Posted at 2:30 pm , on November 19, 2017
Having recently joined the Intercontinental Ambassador program, I decided to do my short stay in one of the Intercontinental Hotels in Hanoi. There are 2 Intercontinental in Hanoi, the older one is situated in West Lake while the newer one is in Landmark 72, a fairly new office cum hotel tower in Hanoi. Intercontinental Landmark 72 was just recently launched in September 2017 and they have yet to have their own website (the hotel website is currently hosted on IHG website). After 2 nights stay, I have only praises for this hotel while the only downside about this hotel is the location (which is quite a distance from the Old Quarters).
Posted at 10:36 am , on November 10, 2017
I decided to put both flights into one review since these are short haul flights. 2017 had been pretty hectic on many fronts and I decided that I needed a short getaway. I initially redeemed a pair of return tickets to DPS for 70k miles but unfortunately the Mount Agung situation forced me to make some adjustments. I topped up 10k miles to change my tickets to Hanoi instead (as I have not been to Hanoi before). About one week later, Singapore Airlines came up with their getaway promotion where 30% discount on redemption was given on selected destinations. Guess what, Hanoi was one of them! I still had to play around with my booking to enjoy this 30%. I converted more miles from my DBS account and did 2 separate one way redemptions. I was confirmed on SQ 175 but waitlisted on SQ 176 (while holding on to my original booking). 2 weeks before my flight, my waitlist cleared and I duly cancelled my original booking and got my 80k miles back within 4 days (with penalty of USD 30 per person for the cancellation). This is certainly worth the 24k miles savings!