The new HFP chat thread – Tuesday 31st March

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We have decided to run this new 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.

By default, HFP shows the last page of comments under the article.  If you want to see the first page of comments and read them all from beginning to end in order, click here: The page will refresh with this article but the comments will now show the first page and not the last page.

We will continue to monitor how this is working:

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 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!

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  1. Secret Squirrel says:

    Has anyone received sign up bonus on BAPP recently after closing free BA Amex and opening a new BAPP card account?
    I remember reading on here some reports of success of this a month or so ago!

    • I got 6k bonus when l upgraded from bacc to the BAPP, now closed after banking the 241 voucher.

    • Worth noting that this “not so secret” 6k avios bonus is not stated anywhere in amex website so some might not got it when upgrading. I got it but my partner didn’t. Ended up complaint to amex and was offered as a “goodwill gesture”.

  2. Charlieface says:

    What do people think of the following?
    If you want to keep your Virgin miles but scared of them going bust, make a booking for say 12 months time. If you eventually need your miles, just cancel for the £35 refund. But if they go bust claim the notional value of the ticket from the credit card company. This is categorically not just taxes, it includes a notional value on the miles, for which you may have to argue an exact amount. Ideally you want the greater of an equivalent cash ticket, or the cost of buying the miles direct from Virgin, at 1.5p each plus £15 transaction charge.
    So £35 to insure your miles against bankruptcy, and you would probably end up in profit if they did go belly up.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Its a plan.

      If you book to somewhere you actually want to go you could probably get your credit card company to pay for equivalent seats on another airline.

    • Charlieface says:

      Obvs the total notional ticket value has to be above £100 (in this case because they are one-way tickets you need each ticket to be) but the taxes by themselves do not have to be above.

      • Amex Plat card insurance covers bookings on miles/points if surcharges were paid on a Card. Never claimed, but I presume they would buy you a comparable ticket. So Virgin UC could be Delta/BA/AA/United business class. Also if surcharges are greater than £100, S75 rules would apply and they would have to do the same. Whether they would do it and how much you would have to fight for it is another matter.

    • Interesting thought…. has anyone ever made a section 75 claim for a redemption booking? Unlike cashing out miles for Hilton points this could actually help them in the short term due their having the taxes and fees cash.

      • Charlieface says:

        Can’t think of any FOS cases of that directly but they have ruled in favour when a purchase is paid partially with a voucher (not a discount code) and I can’t see how this is different.

  3. Richard Relief says:

    Oh great! The wife (or is that lover/ gay boyfriend? nobody cares – I’m not a snowflake) is on furlough, 80% salary for doing nothing the next couple months.

    • My niece’s husband is enjoying six months paternity leave on full pay including car allowance.

      • Richard Relief says:

        my wife got various tax & maternity benefits, over the years as we had our 3 kids, slightly better than UK

        the best was 12 months on full pay, luckily I had recruited her on top dollar

        I think the other 2 were about 9 months on full pay, going back a few years so I don’t have instant recall

  4. Apologies if this question has already been answered – its difficult to search though the many relevant pages (and I actually read most them each day)
    I have 2 return flights to Munich in August, cash paid £128 HBO and £148 for a Standard flight. The Bayreuth festival has been cancelled so little point in going. BA are still advertising a full schedule for Munich in August, so no cancellation or voucher options yet. In fact the cash prices are now £84 and £94 respectively.
    Do I have any options apart from waiting for BA to cancel or extend the voucher period? I’m guessing travel insurance will not cover this even though the flights were booked in early December.

    • No other options. You’re going to have to wait for BA to either cancel the flights or for the flights to be included in the exchange for an e-voucher scheme.

  5. Somehow my Curve card was used fraudulently recently (not sure how exactly but there we go) so I cancelled it and they sent me a new one. What I didn’t expect was for my Curve limits to be reset on the new card. I wasn’t in danger of hitting my annual limit but something worth bearing in mind for anyone in that situation.

  6. Has anyone had issues getting avios from Heathrow Express journeys in the past few months? I did 2 return journeys in February and still waiting for the avios to credit.

  7. Harry T says:

    I applied for the free IHG card just now and was accepted, but I can’t see a definitive part of the website that says the IHG card bonus is 20,000 points until 31st March. Anyone got a link?

    • Michael says:

      Saw someone mention on another thread that the bonus 10,000 point offer ended on the 30th rather than 31st. No idea if that’s accurate.

  8. BGI Fridays says:

    have just booked a BA Holiday in Barbados in October, flights were c.£450 each return which i thought was good value – albeit Y- , and a decent hotel on top. Paid just £500 deposit. Full economy which includes a bag each and early seat selection. For five of us (2 adults 3 kids).

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