The new HFP chat thread – Tuesday 19th May

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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.

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We will continue to monitor how this is working.  Let’s see how it goes.  Take care!

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  1. Jay H says:

    What tends to be the cheapest way to go business class for 2 people to the Maldives? Will a 5k budget suffice? Don’t mind positioning in EU via Avios or cash

    • Goodness of course 5k is enough. Just wait out QR due to them fiddling the fares right now with their generous rebooking policy.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Do you mean the QR rebooking offer that’s been changed now to not be so generous?

    • Andrew says:

      For that budget you can probably fly direct with BA from London in First. Ex-EU with QR in business, likely half that.

      • FloriGuy says:

        Not sure about that. Did two random dates in December (ok peak season but you want to go when hot). £7k for two in J. F will be more. Yes there may (will) be sales but it is not as easy as everyone is making out.

        • Secret Squirrel says:

          Agree, 2.5k each for CW RTN to MLE direct is not seen very often, if at all. 1.25k on QR is rare but not impossible if ex eu position in a sale.

          • Secret Squirrel says:

            Sorry, reading A’s statement on flying F is a definite No. You won’t even touch that in J. The last time we flew LGW-MLE cash prices in J on BA were 3.5k each.

          • Jay H says:

            Don’t mind the indirect. Chance to stretch the legs!

    • Jay H says:

      Thank you! I was worried looking at the current fares!

    • Jay H says:

      Any particular properties people can recommend? Depending on work we are planning on 10 – 14 nights. Sitting on 2.5 million Marriott & 4 million Hilton. Not essential to use, however, budget per night would otherwise be 1 – 1.5k £

      • Lots of new options now – the JW Marriott, a Ritz-Carlton at the end of 2020, the new Waldorf Astoria, the Conrad. Might be a Curio Collection by Hilton too. For 14 nights you want to swap half way.

      • Babyg says:

        North Island Seychelles is 355k per night if you have miles to burn..

  2. Seychelles seems a lot nice and far fewer Chinese.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Don: you tend to only see a lot of Chinese in The Maldives during their New year, other than that just the same as other nationalities. Seychelles is ok but in our opinion not as nice as Maldives but may depend on where you stay.

      • Do you prefer Labriz over Conrad, or WA? I have 10 Free Night Vouchers which obviously are worth a lot for WA, but I chose Labriz given I thought speaking French might be more pleasant then the Maldives…

        • Secret Squirrel says:

          Definitely Connrad over Labriz, not been to WA as had it booked but was cancelled due to C19.
          We decided to go back to the Conrad Maldives next Feb in the end.

        • Secret Squirrel says:

          10 x free nights Don, how did you accumulate that many?
          I thought the Hilton Barclaycard free night vouchers only lasted a few years and you can only earn one per year?

        • Does it have to be Labriz? Liked it, but Silhouette island was something else.

    • How about other races?

    • Jay H says:

      Went last year!

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