Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: 3 days in Mumbai
    bungalow 178 posts

    Head to The Oval (the park) and join a team for a quick game of cricket.
    Go to Victoria Station and wait for a train to arrive – any train, just to watch!
    Go see The Laundry, and try to catch the Dabbawalas (lunch box delivery men) head off with their bikes and poles.
    And consider a quick visit to “the hanging gardens”, if only for the real reason they are called that!!
    (They’re nothing to look at btw…)

    in reply to: Flight “overbooked”, what is my position?
    bungalow 178 posts

    Thanks guys, sorry for the delay, couldn’t reach her.
    She’s just been called to board now…

    bungalow 178 posts

    I can only comment on their location. Marriott is closer to the Valletta centre, walkable if you dont have mobility isues. Westin is further out, in St Julian’s. Basically Marriott is halfway between Valletta and Westin.

    There is a very little beach in front of Marriott, which is in a harbour. The Westin has its own private seafront looking out onto the sea. Though it’s a rocky seafront. Either way, I do not think you’ll be bathing in February. So probably location is more important.

    The Westin is nice and very large, but Marriott probably it is better located considering is February.

    No idea where the Westin is, but assuming we’re talking about Marriott Malta here, I stayed in it last month and IT is most certainly located in St Julian’s! And I did visit Valetta, by both bus and taxi, didn’t try to walk as it seemed quite far to me, because the bus takes over 30 minutes!

    in reply to: Qatar insurance requirement
    bungalow 178 posts

    A quick update.
    Just through business check in Dublin airport, casually asked did I have appropriate health insurance, said yes, didn’t ask to see it.
    Will see how it goes when I get to Doha…

    in reply to: Starting from DUB – connection process?
    bungalow 178 posts

    1: Yes, I always do
    2: Yes, part of the reason why I always do
    3: No idea

    in reply to: Qatar insurance requirement
    bungalow 178 posts

    I’ve always done it through manage my booking on the website, or call them. You don’t want to do it departing DXB anyway, I don’t think you can access Al Mourjan on arrival. You really need to be flying First departing DOH for the full experience, and those short local flights are by far the best value for that.

    in reply to: Qatar insurance requirement
    bungalow 178 posts

    Thanks! I’ll keep an eye out over the next couple of months and if the requirement doesn’t change will purchase in advance. I thought Rob did an article about it being “quietly dropped” a bit back so I’ll try and find that as well.

    Yeah I think he did, but as tw33ty says above, for the sake of a tenner or so each.
    I’m only going for a short break, so will update my travel experience here later in the week.

    Oh and one more thing. I think I read above you are then flying to Dubai? Well if you haven’t already, consider upgrading to First with avios. I have done it a number of times for sometimes 10,000 avios each, it doesn’t get you a First seat (they don’t do them on local 30/40 minute flights, you get the new business seat) but you get access to the Al Mourjan and the full experience, inc kerbside meet and greet, private personal check in, and the incredible lounge itself! Go up early and spend the evening eating and drinking, cheaper than a meal in Doha!

    in reply to: Qatar insurance requirement
    bungalow 178 posts

    Do you mean you did it online before you travelled? Which website?

    Online, I travel out Wednesday.

    All the official Qatari sites direct you to MOPH (Ministry of Public Health).
    Once there you just choose a random Qatari insurance provider from about 12 options, I chose Qatar General.
    Not sure I am allowed to post the link here but here goes…

    moph (dot) gov (dot) qa/english/derpartments/policyaffairs/hfid/hirs/insurancecompanies/Pages/default.aspx

    in reply to: Qatar insurance requirement
    bungalow 178 posts

    @tw33ty, did you buy it in advance or when you arrived?

    I bit the bullet and just purchased, enter name, age, passport details, arrival date, then upload a photo of your passport and pay.
    Took 15 minutes, and cost 11 quid each.
    Had a brief read: Accident & Emergency cover and Repatriation if you pop your clogs! But no pre existing medical conditions covered. The bulk of it is Covid cover.

    in reply to: Qatar insurance requirement
    bungalow 178 posts

    Just back from a trip to Doha, we bought the travel insurance on top off our existing worldwide travel insurance (because we thought it was a must, app £11 each) My wife carries medication with a doctors letter, we were never questioned, when we arrived there was a bit of a back log at immigration, my wife falls under the disabled category which we went straight through the disabled lane.
    One other thing,
    We wrongly assumed it was the same as UAE on duty free, we had purchased a bottle of alcohol at Edinburgh airport and had it confiscated at Doha, apparently you are not allowed to take alcohol into the country, (I was not alone) I think something should flaged up at your departure airport when you scan your boarding pass for the purchase informing you of the restrictions.
    You can collect it on your departure from customs, ours was lost.
    We did have a good holiday

    Thanks all, think I’ll stick with the gov.uk advice and just run with my annual policy.
    That’s a poor show with the Edinburgh alcohol @Ranger43, there’s no reason why they can’t flag that up when scanning your boarding pass, ever since brexit I have been refused duty free prices at 3 different EU airports because I’m flying to Belfast, all after they scanned my boarding pass! Fly to Manchester, Glasgow or Cardiff and you’re fine, but not this part of the UK…

    Really p1$$es me off…

    bungalow 178 posts

    As said above, it’ll probably take a week or so to hit your account, I used the Marriott offer in Amsterdam and Rotterdam last month (on Gold and Bonvoy cards), bill paid in euros and both paid out.
    Check to see if the offer has moved to “redeemed/used” tab in the Amex app – mine moved there immediately when I settled my hotel bills. If so your cash is on its way.

    bungalow 178 posts

    Cancelled my booking which confirmed all of the above refunded. Logged back into my account 10 minutes later to search for a different itinerary, and to my delight, the voucher had already been re-posted!

    bungalow 178 posts

    Thank you for the confirmation, total mental block there, when you actually know but then doubt yourself!

    Thanks again

    bungalow 178 posts

    Thanks guys for all the replies.
    I was still struggling to see any breakdown info on the payment online, and just now decided to check in the app instead.
    Low and behold the breakdown and non sterling fee is listed in the app, but still not in my online account.
    The fee was included in the £688, I got a rate of $1.196 and they charged a £20 fee.
    Can live with that given I’ve now triggered the 70,000 bonus, plus I’ll get 1032 Avios for the spend, and can now downgrade the card if I want for a refund on the card fee.
    Thanks again

    in reply to: Paying rates in Northern Ireland with an Amex card?
    bungalow 178 posts

    Would be interested in some clarification on this myself. Never used Paypoint in my life, so in practical terms how does it actually work? Then, do you just put the 100’s through one after the other, or do you have to go back and do them one at a time?

    Every day’s a school day 🙂

    in reply to: Unsuccessful application review – now 4 weeks!
    bungalow 178 posts

    * Oh, is there still a bonus link for adding a supplementary?

    in reply to: Unsuccessful application review – now 4 weeks!
    bungalow 178 posts

    So, an update.

    Got an email yesterday, totally random, “welcome to card alerts”!?
    Another email today, “your card application has been approved”!
    Ten minutes later the new BAPP lands in the post!
    So almost 6 weeks from, application – submit for review – approval.
    Just registered the card online, a HUGE credit limit, plus tracking on the 70,000 bonus points extended to 30th May.

    Happy ending but still none the wiser.

    What could be simpler eh… 🙂

    in reply to: Hotel in Oslo
    bungalow 178 posts

    Concur with the above, I stayed just before the pandemic at the Scandic Byporten, right at the entrance to the train station and handy for everything. Spotlessly clean, very comfortable, and a great breakfast buffet!

    I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again.

    in reply to: Unsuccessful application review – now 4 weeks!
    bungalow 178 posts

    I applied via the direct link Rob posted on the site for the 70,000 bonus.

    If you manage to get it sorted to reapply, I would suggest not clicking through from Rob’s link, but just going directly to the British Airways Executive Club site from your home page, log in and apply. I could be wrong, but the most obvious link to me on whether applicants are receiving 70,000 points or 35,000 is clicking through the link via HfP.

    Yeah was thinking that myself, but at the time Robs link was the only route offering the enhanced bonus.
    Would definitely use the direct page now if given the option.

    in reply to: Unsuccessful application review – now 4 weeks!
    bungalow 178 posts

    Wasn’t churning as I obviously hadn’t held the BAPP for over 2 years, and currently hold 2 others, one of which I’ve held for over 3 years! No referral issues at my end either, I applied via the direct link Rob posted on the site for the 70,000 bonus.
    At a loss here to understand it, totally perplexed…

    in reply to: Unsuccessful application review – now 4 weeks!
    bungalow 178 posts

    My initial thought exactly, so the first thing I did before making the appeal was reduce the credit on my cards online by half, which showed in my Amex account immediately.

    in reply to: Emirates / Marriott Your World Rewards
    bungalow 178 posts

    * Oh, and as to immediate family, my wife travels with me, she is only Bonvoy Gold and not a “Your World” member, but we just board the plane together. Never been a problem.

    in reply to: Dubai to Ras al-Khaimah transfers
    bungalow 178 posts

    Waldorf RAK booked me a taxi from the hotel to DXB when I was leaving last November, not a hotel transfer, a local taxi. I asked them to book me a 6 seater and that’s what arrived. I didn’t pay Waldorf, the taxi was on the meter and I paid him on arrival at the airport – it cost £60 including tip (it was 5am so he also got the wifes take away Waldorf breakfast) 🙂
    £250 one way is daylight robbery !

    * just to add. I also took the Conrad Limo to Hilton RAK (further away than Waldorf) last February, after negotiating with the concierge and checking the Uber rate, he ended up charging me £80.

    in reply to: Dubai recommendations
    bungalow 178 posts

    I can highly recommend the Hero Boats Tour (OdySea), they have a base at Dubai Harbour just across the Marina causeway entrance, opposite Skydive.

    The boats are a self drive dingy-like craft, with a steering wheel instead of jet ski handlebars, and are so easy to drive/steer. They seat one or two people one behind the other astride a bench seat (like a motorbike), and feel very safe and secure in the water – and they can travel!
    They do tours all day every day (much cheaper early morning), and a guide will lead you and a string of other boats (sometimes only one or two) on a tour of the gulf. You get fantastic views of the Palm, Burl al Arab, Atlantis, the Marina, and JBR, its an exhilarating experience and I would highly recommended it.

    I have done it twice myself, great fun!

    in reply to: Emirates / Marriott Your World Rewards
    bungalow 178 posts

    As Bonvoy Platinum myself, I signed up for Emirates “Your World” a number of years ago, and have flown with them quite a few times since.

    Firstly No, I can find no recognition in the Marriott App/Account, and in the Emirates app my status shows as “Blue” – so it’s not your email address.

    Secondly, I have NEVER EVER heard a call at priority boarding for Bonvoy Your World members (London/Dublin/Dubai), only for Emirates status members and First/Biz. However what I have done is taken a screenshot of my Bonvoy Platinum status, together with the page on the Emirates website showing the linked status and benefits, then I simply board with the rest of the priority queue and have these at the ready should anyone check me whilst boarding.

    It’s not ideal, as you are always waiting for an embarrassing confrontation at the ticket scanner, but this has never happened. Have never tried the Priority check in as the self check in desks are always available.

    I agree there should be somewhere in the Bonvoy app showing this.

    I can confirm though that the Bonvoy points do post immediately after an Emirates flight.

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