The new HFP chat thread – Thursday 9th 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: 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. Lord Flyer says:

    Dear Lord Flyer

    For only the second time in our 100-year history, (the first being during the Second World War), the majority of our British Airways aircraft have now touched down in London, leaving just a small fleet flying to bring people home to their loved ones and to deliver critical supplies to countries and people in need.

    As borders continue to close and the world comes to a temporary standstill, we wanted to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for your incredible support of British Airways and our crews, and to send our warmest thoughts to you and to those who may be suffering at the hands of this unexpected crisis.

    As difficult as it has been for our teams and our customers, we stand together. Our business stands on strong foundations. At its heart are many thousands of colleagues who care passionately about the airline, Britain and the nations and customers we serve.

    An incredible new global community has emerged from the situation we find ourselves in and that is something for us all to feel proud of. Hundreds of thousands of people have volunteered their services to help organisations around the world, so too have many of our own people, and for that we are proud and grateful. While many of our aircraft remain on the ground, we will take inspiration from the heroes who are working on the front line and we will continue to serve Britain as best we can.

    Sadly, we know that now is not the time to travel. We don’t know when it will be, but we do know that when our aircraft are cleared for take-off once again, it will be epic. Families will be reunited, the wheels of industry will start turning again and when they do, we’ll be ready, to fly and to serve.

    Until then, from our family to yours, thank you and we wish you well.Thank you,

    Alex Cruz
    Chairman and CEO,
    British Airways

    • ChrisBCN says:

      And no, you are not having a status extension 😂

      • paul milligan says:

        This email was a slap in the face
        Given their outrageous behavior with refunds the very least now is an automatic extension to status for all for 1 year. Anyone with status that expires this side of Dec 2020 gets it extended.

  2. Guys, I got really sick of Opodo and SWISS making a fool of me, despite public reassurances that they are happy to do a cash refund. What should I do?

    Check these two Twitter threads with them:

  3. Interesting voucher data point. I have been texted this evening by BA who told me they have kindly cancelled my car hire booking for this weekend and issued me with a voucher to be used within 12 months. This was to be confirmed in an email…
    The email arrived a short time later. There is no voucher, you book your flight or whatever, then email BA with the booking ref and they will (allegedly) refund the voucher amount back to your payment card!!
    I’m sure there must be easier ways of doing this 🙄

  4. VS transfer to Hilton posted today after 9 days 👍

  5. Kev 85 says:

    There’s been a couple of mentions of class action lawsuits on here.

    Presumably the people saying this are going to kick this off?

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