Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 16th May
    MGW 16 posts

    @Stu_N When I came back through the new scanners at BHX the other week they were insisting that water bottles stay in bags and then selecting all bags with water bottles for secondary checks!
    I can only assume that you comment about your bag being returned to you “graciously” by EDI security is intended either ironically or sarcastically.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Friday 10th May
    MGW 16 posts

    Post in yesterday thread seems not to appear, so …



    @LD27
    My pleasure!
    The Amalfi coast ferries are wonderful and I would imagine that Napoli to Sorrento would be equally so.

    There is a bus that runs from the airport to the ferry port (operated by Alibus IIRC), but it is essential to book both in advance. The buses are available to book about two to three months in advance but quite inconsistent as to when booking is opened.
    Enjoy!

    Thanks for that. I’m sure we will enjoy. We’re going for a wedding. Have booked bus one way and ferry the other. I think we’ll have an amazing time.

    Hope you enjoy your trip too.

    Sounds great, the best of both worlds. My trip is work and quite short this time which is a shame as I usually manage to fit something interesting in. Last year I walked the Sentieri degli Dei on the Amalfi coast and visited Paestum, both of which are very strongly recommended.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Friday 10th May
    MGW 16 posts

    Post in yesterday thread seems not to appear, so …

    @LD27
    My pleasure!
    The Amalfi coast ferries are wonderful and I would imagine that Napoli to Sorrento would be equally so.

    There is a bus that runs from the airport to the ferry port (operated by Alibus IIRC), but it is essential to book both in advance. The buses are available to book about two to three months in advance but quite inconsistent as to when booking is opened.
    Enjoy!

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 9th May
    MGW 16 posts

    @MGW. You’ve got me worried when you say “the hell of Napoli airport is thus avoided”. We’re going through Napoli Airport over the late May bank holiday weekend and have previously always arrived in Napoli by train. Why is the airport so bad?

    If it’s any comfort, I’ll be going through Napoli airport inbound (EasyJet) and outbound (KLM) in July. I’ve managed to get sensible arrival and departure times so that I can get the bus to/from Napoli Garibaldi and the train to/from Salerno, albeit the return bus is still not bookable. This avoids the €150 each way taxi option.

    Thank you so much for your response. We’re travelling with BA – first flight out and last back. Our first few nights are in Sorrento and then moving along the coast. Thinking of bus but might get ferry.

    The ferry along the Amalfi coast is brilliant, so many great views. I would imagine Napoli to Sorrento would be much the same and there is a bus from the airport to the ferry port (Alibus, I think). Very important to book in advance though.
    Enjoy!

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 9th May
    MGW 16 posts

    @MGW. You’ve got me worried when you say “the hell of Napoli airport is thus avoided”. We’re going through Napoli Airport over the late May bank holiday weekend and have previously always arrived in Napoli by train. Why is the airport so bad?

    If it’s any comfort, I’ll be going through Napoli airport inbound (EasyJet) and outbound (KLM) in July. I’ve managed to get sensible arrival and departure times so that I can get the bus to/from Napoli Garibaldi and the train to/from Salerno, albeit the return bus is still not bookable. This avoids the €150 each way taxi option.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 9th May
    MGW 16 posts

    @MGW. You’ve got me worried when you say “the hell of Napoli airport is thus avoided”. We’re going through Napoli Airport over the late May bank holiday weekend and have previously always arrived in Napoli by train. Why is the airport so bad?

    The traffic in the area is usually dreadful and is generally dreadful to get to. It gets very busy internally.
    When I was there last September it was absolutely heaving in time for the first flights of the day. I was relieved that I had lounge access but that turned out to be just as bad only with not so great food available.
    It’s nothing to really worry about it just needs time, especially on departure, and acceptance that it is not going to be the best part of the trip.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 9th May
    MGW 16 posts

    Well I meant Rome, obviously, as the airport is advertised as Rome Ciampino! It’s nearer Rome than London Stansted is to London. There are a couple of decent-looking palazzo-type places in the vicinity, though again, February probably isn’t the best time to enjoy them.

    @Northern Lass, I was trying to inject a sense of irony into the discussion as I hoped would have been obvious from the ludicrous suggestion of hopping over the fence.
    I truth, as long as you book early and have time the train and bus option is not so bad.
    The palazzo options including the one that I mentioned seems to be more geared up for longer stays.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 9th May
    MGW 16 posts

    @MGW – thanks! I know it’s Italy, but why would you have an airport so near the city but so inaccessible?! My 60 euro Ryanair ticket doesn’t feel like such a bargain now, even with 2 cabin bags and seat selection included 😂. Even so, I am still not minded to return via LHR on BA, so will hope a solution suggests itself in due course!

    Do you think His Holiness would let us stay at nearby Castel Gandolfo, given he won’t be using it in February (presumably)?!


    @NorthernLass
    , In fairness the airport is very near the city of Ciampino. You could actually hop over the back fence and you’d be in the town, not from what I have seen that you would wish to linger.

    I have only used Ciampino when travelling on south, usually to Salerno, as it allows use of the lovely business seats in the fast train for about £30 each way (if you book well in advice) with lunch included. The hell of Napoli airport is thus avoided.

    As for distance, I recall the journey from Lanzhou Airport to the central Lanzhou University campus is another 70km+. Hell after a journey EDI to LHR to PEK to LHW. Ciampino is a mere 15km from Roma Termini!

    As for the Castel Gandolfo, you don’t get if you don’t ask 😀

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 9th May
    MGW 16 posts

    Morning all – can anyone recommend a decent/inexpensive hotel near Ciampino airport for the night before an early-ish flight (seduced by O’Leary’s crazy low prices, lol)? Don’t really want to be risking rush hour traffic in the centre of Rome.

    Also for the other 3 nights – IC or Indigo? Indigo is better priced and looks to be much better situated, though IC has a certain grandeur. I am aiming for 40 nights with IHG so want to stick with them for the rest of the trip.

    I stayed at the Indigo a number of years ago and it was nice. Well situated as you said with amazing views (and decent food) from the rooftop restaurant.

    You might be aware but there is a city tax on all hotels, even if paid for with points, you need to pay per person per night you stay.

    I’ll try again as my earlier reply seems to have been deleted!

    There is not much at Ciampino Airport apart from Casale del Gallo. Most hotels are on the other side of the airport and require a taxi or the bus from Ciampino railway station to get to the airport.

    The train form Roma Termini to Ciampino (town/rail) links with he airport bus (book in advance) and is quite efficient but does require time.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 9th May
    MGW 16 posts

    Morning all – can anyone recommend a decent/inexpensive hotel near Ciampino airport for the night before an early-ish flight (seduced by O’Leary’s crazy low prices, lol)? Don’t really want to be risking rush hour traffic in the centre of Rome.

    Also for the other 3 nights – IC or Indigo? Indigo is better priced and looks to be much better situated, though IC has a certain grandeur. I am aiming for 40 nights with IHG so want to stick with them for the rest of the trip.

    I stayed at the Indigo a number of years ago and it was nice. Well situated as you said with amazing views (and decent food) from the rooftop restaurant.

    You might be aware but there is a city tax on all hotels, even if paid for with points, you need to pay per person per night you stay.

    I do not recall any hotels at Ciampino, but the airport website alludes to some in a fairly non-specific manner: https://www.ciampino-airport.info/facilities.html
    The train from Roma Termini to Ciampino (town) and bus to Ciampino Airport is quite efficient but for the bus at least it is advisable to book in advance.
    Hotels at Ciampino, aside from Casale del Gallo, seem to be ‘behind’ the airport so you would still need to take the bus from the railway station (Ciampino) to the airport.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Tuesday 7th May
    MGW 16 posts

    What airports need to do is get their act together in terms of providing drinking fountains where people can fill their own bottles after security instead of having to blow the holiday budget on 500 ml of Evian or whatever in Boots.

    That is what they have done at EDI for longer than I can readily recall. It really ought to be universal.

    Is that the same Scottish Water fountains you see dotted about the place?

    I’ve not seen the Scottish Water fountains but @freckles has answered. Even reflecting my frustration with those vainly searching for their gate that will not appear for another hour.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Tuesday 7th May
    MGW 16 posts

    What airports need to do is get their act together in terms of providing drinking fountains where people can fill their own bottles after security instead of having to blow the holiday budget on 500 ml of Evian or whatever in Boots.

    That is what they have done at EDI for longer than I can readily recall. It really ought to be universal.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Tuesday 23rd April
    MGW 16 posts

    Plaza Premium at LHR T5 – hoping to visit around 11am tomorrow, but have heard that queues can be bad. Is that the case? Is there an option to pre-book (I can’t see one on the app)?

    We went in there last May and I would recommend sitting on the floor in the main terminal rather than going again.

    Abysmal furniture and food.

    I agree, take the floor seat.

    I’ve tried to get in perhaps a dozen times since the pandemic and succeeded only once. That was the worst experience of them all and the main reason that I gave up my Priority Pass.

    Premium it ain’t!

    in reply to: BA business class 787-8 suite
    MGW 16 posts

    I’ve a trip to HKG booked in November and it is definitely showing the old CW layout. Can’t recall what plane type was showing.

    in reply to: Finally a car dealer than accepts Amex!
    MGW 16 posts

    I didn’t know you were looking or I could have told you. Andrew and I had discussions on this a few years ago, EasternWestern Group takes amex, lots of dealers covering many car brands too including NMW, Mercedes, Mini, Smart, Nissan, Mazda and more.

    Do you know whether EWG have an upper limit on payments on Amex? When I bought my current car they flatly refused payment in full by Amex, or any credit card for that matter.

    It was late 2018 so policy may have changed. They took payment at Mercedes (OT: I don’t recommend anybody buy a Merc SUV IME)) in full, and I think it was @Andrew that reported at the time he also paid a VW with amex.

    Thanks, it was Mercedes in Edinburgh that refused my Amex. Maybe I should have dug my heels in.

    @NorthernLass
    , if you mean the old-style manual, foot-operated parking brake I always really liked those as you couldn’t lock them so tight that release was difficult as you can with a conventional handbrake. The newer electronic ones are well hidden but I think I’ve only used it manually once in seven years and two cars (three cars with my wife’s).

    in reply to: Finally a car dealer than accepts Amex!
    MGW 16 posts

    I didn’t know you were looking or I could have told you. Andrew and I had discussions on this a few years ago, EasternWestern Group takes amex, lots of dealers covering many car brands too including NMW, Mercedes, Mini, Smart, Nissan, Mazda and more.

    Do you know whether EWG have an upper limit on payments on Amex? When I bought my current car they flatly refused payment in full by Amex, or any credit card for that matter.

    in reply to: Headphones for Virgin (& BA for that matter)
    MGW 16 posts

    The only airlines in which I’ve encountered 2-prong adapters in recent years are Air China (particularly on domestic flights on which NC headphones are a must) and China Southern Airlines.

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