Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Singapore hotel suggestions
    Keely 78 posts

    I stayed in the Indigo Katong on points last month. We liked the design, staff were lovely and the bed was fantastic! However we stayed only one night and I’m not sure I’d want to stay much more than that – the bathroom was a bit oddly styled with the toilet just as you come in the door and then the shower and bathtub (our upgraded room had both)over the other side next to the floor to ceiling windows. Breakfast is in the American bistro style restaurant attached to the hotel, we had this as an add on for (if memory serves ) £18pp which is good value for Singapore prices . It was perfectly adequate if not that special. I’ve just remembered that they also brought us some lovely chocolates (which my husband and I fought over!). I bought the points in the 100% sale so it was a good value redemption.

    in reply to: Disappearing reward
    Keely 78 posts

    @qwerty interesting- I’m off to check my account now..! Thanks for the update

    in reply to: Northern Cyprus
    Keely 78 posts

    @toopoortobehere – great info thanks!

    in reply to: Disappearing reward
    Keely 78 posts

    Well I didn’t know – although if I’d thought about it more , I would have triggered it on the basis of I’d have then definitely had it in my BAEC account for safekeeping! The target was still met and I believe the reward should still be given so will definitely follow this up.

    in reply to: Northern Cyprus
    Keely 78 posts

    Thank you..that’s useful. I’ll swerve ayia napa on this visit though…

    in reply to: Northern Cyprus
    Keely 78 posts

    Thanks for replies. Seems it’s not a well travelled destination…

    in reply to: Disappearing reward
    Keely 78 posts

    I’ve fallen foul of this too! Could have kicked myself for not remembering to choose the option before downgrading. I’d written it off due to my stupidity but I’ll submit a complaint too although I won’t expect too much …

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    @Aston100 😂😂😂

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    Good morning! Thought I’d report back on my trip with a mini trip report and say a huge thank you to those who helped. I hope this may also help those planning a similar trip for the first time.

    Flew 241 on old style CW to SIN. Flights were ok, on both flights I’d say the crew were professional but not friendly. Stayed in Singapore for two nights – at the Holiday Inn Clarke Quay on points (SamG’s suggestion). Location was perfect, rooms were a bit small – fine for 2 days but wouldn’t want to do anymore than that in that room size. Free breakfast was a bit of a scrum but we found something to fill us up for a few hours. (Tip if you’re staying there – there are coffee machines in the outside dining areas so don’t join the massive queues inside..).
    Then moved onto Bangkok. Some may recall we were deciding whether to drop this – I’m so glad we didn’t. Bangkok is dirty, busy and loud – but so fascinating! We didn’t do any trips, preferring instead to get out and about on the trains and exploring ourselves. We were surprised by the lack of westerners around (in the day anyway) and one little boy was so fascinated by my husband that his family wanted a photograph 😂. We stayed at the newly renovated IC Sukhumvit on points. Breakfast was given at discounted rate of £19 pppn and was like a kings feast! Not much around the area but is directly next to a station.
    Moved to Phuket, we stayed in Kamala in a very small 12 room b&b 700m from the beach. Unlikely to be something which many HFPs would stay at as no points or status but we loved the personal touch from the owners. Did trips to one of the elephant sanctuaries and a boat trip. Spent the rest of the time lazing around on the beach etc.
    Back to Singapore for one last night – thought I was too risk averse to fly back to Singapore on the same day as the flight home but in retrospect I would have stayed another night in Phuket. We stayed on points at the Hotel Indigo and really liked this hotel. Breakfast was at the discounted rate of £18pp – which at Singapore prices is great value.

    Tried the absolutely amazing Qatar lounge – we were one of only 7 people there so had our own bartender for most of the time. We popped our head into the BA lounge en route to the gate and were amazed at the difference.

    Used Airalo and Grab which both worked seamlessly. Flew internal flights with Nok airways, Scoot and ThaiAirasia with prebooked extra legroom seats for a few pounds extra. All were fine and I’d fly on them again. Oh – and we didn’t prebook seats on the BA flights but were seated together on both legs.

    In summary, we had a fantastic trip – thanks in no small part to the tips and suggestions on here – thank you ☺️. Needless to say we are hooked and I’ll be back at some point seeking suggestions on another trip in the future .

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    @BBbetter – thanks. Hopefully will only have 2 suitcases.
    Have already downloaded Grab thanks

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    Evening all! I’m just finalising my last bits and bobs for my trip next week – do I need to book airport transfers for Singapore and Bangkok? Conscious, particularly for Singapore, that we will have been flying for 14 hours and don’t want to spend more time waiting than necessary if there will be large queues for the taxis. I’m generally fine with using public transport but not while lugging suitcases around!

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    Thanks both, we haven’t booked it yet ..I was just getting nervous …will take the tip regarding Singapore airlines.

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    Hey all just to update…I’ve taken onboard the comments about doing too much and taking the time to enjoy where we are are and have dropped Chiangmai and am now doing 2 nights in Singapore, 3 in Bangkok (this has caused fierce debates in our house!) and the rest in Phuket.
    Just one question, as per @SamG’s advice we are planning to fly from Phuket to Singapore on the day our flight is leaving (we leave Singapore for UK at 23-15) ..please reassure me this isn’t too risky …?!

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    Thanks all, haven’t been here for a couple of days but still planning. @LD27 A colleague told me today that she hated Bangkok too..! Which means of the people I know personally more hated Bangkok than loved it!
    Definitely staying at least the first night in Singapore. I’m still intrigued by the sleeper train to Chiangmai – but only if we can get the first class tickets..

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    Thanks @Aston100 – hadn’t actually realised it was a large area!

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    Afternoon starting to book hotels – where is the best area in Bangkok to stay please? Sukhumvit? We will be doing the usual suspects tourist wise as first time visitor. Any recommendations also gratefully received although I have zero status with any hotel chain.. generally prefer a smaller non chain hotel anyway.

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    @wanderlust thanks! Problem now is people keep adding extra suggestions in! In reality, had BA flown to Bangkok we probably wouldn’t have bothered with Singapore at all..

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    Thanks all – just quickly reading whilst at work but didn’t want to seem rude! Will peruse later and come back .

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    Evening all been busy enjoying other holidays but now looking at locking this down. Thinking:

    Arrive SIN 16-55 stay 2 nights
    Early flight to BKK stay 2 nights
    Fly to Chiang Mai stay 3 nights
    Fly to beach (tbc ) stay 6 nights
    Fly back to SIN on day of travel as per @SamG’s suggestion, fly home 23-15.

    Now…I know it’s a lot (!) but thinking I can rest on the beach (and when I’m home). What do you think? Too much? I was thinking about cutting out Chiang mai but didn’t fancy more than 2 nights in Bangkok or Singapore? I was also thinking about the sleeper train but would rather have the extra night in a hotel I think …

    Lastly – I did think about doing Chiang mai first as furthest away but understand that the floating markets are on the weekend in Bangkok ?

    Looking forward to your comments 😁

    Keely 78 posts

    I’ve used two vouchers in one booking , had to call anyway as it was open jaw but it was very easy .

    in reply to: Bali recommendations for young family
    Keely 78 posts

    It’s unpredictable but I’ve been quite a few times that time of year and you can easily get days on end of grey and rain. Whereas you’d be quite unlucky to get that in Thailand- any rain there will be more like Florida- an hr and gone


    @SamG
    and &forensic thanks – that’s made my mind up- back to plan A and Thailand . Will save Bali for another time .

    in reply to: Bali recommendations for young family
    Keely 78 posts

    @bbbetter – thanks. I had seen that but was more looking for actual experiences . E.g I’ve been to Florida 6-7 times in supposed hurricane season but wouldn’t hesitate to go again at that time as generally you just get one very heavy downpour a day and then it’s all cleared up again whereas others might read it and be put off.

    in reply to: Bali recommendations for young family
    Keely 78 posts

    Morning just hijacking this thread please. Have 241 flights to Singapore in Jan and was planning to go into Thailand. However a friend has suggested Bali instead – but I note it’s rainy season in January . Does anyone have any experience of Bali in January please? We can cope with Florida- type downfalls of an hour a day etc but obviously any more might spoil things as do want some beach time too. (I do realise this is a how long is a piece of string question …just looking for general experiences please). Thanks

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    Ha I will do!

    Was thinking Bangkok, possibly Chiang Mai – and one of the islands ..? (Is Bangkok worth it – a friend has said not 😃

    Send your friend a bar of Wright’s coal tar soap and tell them to scrub their mouth out!!!

    in reply to: Help me plan my Thailand trip please
    Keely 78 posts

    These are great suggestions , thank you all. We only have 14 nights so I’m conscious that we are trying to pack a lot in – unfortunately couldn’t get more leave at this stage but I’m already thinking that we will need to return! I want to do the beach side last. @memesweeper I’m interested in the sleeper train idea though…travelling while we sleep (im guessing the sleep won’t be that good but I’m a rubbish sleeper anyway..) so will look into that.
    I’m going to put together a first draft itinerary t
    and then come back for comments 😄

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