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...
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...
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...
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...
Now most of the Indian OTA are providing free cancellation for domestic flights if you pay them Rs 100 extra.  All the airlines are charging way over that amount to cancel the tickets. This deal makes loyalist like me change all local bookings to OTA instead of using the main site.  Today, only for Jet Airways you lose 250 JPMiles which...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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