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guides & insights on how & when to use travel rewards points
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to travel well using hotel and airline reward points.
Travel tips, including finding "better" deals.
Destinations to make your soul sing and boost your well-being.
Wellness as part of your travel.
Using Travel Points
We show you how to extract the greatest value for your travel using both cash and rewards points.
Top Tips For Travellers' Health
There’s an ever-expanding body of scientific evidence that (whether behind a desk at work or during a long plane trip or
train ride), being seated for prolonged periods can be harmful. We provide tips to boost your health and reduce the
harmful impact on your body while travelling.
Dreaming of picturesque, pristine countryside, romantic castles steeped in history, or the culture and energy of vibrant cities?
Scotland has all this and much more.
Come see what makes Scotland such a unique and popular destination for so many travellers.
We show you the best that Scotland has to offer, from specific destinations to theme-based tours.
Travel Rewards - News & Views
Cathay Pacific recently announced that it will integrate its Asia Miles program (used for award flights) with its Marco Polo Club
program (broader rewards and tier benefits). Over the coming months, Cathay Pacific will be rolling out a range of new offers –
and these will culminate in a refreshed program ("Cathay") in the first half of 2022.
We will provide more details as they are released, but for comparison follow the link to see an infographic summarising the Cathay Pacific programs as at June 2021.
In its most recent annual report on the most valuable and strongest hotel brands, BrandDirectory found Taj Hotels to
be the strongest hotel brand for 2021.
According to the report, Taj is renowned for its world-class customer service and the luxury hotel chain scores very well for consideration, familiarity, recommendation, and reputation especially across its home market of India.
This provides a huge vote of confidence for travellers.
Today, as part of the launch of its "Department of Epic" program, IHG Hotels & Resorts announced a contest that will give one
lucky US-based traveller
the chance to win back a year of missed adventures with 365 days worth of epic hotel experiences at various IHG locations around the world,
including InterContinental, Kimpton and Holiday Inn Express.
Pictured above is the InterContinental Bora Bora resort and Thalasso Spa - just one of many possibilities.
Read on for more details and how to enter.
Virgin Australia will join Qantas in offering free flights as an incentive for Australians to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Under the airline’s VA-X & Win promotion, there'll be one major prize of 1 million Velocity Frequent Flyer points, "dozens of free business class flights" as well as a range of other prizes.
The competition will launch later this year, once all Australian adults are expected to be eligible for the vaccine. You need to register to enter the Virgin Australia VA-X & Win Competition.
A separate competition will be launched for team members, with prizes including additional annual leave, Lounge memberships, and free business class flights.
For travellers with young families wanting to book a holiday, Hilton has launched a new family-friendly booking feature.
Confirmed Connecting Rooms will enable individuals to easily book and instantly confirm at least two connecting rooms (at participating hotels, which I expect will increase as the technology is rolled-out). This will reduce the potential stress both at the time of booking adn during your stay, as anyone who has holidayed with particularly a younger family will appreciate.
While I see it as ideal for young families, it is also a boon for other multi-generational holidays, friend groups, wedding attendees and other travel parties who wish to stay near one another rather than potentially be spread across multiple floors.
In the past there have always been many benefits to staying in connecting guest rooms—but the booking process wasn’t always seamless.
Hilton seems to have overcome this with a smart, easy-to-use solution. Hopefully others will follow Hilton's lead.
For more details, or to make a booking at participating hotels with Hilton Confirmed Connecting Rooms, use the link below.
Marriott Bonvoy has an Earn, Eat, Enjoy promotion to 'Holiday Here This Year' for Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa. Book
now using the Promotional Code: B1818 and for stays completed by 31 December 2021, you receive:
* 2X Marriott Bonvoy points;
* breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children (up to age 12);
* daily hotel credit to use at restaurants & bars.
You can see the T&C's or make bookings using the link below.