In November 2014 I booked an error fare from Alitalia. I paid €311 for Rome-Singapore-New York with layovers in Abu Dhabi and Japan. Including two stand-by tickets on Brussels Airlines for Brussels-Rome and New York-Brussels the total cost for the flights was €411 and it looked like this:
So that are 6 flights in just 10 days. The last part Brussels-Berlin I did by car.
So after a couple of wonderful days back in Belgium I left for this crazy trip. First stop was Rome, where I had a free night at the beautiful Hotel Indigo thanks to the Best Price Guarantee from IHG.
After 24h in sunny Rome I went back to the airport for my second flight, 5h to Abu Dhabi with Alitalia, where I had a layover of almost 6h. Abu Dhabi International Airport isn’t the most exciting airport, especially not in the morning. If you have a long layover here you should visit the Mosque but it wasn’t open yet when I arrived. Next was my flight to Singapore with Etihad. This flight was not too full, very comfortable, the food was good (they even give you real cutlery) and there were a lot of movies I wanted to see. Gone Girl was a good choice.
After this 8h flight I finally arrived at my destination, the lovely city/country of Singapore. It was 10pm local time when I arrived and since I can’t sleep on planes or airports I was exhausted. When waiting on my luggage I was approached by a Flemish couple who apparently booked the same error fare as I did. And to make it even more awesome they booked the same hotel as me! What a small world 🙂
Also joining in Singapore was my friend Jelle, who was doing a one-month-trip in Bali. When he arrived the four of us went the our hotel, the InterContinental Singapore. I used two free night vouchers that I received after finishing the Into The Nights promotion. The woman checking us in was super friendly, thanked me for being a Platinum Ambassador, gave me a souvenir, gave us a quadruple upgrade to a Shophouse Club Room and escorted us to the room. Wow! The room was great, with two big bed and a huge bathroom (very welcome after 24h of travelling!). We also had acces to the Club Intercontinental, where we could find an extensive breakfast, snacks, drinks and in the evening cocktail hour. But prepare, once you enter the Club they won’t let you leave until you try the famous Singapore Sling 🙂
After a well deserved night of sleep (and a lot of laying at the pool) we went to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, where I arranged a private property tour. This hotel is really amazing. It’s the biggest hotel in Singapore and they’re almost always sold out. The tour took us to one of their most expensive suites (with it’s own entertainment room), the Skydeck and to the amazing pool area. You can find my article here (in Dutch).
After two wonderful nights at the IC we changed to the Holiday Inn Express Clarke Quay. This fairly new hotel was only 20K points, making it a good choice. The rooms aren’t very special but the best thing about this hotel is his rooftop deck with a very cool pool. You also have a nice view from the roof on the business district and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. It even made me get up at 6am to make my very first time-lapse.
After some lovely chicken rice in one of the many Hawker Centers in the city I said goodbye to Jelle and went to my third hotel, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. I had a very early flight out of Singapore so a airport hotel was a good idea. It was quite expensive at 40K IHG points but it was totally worth it. It holds the title as Best Airport Hotel in the world and I couldn’t agree more. It was beautiful, had a huge pool, big rooms and you can’t beat the view from your room…
Singapore was warm, clean, kind and friendly for us. The city is perfect for a short trip or a long layover. It has wonderful hotels with lovely people. Stay tuned for the next post about my favourite city in the world New York City (and 20h of flying…).