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The new HFP chat thread – Wednesday 24th June

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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!

Comments (129)

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  • Steve says:

    IHG has extended their book with confidence scheme. Any bookings pre April 6th can be cancelled for a full refund for stay up to 31 August (was 30 June).

    Find it odd that they have kept the “bookings pre April 6” criteria, as they continued to sell non refundable rates even after this date.

  • ankomonkey says:

    So where do we think the UK will announce airbridges to?

    • Jon says:

      US? Brazil? Seems like the only options at the moment…

      • Oh! Matron! says:

        I’m pretty sure they’ll announce air bridges to the countries with the highest Covid-19 rates….

      • Pat the Postie says:

        Well the cases per million is less than Spain…

        We are only going to know the true statistics on death rates when it’s over and the proper data analysed not the limited information given through current sources.

        • J says:

          EU may ban American tourists – expect restrictions on UK tourists. Even if you’re a fan of this government, it’s considered incompetent by every country considered to be handling the crisis well. Plane loads of British tourists is obviously high risk right now.

          • Pat the Postie says:

            Health, diet, diabetes and obesity levels are what really made the difference to the death rate not the timing of the lockdown which was to protect the NHS which it did.

        • pauldb says:

          Do you mean Spain>US – here do you get that from?

    • Pat the Postie says:

      I’d expect the most popular destinations such as France, Spain, Greece etc

    • Sandgrounder says:

      I’m going for France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland as a minimum, because we can visit them now without quarantine. Its all about politics not safety, we should be able to return from Iceland on a direct flight and not quarantine as they have almost zero rates of infections now, but it won’t be permitted because they won’t reciprocate.

      • Vit says:

        Agreed and I am looking forward to the direct flight from EDI to Faroe Islands. 🙂

      • pauldb says:

        It seems a nonsense for the waiver to be anything less than the whole of Schengen. The FCO can still keep its all-but-essential advice if there are outliers.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          But would mean holiday companies would cancel any package holidays if they did. Most if not all insurance policies would be invalid for holidays too.

  • Dave says:

    Is there an an Accelerate or bonus offer for IHG stays at the moment? Considering a few stays in Europe in August and wanted to know if it was worth focusing on IHG or not.

    • Andrew says:

      Doubtful, their target market for these promotions is business travellers so probably nothing until the autumn at the earliest. And with most people likely needing to cancel bookings they make due to the changing situation, it complicates things if promotions have been applied. Flexibility and extended status is probably about as much of a promotion as we can expect to see from the hotel programmes this year.

    • Rob says:

      Weirdly there IS a promo but only for US residents!

    • Lady London says:

      Accor’s offering 500 points per stay in a few Europe countries.

  • Craig says:

    I have an Iberia flight to Bogotá in September. The dates I’m booked on are not for sale anymore, it looks like they have reduced frequency down to a couple of times per week. I have not received any notification from Iberia yet and my booking is still showing on the app. Could this be that they are still deciding on the timetable for September before contacting passengers?

    • Oh! Matron! says:

      Probably a month before. All my flights that have been cancelled so far this year with BA, Virgin, SAA, etc, have all been 1 month. Doesn’t give you much time to re-organise, however…

      • Isherwood says:

        Quite variable in our experience. Veuling flights to Spain for 15 July only officially cancelled by email yesterday. Meanwhile our KLM flights to AMS for end of August cancelled by email today.

    • Gtellez says:

      I had a flight from Milan to Bogota (Stop in Madrid) on Aug 22, that was the same for few weeks, last week I received the notification that the flight has been cancelled; so probably for September the email will arrive soon. I called Iberia and I can cancel it (I don’t want to, since I paid £450 in Business during a fare error I found on FlyerTalk) or change it until June 2021 with few exceptions (like Christmas and Easter). I even asked about the possibility of changing the origin and they told me that it could be possible but has to be approved by a Supervisor. Still not decided which I want to fly…

      • Craig says:

        Mine was also the error fare for £450 so that’s interesting what you say. Thanks

  • JohnG says:

    Has anyone got recent experience of whether Amex are still offering points to retain platinum customers? We’re running behind the pack and wondered if it was still worth having a go?

    • Chris says:

      i called up a week or so ago and got it no problem. They tried to fob me off with the £100 cash back deal, i explained i considered this in line with what i’d normally expect of this card

      they passed me on to a supervisor and within a minute or two she’d approved the 20k points

  • Spk says:

    Singapore Airlines extended their waiver policy to 31st august. Even if the flights are not cancelled, passengers can request for a full refund.

    • marcw says:

      who is booking long haul flights for August?

      • Spk says:

        This is for tickets booked before covid. Obviously any ticket booked after can be changed free of cost.

    • guesswho2000 says:

      Good luck getting SQ to engage, by far the worst I’ve dealt with in this crisis, out of BA/AA/QF/SQ/NF/LA/CX/JL & VA

      • Leigh says:

        I requested refund for a cancelled SQ flight two month ago, still waiting for the refund to be processed. I was told that they don’t have refund time frame at all!

  • Caz says:

    Any info as to whether a MR to Marriott conversion bonus is expected soon? There was the targeted bonus before Christmas, but I’m not sure how often these things come around. Got a points advance booking for September, which will hopefully happen! Need to transfer 30k points so don’t want to do this just before a bonus, but don’t want my all of my nights to change to peak rate in the meantime either!

    • Rob says:

      The targetted one was the first one ever, and of course was targetted. Doesn’t help you much I know …

  • Nikkei says:

    Morning all, any experiences with merging credit limits with AMEX? I’ve just been approved for second credit card but how long should I wait if I want to move (80% of credit limit of first card) to the second card?

    Just worried about any resistance/raising flags when not needed and can be avoided.

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      It’s no problem. Just ring them up and they’ll action it. I’ve done it before as soon as my new card arrived!

      The minimum limit is £700. That is still the case when closing a card down, so if you plan to close one of the cards you can transfer the limit – £700.

    • Rahaney says:

      Do it by the instant chat feature, extremely easy.

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