Bits: New HFP IT set-up, HFP reader wins 1 million Avios!, Charles Tyrwhitt Avios

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News in brief:

We’re back in business …..

….. after a day off to finalise our IT server move.  Everything has gone to plan, I’m pleased to say.  Page load times have fallen sharply and we have hopefully seen the back of the ‘503’ errors.

I need to thank Neil Barrett for the huge amount of work he has done over the last week.   This involved rebuilding HFP from scratch, rather than just copying the old files across, to allow us to ditch some of the issues from six years of messing about with the old underlying WordPress database.  We also put in some overdue security improvements with SSL to follow in a few days.

Neil is a regular HFP reader but was actually recommended to me by another reader off the back of my request for support a couple of weeks ago.  I bribed Neil with the promise of a plug on HFP if he delivered everything he promised, and he has, so here it is!  He has been very easy to work with and I intend to keep using him for IT work on the site.

Neil is an IT consultant working in web technology for over 20 years and with a particular emphasis on the troubleshooting, functionality building and security of websites.   You can get in touch with him here. As well as his bespoke consultancy services, Neil has run Enbecom since 2002 providing domains, hosting, security and marketing for websites – the more ‘off-the-shelf’ types of services.   As a gesture for HFP readers, Neil has offered 10% off domains, web hosting, SSL and marketing packages bought through the Enbecom site until 31st December 2018, including any monthly or annual renewal payments which are made before then.   Just use this discount code at checkout: HFPREADER2018.

HFP readers wins 1 million Avios!

Reader Robert was the winner of 1 million Avios in a competition that Iberia Plus was running in conjunction with Avis.  This was discussed in the HFP comments although I never mentioned it in an article as it was only for Spanish rentals.

Avis has been giving away 1 million Avios per day from 1st to 10th December.  When Robert turned up to collect his car in Spain on Friday, he was presented with this:

Win 1 million Avios with Avis

…… a cheque for 1 million Avios as the daily winner!  Well done Robert.

Earn Avios in the Charles Tyrwhitt shirt and tie sale

If you are coming to the Head for Points Christmas party on Tuesday, you will receive a very generous goody bag gift courtesy of Charles Tyrwhitt.  The company has also kindly donated a business suit as one of our raffle prizes.

The company has already launched its Winter sale, with shirts from £19.99. You will also receive 4 Avios per £1 spent, either online or in-store – just give your BA Executive Club number to the cashier.  Full details of the sale are here, details of the Avios partnership are here.

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  1. O/t Amex Q’s.

    Amex – if I upgrade from gold to plat – is it 20,000 bonus points, and is there a spend target to hit, or do you just get the points as soon as you pay the £450?

    how long after upgrading do the points post, and the hotel status and lounge passes come through?

    Can anyone have the supplementary card? For example my brother who lives at a completely different address? And he would also get the hotel statuses.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Usually spend £1k in 3 months for 20k.
      Points post a couple of days after you spend the £1k
      Lounge passes normally come before you get the card.
      You need to apply for the hotel statuses on the Amex site
      1 Plat supp is free. I’ve never given a supp to different address but don’t see why not possible.

  2. Off topic – anyone struggling to log into avios (I’m trying via the app). Tried to change password which was done successfully but it will still not permit me to log on

  3. Rob, the website is so fast now I’m getting tomorrows articles. I hope the finger sandwiches tasted nice 🙂

  4. OT: Anyone else having problems with I was hoping i might be able to book one of the £9.98 rentals on there but I can’t get the website to give me anything back. Had to book on the normal Avis website in the end.

  5. Anthony Dunn says:

    A word of warning to those tempted by the the Charles Tyrwhitt offer. I used to be a regular customer of theirs until, about three years back, I ordered a load with my usual sizing. Upon wearing them, I discovered that their sizing had been scaled back in every dimension: neck size too tight, shirts tails shortened, body size tight and the sleeves were literally 3″/8cm shorter than the same shirts ordered previously. As an attempt at cost cutting, this was utterly ridiculous and has resulted in me taking my custom elsewhere.

    • plastikman says:

      do you really think this was “cost cutting” or a genuine mistake? Dear oh dear

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