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The new HFP chat thread – Friday 26th 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.

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/2020/06/26/the-new-hfp-chat-thread-friday-26th-june/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.  Let’s see how it goes.  Take care!

Comments (139)

  • The Lord says:

    Does anyone have an indication of how long KLM refunds are taking to process?

  • meta says:

    Really? I have two expired voucher and got them extended. When I called about 10 days ago, there seemed to be two official policies –

    1. voucher is extended three months from date of calling (for non cancelled flights)
    2. voucher is extended till 30 Sep for cancelled flights

    These are all book by dates!

  • Simon says:

    Morning All, would anyone kindly know an alternative to HL deposits via Curve? I made several HL deposits three weeks ago, then withdrew my first amount 3 days ago… only to find that HL have paid the money back to the underlying card (Virgin) and NOT to my nominated Savings account. Are there other firms like HL which permit Curve deposits AND withdrawals to bank accounts (rather than back to the underlying card) other than NSI? I’m really trying to find a simple bank account without fees which would permit this. I think HL is not going work out for me. 🙁

    • BJ says:

      Last I read was that IHG via Curve to NSI was still working ok if kept to a few hundred each time but may have changed. I’ve already given up on Curve, more trouble than it’s worth.

      • Simon says:

        Thanks, BJ. I know what you mean: I’ve had issues with Curve from time to time, so I know the frustration, but, strangely perhaps, not so much with NSI, just now with HL, annoyingly. Just trying to find an HL replacement that permits withdrawals to bank a/cs after Curve deps.

        • BJ says:

          Those comments had a very short shelf life 🙂

          • Simon says:

            Ha! 😉 I’m sanguine about the possibility of a shelf life extension in due course. Or I’m in denial. One or the other.

    • The Urbanite says:

      HL have been wise to being used for MS. Even in 3V days they were known to reverse deposits back to the funding card rather than to bank account. Tread carefully!

      • Simon says:

        Many thanks, The Urbanite. 😉 I will do as such from now on!

  • BJ says:

    Anybody here done a sailing holiday with no previous sailing experience? If so, how did it go? I figure it might be a good time to try a sailing holiday for first time given the Covid risks and challenges to travel at the moment.

    • Rhys says:

      My aunt and uncle did for many years, with those groups of boats where they teach/organise for you. Offers a safety net.

    • Peggers says:

      Hi BJ.
      I have experience of newbie crewing and of friends who have taken a sailing holiday with little/no experience. All out of Western Greece, either Corfu or Preveza areas.
      Good fun etc, but you are in contact with other people every day as you are in a port/harbour overnight and there are flotilla dinners and breakfast briefings every day. If you have little or no knowledge of sailing you obviously have to get basic knowledge quickly, so you may have flotilla staff with you for a while.
      So it is a good way to see a country & you will have time on your own, but at this stage you won’t be on your own for long.
      I’d still recommend it tho. I’m hopefully going over in Sept for my 10th year of (much more experienced) crewing.

    • BJ says:

      Thanks folks, quite encouraging but probably a bit more social than I expected. I was thinking Greece in the Autumn if possible then the Andaman Sea at new year if I enjoyed it.

    • Mike says:

      A flotilla is better than bareboat charter if you don’t have much experience, you get the backup of a lead crew.

      Check what experience they want. Sailing Holidays used to be more liberal than others in requirements (and are great for service). You will still be around people in the evenings (at restaurants etc) but during the day you are not.

  • marcw says:

    For all the people that jumped on the Avios seats to Australia. I’m sure BA is happy to keep your cash, or the 35 GBP if you decide to cancel.

    “Prime Minister Scott Morrison signalled that Australia’s borders may remain closed to most international visitors until the middle of next year [2021] as the coronavirus crisis escalates across the world.”

    https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/morrison-signals-australian-borders-may-be-closed-until-mid-2021

    • marcw says:

      At this point I’m starting to believe that the Olympics are not going to happen next year.

      • AJA says:

        Sadly I agree.

      • ankomonkey says:

        This one is probably my final chance of a medal – in the time-wasting, shouting and goofing around triathlon event.

  • Waddle says:

    My contact at Curve says all Curve cards have been suspended due to Wirecard fallout.

  • Andrew says:

    RIP Curve Card. Always seemed a rather odd business model.

    • the_real_a says:

      They already have their own card processing module working in beta. Give them a week.

      • Rhys says:

        In April, they said it should take effect 28th June…..good timing if true

        • Gulz says:

          Question is whether they will issue new cards or will the existing card will be up and running again. I am guessing the former.

          • memesweeper says:

            They were all planning to keep existing cards active. As their new agreement is direct with MasterCard that ought to be theoretically possible.

    • Roy says:

      I successfully used my Curve card (loaded on to Google Pay) to pay in a physical shop just a couple of hours ago.

  • Doug M says:

    So Curve didn’t have a backup plan.

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