Review of Mookai Hotel – Male Maldives.

Very often one needs to stay overnight in Male on the way to the resorts. The Maldivian water taxi only operates during the daylight hours, and the Maldivian flies to outer islands on a rather limited schedule – few times a day.

Resorts normally always suggest that the guest should stay at the Hulhule Island hotel which is conveniently located on the same island as the airport. The hotel runs shuttles from the terminal to the hotel frequently. There is no need to stay at this hotel, however. Their room rates are quite high, and there is always something to do at the Male for few hours during the day time. Also, transferring from the airport to the capitol island is super convenient. You just need to take one of the frequent boats that shuttle people between Male and airport.

Hilton HHonors Premium Room Rewards – Case Hilton Abu Dhabi.


In the past few months, when I have been checking prices for various Hilton chain hotels, I have been offered variety of Premium Room rewards. Most of the times, sans few obvious mistakes, the prices in points have seemed rather high.

Hilton HHonors Premium Room Rewards Hilton Abu DhabiToday when I was checking rates for Hilton Abu Dhabi hotel, I decided to do a simple Excel spread sheet to find out the value that Hilton assesses to their points.

InterContinental Hotels Group – Priority Club Brand Multiplier Promo – Earn up to 80K Points & Ambassador Exclusive Promo

InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club Fall 2011 1 2 3 4 Promo - Earn Up To 80000 Bonus PointsEarlier today I was searching for some exciting Priority Club promotions, as I have quite a few IHG stays lined up in the next couple of months.  Priority Club, Intercontinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) loyalty program has always been very active, and some would say very generous at times, on the promo front and this autumn is not an exception. When I was searching for promos this fall, I came across the following two.

IHG has always tried to get people to try their variety of brands. Personally, I have always been a fan of InterContinental hotels, but quite frankly haven’t really liked too much of their limited service brands where their majority of the properties are.

Transferring Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints Between Member Accounts.


Starwood Preferred Guest Transfer Starpoints Between Member AccountsStarwood has always allowed members to transfer Starpoints between member accounts. Previously it was enough that the addresses of both Starwood accounts were the same at the time of transfer. Earlier in the year Starwood initiated a process where the address must be same at least for 30 days before the transfer is initiated.

Why anyone would want to transfer points between accounts, as you can always “gift” an award stay? By combining points from accounts it might be easier to hit certain transfer thresholds i.e. when transferring to airlines 20K Starpoints typically transfer to 25K miles.  One party may have 100K American Airlines AAdvantage miles on his account when the desired award would require 150K. You cannot transfer Starpoints to someone else’s AAdvantage account, but you can do to his Starpoints account from where the person can further transfer them to AA.

Earn 1000 Bonus United Miles per Two Night Hilton Stay Until December 11th.

Hilton HHonors United Airlines Mileage Plus Promotion 1000 Bonus Miles Per Two Nights StayHilton HHonors is offering 1000 bonus United Airlines Mileage Plus miles per two nights stay at all Hilton properties between October 1st and December 11th. You can earn up to 5000 bonus Mileage Plus miles. These are in addition to the 500 miles that one would earn having United as fixed partner on most full service locations, or 2 miles per dollar spend if United is variable miles partner.

You need to register for this promo and have United Airlines Mileage Plus either you variable or fixed airline partner. Bonus miles will be posted to your account shortly after the stay, based on my personal experience with Hilton, although the Terms and conditions of this offer say that it can take up to 6 weeks.

Now You Can Earn 1500 American Airlines Miles per Hyatt Stay Until January 15th, 2012.

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Hyatt American Airlines Promotion 1500 Aadvantage Miles Per Stay Up To 10 StaysHyatt Gold Passport and American Airlines are offering triple miles for Hyatt stay until January 15th, 2012. You can earn up to 15000 American Airlines miles and thus this promotion is capped at ten stays.

Remember that you need to sign up for the promo and choose American Airline miles instead of points when checking in/out. Quite often these still post as Hyatt Gold Passport points, and either a message to Hyatt Gold Passport customer service through the web or call is required to switch them to miles. Hyatt American Airlines Promotion Registration Confirmation

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa – How to Get a Good Deal?


Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Please note that Park Hyatt Maldives no longer accepts Hyatt stay certificates. They did when I wrote this piece back in October. Right now the choice is either points or cash.

Hyatt took over the former Alila property in Maldives back in May this year, and the property is in the process of being rebranded as Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa. I visited this property in August and cannot wait to go back sometime next year.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Rate CardTheir regular rates start around $900 per night for the most basic villa. You can, however, stay there paying about a third of that.


How to Get Upgraded at Hyatt Properties?

Over the past few years, since I became Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member, I have had in excess of 700 Hyatt stays ranging from limited service Hyatt Places to full service Grand and Park Hyatt’s.

Hyatt has several brands on their portfolio; Hyatt Place, Hyatt House (former Hyatt Summerfield Suites), Hyatt Regency, Grand Hyatt, Park Hyatt, Andaz and few others. There are rarely any upgrade opportunities at the Hyatt Places as they are mostly non-suite properties. Also Hyatt House (Hyatt Summerfield Suites) are all suite properties where

Male Maldives for a Day.


Due to number of flights arriving very late or departing early, it is often necessary for travelers to stay overnight in Male. If you book your accommodation in Male through your hotel or travel agent, they will most likely boo you to Hulhule Island hotel that is conveniently located on the same island with the airport itself. This is the only hotel in the Male where one can buy and enjoy alcoholic beverages.

Hulhule Island Hotel MaldivesThere is no need to book this Hulhule Island hotel, however. I have booked Mookai hotel twice that is located in Male proper. I will write a short review of this hotel later.

Hilton HHonors Gold VIP Fast Track Offer Through MVP Program. Gold Status After Four Stays or Nine Nights During 90 period.


Hilton HHonors has the most beneficial mid-level hotel status (HHonors Gold) of the chains I frequent. Gold basically gives you a free internet access and club level accommodation/free breakfast.  You will also receive some extra points and have access to VIP only rewards (basically discounted awards for multiple day stays).

Hilton HHonors Gold VIP Fast Track Offer - Gold Status After Four Stays or Nine NightsNormally Hilton HHonors Gold status requires 16 stays during a calendar year. Hilton is, however, offering a MVP Fast Track offer where four stays or nine nights during a 90 day period after registering gives you a Gold status. The status is valid until the end of April of the second calendar year i.e. if you qualify this year the status is valid until April 2013.

New Hilton HHonors and Delta SkyMiles Promotion. You Can Earn Double Miles + 250 Medallion Qualifying Miles per Two Nights Stay.

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Delta and Hilton HHonors have teamed again to offer MQM’s (Medallion Qualifying Miles) for Hilton stays. Last year one could have earned 500 MQM’s per stay. This year’s offer is 250 MQM’s per two nights stay + double miles.

Hilton HHonors Delta SkyMiles Promotion 250 Medallion Qualifying Miles per Two Nights Stay + Double MilesI would probably go for this ONLY if I was really close to qualifying for the next level and could do it without having to take any extra flights. If this bumps you to next level with Delta’s program, it is a great promo otherwise not so.

Hilton Offers Advance Purchase Flash Sale. Good Rates at Some Properties Outside of the North America.

Hilton is having a three day advance purchase Flash Sale. I am not normally a huge fan of sales like this as they don’t often give significant discount, but on this case some of the prices are actually really good and worth booking.

Hilton Flash SaleI was looking to make a booking for couple of properties in the Middle East and tumbled to this sale. According to the rate rules the sale rates are valid on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday in the Middle East, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday elsewhere. Some properties appear to have loaded the lower rate for other days as well so it is worthwhile checking out.

Getting from Europe to Maldives in Business Class Using BMI DC Miles Without Breaking the Bank.


In the next few days I am posting reviews of couple of properties in Maldives that I visited this past August/September. Getting to Maldives in style without breaking the bank is bit of a challenge due to not many alliance carriers serving the destination.

In July I was going to be in Morocco and was heading to Bangkok for some time before continuing to my final destination Malé. I have miles and points in various programs. For somewhat complicated itinerary like this, I have learned BMI Diamond Club miles to work best, as they allow oneway redemptions with a stopover.

How Nor1 Upgrades Work at Hyatt Hotels?

Nor1Up-selling seems to be the norm for businesses nowadays. When was the last time you were booking an airline ticket, on an airline website, and weren’t offered some “valuable” extras?

Hyatt Regency Dubai Reservation Confirmation Screen Nor1Now hotels are doing this as well. Of the major chains that I personally frequent, Hilton and Hyatt have both implemented the technology from a company called Nor1 to offer customers ability to buy additional services or “waitlist” for space available upgrade at a price. Sometimes this is offered at the time of reservation, on the email confirmation, or when one is checking the reservation on the website.

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