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Month: November 2014

Your chance to live on a plane!

AirBnB and KLM seem to have teamed up to offer you a chance to stay on a plane at Schiphol Airport at the end of November 2014. Not sure it looks like my cup-of-tea. I was thinking more of a retro stay with swan chairs and cocktails. Read the fine print to enter Better get in quick – stay dates are 28, 29 and 30 November...

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Does late arrival give you more of a chance of an upgrade?

I arrived at the Sofitel Melbourne, Australia a week or two ago around 8pm. I had booked a fairly standard room for a single Tuesday night. On checking in, I got an upgrade to a suite. I could have had 5 of my best Melbourne friends round for dinner, given that the suite had a dining room table seating 6, and a lounge with enough room for the same. You can see the size compared to standard rooms on the fire exit map (or room envy map as I think of it). I think I have only stayed at one other Sofitel this year (in Brisbane, for a night), but I do have a Silver  Le Club card. So, is it the status (lucky to be near the top of the tree that evening), or the late arrival (stuck all the other pax in standard rooms, and only had better rooms left) that got me the upgrade? Also – why is it that you always get upgrades, when your travelling alone, and for a stay of less than 12 hours, or is that just a kind of Murphy’s law? I might just start flying out on later flights and see . ....

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