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.

Carry Multiple Credit and Debit Cards Especially When Traveling Overseas.

When traveling, we more and more rely on debit and credit cards to pay for things and get money from ATM’s. All is good when things work. When something starts going south it is good to have back up plans in place.

Over the years I have had my wallet lost, card(s) deactivated due to merchant database compromises, Visa/MasterCard authorization systems not working etc. These are all manageable when you have alternative plans in place.

InterContinental Hotels Groups Tweaks Their New Lowest Rate Guarantee Program.

Two weeks ago I wrote about a new price guarantee from the InterContinental Hotels Group where guest would get a first night free if a lower rate is found within 24 hours after making the reservation. I tried the guarantee by myself and got entirely free one night stay at the InterContinental Sao Paulo.

New InterContinental Hotels Group Low Price GuaranteeNow they have tweaked the guarantee to make it more difficult to qualify for a free night.

Use IATA’s Timatic to Check Entry Requirements for all Countries.


When it comes to travel, it is sometimes confusing to find out what Visas or other travel documents, like health certificates, one might need to enter the country. Also how long one can stay often depends of the travel document used,and from which country it is from.

IATA Timatic For Checking entry Requirements For Various CountriesWhat I have found to be the most useful tool to check the entry requirements, the same tool that the airline personnel also use when checking you in, is the IATA’s Timatic.

What to Do When Your Bag Doesn’t Arrive – File Property Irregularity Report – PIR.


We all know the terrible feeling when you are waiting for your checked bag to arrive by the carousel and it doesn’t.

When flying on better airlines, they typically already have somebody waiting for you with a sign, close to the baggage carousel, if your bag didn’t make it. Airlines often know if certain bags are delayed and left behind.

IATA Standardized Baggage When baggage delay happens the first thing to do is to file a PIR – Property Irregularity Report. First you are shown a picture of various kinds of bags and asked to identify what is closest to yours. Then the airline needs your permanent and temporarily address.

How to Find Out if Your Marriott Family of Hotels Reservation Has Been Upgraded?


Marriott’s website is quite handy and accurate when it comes to see whether you have been upgraded or not. Sometimes I use it after I have checked in to double check the room/suite category I have been assigned to.

JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro Reservation Before Upgrade Had Been AppliedLast weekend I spent a night at the JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro. I made the reservation for the most basic room category which is Deluxe Atrium View without a bed preference.

Free Internet Access for Marriott Rewards Members in all Marriott Family of Hotels in Asia Pacific

Staying at Marriott property in the Asia Pacific region? Would like to have a free internet access?

Marriott Rewards Members Free Internet Asia PacificMarriott offers free internet access for all members of Marriott rewards program, regardless of the status, in the Asia Pacific region. Just sign up for the program and the free internet access is yours.

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