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    What to do in Nepal?

    I would suggest via KL with Malaysian Airlines. Is also competitively priced. You can also fly via Gulf but more expensive.
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    Another EY Gold Status Match

    Also checked my account. And even though I didn't receive an email of confirmation, my account now shows Gold. Pleasant surprise.
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    Accor - Platinum Benefits?

    Maybe... It is a bit sad it seems to be closed during weekends. Two drink vouchers is not a match for lounge access. I guess 4 vouchers per day for 2 people is a fair compensation. It is discouraging. You could always say you would move to the Hilton cause you know lounge access would be...
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    Accor - Platinum Benefits?

    Depends on the type of suite. The cheaper suites are at the back of the hotel and even though the size of the rooms were good, i didnt like them. I stayed at Pullman this weekend and Friday and Saturday no lounge access. Hotel was very full so wondered about their logic. As mentioned brekkie...
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    Accor - Platinum Benefits?

    6-8 pm - but as said it has been closed quite often, which will give you drink vouchers, breakfast in hotel but no canapes and drinks in the evening. Weekends : don't count it. Weekdays: better chance.
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    Accor - Platinum Benefits?

    Yes. You will. However... there is a big but... I have stayed there four times in the past two months and all weekends the lounge was closed. You do get offered the breakfast in the restaurant and you will get drink vouchers for the bar in the lobby. Which is okay, but it is a bit disappointing...
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    No access to Five Star Sleeps for Free

    Unfortunately experience the same issue. Confirmation paypal but link is not working for me. Log in and out no access. Hope one can help. R.
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    Which hotel has your preference in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

    Thanks Serfty, read a few of them already. I like the Hilton Grand Abu Dhabi, just fear it is a little bit out of the way for an "evening stroll" , but still considering it. It is good value for money. I will get back as soon as I have decided. R.
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    Which hotel has your preference in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

    Hello, asking for your opinions which Hilton to select in Abu Dhabi and in Dubai for a stay in December. Business and leisure. Any tips welcome. Can't make up my mind at the moment. R.
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    What to do in Nepal?

    It is safe with the normal precautions. However you do have to realise that it can be pretty dark (lack of street lighting and power cuts/load shedding). Quite often nights without any power. I have been coming to Nepal since 2004 and go there 2-3 times a year. I feel safe but not always...
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    Amex platinum Charge annual fee increase

    Guess Amex is also pushing it a little bit. Eventually FOS also sunk their teeth into it. And voila! Pity it takes so much effort.
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    Amex platinum Charge annual fee increase

    I finally got everything I asked for. Took a year! But complimentary card is now finally approved. FOS definitely intervened and Amex initially didnt respond to them either. I would say: perseverance is a must.
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    What to do in Nepal?

    Glad to know you enjoyed it. Giving tips is always tricky (different perspectives) - but good on you that it was to your liking.
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    Amex platinum Charge annual fee increase

    Yes. FOS is Financial Ombudsman Service. I didn't cancel - I finally got ALL the benefits incl the comp card. Good luck.
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    Amex platinum Charge annual fee increase

    FOS did contact AMEX. And called me back. All fixed. Got approved for compl. card. Thought it was a painful and long process, but eventually got it through support FOS.
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    What to do in Nepal?

    Usually the early mornings give the best chance to have clear visibility. I would have opted for the earliest flight too. Less change of it getting canceled. Morning light with a bit of sunrise gives beautiful views. Having said that on a good , clear day timing doesnt make a huge difference...
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    Amex platinum Charge annual fee increase

    Good for you. I will update you about my results. They recently claimed never to have received an application for the companion cards. I forwarded the rejection letters. :-) glad it worked for you.
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    What to do in Nepal?

    It is okay. I am good in traffic in Nepal. Just not do much at the airport. I hear what you saying. It is a special place. I have been working in Nepal since 2004 and still enjoy walking the little streets Although the pollution and the noise in Kathmandu usually gets to me after a week...
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    What to do in Nepal?

    My flight arrives within 15 minutes from Qatar Airways, Thai Airways and Dragon Air. Luggage took longer and queues were long. But one can be lucky or utilise your technique - which is very effective I guess. I learned to be patient when needed. I am not very well trained in free for all. Even...
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    What to do in Nepal?

    Nope. Just come prepared with all the paperwork filled in and make sure you head to the correct line a.s.a.p. Don't worry about time. You still have to wait for your luggage. :)
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