Bits: 5 week HFP intern role available – starts Monday!, redeem IHG points for a West End night out

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News in brief:

HFP intern opportunity – 5 weeks, £2500, start on Monday!

(EDIT: role is filled, thanks to everyone who applied)

Whilst I work through the applications for the new HFP full time writing role, I am looking for someone to help out at Head for Points for the 5 weeks between now and Christmas.

This is primarily to help with putting the Christmas Party together because, frankly, with Anika now out of London it won’t be happening otherwise.

Because I need you to start on Monday and jump straight in, the criteria are fairly strict:

You need to be available to start on Monday 12th November, with a targeted end date of Friday 14th December (5 weeks)

You MUST have WordPress experience – this is not primarily an article-writing role but you will be doing stuff on the site

You must have decent knowledge of how British Airways Executive Club works, but you don’t need to know much about any other schemes

Experience in organising any sort of large event is welcome

And, ahem, you’ll need to bring your own laptop, as we don’t have a spare in the office at the moment …… 🙂

Payment is £500 per week, so £2500 for the full five weeks.  (We’re not in the business of exploiting interns for zero or little money.)  You will be working immediately behind Moorgate station in our ‘free beer, free coffee, table tennis table etc’ WeWork office.  Standard office hours apply although there will be a few evening events to attend.

There is the potential for extending the role for a couple of weeks in January if we both mutually agree.  It will depend on when the new full-time employee can start.

In the spirit of a proper internship, I will try to get you exposure to as many interesting people as I can depending on my meeting schedule, even when there is no business reason for you to be there.  Subject to BA approval, you will even get to meet Alex Cruz. You will also be able to attend the full range of WeWork talks and events held nightly in the building.

This is not a ‘dogsbody’ role – although, of course, there are some day-to-day admin tasks that will fall on your shoulders.  You will, for example, be responsible for visiting potential venues for the Christmas party, negotiating the contract and finalising the sponsorship deal.  Anika will offer guidance but you will be taking all the meetings yourself.

I am assuming that this will appeal to an unemployed graduate or someone on a gap year but I’m open to all options. Drop me an email TODAY (by midnight on Thursday) at rob [at] headforpoints.co.uk if you’re interested, and include your mobile number.  To the extent you can, please include internet links to validate your relevant experience.  I will make a decision on Friday.  There will be no interviews.

Please do NOT apply if you applied for the full-time job we advertised recently, as part of your work will involve helping me manage that process.

IHG Rewards Club Access auctions

Redeem IHG Rewards Club points for a night in the West End

We cover Marriott Moments and Hilton Auctions regularly on Head for Points.  These sites allow you to redeem your points for unique experiences via an auction or outright purchase.  We also cover Emirates sports tickets as they offer seats for Arsenal games – you will find me and my son in the Emirates Box for the Wolves game this Sunday.

IHG Rewards Club has a similar scheme called IHG Rewards Club AccessThe website is here.

We have never mentioned it before because I have never seen anything on it for the UK.  This has now changed and there are some good options for theatre fans.

Here is what you can bid on or buy:

Two premium tickets to see Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo in Antony & Cleopatra at the National Theatre on 30th November (no bids so far)

Same as above, but for 8th December with a ‘buy it now’ price of 35,000 IHG points

Two VIP packages for 17th January, one with two tickets and one with four tickets, to include dinner and a Q&A with the cast after the show (auction)

Two tickets for Harry Potter & The Cursed Child on 8th December, for both Part 1 (afternoon) and Part 2 (evening) (auction, highest bid so far is 26,000 points)

If you’re interested you can bid or buy by clicking here.  Hopefully we will see more interesting IHG Rewards Club Access events in the UK in 2019.

(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.)

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Comments

  1. OT Marriott promo/

    Won 2,000 points today!

    Upto 3,750 now…. not too bad!

    • A new low – “An Error Occurred” followed by “You already played today”. So I have now managed to not even win an entry into the prize draw.

      • My partner had this message once but then he received an email informing him that he had won 50p

        • Only 50pts for me but can’t complain as we’ve done better than with the NFL promotion. Interestingly two of the Sheratons were properties we’d previously booked then later cancelled.

      • Log out. Clear cookies. Try again.

    • Lucky you. I played both for wife and myself, never won more than 50 points.

  2. OT: Launch event Radisson Collection Royal Mile 22 November 6-9pm; any other Edinburgh/Scotland based readers got an invitation to this? Perhaps some of us could troop along to this in lieu of HFP Christmas party, probably free drinks and snacks of some description on offer.

    • Oooh good plan – yes I got an invite. Am hoping to attend. I checked and they said a guest was allowed too if I wanted, have offered it to a colleague but they might not be able to make it so could potentially take another HfPer if they wanted. Definitely meant to have free drinks and snacks according to their advert!

  3. Off-topic, recently there was an Amex offer to earn 1000MR for an online spend with Curry’s, boots and some other retailers. We purchased something from Curry’s online, but we were not given any opportunity to pay online, being instructed to pick up and pay for the reserved product at a local Curry’s store, which we did. I assumed this would trigger the awarded points, but a week later, still nothing.

    I contacted Amex last night who said the purchase didn’t qualify because it was paid by chip and pin and not online. While I understand that is correct, I feel a little cheated that they have not awarded the points when I had no other online payment option offered on the site. In peoples’ experience, is this fair or am I able to present an argument that may get Amex to award the points. The web chat representative and their supervisor were adamant that they could not give me the points. Any advice appreciated.

    • the_real_a says:

      I think AMEX is right here I’m afraid. The offer was to incentivise people to buy online at the retailer. You bought a product that was not available for an online purchase so didn’t meet the criteria. Saying that, I would have thought AMEX would have bunged you 1000 as its not worth the hassle, did you try calling Brighton?

    • seems fair to me.

    • matt340 says:

      Currys/ PC World offer a “collect in store” option, so if the item is not available to buy online and be delivered (i.e. they don’t have any stock in their online warehouse, but they do have stock in their stores), the website will only offer the “collect in store”, which is what happened in your case. Therefore you’re technically not buying online, which is what the promo was for, you’re reserving an item to buy in store.

      • Lady London says:

        The problem seems to arise because the online sales arm is usually a different business unit with its own targets measured separately for so many business. It does not make sense but so many organise that way. Leading to situations like this where you were given no choice to take the only channel that was paying the incentive.

  4. O/T has anyone had their £30 credit posted following £100 spend at Selfridges, on gift cards? Its been 7 working days for me, I know it can take up to 90 days to post. I had an email to say “You have used your Selfridges offer…..If your transaction meets the offer terms, your credit should appear on your statement within 5 business days (however it can take up to 90 days from the offer end date).“

  5. hi rob,

    is it compulsory that you have to work from london?

    Regards

  6. OT
    re Plat/Gold points for extra spend.
    On my (dormant) Platinum I will get 500MR for spending £300, but unusually the offer is for the account i.e. includes supplementaries, rather than on one card. I doubt that it is just on my account.

  7. O/T

    Best priority pass lounge in Johannesburg? I’ve read mixed reviews about all 3 in Terminal A – not sure where to kill the 4h I have…

    Thanks

    Z

  8. BlueHorizonuk says:
    • BlueHorizonuk says:

      leave THE most important caveat to the very end of the article….

      Mr Ott adds: ‘You might be lucky to find two seats in a month – so it’s important never to buy miles until you’ve found something you can actually use – but move on it immediately’

    • No it won’t. There are reasons we don’t cover Alaska etc on here.

  9. Richard says:

    Good on rob for paying a respectable wage for the job and not just taking the mick!

  10. It -advice needed asap

    Us domestic Flight deplaned due to maintenance means will miss connection to Heathrow

    Am on Delta one but seems lime If I accept a lower class I get no compensation for this? Any way to get.home without ending up paying 2k for an economy seat??

    • Shoestring says:

      US domestic connection to US TATL – missed connection, same PNR, they’ll get you on the next available flight. (Not the same PNR, you’re stuffed.) If it’s Delta US—>LHR, then it’s covered by EC261, so involuntary downgrade could apply, 75% compo, might be debatable. Ie you go now in a lower class with no compo, or you can wait until your higher class fare becomes available. Which might be in 2 days etc.

      • Thx

        Next in line to see agent. I need to be back for trip this weekend so I’d take the downgrade if necessary then i guess argue it later and hope for best

        Either way guess delay compensation applies if>4hrs which would at least soften the blow for downgrade..

        • Rebooked BNA-JFK-LHR, I have a short connection at JFK and need to switch terminals. I have a vague notion this can all be done airside is that right? I’m clearly screwed if not but if it works I’m happy, rebooked on DL3 in J and will arrive 4hrs 5mins behind provided the Jetstream doesn’t barge in where it isn’t welcome

      • And yes, BNA-DTW-LHR booked as VA codeshare on DL planes. single PNR

        • Shoestring says:

          That’s important & helps a lot. Good luck.

        • Jonathan says:

          I’d be proactive and get on google flights to look for acceptable options for you. It generally works best if you approach agent with a solution (including flight numbers) than let them pick for you. American airlines are generally happy to rebook on anything you can find within their alliance. Eg. I’m seeing options to route through Atlanta & JFK in Business on Delta tonight or even overnight at JFK and take morning Virgin flight in Upper Class. Other options include connecting via CDG or other European hubs.

      • Scallder says:

        Hate to be the bearer of bad news but this isn’t covered by EC261. Flights into the EU on non-EU airlines aren’t covered. This is actually quite a big plus point for flying BA back to the UK as opposed to AA (or Virgin over Delta).

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