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Accor 15% off and how to double the dip
Accor offers a new range of hotels in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Bermuda and the Bahamas. Accor brands include Fairmont, Sofitel, Le Méridien, Raffles and many more.
- Reservation dates: September 8, 2022 to October 3, 2022
- For stays from September 8, 2022 to April 30, 2023
The offer gives you up to 15% off, but you get an additional 5% off as a member of their ALL loyalty program which is free to join. The downside is that a one night prepaid, fully refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at time of booking. Property cancellation policies apply. The discount is on the fully flexible rate, so it will not be 15% on the cheapest rate available; e, but it should still be a reduction.
You can “double up” using cashback. Currently, you can get up to an additional 10% off your purchase through Topcashback or Quidco. The discount rate depends on the hotel brand you are staying at and your TCB or Quidco membership level. It ranges from 10% off many premium brands – Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, The Sebel, Adagio Premium, Rixos, Movenpick Completed Bookings to 3% off other premium brands such as Raffles and Fairmont.
For inspiration, you might want to read my review of the Fairmont Barbados.
You can find the offer page here.
New IFE system for the new Emirates A350
Emirates has traditionally used A380s and B777s, but now has a number of A350 aircraft on order for 2024. Hopefully this will bring a much better business class seat and other improvements.
Emirates also announced that it has selected Thales’ new AVANT Up system for its incoming Airbus A350 fleet.
The airline’s investment of over US$350 million will enable its fleet of 50 A350s to be equipped with next-generation in-flight entertainment solutions that deliver a personalized experience. The new features of the AVANT UP system are impressive.
Thales’ AVANT Up system features Optiq 4k QLED HDR displays, the only aircraft displays using Samsung’s QLED technology to immerse viewers in over a billion colors. Thales’s new system will also provide an enhanced ‘live’ television solution that offers a wider choice of television programs and live information in the highest definition available at 40,000 feet.
The IFE will also feature Optiq – the first smart display to offer dual Bluetooth connections, built-in Wi-Fi allowing passengers to pair multiple devices including phones, tablets, headphones or even game controllers while taking support up to 60 watts USB-C for fast-charging personal devices. It could allow two people to watch the same screen together so you can enjoy a movie with both headphones connected by Bluetooth. Having multiple internet connections is also good news. I get really annoyed when I have to keep switching devices on most planes to use Wi-Fi and often paying twice. Most business travelers want Wi-Fi for their phones and laptops.
There will be; also several other smart features such as personalization features, expanded personal electronics capabilities and enhancements that also allow visually impaired passengers to have a full experience.
Adel al Redha, Chief Operating Officer of Emirates said: “Emirates has always considered in-flight entertainment to be an essential aspect of our onboard experience, and in fact we were the first airline to install personal screens in every seat on board when it was far from be the norm more than 30 years ago. Emirates today ice remains unrivaled in in-flight entertainment content and experience, having won consecutive Best-in-the-sky awards for the past 14 years. Our investment in next-generation Thales systems for our new A350 fleet will strengthen our lead, enabling us to deliver even better experiences to our customers. Watch this place.”
Yannick Assouad, Executive Vice President, Thales Avionics said: “At Thales, we are proud to partner with Emirates in their mission to Fly Better. AVANT Up from Thales brings the latest consumer aircraft technologies and capabilities to Emirates. By combining our Optiq 4K QLED HDR displays, award-winning dynamic power and next-generation digital services, Emirates customers can expect the extraordinary.
Emirates flies to Dom Pérignon Plénitude 2 (P2)
For me, Emirates has always had one of the best selections of champagne, wine and spirits in first class with Dom Pérignon served as standard in first class with my favorite cognac, Hennessy Paradis.
As the only airline with an exclusive agreement to carry the luxury champagne brand Dom Pérignon on board, Emirates is currently offering First Class passengers the opportunity to enjoy a very special vintage – Dom Pérignon Plénitude 2, at on certain lines until the end of October.
The exceptionally rare 2003 vintage is a limited edition. Dom Pérignon is one of the most respected and luxurious champagnes in the world and Emirates is the only airline with an exclusive agreement to serve it on board. I longevity’.
First Class passengers can find out whether Plénitude 2 will be served on their flight by checking the ‘What’s on your flight’ option on www.emirates.com or on the Emirates app.
Emirates has a fascinating process for its wine purchase. For 16 years, Emirates has sourced high-quality wines at the earliest opportunity to allow them to mature, allowing them to reach their full potential before serving them on board. The Emirates Wine Cellar is in France and currently houses 6.5 million bottles of fine wines, some of which will not be ready to enjoy until 2035.
Emirates currently offers 37 different varieties of French wines and champagnes on board its aircraft. Business class Bordeaux red wines stay in the Emirates cellar for an average of 8 to 10 years, while those reserved for first class are only served an average of 12 to 15 years after purchase. Emirates also has a vintage collection which includes Château Margaux 2004, Château Cos d’Estournel 2005 and Château Montrose 2005.