The new HFP chat thread – Wednesday 22nd 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/2020/04/22/the-new-hfp-chat-thread-wednesday-22nd-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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Comments

  1. Baji Nahid says:

    Anyone had any experiences with the IHG CC? Disputes team and how easy they are to deal with? had to open up an section75 with them so hopefully it goes through but would like to hear how fast/quick the process has taken for you?

    Also My 20K bonus points have not been added to my IHG rewards account even though I made a £500+ purchase, would that be added to my account later on?

    Secondly, anyone who has asked for a supplementary for their gold card, can you possibly tell me how many points you were awarded?

    I appreciate all the help!

  2. yorkieflyer says:
    • Their hands were tied to be honest, they can’t increase equity and they can’t just hand over the money that received from the US gov.

      I am getting a bit more anxious about VS, though still perplexed why Easyjet was able to get what it wanted and VS wasn’t.

      • Peter K says:

        Rob wrote about this on an earlier article. Basically it’s to do with the way the company is set-up and thus whether they fall into the current help offered by the government or not.

        • The Government offer is that – if you had tradeable debt which had an Investment Grade credit rating before CV – you can issue fresh debt on the same terms and the Government promises to buy it.

          Virgin does not have any tradable debt, just the boring bank sort, and so its debt does not have a credit rating. It cannot access the Government scheme.

  3. Can anyone advise how to transfer Virgin miles into AMEX rewards, thanks

    • You can only transfer from Amex to Virgin, not the other way around.

      • OK, thanks for response, much appreciated

        • No lockdown for moi says:

          you can transfer Virgin miles to Hilton (@0.5p so not great value vs an air mile worth 1p) if you are worried about Virgin going bump

          method already outlined in this thread so scroll up & read the comments

  4. Patrycja says:

    @anna & @doug m thank you for pointing me in direction of Flyertalk helper. BA cancelled flight refunded. Yay!

  5. Funny things at revolut. transaction on 29 Mar charged as cash like transaction with interest charged today (no transaction fee) but transaction on 11 and 14 April have the usual MCC code. This is on hilton visa

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Curve:
      This means you can now move any payment made in the last 90 days to a different card in your Curve wallet. So, if you have something you wish you’d put on your credit card or joint account back then – you can do it now! 

  6. A complex one here – any thoughts? I’m due a refund of approx £1500 from BA to my Hilton barclaycard. There isn’t a balance on the Hilton card as I rarely use it, and I’m currently out of work due to Covid19 and rather short of hard cash.

    Half of that refund belongs to my ex (our marriage has ended since buying the flights). What are the chances of Barclaycard agreeing to refund the £1500 sitting on the account to my current account? I presume they have no requirement to as it could potentially be seen as MS.

    While being £1500 in credit is not the worst issue to have and I can probably pay most bills via the barclaycard, it doesn’t help me as much as being in my current account and certainly doesn’t help me pay her back.

    • Genghis says:

      It’s your Barclaycard, any refund would go to your current account.

      • No lockdown for moi says:

        My Barclaycard belongs to a current a/c but I’m assuming O/P’s card belongs to a credit card a/c or he wouldn’t have an issue?

        • Genghis says:

          My reading of OP’s case was that he paid for flights for him and his now ex-wife on his HH Barclaycard. He’s “due a refund” which would then go back to the original payment card, the HH Barclaycard. As it’s his credit card, Barclaycard would issue a credit to his current account. Barclaycard don’t know about the ex-wife and OP owing her money.

          • Genghis’s interpretation is correct – Hopefully Barclaycard will be amenable to sending the money through to my current account following BA refunding to the Barclaycard.

          • Lady London says:

            What are people supposed to do if a refunding merchant has this rule and the card that paid is now closed?

    • No lockdown for moi says:

      Sorry to hear the personal situation went bad.

      Highly unlikely – if BA refunds, it always goes back to original card/ if you’re doing chargeback, same.

      • Novice says:

        I’m wondering about your username tbh 😂

        R u a regular here?

        Why aren’t you experiencing lockdown?

        The writer in me is very curious 🧐

  7. Ben Curtis says:

    If anything is to happen to Virgin Atlantic, do we reckon compensation of some sort can be sought from Virgin Money since this brand will still be around?

    They’ve given the points and vouchers, so surely if unused they might be willing to offer something.

    What do we think?

    • Novice says:

      I don’t think so. Virgin money is a separate business, a bank.

      But I’m not an expert so it’s just my opinion.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      On future miles not posted to your account perhaps but they delivered any past miles into your virgin account and they may say there was no guarantee you’d be able to use them.

    • Genghis says:

      No

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