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  1. Moopere

    Ryanair bans customers who claimed credit card refunds for flights they missed because of lockdown

    Yeah I get that angle as well. But also not the fault of the passenger ... and for the same reasoning. The actual at-fault party here is whichever government body banned travel. Yes, their defense will be 'reasons', but there are always reasons. Even if the PAX didn't do a chargeback, so...
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    How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    I've been fairly consistently underwhelmed in Australia with EL breakfast offerings. They're generally fine if you just want a quick bite of some toast and then run - but if you actually want a proper breakfast not so much. As opposed to almost anywhere else in the world I've stayed with HH...
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    How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    Any sign of the EL at the Ritz opening any time soon? I had the same experience and have stayed at the DT Northbridge any number of times. As Diamond they always sent me to the top of the building and (mostly) away from the noise. Likewise, nice EL though fairly spartan, but it was ok...
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    How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    Yikes! Really? I was there in May and breaky was still in Samuels. They've moved status holders to that horrible little lounge now I'm guessing? I got some fruit as a diamond, basically nothing else. The renovated HH Parmelia, at least back mid year, left a lot to be desired - if they've...
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    How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    Theres been a couple of favourable reports of the Parmelia over the last little bit. Thought I might comment as I was underwhelmed when I stayed there in early May. Booked a King Guest (base room), got a deluxe as a Diamond ... my deluxe was relatively small which seems at odds to your...
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    Expiring Krisflyer Miles

    I've not followed up on the transfer of SQ points to/from VA, but this snippet from VA's current T&C looks hopeful - though it may simply be a carry over from the old VA and incorrect: 5.2 Points transfers to Singapore Airlines You can transfer Points from your Velocity account to...
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    How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    Yes I agree. I generally don't stress the EL liquor budget when I visit. Perhaps a G&T, maybe ... or a single glass of white. My reason for going, and the reason that motivates me to try hard to only stay at hotels that offer an EL or 'club' is for the view, some peace and quiet (I...
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    Virgin Australia Business Class Catering - Service, Meal times, Menus

    I agree 100%. I'm all for honesty with product. No need to be embarrassed about it - everyone knows what just happened and that life won't be the same for VA - but don't pretend, via advertising or seat pricing that there is a premium service on offer when its just not so. Why don't VA just...
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    How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    I must have missed this comment when I originally read the post. I've just been to the DT Waterfront web site and scratched around a bit more - is there no exec lounge? Its not being advertised and none of the rooms currently mention having exec lounge benefits. Did you see signage to the...
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    How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    Has anyone been inside the refurbished HH Parmelia? I must admit I thought they were mad upgrading the old building when you have two new DT within walking distance of the old Parmelia. However, as previous posts from me about DT Northbridge and my rant above re: DT Waterfront, I wonder if...
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    How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    Thanks for your review. I've been watching this one for a while, waiting to get inside - even though I'm from Perth its such a great location that I wanted to stay for at least a night. However ... Looking at the hotel web site last night, and now reading over your review I'm less inclined as...
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    How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    Oh? I haven't been to HSP for about 6 years or so - how did I miss the pool? Has it always been there? Which tower is it in? The Residences or the Hotel proper?
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    Virgin Australia Business Class Catering - Service, Meal times, Menus

    Indeed. To swing away from my whinging posts (above) - this is the pertinent question isn't it? I pondered the same in a thread I created when the news hit that the 332's were going. Is J being retained now, in its current incarnation simply as a method to burn VFF points and, if successful...
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    Virgin Australia Business Class Catering - Service, Meal times, Menus

    Well, yes, but are VFF points redeemable with SQ? I know they used to be, but now? That would certainly be a better plan than burning them on hotel and car redemptions. Krisflyer redemptions are _much_ better value than VFF-SQ redemptions, much, much better, but, right now it seems like...
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    Virgin Australia Business Class Catering - Service, Meal times, Menus

    Gift vouchers appear to be valuing VFF points at 0.5c each, best case, and it falls from there. I'd probably be better off buying toasters and reselling them on ebay (hahahaha!). I guess at some point I have to just take a deep breath, sigh and realise that the good old days are long gone...
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    How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    Its hard for me to tell what I'm looking at in the photo. I'm pretty familiar with the 'old' HH PER but I can't imagine where this new look lounge is placed. I'm guessing that the bar area will stay mostly as-is, given that it spills out onto the street which is sort of nice. Where reception...
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    Virgin Australia Business Class Catering - Service, Meal times, Menus

    Its unlikely I'll even want to _burn_ points on such a product. Looks like VA J for me is finished, really killed by the loss of the 332's given I'm in PER but you stack everything else on top of that and its not much of a spend proposition. What to do with 500K VFF points? Is there any hope...
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    How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    Less rooms? I'm quite surprised to hear that. I realise that an executive lounge is coming, and thank goodness because they'll need one to stay competitive. Still, I sort of assumed that the overly massive king suites would be cut down to a reasonable size and thus more rooms created.
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    Virgin to lose A330's and B777's - become mid range airline - really?

    My sentiments are much the same. Despite my words on this thread I _do_ wish VA2 all the best. The AU market certainly benefits from having two major players. Living in the west though, with J travel on my mind, I really have little choice but to move my focus over to QF/JQ. Unless the...
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    Virgin to lose A330's and B777's - become mid range airline - really?

    Yes I absolutely agree. Certainly the old EK 330's were a bit rough around the edges, but it was enough for me. Good angled lie back, decent entertainment and fantastic service. The price back then, at introduction, was also enticing. I absolutely loved the later instituted 'the business'...
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