day-long issue at US Centurion lounges. Some operate a queue; some will take names and ask you to come back. Amex had to do something and this is what they’ve settled upon for now.

    in reply to: Dublin Terminal 2 lounges
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    The T2 is still closed due to uhm ‘covid’. T1 lounge does have famously random opening hours. It does have showers though, oft overlooked

    My mother reports that T2 is now newly re-opened but closes quite early.

    in reply to: Dublin Terminal 2 lounges
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    The T2 is still closed due to uhm ‘covid’. T1 lounge does have famously random opening hours. It does have showers though, oft overlooked

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Is it 2 years to apply it to a future booking or 2 years to have travelled on it?

    in reply to: New (?) Doubletree Fifth Avenue?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    That should be the Radisson just off Radio City. But oddly when I navigated to that same Radisson they were showing availability for November.

    in reply to: InterContinental hotels in Tokyo – best option?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    The ANA has oodles of room types and the entry level rooms look like they haven’t been refurbished since 1988. Yellowing plastic countertops in the bathroom and the tub itself. Overall a retro depressing affair. So you need to go well up the room categories to buy your way out of that. Breakfast buffet is great and varied but runs to some very fussy rules. Overseen by a series of European tall model type women who we labelled the Cup Nazis as they wouldn’t give you a hot drink refill unless you handed over the cup you were currently drinking from. The food prices on-site generally are astronomical. But it is attached to a small shopping/restaurant centre where prices are far more reasonable. There’s an entrance to Tameike-sanno station in that complex of buildings too so easy enough to get around.

    in reply to: 10,000 United miles – what to do with them?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    5.5K on Aer Lingus

    in reply to: New IHG Chase credit cards?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    May or may not be connected, but was playing around on the ihg app today to book using a creation free night voucher and when I clicked through to reserve under summary of charges and total charges it states ‘Chase Anniversary Night’. Felt like an odd coincidence.

    No that’s been around for a while. That’s the US terminology. Some Creation vouchers that were extended in their validity got redeposited as Chase anniversary nights.

    in reply to: Aer Lingus – EU261 claim
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I submitted a complaint to the Irish CAR last Weds night and had a response Thurs lunchtime from a case officer, who had already made initial contact with the airline re my complaint. They have an online form and a separate (very accessible) FlightRights website that gives an indication of how much time they expect to have elapsed before escalating a complaint to them.

    in reply to: How to add FHR booking into Hilton Honors
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I got Hilton (eventually) to add an Emyr booking to my HH account last week. So much more faff than IHG where you can do it in your account. I’ve read a few reviews of Hilton hotels recently where people have said they got their HH benefits in addition to FHR perks though.
    I had to pay a one night deposit which I’ve never had to do via Emyr before, no idea how easy it is to get this back.
    I tried to contact the hotel (Crockfords in Las Vegas) to add my HH number but they only way to contact them seems to be via the online form on the website of the Malaysian (?) company which owns Resorts World LV and they still hadn’t responded a week later (and still haven’t!) so went via HH chat then CS email. Definitely the most aggro I’ve ever had with this kind of booking!

    Can you save me your hassle and post the Crockfords email address here please

    in reply to: How to add FHR booking into Hilton Honors
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    DonLee any update on this now July is at an end? I no longer appear to have the ‘pay at hotel’ option when using FHR. Am I missing the option hidden somewhere during the booking process?

    in reply to: Intercontinental The Willard
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    It IS fabulous. Was on my bucket list for years; finally stayed in 2022. Anbassador Spire status recognised, all benefits (pre One Rewards) provided up front. Room was particularly spacioys compared to NYC equivalents. Location would be hard to beat. The front desk staff were genuinely warm and professional, asking me how my stay was going and telling me about some of their recent political guests. The restaurant and café are very populat with non-guests because of the corner location by the White House. So expect breakfast and dinner times to be busy and expensive. I think I paid $52 for porridge, scrambled egg, bacon and toast. My only criticism was tea at breakfast which was served in a mug and had long gone cold by the time the hot food arrived.

    in reply to: BA Club Suite or AA Flagship Business?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Your BA aircraft could switch and you end up in old CW seat. I’d always choose AA; you’ll do no worse than a 1-2-1 layout.

    in reply to: Manchester shuttle upgrades shot up in price
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Yeah gone are the days you could reliably have work buy a ET ticket, knowing you could CE yourself for £50

    in reply to: Canada “random testing” experiences thread
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Something I added to the original article-Just finished cancelling my Sept trip there. Even if its only a 5pct chance of being picked and then being positive thats too much for me. Given the consequence is 10 days in some hotel room , apart from those with urgent business who would book a holiday with those odds? No wonder foreign stays in hotels are down over 80pct.Thats not counting the faff involved if you are travelling straight out of the city on onward internal flights as I was.

    Glad your friend was Ok.

    Agreed. Polly’s Singapore test on arrival experience must surely be the example anyone needs that it’s not worth taking discretionary travel to test on arrival destinations.

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