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Clipper Lounge, Mumbai Terminal 2

Mumbai Airport Terminal 2 Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Kochi Airport Clipper Lounge Cochin Air India 682, Cochin – Mumbai, Economy Like I mentioned last week, I’d taken a short getaway out of town last week, and I booked a trip out on Air India, partly to check out the new Terminal 2 at Mumbai Airport, which has been built recently. Air India is the only airline which offers domestic segments out of the international section of the airport as well, so, I thought of them. My first thoughts about the Terminal 2, Mumbai Airport are here, while here are some pictures of the airport lounge which is being used by the airlines. Apart from the airline lounges, there is also…

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Travelling through Terminal 2 Mumbai: first thoughts!

Clipper Lounge, Mumbai Terminal 2 Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Kochi Airport Clipper Lounge Cochin Air India 682, Cochin – Mumbai, Economy I planned a last minute weekend getaway earlier this week, and I decided to head to Cochin for the weekend. However, I also wanted to check out the Terminal 2 in Mumbai, which went live about 10 days back. At the moment, the terminal only serves international flights, and my first international trip for the year is still a few days out. So, for a change, I decided to fly Air India and use one of their domestic flights that fly from the Terminal 2. I’d been walked through this airport a long while back, when it was still…

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Earn JPMiles to book hotels with PointsHound + special promotion

PointsHound is a 11 month old website now, which offers mileage currency to book hotel rooms via their website. There is a tier system in place, where if you book 1-5 nights, you get a certain no. of miles, for being a Level 1 member. Once you move up to Level 2, you get the ability to earn a higher no. of miles per night, and if you go right up to level 3 (20+ nights booked), you get into the highest tier where you get the most number of miles per night. Most of the times, you’d have to give up the ability to earn status/elite benefits in your hotel program when booking via a 3rd Party. However, PointsHound…

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Hilton plans to scrap room service

Room service has been synonymous with full service hotels for the longest time. However, it seems the paradigm will change soon, at least that is the Hilton’s plan for the summers. As per a Reuters report, Hilton CEO stated at a hospitality conference today, that the 2000-key full-service Hilton New York Midtown will scrap away room service this summer, and instead open an onsite eatery which will offer gourmet take-out. I expect this to be a pilot for such an effort, because Hilton is not planning to roll out the change at its other properties just yet. Other hotels, such as the Marriott chain also have no intentions of eliminating room service for the time being. I guess this move…

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Is Club Carlson considering a program revamp?

Club Carlson, the membership loyalty program of the Club Carlson chain of hotels, seems to be dipping its toes in the water to see if it could make a switch from a membership points and free nights oriented program to a benefits oriented program. I recently received and completed a survey from Club Carlson, where they tested this concept and while they said this may or may not fly, they even had a name in place, calling it Members Club. Now, CC has been at the forefront of big lucrative promotions and giveaways for the past two years, inflating the number of enrolments in the program, and getting the eye of the road warrior and the leisure traveller alike, in…

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ITC Hotels promo: 1 free night for 3 paid stays

ITC Hotels, with its line-up of 50 hotels across India, just introduced an awesome promotion which will be valid from May 1 to September 30, 2013. Taking a leaf from the book of Hyatt, Marriott and others who’ve done a free night promotion in the past, Club ITC, which is ITC Hotels own loyalty program, is now introducing a free night promotion for every 3 paid stays at participating ITC Hotel properties across India. The Club ITC program, which is the common loyalty program for the hotel and the apparel division, asks you to either make 3 stays at the 50 participating properties (listed below), or spend Rs. 60,000 at these to earn one night stay certificates. As per the…

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Have you ever been to a vegetarian washroom at a chain hotel?

I happened to notice on the stream of a follower on Twitter, who is a bigtime traveller for work, a picture he posted from the Marriott Pune. Essentially, Shakahari means Vegetarian in Hindi, and it is the name of one of the restaurants at the hotel. The hotel does not seem to realise the goof-up yet. I hope you can! I hope you could make sense of what went wrong here… Live From A Lounge is present on Facebook, Twitter & available via email, RSS.

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How to help my kid brother travel better?

My kid brother flies only internationally on work trips, for most years that I remember him working. An odd trip here or there domestically. However, he is a novice to the world of miles and points and enhancing his travel experience (such as sitting in the lounge rather than waiting at the gate). So, every time he has a mandate from work to travel, I take over as what I call myself as the concierge service while he is travelling, all the way from half way around the globe away. Complimentary services include figuring out the best seats on the plane (he flies coach, sigh!), lounge access, hotel room upgrades if possible, banking the miles to the various hotels/airline programs…

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Reminder: Earn 20% more KingClub Miles on transfer before 30th Nov 2011

Just a quick reminder for those who intend to be making some bookings on Kingfisher Airlines in the award category. The special promotion which has been running this quarter to offer 20% extra miles free is going to end on 30th November 2011. Like I mentioned earlier in September 2011,  this offer is valid till November 30, 2011. Here is what you have to do to avail 20% bonus KingClub Miles. Transfer worth 5000 miles worth from your credit card program or hotel programs to the King Club, and Kingfisher will add a 20% on top of it while crediting the miles. Take note, that different programs have different equivalents for the KingClub Miles, and hence you have to use…

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20% bonus on conversion to King Club Miles till November 30 2011

One World elect member Kingfisher Airlines is offering a 20 percent bonus on the transfer of various credit card and hotel reward points to its King Club loyalty program through 30th November 2011. The bonus is valid on a wide variety of participating credit cards, largely Indian, such as the HDFC Bank Credit Cards, ICICI Bank Credit Cards, Citibank, Axis Bank Credit Cards. Here is the promo details and the list of participating partners. If you accumulate American Express Membership Reward points, even these post with a 20% bonus. Indian members of the American Express MR program get a conversion ratio of 1.25 MR points for 1 King Club Mile on all Indian Rupee card spends. Using this offer, you…

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Trip Reports

Airports 2011 Mumbai Airport Terminal 1C (July) Delhi Airport Terminal 3 (July) 2014 Mumbai Airport Terminal 2 (February) Airlines 2011 Jet Airways 9W469 Economy (BOM-MAA) (April) Jet Airways 9W309 Premiere (BOM-DEL) (July) Jet Airways 9W336 Premiere (DEL-BOM) (July) 2012 Jet Airways 9W228 Economy (BOM-BRU) (January) – B777 Cathay Pacific CX750 Economy (BOM-BKK) (June) – A333 Kingfisher Airlines IT352 Kingfisher First (BOM-DEL) (August) – A321 Jet Airways 9W331 Premiere (BOM-DEL) (November) – B737 2013 Jet Airways 9W228 Premiere (BOM-BRU) (March) – A332 Jet Airways 9W227 Premiere (BRU-BOM) (March) – A333 Air India AI660 Economy (BOM-DEL) (March) – A321 Air India AI657 Business (DEL-BOM) (April) – A321 Etihad Airways EY205 Business (BOM-AUH) (May) – A320 Etihad Airways EY101 First (AUH-JFK) (May) – A340 United UA343 First (LGA-DEN)…

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