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Alaska is slowly further integrating with its Oneworld partners.
Following the increase in code-shared routes with Iberia announced in early October, Alaska has now released its Partner Awards Table for
At first glance it doesn't offer the exceptional value obtainable with other partners (especially for business and first class).
Alaska seems to be retaining individual tables for its partners rather than a single unified table for all partners. So the program may continue to offer gems of redemptions.
There are still a few Oneworld partners that do not have tables in place, so keep watching this space.
Royal Air Maroc
Buy Alaska miles with up to 50% discount
Alaska has an offer for Mileage Plan members to purchase miles with up to 50% bonus miles. This 50% bonus offer
runs until 23 December, 2021.
This is one of the better buy miles deals comes that Alaska Airlines has offered.
We don't recommend speculatively buying miles, but it can make sense if:
you need to top off your balance to complete a specific redemption.
the cost is considerably cheaper than paying for the product you want outright and you will make your reservation fairly soon, even if the
flight is further down the track.
Alaska mileage sales have been known to be targeted, so different members may see different bonus levels. You will need to login to your
account to see what applies to yourself.
We like Alaska Mileage Plan for international travellers, due to the great redemptions under its Partners Awards rates. This may change to a unified awards table now they have joined Oneworld, but currently there are great redemptions for long-haul flights on Qantas and especially
for business/first class fares with Cathay and Fiji Airways.
Historically, if you flew Qantas return Melbourne to London and assigned your points to Alaska, then redeemed Mileage Plan miles for a later
Qantas flight to London, your spend to earn & redeem those miles was cut by around 40%.
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Banyan Tree planning for growth
Banyan Tree has unveiled plans to to double its footprint of 54 properties across 23 countries by 2025 with the introduction of 5 new brands launching in the next 18 months.
In 2022, the group will introduce the new Garrya, Homm and Folio brands, as well as two brand extensions of
Banyan Tree named Veya and Escape. Each of the 5 new brands to be released are responses to macro and regional trends such as a greater desire for well-being and sustainability-minded travel offerings.
In readiness, it has
already opened 7 hotels so far this year, including:
last month's opening of the first Garrya Huzhou Lucun in China
the debut of Homm Bliss Southbeach Patong: and
a soft-opening of Banyan Tree Veya Phuket.
Four Garrya and two Homm have been signed in Asia with more in the pipeline.
This follows Banyan Tree Group this year signing 20 hotel management agreements worldwide including Benin, Mexico, Greece, Saudi Arabia,
Korea, Thailand, China and Vietnam.
Banyan Tree has along-established reputation for luxurious spa and resort properties with an ethos of sustaianabilty and supporting
local communities. These new destinations will add exciting options.
Banyan Tree's ethos of sustainability started in 1994 when they
transformed an ecological wasteland spoiled by waste from a nearby tin mine into a rejuvenated area with the first environmentally
sensitive Banyan Tree resort.
Stays at Banyan Tree spas and resorts (which I highly recommend) can be either booked
or via Accor (to receive ALL member benefits).
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The community of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) professionals recently had their 2021 World MICE Awards
Votes were cast by MICE industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.
Brands to win top honours included:
Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai -‘World’s Best Incentive Hotel’
Etihad Airways - ‘World’s Best MICE Airline’
InterContinental London – the O2 ‘Europe’s Best MICE Hotel’
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore - ‘World’s Best MICE Hotel’ and ‘Asia’s Best MICE Hotel’
Westin Surabaya, Indonesia - ‘Asia’s Best New MICE Hotel’
Bellagio Las Vegas - ‘North America’s Best MICE Hotel’
Destination winners included:
Dubai - ‘World’s Best MICE Destination’ and ‘Middle East’s Best MICE Destination’
Sao Paulo, Brazil - ‘Latin America’s Best MICE Destination’
Madrid - ‘Europe’s Best MICE Destination’
Jamaica - ‘Caribbean’s Best MICE Destination’
Congratulations to all the winners !
The complete list which can be found at the official website... Read More…
Raffles Hotel London | Accor confirms opening late 2022
Accor has confirmed Raffles London at the OWO will open toward the end of 2022.
A combined residential and grand new hotel in the landmark Grade II listed former Old War Office on Whitehall, are being completed in
partnership with Hinduja Group, which has been passionately committed to the meticulous restoration of the heritage features of the building
Hundreds of artisan craftspeople have been commissioned to restore the historic interior elements including delicate hand-laid
mosaic floors, oak panelling, chandeliers and a magnificent marble staircase.
The building will open to the public for the first time, having undergone a transformation to create 120 rooms and suites, 85 unique branded
residences and 11 destination restaurants and bars.
Located at one of London’s most historically significant addresses, originally completed in 1906 and designed by British architect William
Young, it has stood witness to many world-shaping events. The likes of Sir Winston Churchill, Lord Haldane and the James Bond (is that
his Aston Martin DB5 out front?)
author Ian Fleming have all walked the corridors of what was the Ministry of Defence headquarters.
The OWO will be the first Raffles hotel in the UK and is located opposite Horse Guards, with views towards St
James’s Park, and is moments from Downing Street and UNESCO world heritage sites: The Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey.
It will have an extensive wellness space featuring world leading spa and fitness partners and will be home to a rooftop restaurant and bar
with panoramic views across Whitehall, the Mall and on to Buckingham Palace.
I love when historic buildings are restored & repurposed so that their beauty can be appreciated by future generations.
Accor welcomes Hotel Belmont Vancouver into its MGallery Hotel Collection
Accor announced that effective today, December 1st, 2021, Hotel Belmont Vancouver (pictured) will join the Group as
the first Canadian property in the MGallery Hotel Collection of individual, boutique-styled hotels.
As part of the MGallery Hotel Collection, Hotel Belmont Vancouver will maintain its unique personality and bespoke design while also
featuring some of the MGallery brand's markers such as memorable character, luxury, innovation, local art, and music.
The 5-story, 82-room boutique property features retro-modern design, upscale finishings, and curated art throughout. Hotel Belmont Vancouver
has a glitzy past, famous in the city for hosting many performers over the years, including young crooner Michael Bublé at the start of his
Another attractive option for Accor ALL members, it joins the other Accor properties in Vancouver of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont
Pacific Rim, Fairmont Waterfront and Fairmont Vancouver Airport.
Located in the Docklands precinct of New Quay, Melbourne Marriott Docklands is the first five-star property in the harbour
It features 189 guest rooms, a rooftop infinity pool (pictured) and an exclusive M Club executive lounge.
Located just minutes from Melbourne's city centre by tram, it is also an easy walk to the bars & restaurants of New Quay and the Marvel
For Bonvoy members, it is a Category 5 hotel (at least until Bonvoy's
dynamic pricing commences) - identical to the Westin Melbourne, Sheraton Melbourne & Melbourne Marriott
(which are my personal order of preference).
Cash prices appear to be closer to those of Melbourne Marriott than those of the Westin or Sheraton which are both located on/near Collins
Short on Miles for a reward or an upgrade with either Air France or KLM?
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Explorer members can buy Flying Blue miles at a 100%
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Stays booked after 1 December 2021 will no longer have benefits honoured. Sad news for skiiers downunder...although there remain 2 Oaks
(a separate GHA brand) properties in Queenstown
This follows the departure of Omni Hotels, effective 30 June this year. It too noted it was going to focus on its own Select Guest
However, NH Hotels will be joining GHA early 2022 & merging its NH Rewards program into GHA Discovery.
Could these moves be related to the revamping of GHA's loyalty program? Possibly, although it's unlikely to be quite that simple.
Perhaps GHA will requiire members to make bookings through a GHA portal to receive their benefits, rather than being able to book direct.
Time will tell.
Alaska Airlines eliminating plastic water bottles & cups from all flights
Back in 2018, the airline eliminated both plastic straws and stir sticks. In a further step towards reducing plastic waste
globally, Alaska Airlines announced this week that it is eliminating all plastic water bottles on board its aircraft and replacing
them with boxed water.
In addition to serving the Boxed Water Is Better brand to customers, which is sealed with a plant-based cap,
Alaska will switch to recyclable paper cups for water service. Combined, the switches will represent about 1.8 million
pounds (!) of single-use plastics eliminated from flights over the next year.
While hydrating on a flight is always a good idea, it is not recommended to drink water that isn't in a container. For more on hydration and snacks while flying, see our 5 top tips for
Kudos to Alaska for this latest initiative.
Hilton Launches “Travel the World” for APAC travel closer to home
This week, Hilton announced “Travel the World,” its new marketing campaign inspiring consumers to explore
closer to home the wonders of local alternatives in Japan, Australia, Malaysia, & Thailandthat
match the experiences at some of their favourite international destinations.
The new campaign aims to showcase how domestic travel offers a wealth of similarly wonderful experiences that are a lot more accessible.
This is anticipated to appeal to in particular to families who are now more actively looking to book domestic travel versus
There is no shortage of options for culture, nature, adventure, and food and wine in these countries and the campaign seeks to highlight the
best travel experiences across the region:
AUSTRALIA: From sipping an espresso in a Melbourne laneway café as if on the streets of Rome, to swapping the vineyards
of Bordeaux for the Barossa Valley and its world-renowned shiraz, to experiencing the wildness of Litchfield National Park just outside of
Darwin in place of the Amazon or diving the Great Barrier Reef outside of Cairns whilst the Maldives are off the cards.
JAPAN: From swapping the street foods of Thailand and Vietnam for snacking on takoyaki in Osaka and ramen in Fukuoka,
to hitting the slopes of Niseko in place of the mountains in Whistler, Canada or having some retail therapy in Ginza and Shibuya
instead of Paris.
THAILAND: From making the most of Pattaya’s vibrant rooftop dining and drinking experiences in place of Singapore and
Los Angeles, to exploring the water canals of Bangkok by traditional wooden boat instead of Amsterdam and Venice or escaping to
Koh Samui for its while sandy beaches and crystal clear waters while enjoying a meaningful stay scouring the home-grown farm at
the resort for your dinner - similarly to Bali.
MALAYSIA: From swapping the historical sites of Portugal for the beautiful ruins of the Portuguese era in Malacca, to a
day trip to the charming French village of Colmar Tropicale just an hour outside of Kuala Lumpur for a French food fix, or a visit to the
lush green vistas and relaxing surrounds of Kokol Hills in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah as an alternative to the rice terraces and forests of Ubud
Kimpton's winter 2021 "secret" password | valid through 21 Feb 2022
Kimpton Hotels is a funky boutique hotel brand and is a luxury boutique brand of IHG.
One of its many charms is the Kimpton “secret” password or “social password” that guests can mention at check-in to get some form of perk,
benefit, or bonus.
Kimpton tweeted on its official account earlier today (after a hiatus while few people were travelling) that from today through to 21
February 2022, just say ‘Just Chilling,’ to the front desk team at check-in, and you’ll be rewarded with a feel-good
Each hotel offers its own variation of the surprise, which can include items like free parking, a free breakfast, a free upgrade,
complimentary bottle of wine, or mini-bar credit.