While I realize I’m totally weak compared to some of you, I earned two free nights through Priority Club’s current promotion which have to be used this year. The added challenge of maximizing these free nights as a Royal Ambassador with InterContinental is that they don’t technically honor elite benefits on award stays. This can be frustrating, as I’ll be staying at the InterContinental Hong Kong in August, and the thing that makes the hotel spectacular are their harbor view rooms. Unfortunately they’re stingy when it comes to award benefits, so I’ve booked a revenue stay, although I would have loved to use my free nights there.
I’ve still never been to London, shockingly enough. Given that the InterContinental London honors Royal Ambassador benefits on award stays, it seems like a good candidate for a weekend trip in the fall.
The challenge is figuring out how to get there. I haven’t flown an international revenue ticket on United in ages, since I typically do first class awards on premium carriers for my international travel. Given that London really isn’t that far I’ll probably just end up booking a cheap, non-upgradeable fare on United, or maybe I’ll book an upgradeable flight, but it just seems like such a waste. The other option is using ANA miles to fly Virgin Atlantic in Upper Class.
I’m in no position to book this yet because I have to figure out my schedule, but it’s something I’m keeping in the back of my mind.