Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Ambassador v Diamond at IHG Berlin
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Not really no.but would the other benefits like free weekend night and 4pm check out be helpful otherwise? I wouldn’t be taking out Ambassador purely on the basis of impressive room upgrades.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Gold and Diamond jewelery from UK new and pre owned – lot of text you can take from our website. Every collection has a lot of info that you can take. Diamond bracelet

    Can I choose it as my milestone benefit? If I had to press you, would you say it’s closer to Elizabeth Duke @ Argos than say Bulgari?

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    If you register in the PP app, that tracks all your visits when visited. Not your remaining entitlement. Might be better than nothing

    in reply to: Jan Honeymoon with Baby
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Tell us all what seats you have reserved for you and baby once you’ve booked 😉

    in reply to: Virgin Cash Advance fees about to be applied?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Jesus wept. We’ll find out how many kids Bojo has before we get clarity on this.

    in reply to: Virgin Cash Advance fees about to be applied?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    £10 fee hit my card 3rd July. This for a £200 payment to CR card 1st July.

    By payment, you mean paying off a card? There’s been unhelpful ambiguity on this thread as to whether purchases via Curve or paying off a card is being discussed

    in reply to: Free breakfast on reward nights?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Any clarity re Vignette Collection? It’s not specified in the list of full-service brands eligible for the Diamond welcome amenity but this seems like cock-up rather than conspiracy.

    in reply to: Priority Pass becoming worthless?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    It’d be interesting to know of anyone who purchases PP directly from PP whether they get regular compensation for being unable to use the product. I know there’s the whole ‘subject to availability’ malarkey but it’s well beyond that at this stage and heading into non-fulfilment of service purchased.

    No PP simply refuses to acknowledge the issues. Amex, who tout Priority Pass lounge access as a core benefit of the American Express Platinum card that users pay £600 to Amex for each year, the same. As well as the useless Priority Pass, American Express also fob their UK cardholders off with an unuseable Addison Lee transport credit, whereas American Express gives USA Platinum cardholders transport credit with Uber.

    Priority Pass only, far, far too late and not useably, credited 3 extra months after 2 years of lounges having been virtually unavailable worldwide during Covid. So not just the UK problems with Priority Pass. Priority Pass kept on selling when they knew there were no lounges worldwide which IMV is close to fraud.

    But miraculously, the guy that owns Collinson, that Rob interviewed, still had enough money to buy No.1 Lounges that folded during Covid.

    Rob maintains a dignified silence on such matters 🙂

    This being the same Collinson that are selling their Smart Delay add-on to travel insurance providers and Revolut, which automatically gives an access pass for a lounge once a given period of flight delay has been reached. Makes me wonder who gets to queue closer to the door for non-access; PP holders or Smart Delay access holders.

    in reply to: Priority Pass becoming worthless?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    It’d be interesting to know of anyone who purchases PP directly from PP whether they get regular compensation for being unable to use the product. I know there’s the whole ‘subject to availability’ malarkey but it’s well beyond that at this stage and heading into non-fulfilment of service purchased.

    in reply to: Dubai recommendations
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    It is getting quite popular in August because of the value vs Spain etc. However, I agree, with kids it would be hard. With adults, you’d get up at the crack of dawn and then possibly head back to bed around 10am until 3pm-ish, effectively staying inside that entire period, before kicking off another beach / pool session.

    Kids, unfortunately, are not as good at adults as being told they need to go back to bed or stay indoors for 4-5 hours during the day.

    If you’ve never actually experienced 40+ degree heat then you are in for a surprise.

    And yet, my sunmer experience is that northern Europeans (especially Brits) stay out by the pool all day long, colonising the in-pool bars especially. Which is odd to me as beachside you get a sea breeze all day long. I do take a break for the excellent lounges there serving afternoon tea but otherwise am quite content outside all day by the beach, dipping under an umbrella for a nap occasionally. I’d much prefer the daytime heat to the humidity at night. It makes walking feel a chore after sunset and slows me down escaping the abundant prostitutes that approach every man.

    in reply to: Dubai recommendations
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Last time I remember Mall of Emirates had no in mall seating

    Go into a shoe shop and seem eager?

    in reply to: Dubai recommendations
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    You’re better sticking to daytime. 42 degrees when the sun is up is preferable to 38 and intense humidity once the sun goes down. The Mall of the Emirates has a big indoor ski facility. I prefer that mall to the Dubai Mall at the Burj.

    in reply to: Autograph Collection benefits?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Design Hotels is the one you need to watch out for; benefits don’t all carry across. Autographs are a bit of a curate’s egg in New York. Some are characterful and great locations but the rooms tend to be tiny.

    in reply to: Can’t make online payments
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I got my email saying my card statement was ready. Logged into Barclays app and the card has disappeared entirely.

    in reply to: Virgin Trains Ticketing app
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I have 1% Curve cashback (for life presumably) on Trainline which I think I calculated in the past as more use to me than Virgin points.

    in reply to: Palazzo Diamond Elite upgrades
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Dangle the carrot before you let them have a bite 🙂

    That’s a proverb straight out of the Book of Magic Mike

    in reply to: Palazzo Diamond Elite upgrades
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    $50 under the counter worked a treat in Treasure Island a few years back.

    You can only ask if any nicer rooms available and they can only say no. Nothing to lose

    You lose your $50 though…..don’t you? Have I misunderstood how this works?

    in reply to: Palazzo Diamond Elite upgrades
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    From what I read online, you get to use the dedicated IHG Elite check-in line but upgrades are subject to the same $50 bribe as elsewhere in Vegas. It’s not something I’d ever do personally as I am always the sole occupant of my room so not really bothered by square footage.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    Provider 1 – it is what it is. You can ask them to verify that they also checked archives/backups designed for system restores. But if they say they still don’t hold your data, you have to take it as fact. The ICO won’t be going in to crawl all over their systems. If your data ever did get produced during legal discovery, then yes they’d have failed to execute the previous DSAR request. But the ICO can only fine them, not provide you with redress. You’d have to consult a lawyer as to whether non-disclosure under a DSAR but disclosing as part of legal discovery would make the information inadmissable. I doubt it.

    Provider 2 – you can involve the ICO now and you don’t need to make Provider 2 aware beforehand. You’ve been clear in your request and they’ve mucked you around. As the ICO will still consider this as a situation where resolution can potentially be reached, they may just send a letter to Provider 2 to nudge them into action. If you continue to be stonewalled, the ICO would take a dim view as subject access rights are a foundational keystone of the entire rights regime. Again you won’t enjoy any redress as the ICO can’t award comoensation or damages.

    in reply to: NYC subway safety?
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I was there in April and it was markedly less safe than previous trips in 2019 (I was there in Dec 2021 but didn’t use subway at all on account of needing a bloody PCR test to get home). Many more mentally troubled people taking up residence in it and whereas the huckster/panhandler frequency used to be 50% of my rides, it was 100% this time.

    in reply to: £50 back from £200 Amex spend
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I tried ringing up Doubletree Chester to charge my card now in advance of a Semi-Flex booking in August. They said they were unable to charge my card on file so have sent me a secure payment link beginning https://s[dot]360[dot]com.

    Upon clicking the link it takes me to a site where I can input my card details and billing address. The amount is pre-populated. Has anyone else had this experience? I’m guessing paying via this payment link probably won’t track to qualify for the Amex offer but would love if someone has experience to prove otherwise.

    Hotels often use such secure sites to collect your payment details. They should then charge as normal via the hotel’s own system, the website merely playing the role of a secure means to gather your card details and authorisation for them to use it.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I just stick to TaCoBell as my portal of choice for my Marriott bookings. They actually track and pay.

    in reply to: Get ready for Vegas Baby!
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    I’ve got the Four Seasons reserved for late August but with the exchange rate movements since I booked a long time ago, it is IMO more expensive than it is worth. Especially bearing in mind a FS stay doesn’t contribute to any lifetime/annual elite statuses in the major chains. I am mulling swapping to the Palazzo – would that be a huge step down? Main pros of Four Seasons are a quiet uncrowded pool and smoke-free.

    in reply to: Help with UA upgrade
    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    DUB-IAD is a 757 right with 2-2 layout? It’s not a big cabin and without status I’d say you’re stuffed. Sadly.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,053 posts

    It’s one of those hotels where the guests and management both seem to know it’s well overpriced for what it is, but everyone just puts up with it because big chain options are scant in the Canaries.

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