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Case Study: Virtuoso Booking. Best thing since sliced bread?

Virtuoso hotel booking is essentially getting VIP treatment on your hotel stay for free.  Free upgrade, late checkout, USD100 worth of hotel credit, free breakfast, VIP amenities.  What’s the catch? there is no catch!  It’s hard to believe for someone who hasn’t used Virtuoso, but you’d be stupid not to.

In my recent stay at Singapore, I booked into the new Andaz Hotel in Singapore.  Whilst the hotel itself has some teething issues, it was still a comfortable, new, swanky 5 star hotel in one of the nicest cities in the world.

We arrive late afternoon, and the room was already ready for us, we were upgraded to the next category, which is essentially a higher floor, but still nice nonetheless.

Apparently the hotel offers everyone a welcome drink, but we were given a handful of cocktail voucher from booking with Virtuoso.  We even invited some friends who lived in Singapore over to drink our vouchers.

The USD100 food voucher really came in handy. I managed to use that money for a lovely dinner for 2 and also a massive room service lunch for 4 people.  It was absolutely awesome.   And because we booked with Virtuoso, we were granted 4pm late check out, so we could stuff around in our room after our massive lunch before we took off to the airport.

We certainly didn’t forget about our buffet breakfast that was also included. The buffet at Andaz is massive but confusing.  Nonetheless, I can’t argue with free breakfast, especially one in Singapore.

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So how does it stack up if you were booking directly with Andaz or a third party like booking.com

Andaz was offering early bird nonrefundable prices for my room at AUD$278 a night, same as booking.com, without breakfast and 12pm check out.

Virtuoso booking was made with flexible conditions at AUD$298 a night.  Yes, it is 20 dollars more expensive in this case, but you do get the upgrade, the $100, the breakfast, the cocktails and the late checkout.  The overall experience was worth so much more than $20.

Quite often the price for Virtuoso booking is not more expensive than the other websites, which makes the proposition even more of a no-brainer.  And because it’s booked through a travel agent, all the hassles are handled by them, especially if you want multiple bookings at once.

Frequent Flying travel agents Rita and Michelle are expert Virtuoso agents, and they will help you book and plan your holiday, just like they’ve done for me for the past year.

Checkout Virtuoso.com and search for a location you’re interested in traveling to, or just call our agents directly.

For reservations, please call +61 2 9389 9933 or email
Michelle Adler at michelle@sabratravel.com.au &
Rita Polovin at ritap@sabratravel.com.au. And mention the Frequent Flying

 

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Tony loves luxury travel and bargains, especially when the 2 combine. Tony spends his day treating patients and his night searching for new luxury travel idea and the unique travel experiences. He gets a kick out of planing interesting and personalised itineraries for his family and friends and he's excited to be sharing his tips and experiences with you.

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