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The new HfP chat thread launches – Sunday 22nd March

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Starting today, we have decided to run a daily chat thread on Head for Points.

Historically, the daily ‘Bits’ articles were the defacto repository for random comments and questions.  It is unlikely that the news flow will be so big over the next few weeks that we will need many ‘Bits’ articles, however.

The comments under this article are where you should post questions about travel and, indeed, anything else on your mind.  At this tricky time, and given that many of you are stuck at home self-isolating, we want the HfP community to have a place to chat.

Please only comment under the main articles on the site if your comment is directly related to the topic of the article.  This has long-term benefits as its keeps the commentary relevant for people who read those articles in the future.

We will review how this works after a few days:

we could potentially split it into a daily travel and non-travel chat thread

we may install some basic forum software

we may start suggesting potential topics for daily discussion

Let’s see how it goes.

We have sent this initial article to our email subscribers so they are aware of what is going on.   From tomorrow, email subscribers will not receive a link to the daily chat thread.  If you visit the site, however, a new chat thread will be opened each morning.  Regular articles will continue to be emailed.

We will do a separate article in a day or so about how we plan to run the site over the next few weeks.  Take care!

Comments (386)

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  • pin perl says:

    Anyone know if Avios bookings booked now have the same flexibility as a regular BA booking?

    • Anna says:

      Presumably you can still cancel up to 24 hours before travel, unless the Ts & Cs have changed in the past few days.

    • Genghis says:

      No. Avios bookings have flexibility to cancel but they’re not exactly flexible.

  • Harry T says:

    My BA club flights from LHR to Helsinki at the start of May were just cancelled (RIP tier points). I had booked separate economy domestic tickets from NCL to LHR with BA – is there any reasonable way to claim the domestic flights as a refund from BA? They are on a separate PNR to the Club flights.

    I’m guessing that BA probably won’t pay out. I would be happy to have a voucher for these but will claim a cash refund for the Club flights. I guess I could try claiming the separate domestic flights from travel insurance…

    • AJA says:

      Correct BA wont refund as the flights are on separate bookings.

      You could try your insurance but why don’t you just wait until closer to the time to claim.the voucher? You can claim a voucher up to 1 hour before the flight.

      In the meantime BA could very well cancel the flights if we are all forced to go into lockdown in which case you could get a refund (assuming the hack hasn’t been “fixed” by BA).

      • Harry T says:

        Thanks, sounds like a good idea. Wouldn’t be surprised if BA stop the domestic flights given the state of London.

  • Ian says:

    Great idea – IF this stops hundreds of Off Topic comments littering the other threads every day. We’ll see.

    • Jeff says:

      I don’t think it’ll stop attention seeking people from showing off to strangers on the internet unfortunately

  • Ross says:

    Does anyone know if there are any relaxation on hotels booked with avios?

    We have 2 hotel stays for Europe in May that are non refundable avios bookings. Is there a chance these may be relaxed to be transferrable?


    • Rob says:

      No sign so far. However Avios Hotels is Expedia-run so if Expedia start letting you cancel then Avios may well do so too.

      • Nick says:

        Received an unprompted email from (Expedia owned) offered a full refund to credit card of a non-refundable booking made in January so something may be happening

  • Riku says:

    It’s about time. I started to read “one mile at a time” and it’s quite refreshing that the comments for historical articles are about the topic in the article itself rather than “OT no bits today” drivel about tesco vouchers and 2-4-1

  • Sandra Benn says:

    I have return EDI – Cape Town via LHR flights in First Class booked with Avios and 2-4-1 voucher departing April 16, returning May 4 (land 5). I’ve held off cancelling in case BA cancels and I can save the £70 admin charge.Both flights are still showing in My Bookings as Confirmed on a Boeing 747 jet. I saw something about a JavaScript workaround but it’s too complicated for me. I’m not priority to call into Exec Club. Is the advice still to hold on and wait for BA to cancel.

    • Genghis says:

      Yes. You’ve a right to cancel until 24 hours before the first flight. Unless you’re worried about BA running out of cash and you not getting your “taxes” back?

      • Sandra Benn says:

        No, though I definitely want the cash and not a voucher! If it’s left until 48-24 hours before, I will also only have about 5 weeks to “spend” the refunded taxes before my deadline to trigger the next 2-4-1 voucher – which isn’t easy at the moment. Thanks, will leave it till nearer the time and keep checking My Bookings.

        • Lady London says:

          Would be close enough to the flight already to ask if they would extend the voucher. Where people had actually used it to book, they have been

      • James says:

        Would Amex Plat cover this?

    • N says:

      call youfirst, much faster pickup

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Anyone know the change policy for Aer Lingus? Seems you have to call up to move a flight. No voucher option online?

  • Shoestring says:

    countries in EU/ EEA have shut borders so Brexit is irrelevant

    obvs the right to fly/ travel over borders is an inalienable right for some people, are you going to say people can’t take the bus to the supermarket or a taxi or drive in their car next? it’s not much different

    • Novice says:


      I travel a lot too.

      But in this situation if we had a government who had realised things will be easier if nobody in UK gets infected by community transmission then it’s logical to think we might have been ok as we are an island.

      As far as I know and I may be wrong, the virus can’t swim and the distance between UK and France would have been sufficient.

      People start talking about rights and freedom but having a worse situation gives everyone less rights/freedoms. Uncertainty leads to fear.

      But I’m not an expert. I’m just saying we might have at least had the freedom to go to parks etc without fear if it had been contained to start with.

      • Shoestring says:

        your ‘running away’ is my ‘putting myself in a safe place, protecting my family from my untimely death, stopping me blocking an ICU bed’

        • ChrisBCN says:

          Shoestring continuing to talk dangerous nonsense. I note that many comments from dozens of people calling him out on this have been deleted – a points blog should not allow him to talk in the dangerous manner he does, unless they allow the rebuttals.

      • Rumpy says:

        ‘putting myself in a safe place, protecting my family from my untimely death, stopping me blocking an ICU bed’

        Rather like those that left China for safer countries when it started. Maybe they forgot to wash their hands though.

      • Rumpy says:

        Presumably you hovered a couple of inches above the seat throughout the flight with your accumulated knowledge whilst keeping all cabin crew and airport staff 2 metres away from you. I presume you wore gloves too when handling your suitcases so no-one handling your baggage could pick up any germs? Didn’t think so. Doesn’t matter how you dress it up, you ran away like a coward and have no way of knowing if you infected anyone else or not.

        • James says:


          • Donkey says:

            Stop crying! For god sake… Babies when they can’t get their own way! Please mummy make Mr shoestring agree with us! He has too…… Tell him mummy!

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