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The new HFP chat thread – Thursday 30th 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.  Let’s see how it goes.  Take care!

Comments (265)

  • Shoestring says:

    Millions of Britons could lose the right to a cash refund for cancelled flights with the EU set to change consumer rights and force fliers to accept vouchers instead.

    A dozen EU member states have asked the European Commission to suspend passengers’ rights to a full refund as part of moves to help the hard-hit industry through the coronavirus crisis.

    The group, which includes France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Portugal, issued a joint statement calling for a temporary amendment to consumer law because carriers ‘continue to incur high running costs’ despite most planes being grounded due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      And why is that problem one for the customer who had their flight cancelled to help with.

      These governments need a good shake.

      • Shoestring says:

        They need a good kicking but they are much better at protecting national interests than the UK has been these last 25 years.

  • Shoestring says:

    All this talk about Kindle vs Hardback/ paperback – currently reading Sweet Caress by William Boyd, I thoroughly recommend Boyd, the best book I read this century was his: Any Human Heart – so I suggest you buy that for £2.80 on Ebay or Amazon and give it a read, very amusing.

    • Doug M says:

      Agreed about Boyd. If you like his stuff I think you’ll most likely also enjoy Sebastian Faulks. Both have written excellent modern James Bond novels in the style of Fleming.

      • Doug M says:

        Birdsong is a fabulous read, perhaps my fav book. A Fool’s Alphabet is another great read.

  • Shoestring says:

    It’s official: I have to stay out here at my place in the sun for the next 3 years

    Over-50s should be kept in coronavirus lockdown for longer and FINED if they cannot prove their age when out and about in public, study suggests
    Experts say younger people should be the first groups released from lockdown
    It is based on evidence that younger people are less likely to die from COVID-19
    The over-50s are 20 times more likely to die from coronavirus than 20-year-olds

    • Shoestring says:

      ‘Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at Warwick, said people older than 50 ‘do not realise the danger they are about to be in’.
      ‘Our age-risk graphs need to be understood by everyone. They show very clearly that younger people are at far less risk of dying from COVID-19 than older citizens.
      ‘Any lockdown release policy that does not design itself around this “age gradient” in human coronavirus risk will have dangerous consequences,’ Oswald said. ‘

      I completely agree, Mr esteemed almighty guy Andrew Oswald.

      I will heed your advice, good sir.

    • Lady London says:

      +1 keep kids at home till at least 2 generations of workers are back working without hospitals being overwhelmed or uptick

      Insane to think of having kids from different families mix with each other again and bring the infections home from school to all the generations in the family. Kids appalling vector of respiratory or gut/stomach infections. Not the ones to start with.

  • Waddle says:

    I read on Reddit that UK sign-up bonus minimum spend requirements are finally being extended.

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