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  • in reply to: Booking hotels with infants
    David 15 posts

    I have a 2 year old and regularly book the cheapest room, usually with Marriott but sometimes with IHG. Their rooms all state whether they can take an extra travel cot or fold down bed etc. even the smallest Moxy rooms usually state they can provide a travel cot. There is a “request travel cot” option at the time of booking with both Marriott and IHG.
    I then often ask shortly before my stay if they can confirm if they can provide a travel cot. It’s never been a problem.
    Also, as a Marriott platinum/IHG diamond I have always got breakfast included for the 3 of us. I suspect this may change as he gets older!

    Both Marriott and IHG booking systems are a bit rubbish and basically both give you a whole extra bed if you state you have an infant with you, no matter the age.

    in reply to: Gold counts for nothing?
    David 15 posts

    The receptionist at my work used to do all our hotel bookings via her account, giving her loads of free stays. I only found this out after she wasn’t too happy when I started booking my stays direct and claimed through expenses.

    Booking direct using my status to get free breakfast and lounge access would probably save the company a lot of money.

    in reply to: Should I renew InterContinental Ambassador?
    David 15 posts

    Mine is due for renewal soon but it’s simply not worth it if it no longer prolongs Diamond status, even if it was a glitch.
    I only stay at a few IHG hotels per year so once Diamond expires I’ll stop staying at IHG’s and focus more on Marriott.
    I never really made the most of Diamond but it was always nice to have.

    in reply to: Marriott Bonvoy eGiftCard
    David 15 posts

    Is there any benefit for using the Amex Bonvoy card when buying these gift vouchers?

    If my maths is correct then the 6x points per £ would be cancelled out by the non sterling transaction fee. Eg for a £100 spend you’d earn 600 points, roughly valued at £3 using a 0.5p per point valuation. You then get charged a £2.99 non sterling transaction fee.

    David 15 posts

    I really hope IHG don’t fix the ‘glitch’. Who is actually going to attempt to stay 70 nights for IHG diamond. You’d be far better staying at Hilton or Marriott. Marriott Titanium can be achieved with just 55 nights using the credit card.

    IHG diamond is the only IHG status that makes it worthwhile staying at IHG properties.

    David 15 posts

    Is Amex usually quite strict on the list of participating properties?
    I’m wondering if cashback will trigger at some of the new UK properties soon to open in a couple of months but are not on the list.

    in reply to: Creation Financial Services bashing
    David 15 posts

    I emailed creation over a month ago asking for my missing points. They eventually emailed back saying they didn’t know what points I was asking for as I hadn’t used the card since it was cancelled. I then emailed them a screenshot from the app showing the points. Didn’t receive any reply but after a few weeks I have yesterday finally received my missing points from the free card.

    Hopefully, someone more competent will bring out a new IHG card soon.

    David 15 posts

    I was diamond until 31 Dec 2022 so purchased ambassador (using points) just before the end of the year but my diamond only extended to 2023.

    in reply to: Mattress run for 15 nights – best option?
    David 15 posts

    Don’t remember if it was Marriott or not but someone reported that after a hotel found the room empty after a couple of days they cancelled the rest of the reservation.

    So you might get away with it for a couple or days if you popped into the room you wouldn’t get away with 15.

    I remember reading that too. I’m sure it was the Moxy Aberdeen.
    You could always speak to the hotel about it first. After all they’ll get paid without having to clean your room or provide you with loyalty benefits! win-win.

    in reply to: Another new Marriott in Inverness
    David 15 posts

    Last week Highland Council finally granted planning permission for a new £30 million Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Academy Street.
    This will be the third Marriott hotel in the area.

    David 15 posts

    I always thought the map was a bit useless, with shop small working at retailers not on the list. I’ve also seen retailers on the map who don’t even accept amex!

    Has anyone had a shop small confirmation email from amex immediately after purchase this time or have they stopped doing this?

    in reply to: Another new Marriott in Inverness
    David 15 posts

    That’s great news.
    I wonder if this has anything to do with the shelving of the £40M Dundee AC hotel as part of the multi million pound waterfront redevelopment? I was really looking forward to that one as it was in a prime location on the waterfront next to the V&A, and would be Dundee’s first Marriott. The daft council has decided tourists won’t come due to covid and have turned the new building (site 6) into offices! Dundee desperately needs some good 4* hotels. The only Hilton is just a Hampton. Dundee’s loss is Inverness’s gain!

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