This week our members discuss the advantages and pitfalls of booking mystery hotels. Hotel booking sites Wotif.com, Lastminute.com.au and Hotwire.com are among a range of websites that offer such mystery hotel deals. Customers can blindly book a hotel, which remains a surprise until after the room has been paid for. The sites promise big discounts, though it comes with an … [Read more...]
Hotel Loyalty Programs
Hotel Loyalty Programs is a popular topic at the Australian Frequent Flyer. Many hotel chains have generous loyalty programs which reward guests for their overnight stays. We cover Accor, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, and the Starwood Preferred Guest hotel programs.
Read our guide how to transfer SPG points for travel on different airlines for an example of what can be done with hotel loyalty programs.
For a long time, Melbourne’s Hilton on the Park (HOP) has been a favourite amongst members. With Hilton Diamond status a benefit of Virgin Platinum, many of our members are elite members of the Hilton Honors program. Being close to the city but not in it, close to the MCG and looking after elite members well, its no wonder the property was popular. Sadly, things are changing … [Read more...]
In recent years, thanks to protest and coup activity, Bangkok has not been as popular a destination as it once was. Throw in a relatively new airport with different transport options, and when it comes to finding a place to sleep, a returning visitor may struggle to find the right solution. Got two overnight stays in Bangkok coming up between flights and would be grateful any … [Read more...]
Booking hotels these days has never been easier. Thanks to the internet, hotel chains can easily take reservations online. If you want to look at hotels across a variety of chains, there are plenty of third party sites that can help. However, not all sites are cheap, easy to use, or cover a good choice of rooms. Which such a plethora of options, a good site can often be easily … [Read more...]
Since the Olympics were held in Sydney in 2000 travellers have been spoilt for choice when it comes to hotels. No matter what star rating you may prefer, chances are there will be plenty of options to choose from. This week we take a look a small but popular segment of that market, the five star hotel stay. Hi there, I'm staying in Sydney for 4 nights in August. I'm thinking … [Read more...]