The new HFP chat thread – Tuesday 7th April

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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: https://www.headforpoints.com/2020/04/07/the-new-hfp-chat-thread-tuesday-7th-april/comment-page-1 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.  Take care!

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  1. AndyGWP says:

    FWIW – there’s a short piece on Barra airport on the following programme on Iplayer

    Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands, Shorts: 11. Barra:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07c4pkz

  2. Brasov says:

    Hi, other than “before it’s due”, does anyone know the best way to pay off IHG card these days?!

  3. Brasov says:

    Hi, does anyone know how safe the prepaid cards are to leave funds in? Revolut is FSCS protected, I guess?

    • Genghis says:

      I wouldn’t leave a large amount there. Revolut does not have FSCS protection given it’s not a bank in the UK (and doesn’t use passporting from Lithuania).

      However, monies are held in a client money account with Barclays IIRC (in the UK). Should Revolut and Barclays go bust at the same time you’ll lose money.

      The greatest risk, however, IMO is assets being frozen if you look a bit dodgy and with not great customer service it might be a while before you can actually get your cash back.

  4. Peter K says:

    Tried connecting Virgin Money about the changes to the miles earning on their Virgin Plus credit card and some other changes to t&c. I never received any notification of these.

    What a load of rubbish. I tried twice by in account message. It was like I had spoken a different language and the person the other end could not read.

    They then decided to escalate it as a complaint (which I had not made) for interest charged (not had any).

    The reply by letter to that ‘complaint’ was by someone who obviously had read the original messages. However they basically said the miles awarded are done so by Virgin Atlantic, not by the credit card company, that an email had been sent out to everyone about the changes to awarding miles (it hadn’t to us) and that the miles awarded are not part of the terms and conditions of the card!

    It did say that on the plus side, we could ask for a (non-guaranteed) credit limit rise. Thanks 🙄

    No one at any point replied to my saying I was not happy with other t&c changes made on 11th March.

    It’s amazing how many companies cover themselves with shame rather than glory and don’t consider the long term effect.

    • Neil Cullen says:

      I’ve not seen any changes to miles warning on the Virgin + card can someone enlighten me please

      • Peter K says:

        It’s where you can only earn miles on spend up to your credit limit. Ones like Mrs K who were given a stupidly low limit (£1000 !) used to cash cycle to effectively raise this and could then earn more miles.
        Limiting what can be earned to 1500 miles a month, without any communication, is basically daylight robbery.

        • Neil Cullen says:

          Thanks, I thought they had changed again

        • Ryan Berry says:

          I had this but had been awarded c. 10k miles less in the month I found out!

          Their excuse was that I hadn’t spent more than my credit limit before (only recently started spending large amounts)

          After a lot of ‘discussion’ with a couple of employees at their help centre I managed to raise a formal complaint to which after 3-4 weeks they phoned to say the additional miles will be credited at my next statement date… They were very keen to close the case as “there wasn’t anything they could do” (turns out there was) just stand your ground and don’t agree to anything but a formal complaint raised up to the highest levels

          Let’s hope they hang around long enough for that to be actually worth something… or at least until I move them to IHG!

  5. Simon says:

    HI all, I have a 5 figure purchase sum to put through a points earning card.

    I have BAPP, Green Amex, Amex SPG and HSBC PWE. All bonuses have been earned. I’m thinking about security of points.

    Which card would you use for the purchase and why?

    • BA’s not going bust so I wouldn’t worry about any security. Ignore HSBC as the Green Amex gives you the same transfer options plus a lot more besides (UNLESS you want to gamble on HSBC running another Avios transfer bonus).

      So it’s really 1.5 Avios on the BAPP or 1 Avios BUT with lots of alternative options via Green Amex or 0.8ish Avios BUT with lots of alternative options via SPG Amex. Really depends how much you’d value Marriott points or obscure airline miles, both of which make the SPG Amex better.

      I might lean towards Bonvoy although my recent drop to Gold status makes their points less valuable now I have lost free breakfast and 4pm check out.

    • memesweeper says:

      I have a similar selection of cards. No major purchases planned however!

      If you have an immediate or likely soon use for Avios, use the BAPP. If you have an immediate or likely soon use for Bonvoys, use the SPG Amex. If no to both, and you are planning to maintain an MR balance in the long run, Green Amex. Otherwise SPG/Bonvoy for long term fee-free flexibility.

      Don’t forget Bonvoy have some niche but very nice non-travel redemptions. If you have no travel plans that might make for a memorable night out — I think the O2 will reopen before LHR Terminal 3.

      • Simon says:

        Thank Rob and Meme. I think I will use the SPG as that’s the place I have least points, and when this whole CV thing comes to an end, and will really value a 5 for 4 night stay on points.

    • Lady London says:

      Which card?
      A new one. Such as IHG.

      Very nice free hotel night available WYS £10k. Can pair with Ambassador free night somewhere really nice if you want to as well. Rob has a link and an article on here

      • Harry T says:

        Creation appeared to pull the premium IHG card yesterday. Only the free card is now offered on their website.

        • EwanG says:

          “Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting applications for this card and we apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.”
          Only the basic IHG card and Maximiles card currently open for applications, Creation have stopped all others.

          • Article tomorrow. Current cardholders not impacted. There are some interesting potential reasons behind all this.

  6. Peter North says:

    Poor from Bonvoy

  7. Scallder says:

    Just had an email from IHG with the following in it about credit card nights:

    “Anniversary night certificates earned through IHG Rewards Club credit cards (USA & UK):

    We are extending the expiration date of anniversary certificates that are set to expire in 2020. Certificates expiring from 1 March 2020 can now be used through 31 December 2020.

    Certificates issued in 2020 will have an 18-month redemption time period.

    We will be reaching out to cardmembers directly with more information.”

    I used one earned June 2018 and expired June 2019 for a stay in Vienna at the start of May this year. Have just called them and they have essentially said, tough luck. The policy doesn’t allow them to do anything.

    So whilst it’s a positive step them extending vouchers earned from 1st March 2019 (or whatever date would have given an expiry of 1st March 2020), this does nothing for anyone with vouchers attached to existing bookings earned in good faith from 1st March 2018 to 31st December 2018.

    Even asked for the 35k points that the voucher had saved me (would have been worth 55k if they’d given me the voucher back and I could attach it to an existing points booking in November, which is within 6 months of the existing date in May, so is inline with the extensions they’re giving vouchers earned this year).

    Was finally (after a long hold) told to email the Rewards Club to see whether they could sort anything out, but I’m not too hopeful right now which is extremely frustrating…

  8. There is an interesting piece about whether or not to redeem your Virgin miles on TLFL today, does HFP concur with their conclusion that the miles should be reasonably safe as Virgin Miles are effectively owned by a separate company?

    • Peter K says:

      I’ve not read the piece you mention, but if that is the conclusion then it’s been mentioned a few times in the comments that Rob doesn’t agree with that conclusion.

      • jamie says:

        Well I think Rob said he didn’t know about the liquidity of the loyalty club company. Bigger question is if you book on Delta with FC miles will Delta honour the booking if VA goes under

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        There was a point made on TLFL that VA miles would be safe as Amex buys them. However, if VS went bust, Amex wouldn’t be buying them so no protection there then…

        • I like Michele but there is a massive hole in their thinking. The reason Delta etc accept Virgin miles for redemptions is because of their airline joint venture. Why in the world would an airline continue to give away flights for peanuts when that has all gone?

          All I’d say is that IIRC there was a window where you could use India’s JetPrivilege miles on Etihad after Jet Airways went bust. Possibly Delta might give you a window purely to redeem on their metal. However, as there is (in normal times) virtually no premium transatlantic availability anyway this won’t help.

          • So for a reward flight with FC miles say in October this year best to book on Delta.com

            How do you transfer miles from FC or what is the process for booking with FC miles on delta site?

          • You don’t. You book them on the Virgin site in the same way you’d book a Virgin flight.

    • philco says:

      I think the article is optimistic as to what would likely happen if VS goes under and I say that as somebody who is sticking with my VS miles (i.e., not transferring them out).

      • No, not at all. VGLC almost certainly has no money to fund redemptions. Even now it must be on the verge of going under, since VA isn’t buying miles off it and it is still funding redemptions.

        Anyone who thinks otherwise should look at what happened to airberlin TopBonus (owned by Etihad and so nominally separate from the airline) or Jet Airways JetPrivilege (same). Programme either goes bankrupt immediately or devalues to a fraction of the previous value of your miles.

        • Jessiefan says:

          What is the likely safer route then to book a reward flight with FC miles
          a – using Virgin Atlantic
          b – Delta

          and what payment method might give most protection?
          a – A credit card (Virgin Money?) with s75 protection
          b – AMEX Platinum, a charge card with insurance?

          Or is it all hands to convert which will surely precipitate a failure

          • Charlieface says:

            Credit card for S75. Pref book with the airline you intend to fly directly

  9. BA premium card holder apply for supplementary card, if I apply via the app, will it trigger the 3000 bonus point or do I need to do it via Amex website? Thanks.

  10. I just called You First again about my refund of Avios and cash which I requested on 13/3. I was told that India normally do all the refunds but as all the centres in India are now closed they brought all the refund cases back to the UK about 10 days ago and there are teams of people purely working on refunds. He has geed mine up again and said I should have my Avios back within the hour!

  11. Any way to stay at Raffles in Singapore on points?

    • Yes, Accor points. The problem is that the Accor scheme is revenue based, so the points you need is the cash price that night divided by 0.2 Eurocents.

    • fivebobbill says:

      Stay across the street (quite literally), the JW Marriott Singapore is outstanding!

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