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Best award travel plan for travel to India (COK or BLR) with a 1 week stopover in Israel.

Best award travel plan for travel to India (COK or BLR) with a 1 week stopover in Israel.

  1. lily1

    Hi Ben,

    I have 100,000 bonus points on the Chase Reserve and over 80000 points on the Chase United Explorer card. My dream itinerary for May 23 – June 13, 2017 is a trip to India (ORD to COK or BLR), to celebrate my dad’s 80th ( his first milestone birthday after cancer), with a one week stopover in Israel. Which is the best way to plan this trip to maximize on miles and money and stay in Israel? I also want to open a hotel rewards card in the next few days. Been thinking about the Marriott Rewards card vs. IHG card. Given that I frequent India via the middle east atleast once a year, which card would serve me best?

  2. MidSouthSkier

    *bump* hoping someone will have some ideas

  3. rickyw

    Not an expert on Star Alliance awards, but for the hotel question:

    Marriott has 39 properties in India (8 in Bangalore, 2 in Kochi) while IHG has only 8 in the entire country.

    If you frequent India at least once per year, I think you’ll find IHG to be relatively pointless, unfortunately.

    For the flights… are you trying for coach or business?

  4. Gaurav

    [USER=1436]@rickyw[/USER], I don’t think that’s accurate re: IHG. I think they have 30 or so properties in the country as well.

  5. rickyw

    Hmmm. I’ve never been to India, I just did the explore properties on ihg.com…..

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  6. David W

    Your best bet for flights might be to book a multi city itinerary with United miles. Awards are cheaper for US-Europe (and India/Asia-US on the return) if the overwater leg is on United’s own planes. Saver awards for Europe to India seems to be 35k for business class.

  7. Gaurav

    Yeah, that’s not accurate, it’s only showing the hotels around Delhi. Try this (there is some overlap)

    [URL]https://www.ihg.com/destinations/gb/en/india-hotels[/URL]

  8. Gaurav

    Yeah, that’s not accurate, it’s only showing the hotels around Delhi. Try this (there is some overlap)

    [URL]https://www.ihg.com/destinations/gb/en/india-hotels[/URL]

  9. Gaurav

    Yeah, that’s not accurate, it’s only showing the hotels around Delhi. Try this (there is some overlap)

    [URL]https://www.ihg.com/destinations/gb/en/india-hotels[/URL]

    Strange website coding on IHG’s part.

    [QUOTE=”rickyw, post: 25093, member: 1436″]Hmmm. I’ve never been to India, I just did the explore properties on ihg.com…..

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