Why you should join a Hotel Loyalty Program – especially in Dubai

    By Eat Drink Stay Dubai / January 31, 2016
    Why you should join a hotel loyalty program especially in Dubai

     

    What is a hotel loyalty program, and why should I join one?

    Hotel loyalty programs* are an excellent way for leisure and business travellers to accumulate points, frequent flyer miles and benefits by using their specific program.

    There are multiple benefits to joining a hotel loyalty program such as:-

    • Member-only offers, promotions and discounts
    • Stays and other spending counts towards status, which can lead to benefits such as upgrades, free internet, free breakfast, discounts etc.
    • Points or miles collected can be exchanged for free nights, or for transferring into or your favourite frequent flyer/airline loyalty program.
    • Once you have earned status in a hotel loyalty program you earn bonuses, miles and points at an increased rate (often double or triple).
    • Increased likelihood of a discretionary upgrade even at entry level status (such as this amazing suite at Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Dubai)
    Why you should join a hotel loyalty program - especially in Dubai

    As a Hilton HHonors Gold, this was an upgrade to a suite at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

    Whilst is true sometimes hotel stays may be more expensive booked through a hotel loyalty program, the benefits and long-term value created often far outweigh any savings.

    Here is a screenshot of my SPG loyalty program – with a lovely picture taken from the wonderful Sheraton Grand Dubai – showing an example of two great current offers:-

    1. One complimentary night when three staying consecutive nights.
    2. Double StarPoints promotion (on top of additional 250 bonus) and whatever earned during stay/eat/spending.
    Why you should join a Hotel Loyalty Program - especially in Dubai

    Starwood Preferred Guest SPG Dubai

     

    Should I try to earn status in a hotel loyalty program, or earn the points or miles?

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    The Entertainer Dubai – The insider secret all visitors should know

    By Eat Drink Stay Dubai / January 29, 2016
    The Entertainer Dubai 2016 App

    The Entertainer Dubai – the insider secret all visitors should know

    The Entertainer Dubai is Dubai’s best kept secret, and is the first thing any tourist should know about before visiting Dubai as it can save 1000s of dirhams (they estimate the total value to be 500,000 AED)

    The Entertainer Dubai 2016 – what’s included?

    The Entertainer Dubai is a discount voucher book of over 2,300 Buy One Get One Free discounts such as:-

    n.b. click links below to see participating outlets

    The Entertainer Dubai 2016 App

    Discover more of Dubai with Buy One Get One Free offers for the best restaurants, cafés, nightspots, informal dining, attractions and services across Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Exciting new merchants include Papa John’s, Crab Tavern, Galito’s, KidZania and Johnny Rockets.

    The Entertainer Dubai – Products in Dubai for 2016

    The Entertainer books are available across the world – including Cape Town, Jeddah, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Singapore – but are particular strong in Dubai, covering :-

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    Best Friday brunch Dubai – why is it so hard to choose?

    By Eat Drink Stay Dubai / January 27, 2016
    Best Friday Brunch Dubai: Eloquent Elephant Brunch: Mighty Elephant Burger

    Why is it so difficult to choose which is the best Friday brunch Dubai?

    Best Friday brunch Dubai?

    Countries have gone to war over lesser issues, and more frustratingly, an answer never seems any closer.

    Let’s see if we can work through why to get to which.

    ‘Best Friday brunch Dubai’ – different strokes for different folks

    Firstly, perhaps it’s because different people want different things from brunches:-

    • you’ve got people that will go just for the flowing booze and perhaps eat one slice of pepperoni in 4 hours
    • you’ve got foodies that will only judge by the cuisine
    • you’ve got party animals that just want to ‘go large’
    • you’ve got the beautiful people that want to be seen, lounge about at beach clubs and listen to great DJs, and be less bothered about drink and food
    • you’ve got the deal merchants, using The Entertainer two for one deals,  whose only criteria is cost and getting a freebie
    • you’ve got families that are looking for kids facilities, entertainers, etc.
    • you’ve got couples that want either the romantic or chilled ambience for ‘date night’

    ‘BEST FRIDAY BRUNCH DUBAI’ – DUBAI FACTORS

    Eloquent Elephant Brunch: Mighty Elephant Burger

    Eloquent Elephant Brunch: Mighty Elephant Burger

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    Five of the best Dubai hotels

    By Eat Drink Stay Dubai / January 27, 2016
    Eat Drink Stay Dubai - Dubai Marina night

    Five of the best Dubai hotels

    Best Dubai hotels?

    I’m as dismissive of the word ‘best’ as Sean Connery was in this NSFW scene from “The Rock”, especially when it comes to anything in Dubai.

     

     

     

    My reasons are it’s so subjective, and Dubai is a city where superlatives become cliched.

    However, as I’m often asked which are the ‘best hotels in Dubai’ I prefer to reframe my answer as my ‘favourite hotels in Dubai’, because it’s personal opinion and we all have different criteria.

    So here (in no particular order) are my five favourite (or best, if you insist) Dubai hotels …

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    Dubai Top Tips

    By Eat Drink Stay Dubai / January 17, 2016
    Eat Drink Stay Dubai - Dubai Marina night

    Dubai Top Tips

    Know that despite it’s reputation, Dubai can also be a cost-effective city to visit. There is so much competition for your money, if you research, plan and act carefully you can stretch your money quite far.

    Dubai Top Tips #1

    Use the Entertainer – book hotels using the second night free or 20% promo the Travel book offers. Check the Monthly Offers on the website for the two for one offers on meals, brunches, excursions etc. Check the ‘body/spa’, ‘fine dining’ or main blue book so that you get two for one, in fact plan your whole vacation around it 🙂

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    Dubai Dining Deals – Fibber Magee’s Irish pub

    Fibber Magee’s Irish pub

    There are some great Dubai dining deals to be had at Fibber Magee’s. Fibber Magee’s is known as ‘one of Dubai’s best kept secrets’, as it’s always heaving with folks having a great time.

    Popular with tourists and expats alike, as well as the usual Irish pub staples – great drinks, live entertainment (check out the excellent Paddyman every Thursday evening) and bubbly atmosphere.

    The food is surprisingly good, and there are some great dining deals to be had for tourists and residents of Dubai.

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    Dubai travel hacks – Welcome to Eat Drink Stay Dubai – best bar, club, brunch & hotel deals in Dubai

    Welcome to Eat Drink Stay Dubai – Dubai travel hacks – best bar, club, brunch & hotel deals in Dubai

    Hi, and thank you for visiting Eat Drink Stay Dubai – a guide to Dubai travel hacks and the best bar, club, brunch & hotel deals in Dubai.

    I’ve started this blog as a free, unbiased and independent guide to eating, drinking, and staying in Dubai, from one resident’s viewpoint.

    My one aim for this site – if I find a great experience, offer, deal or Dubai travel hack, then I will share it so others can benefit also.

    For now, I’m looking to focus on :-

    • Dubai travel hacks  – How to use & maximise loyalty schemes like SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest), Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest, American Airlines AAdvantage
    • Eat – breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch
    • Drink – bar, happy hour, brunch
    • Stay – hotel
    • Entertainment (comedy, theatre, cinema)
    • Travel – flights (Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways)
    Eat Drink Stay Dubai - Dubai Marina night

    Dubai Marina at night from the Observatory Restaurant at Marriott Harbour Hotel

     

     

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