Bits: win a Trespass rucksack today, £50 off at eBookers, HFP feedback

News in brief:

Win a Trespass rucksack – today only

Our sister site Shopper Points is giving away a Trespass hiking rucksack, worth £100 (albeit £57 in their current sale) in a prize draw today.

Entering only takes 30 seconds – all we need is your name and email address.  If you want to enter, visit this page at Shopper Points before midnight tonight.

hike 60 silver trespass

£50 ebookers discount

Ebookers is running a new promotion worth £50 off a ‘flight and hotel’ package costing more than £600.

The ebookers discount code to enter at check-out is the easy-to-remember AFFPKG0417.

You need to book by 7th May for travel before the end of the year.

Terms and conditions are here and you can book here.

PS.  If you have your own travel blog, ebookers is offering free holidays in Barcelona as long as you agree to write about it afterwards.  Details are here.

Hilton / OneRepublic gig

On Saturday night we were at the famous Abbey Road Studios in North London for the Hilton Honors / OneRepublic concert which was an excellent evening.  (Above is a silly GIF which Anika and I were allowed to make.)

c Handout/Getty Images via Brian Nevins/Live Nation

It was great to meet so many HFP readers.  As you can probably imagine, sometimes you feel like the words you write go into a black hole.  You never quite know happens afterwards.

Back in August 2015, I wrote that Small Luxury Hotels of the World was looking for hotel inspectors.  One couple I met on Saturday had read that article, applied, and got the job.  This year they will visit 11 luxury hotels entirely free of charge.  Apparently they can spend as much as they want during their stay and it is all reimbursed by SLH later.  The downside is that they have to make certain demands of the hotel during their trip. At no point does the hotel realise that the couple is undercover.

I also covered – with, I admit, some scepticism – the auction on eBay for tickets on the ‘preview flight’ to New Orleans by British Airways over Mardi Gras this year.  I spoke to another couple who had bought this package after reading about it on HFP.  It was, apparently, an amazing experience with BA delivering far more than promised, with excellent private seats for the Mardi Gras parade and a host of additional events running pretty much 24/7 over the weekend.

Thanks to everyone who came to say Hi, I appreciate it.  FYI, the person who stood up at the start and introduced himself as ‘Mark from Hilton’ was actually the global head of Hilton Honors who had flown over especially …..

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Last call: 30% bonus on SPG point purchases, 100% bonus on Hilton purchases
Bits: 10% off Qatar, £188 LAN deal, Good To Go Parking sale
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Comments

  1. ATM Withdrawal

    One completely random question, what is the maximum amount one can withdraw from an ATM/Debit card. Assume no limit imposed by the card issued

    • You need to be more specific.

      It varies by bank, ATM provider and country. In the UK it’s usually £300 or £500, possible to raise the limit with your bank, but ATM may not accept.

      Highest I have seen is someone withdrawing 10000 AED several times in a row in Dubai, which is currently over £2000 (though it wasn’t at the time)

    • It is for a UK Issued card, to be used in UK.
      Just trying to see if some bank has higher limit then other banks?
      Or is there also some location based limit i.e. in City or central London ATM to have higher withdrawal limit compared to say a small town/village ATM

      • Genghis says:

        Depends on bank account type too. I have I think £300 with Halifax normal current account but £1k with Barclays premier

    • I know you can have £1500 with Natwest

    • most uk cash machines allow 560 as max withdrawal then you have to put through as a second transaction. from there its card issuer depdenent. most bank cash machines high street will carry 40-80k so you will run out before they do 😉

  2. Hostime says:

    RE: Hotel Inspectors. Starwood does this twice a month for their entire portfolio of hotels. They use an agency, and, in addition to reimbursing full travel (at least within Europe), pay a fee to their evaluators. I don’t want to share details publicly, so not for publication, but feel free to write to me offline if you want information on the agency (it is the same company which evaluates the Eurostar and a prominent Gulf airline).

  3. OT: Supercard.
    I suggested a friend get one as he is going abroad soon, but the website says there’s currently problems processing orders. Anyone know more? Is this a temporary glitch or have they stopped doing them? Wouldn’t be surprised at the latter, can’t see how they make any money!

    • And it only works 1/2 the time for me in US, Europe and China. Really annoying. When I log a ticket they blame Creation (my IHG card it is linked to). Good when it works.

      Also I got the new IHG Premium card and tried to add that via the iOS app, fails with flying colours. They told me to call and get it resolved. Seems like they have IT issues.

      • I have made 44 successful transactions in Europe and USA, and can only think of 3 on top that failed.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Get Curve. 1% fee but it’s a very reliable card.

      Assuming it’s too late to get a Lloyds Avios or Halifax Clarity which are both 0%

    • BigDave says:

      +1 get a curve instead – processing is better than ever and customer support and the app is getting better all the time – plus you get £5 free credit if you use Robs code or mine (AmcEn)

      • Interesting, I had Curve when it was first released but got it refunded when Amex stopped. I have Santander Zero as backup too but that even fails at times too. Virgin Amex just works (plus high charges).

        • Genghis says:

          Curve has been very reliable on current travels. More reliable than Clarity at ATMs

          • Agreed. I used Curve a lot in Asia (wasn’t planned, failed to notice my Post Office 0% card had expired …..) and it was never rejected. Even a £1,500 hotel bill went through first time.

  4. £2,000 daily with Barclays
    £500 daily with Lloyds

  5. IIRC, the HSBC branch just off Park Lane has a cashpoint which dispenses £50 notes.