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  • SimonRowberry
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    Hi K1ngston,

    I’m also SPG Platinum and agree re the suites – I almost always get an upgrade.

    I’m a little puzzled though about your comments re SPG ‘double dipping.’ In the Hilton sense, that means you get HHonors points and also airline mileage. I’m not aware that SPG has ever given mileage and SPG points?

    Thanks,

    Simon

    in reply to: Miles or points?

    SimonRowberry
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    Hi,

    Has anyone experienced the same problem as I often do on ba.com (I use Safari).

    I start a booking and, when it comes to payment the website effectively freezes.

    The second issue is that when I use Manage my Booking to book (and pay for, of course) specific seats, the button is present on the webpage but isn’t “lit” so I can’t actually book seats.

    At least one of these two issues arises at least 50% of the time that I use ba.com.

    Safe travels.

    Simon


    SimonRowberry
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    Hi LP,

    Hilton do still “double dip” and give you points and miles.

    However, whereas they used to give you a fixed amount of miles (500 per night in my case), they now give you a number which is proportionate to your spend.

    Cheers,

    Simon

    in reply to: Miles or points?

    SimonRowberry
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    SimonRowberry
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    GivingupBA – I never took it that was so don’t worry, mate.

    I agree – I would never risk anything of value in my baggage. A block of smokes was a £35.00 quid loss – irritating but not a massive deal.

    What does get me it this. I’m also a semi-pro musician in a band that does tours in Europe. We use “backlines” provided by the promoters so don’t have to take amps, drums etc with us,but none of us would risk checking in guitars worth many thousands of pounds each. This is a fear of theft, not damage – they are all housed in heavy-duty flight cases. The result is that one of us has to drive to wherever we’re playing in Europe, rather than us all fly. This ends up actually costing us money.

    Another irritant due to the fear of theft.

    And by the way – very few airlines today will allow you to buy a separate seat for an instrument. Checking in as “Mr F.Stratocaster” or “Mr G.Les Paul” no longer seems permitted….


    SimonRowberry
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    Fingers crossed!

    I’m really grateful for your help.

    Simon


    SimonRowberry
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    Thanks!

    Do we know if it’s clearing? I don ‘t now fly until late this afternoon.

    Simon


    SimonRowberry
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    Thanks!

    Do we know if it’s clearing? I don ‘t know fly until late this afternoon.

    Simon


    SimonRowberry
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    PerthWA – there are smoking areas at both Birmingham and Newcastle Airports in the UK. Both are accessed through bars and they are physically outside the building on balconies.

    As for smoking rooms – as smoker myself, I entirely agree that we should not pollute others. I always have a non-smoking room as it forces me to walk down to the lobby for a puff. Unless, of course, there’s a balcony, the door to the room is airtight and there is no possibility of me polluting the air of people in adjacent rooms. Given that those three factors are almost impossible to find, I inevitably find myself outside the lobby. And I then upset people like Capetonian…..with whom I also sympathise.

    I guess we are pariahs and will stay that way…

    One thing I have found odd is that in Europe sometimes suites are smoking, whereas the standard rooms aren’t, which is a bit weird.

    Hey ho. Safe travels all. Simon

    in reply to: Smoking rooms

    SimonRowberry
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    Martyn,

    The fish was certainly fresh and tended also to be local freshwater produce.


    SimonRowberry
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    I was going to post a couple of photos but they’re too large. Does anyone know how to reduce the size of photos stored on Photos on a Mac?

    Thanks.


    SimonRowberry
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    Thanks, Uggboy – another excellent review.

    I was lucky enough to take my wife to Steirereck for our 25th Wedding Anniversary last August. It was the best dining experience of my life. We had the dinner tasting menu with wine pairing and it was excellent value.

    Coupled with amazing service at the wonderful Hotel Bristol, it was a very memorable few days indeed.

    Simon


    SimonRowberry
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    At FCO today – for much longer than I’d hoped as LH were having some serious problems. Fast Track security seemed to be for anyone and there was a serious shortage of trays, which led to delays.

    Although flying LH, we were invited to use the AZ lounge. This was pretty poor (not a patch on the LH one in MUC I’m currently sitting in). There was a cockroach scurrying across the floor (honestly), the bar tender seemed more interested in talking to his friends and could also barely speak English. The lounge was shabby and the food offering was basic.

    This was my first ever contact with AZ and it seems to me that a poor ground product isn’t helped by a fairly awful airport…..wouldn’t encourage me to actually fly them.

    Happy New Year

    Simon

    Edited as I don’t know how to use my iPhone properly


    SimonRowberry
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    A prediction now Dave’s going.

    No decision on LHR this summer. Boris becomes PM in October at the Conservative Conference. Whole issue back up in the air (pun not intended). Many more years to come with substandard aviation infrastructure in the SE.

    Simon


    SimonRowberry
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    The Hilton Shanghai is excellent, but be careful of the bars across the street!

    The Westin is also pretty good.

    Simon

    in reply to: Shanghai – Hotels
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