Has it ever happened that you forgot your ID while check-in or at home and you are not sure what you are supposed to about it? Or you reached hotel and they ask for your ID and you are unable to find your id.  None of the above is applicable if you are international soil and have lost your passport. You...
All big loyalty program announce their award charts every year. I don’t know criteria that are used for them to make the chart. Most of the times, the chart just doesn’t make any sense to me.  This year so far IHG has devalued their award chart. It means that you have to use more points to get a free night...
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is one of the most lucrative program out there and most points and miles blogger swear by it. They have the highest value of 2.2 cents per point or Rs 1.5. Every year SPG runs multiple promotions. One is a quarterly global promotion that allows people to get more points for their stay than they would get...
When I was on the peak of my travel, I used to use major cities as hubs to get great tickets and avoid carrying baggage. I  I have already written a post about - are low-cost really as low-cost as they say they are? Types of low-cost Airlines World of low cost differs at various destinations. There is Indigo in India which...
Indian Airlines network is becoming more global every day.  Indian carriers are creating different alliances and new pacts every day.  Air India is part of Star Alliance Jet Airways is nearing itself to Skyteam members and is part of Etihad Partners group. Vistara is joint venture between Tata and Singapore Airlines Jet Airways recently signed metal neutrality pact with Air...
I know many Indians who travel extensively and widely. I am one of them who travel full time and have designed a life around it. There are numerous reasons why Indians don’t travel. Comfort of their homes or going to same place repeatedly.Most of Indian kids spend their summer at maternal grandparents or at their home. Mother put the kids...
Effect of Starwood/ Ritz Carlton/ Marriott partnership
PERSPECTIVE Okay, so for a short while the world had been revolving around presidential elections, demonetization process and climate change; meanwhile the travel & hotel domain witnessed a landmark agreement between two of the biggest names in hospitality industry, this September. With the merging of Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide Inc. with Marriott International Inc. the benefits that can be availed...
Hilton has got its name changed from Hilton “HHonor” to just “Honor” kicking away the extra ‘H’ to make it sound obvious and logical. This comes along with several other changes made in its loyalty program specifically the 4 features. Retail shopping with points I think it is the most exciting one. Points can be redeemed for spending to buy...
There are various ways to be upgraded and different airlines follows different systems. One answer doesn’t fit all the systems. Monetary upgrade A. Paying outright Basically, when you are checking in , ask about if there are any upsell offers. Mostly they do. They would charge you certain fee that is just a small percentage of revenue required. B. Bidding Many international airlines...
History of Indian luxury hospitality.  Indian hospitality has been renowned for centuries as we believed in a phrase "Atithi Devo Bhawa."  - The guest is the god. We treat our guests like God. However, Indian luxury hospitality doesn't have as illustrous past as European counterparts.  First Movers   Mr. Jamshethji Tata was the first person to open famous Taj Mahal hotel Mumbai in...
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