Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • Boi 33 posts

    Thanks….sounds amazing! I am going home, then RSA then Kenya before getting back. will check out the places mentionjed above

    Boi 33 posts

    Thank you @The real Swiss Tony- much appreciated

    Boi 33 posts

    Thank you both. @Michael C, you do make me wanna try that hotel-lol.
    @ Tony- yes, the 3 nights can be used at a later date. Which other hotels are comparable to those 2 at a better price? I will have a look at the one you mentioned.

    in reply to: Namibia and Botswana self drive
    Boi 33 posts

    Hi Ash,
    I am from Botswana (Maun). Where in Botswana are you going? I can either advice or give you contacts.

    Boi 33 posts

    Thanks again, I will take a look.

    Will definitely do the boat trip in Bangkok- that’s my kind of thing.

    What does twin room actually mean? 2 single beds??? I saw that while browsing hotels, but then they say the room sleeps 4 which got me confused.
    I like booking king room for us and a separate 2 queen/double room for kids and I couldn’t see a hotel with such configuration

    in reply to: Krabi or Koh Samui?
    Boi 33 posts

    Looks like a lot of us are visiting Thailand, sorry I don’t have an answer to your question but I was just browsing 🙈

    which hotel did you stay in while in Phuket? Thought you didn’t recommend Phuket…

    Boi 33 posts

    I am still waiting for island recommendations @BJ or anyone?

    Boi 33 posts

    Thanks @Michael C.
    Indeed I made sure we are in Bangkok for the weekend just for the market.

    Boi 33 posts

    Thanks again @BJ.

    Flights booked so far are: YVR-BKK//NRT-YVR. So I am hoping to finalise the rest of the itinerary.

    Islands: is there a midway where I can get a bit of real Thailand and a bit touristy? I kind of like upmarket holiday. We are not party animals. But I don’t want too quiet. Somewhere with things to do for 12-16 year olds and for adults. I like experiencing local culture and food while the others like doing the “touristy” stuff

    Ps, I think one day at Disney will be enough.

    Boi 33 posts

    Sorry, I keep remembering things after I send my reply.
    Osaka: will go with HI/courtyard.

    Tokyo: kids want anime, Disney (though we were in Orlando for Xmas), hello kitty land. Any hotel suggestions with that?

    Bangkok: temples, shopping and more shopping for me!

    Phuket: this is meant to be beach relaxation part. Happy to swap for a more family friendly island. Not Benidorm/Alicante type: actually I have never been to either so don’t know what they offer 😂
    Our beach holidays have been: Caribbean, Malta, Cyprus, Seychelles, Mauritius, Hawaii etc.

    Boi 33 posts

    Ps, in Bangkok I was thinking of the new IC to use our weekend night (ambassador). Is it in good location?

    Boi 33 posts

    Thanks @Meta and BJ.

    Interesting comment about Phuket. So which island would you recommend? I have only booked the international flights so I can change the beach option!

    Boi 33 posts

    ok, I have now fine tuned the trip based on what we want to do /see (I appreciate it might be a lot of travelling). Plan is to do:

    1. 5 nights Phuket
    2. 4 nights Bangkok
    3. 5 nights Osaka (with day trips to Kyoto and Hiroshima)
    4. 6 nights Tokyo.

    I would appreciate hotel recommendations in those cities please. There’s so much choice it is doing my head in!

    Boi 33 posts

    Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions. As always hfp didnt disappoint.
    regarding the order-we got award flights to BKK hence we wanted to do that first (my sister got Singapore airlines MAN-SIN-HKT )- So reward flights determined our starting point. She got Finnair via HEL on the way back. We are using aeroplan points and it was cheaper YVR-BKK//TYO-YVR).

    After reading the comments I will make it slightly simpler (Phuket, Bangkok, Osaka/Kyoto and Tokyo). I agree I probably would like to go back. Trying to satisfy too many people (I want Bangkok, sister wants Phuket and kids want Japan. Hubby doesn’t care).

    Please keep suggestions coming regarding hotels.

    Swiffty please pass on the tips as you do some more research.

    Thank you once again to all.

    in reply to: Asia in September
    Boi 33 posts

    Thanks all for the suggestions.
    1. Do you think hkg/bkk combo would work or are we better sticking to one country?
    2. Is Bkk (3 days) then an island for 4 days is worth it or it is cutting it too tight and less enjoyment (if so which island would be good for september)?
    3. I would like to dedicate more time to India so will leave it for another trip.

    in reply to: Hotel recommendations for Abu Dhabi
    Boi 33 posts

    Thanks both. I did look at St Regis Saadiyat as there was reward night. Also looked at Conrad….but didnt really have anything to base my selection on except I have hilton and Bonvoy points. Open to more suggestions and willing to pay cash for kids to enjoy.

    in reply to: Flight changes: AF booked with Virgin Points
    Boi 33 posts

    Thanks both. I will call airfrance and see what they can do. The flights are in March, so plenty of time.

    in reply to: Hotel recommendations in Vancouver
    Boi 33 posts

    Thanks. booked Fairmont and used the stay Vancouver promo

    in reply to: Miami hotel recommendations
    Boi 33 posts

    Thanks NorthernLass. using hotel points/free night certs. Looking forward to it now.

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