Exploring Santorini (Part 3) and Aegean Airlines Santorini to Athens

Kamari Beach, Santorini

Our final day in Santorini gave us the opportunity to explore a bit more of the island. We had the most delicious dinner of the trip up on the northern tip of the island in Oia, and took a sunset dinner cruise around the southern tip into the central caldera, but there are several other towns worth exploring. On the southeast corner of the island are 2 black sand beach towns, Perissa and Kamari. We decided to spend a day out in Kamari, which involved another challenging bus episode.

We did make it on the Kamari bus, which was about a 25 minute ride from Fira town. The bus pulled in just a block or two from the beach, which is lined with dozens of shops and restaurants. We decided to walk down the main street, running parallel to the beach, which had some shade, but it was a bit off-putting that every 10 steps, as the next set of tables was part of a new restaurant, we were loudly offered to “Come! Have a seat! Delicious food!” Continue reading Exploring Santorini (Part 3) and Aegean Airlines Santorini to Athens

Huge Sale on InterContinental Hotels in Europe

InterContinental Hotels (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, etc) have announced a huge “flash sale” for their hotels across Europe. You must book by tomorrow, November 26 , and it’s only valid for stays between December 16, 2013 and January 26, 2014, but the rates are fantastic: Holiday Inn Express Hotels: £25/€25 per night Holiday Inn Hotels: £35/€35 per night Crowne Plaza Hotels: £45/€45 per night Hotel Indigo: £65/€65 per night InterContinental Hotels & Resorts: £125/€125 per night Rooms booked at these rates are non-refundable, but, if you or anyone you know needs a hotel in Europe between December-January, this is definitely Continue reading Huge Sale on InterContinental Hotels in Europe

Select Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza Hotels: 50-75% off Reward Nights

InterContinental Hotels, which is the parent company of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza Hotels (among several other brands, like Candlewood Suites and Hotel Indigo), have started running 24-hour Flash Sales, where select hotels are 50-75% off when redeeming points for a reward night. For example, hotels that are normally 35,000 points per night will be only 8750 points per night like the Crowne Plaza in Athens Greece.  Check out the full list of participating hotels on the IHG website. The 24-hour sale starts at 10:00 am EST tomorrow Monday, October 21, 2013.  Rooms are limited, so if you see a Continue reading Select Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza Hotels: 50-75% off Reward Nights

Intercontinental Hotels Priority Club PointBreaks

Every hotel chain these days has a loyalty program where you can earn points towards free nights, just like airline points for free flights. There are lots of debates and evaluation of the various programs, like Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, Choice Hotels, etc. One hotel chain, Intercontinental Hotels – which includes Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Candlewood Suites, and Intercontinental Resorts – has a special program that they call “PointBreaks,” where they release a list of hotels that are offered at a discounted rate. Typically, most Holiday Inns are 25,000 points per night and Intercontinental Resorts are 50,000 points per night, Continue reading Intercontinental Hotels Priority Club PointBreaks