Members of Flying Club, Virgin
Atlantic's frequent flyer programme, are being offered a chance to earn double miles with stays at Millennium Hotels & Resorts properties in London.The Millennium group has announced the offer to celebrate the start of its new partnership with Flying Club. The offer is open until March 31. Flying Club members can earn up to 2,000 miles by staying in a four-star deluxe Millennium Hotel or 1,500 miles by staying at a four-star Copthorne Hotel. After March 31, Flying Club members will be able to earn 1,000 miles or 750 miles at a Millennium or Copthorne Hotel respectively. Millennium Hotels and Resorts has 57 properties located in key gateway cities and resort locations around the world, making it easy to match a Virgin Atlantic destination with a Millennium or Copthorne Hotel. The restoration of Le Grand Hotel Inter-Continental Paris will transform the historic building, maximising its beauty and standing as the French capital's most prestigious hotel. A budget of over 106 million euros ($100 million) has been committed to ensure that the highest standards will be reached to bring a new life to the historic Grand Hotel. The primary challenge of the project is to ensure past and present are blended to perfection whilst updating the hotel's internal space and layout to set new standards for the 21st century. The Grand Hotel, which belongs to the Six Continents Hotels group, will reopen in April 2003. Use of e-tickets across Europe increased last year as airlines, travel agents, and travellers alike embraced the concept of paperless ticketing. Sabre alone processed 426,000 European e-tickets, an eight per cent increase on the year before. In the UK, 21 per cent of all air bookings processed last year in the Sabre global distribution system (GDS) were ticketed electronically. In the last three months of 2001, seven carriers (Alaskan Airlines, Alitalia, American Airlines, SAS, Singapore Airlines, TAP Air Portugal and United Airlines) expanded their European e-ticketing capabilities in Sabre. Sabre now offers European e-ticketing for 15 of the 40 airlines that issue e-tickets through the GDS. Travellers can now call home cheaply through www.Card4Anywhere.com Visitors to the site can order an electronic phone card priced at £5 ($7), £10, £20 and £50 and get all the necessary details emailed to them. There is no need for a physical card. Simply dial the country access number and enter your pin number. Card4anywhere works in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA and Venezuela.