Bits: could you host a HFP Summer Party?, Flybe / Avios luggage quirk (or not), 10% off Qatar flights

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Could you host a HFP Summer Party?

We are thinking – tentatively – about doing a HFP Summer Party this year after the huge success of the last two Christmas events.  (Here are the photos from last Christmas.)  If we’re going to do it, however, we’re going to need some help.

Whilst we love the Dry Martini bar at the Melia White House, it has no windows and is not necessarily suited to a Summer event.  We would probably need a different venue.  We also need something which is effectively pre-packaged because Anika and I only have a limited amount of time we can commit given our current travel plans.

It would be a lower key event than Christmas – no raffle, no speeches.  It would be late June or early July, before the schools break up on Friday 13th.

We’d like to hear from you if you think your employer or company could host us.  There are two possible formats:

You work for a high-end bar, potentially in a hotel in Zone 1, which could host 150-250 people (depending on your capacity) between 6pm and 8pm on a Mon / Tue / Wed night.  Your classy venue has lots of light and possibly, but not necessarily, some outdoor space.  You would get all of the bar takings and would expose your venue to a group of mainly higher-income London professionals.

or

You work for a high-end retailer, perhaps a gallery or travel-related business or Avios partner retailer, in Zone 1 who would be interested in having 150-250 (depending on your capacity) mainly higher-income London professionals through the door one evening for a reception.  In this scenario we would expect you to provide the drinks and catering staff, but we would pass the ticket money on to you.

If your company is interested, please drop me a note at rob at headforpoints.co.uk.

Head for Points summer party

Why you need to book Flybe redemptions on avios.com

(EDIT:  It seems that the paragraphs below may be incorrect and due to an BA call centre operator who did not know the rules.  The comments below imply that – whilst ba.com does give you an e-ticket saying that you have no baggage allowance for Flybe – this is overridden at check-in and you will not be charged.)

With the avios.com platform soon to be closed, this article may have little long term use – although it is possible that it will still apply to redemptions via Aer Club, Vueling Club etc on the Avios platform.

Historically, Flybe tickets booked with Avios on ba.com came with one checked bag included.  The website said it didn’t but, when ticketed, it did.  This has now changed, and Flybe redemptions are ‘hand baggage only’.

However …. Flybe redemptions booked on avios.com still include one suitcase as standard.  Annoyingly you will find different availability on avios.com and ba.com so it isn’t necessarily as simple as saying ‘forget ba.com for Flybe’.

Here is a screenshot from a Flybe e-ticket receipt booked on ba.com which clearly shows that no suitcases are allowed.  Our reader called BA who confirmed this.  Luckily he was within the 24 hour cooling off period, so he cancelled the original redemption and rebooked via avios.com.

Flybe baggage allowance with Avios

Get 10% off your next Qatar Airways flight  

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Until 31st May 2018 you can get 10% off economy flights when using the promo code QRTRAVEL.  The discount only covers the base fare, not taxes.

The code is valid for travel departing from the UK until 30th April 2019, but there is a peak blackout period.

The booking page is here.

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Comments

  1. MarkH says:

    OT as bits: I am staying at the Waldorf Astoria Berlin in a couple of weeks using the Barclaycard free night voucher (thanks HfP) with an additional cash night added on.

    Due to the flight times I’d like to get early check-in and late check-out – should I request this now or better to wait till check-in?

    • Clive says:

      I would imagine you will be contacted by their Concierge Team prior to arrival so I would ask politely then but also add a note to your reservation so they may pick it up earlier.

      • Yep, this is exactly what I did when staying a couple of years ago.

        Small suggestion would be asking for a room with a view of the park / Berlin Zoo, which was really nice. Can’t remember if I was upgraded but our room was HUGE, and had excellent air conditioning on a day when temperatures were 38 degrees outside!

  2. JamesB says:

    OT: Anybody receiving surveys from BA recently and if so, what are they about?

  3. PhilR says:

    Would be nice to see a non-London event sometime, plenty of us don’t reside in the capital and its not the centre of the universe…..

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yes but it is for Rob, Anika and the HfP office. It’s a summer get together rather than a money making excercise so you can’t really expect them to travel to arrange and then hold the event.

      Where would you suggest? Somewhere close to you? Perhaps Birmingham which is close to me? Manchester? Liverpool? Well that’s harder to get to than London to me so I’m not interested.

      Point is it needs to be somewhere and not everyone will be able to make it

    • It probably is, to be fair.

  4. KBuffett says:

    Just thought I’d mention that I’m at the JW Marriott Essex House. Lovely property, sincere thanks to Rob and other who recommended this place. Great redemption value for my AMEX MR points.

  5. Genghis says:

    A summer party sounds fantastic! Perhaps a lower key event is the way to go with all of them anyway to attract those that just want to meet likeminded folk and chat about this strange hobby of ours.

  6. OT: the gold card becoming a credit card has kind of torpedoed my upgrade plans. I currently have plat. Coming up to end of card year and I want to refer my OH to plat and then cancel.

    Was planning on referring to gold and the upgrading – I guess now I have no option but to refer directly to plat if I want to avoid missing out on sign up bonus?

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