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...
Wyndham Rewards is a program that I don’t cover very much, largely because I don’t consider it penny on dollars return program. They do occasionally keep coming out with the promotions that are worthwhile. Wyndham property is usually low range to mid range property mostly where the price tag is usually between Rs 2500 to Rs 5000.  I have stayed...
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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When to use an OTA (Online Travel Agency) and when not to? (Hotel edition) There are so many websites which are popular and they act as inter-agencies, providing you access to locals by connecting them to your destination.  Makemytrip, GoIbibo, Expedia, Yatra are all OTAs. They keep offering you fantastic saving of x% on booking hotel with them.  They are usually true. A lot of...
On July 1, was clutching it seats as the GST was going to be implemented. We wrote about the effect of GST on your Indian Travel back then.  However, there is a massive difference in the way GST is being implemented from the provided guidelines. Different brands are approaching GST differently. Normally, in simpler rules, if your hotel room is under...
Is it too hard to keep up with ever moving the world of Loyalty Programs and you are not sure what are the latest offers such as this? Don't want to spend time analyzing stupid offers such as this:- If we call an offer totally a non-offer, this would be it. Well, it requires you to pay a lot of money...
What are you chasing? Not everyone wants to take a holiday to new far flung out land where they have to explore new realms, work out the language, work out the map and so many other things. They find all that very stressful.   Either they hire a travel agency who would book all the package, work a comprehensive itinerary for them. They...
I consider myself dirtbag cheap at times. I would save the very pretty dime and I am one of the last people who want to part with their dime. I would fight to negotiate till the last penny. I have slept on streets, Mcdonald’s or airport at nights. I have crossed countries border to buy food as it was too...
Taj Innercircle just sent all its members email regarding that the Innercircle program has been enhanced and is all new again when really nothing much has changed. The earning ratio continues to be the same. So what has really changed? Taj InnerCircle is saying that they’ve simplified the earning rate for members. This is really nothing but just a percentage conversion of the...
What is Google Flights? Google Flights. Google Flights is an online flight booking service which facilitates the purchase of airline tickets through third party suppliers. Why should I be Interested? Because this online tool can beat out most human travel agents and its free! 7 Killer Google Flight tricks that will start saving you money today! Get alerts just before prices are about to skyrocket. On...
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