The new HFP chat thread – Saturday 27th 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!

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  1. Data point, managed to get a hilton free night certificate (worldwide validity, any brand, exp summer ’21) for a cancelled advance booking which I had for a Hampton in Amsterdam back in April.

    • Bigmaggot says:

      For what reason?

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      With no category restrictions?

    • I thought these were vouchers to the value of the cancelled night?

    • Booking was for early April so couldn’t travel due to covid lockdown, under the hilton policy if its an advance booking you’re entitled to a refund or voucher. Voucher can be hotel specific or a generic Hilton one. Pushed for a generic one and took several weeks but finally got it. There’s no value attached, no restrictions and can be used at any brand as per the below which is from their website.

      “If you cancel a rate which required an advance payment or deposit, we will do everything we can to process your refund as quickly as possible. Due to the influx of cancellations, it may take up to 30 days to complete your request. If you are a Hilton Honors member and cancel an Advance Purchase rate, you may be eligible for a free night certificate for each cancelled night. Free night certificates can be used at our more than 6,100 properties worldwide. Stays must be completed by August 31, 2021. In lieu of a refund, guests at select hotels may choose to receive a hotel voucher redeemable toward a future stay at that hotel. Changes are subject to availability and rate differences.”

  2. From a technical viewpoint, I thought Geneva airport was considered either in Switzerland or France depending on which country you exit into. If this is the case, and you exit into France, Switzerland might not even come into it. But perhaps that is only for “domestic” flights from France to Geneva.

    • Lady London says:

      As you say, it’s in both and you land in whichever country owns the exit you pick – F or CH. You do not go through one of the countries then choose maybe to go to the other country. you just exit via the lane signed for the country you want to land in.

      Same choice at BSL – exit via channel either to F or to CH. if you exit to CH, DE very close by road.

      FDH is good for landing DE, only exit is DE but extremely close to both CH and A by road.

      I’m tearing up thinking how I used to run around doing all this… Will those days of scheming which country it was best to exit in for what, ever return?

      • But at BSL landside you can go back and forth between CH and F as you please when the customs post is not staffed.

  3. Sky News reporting that Virgin will announce a rescue deal within the next few days:

  4. Lady Londonfn says:

    so @Andrew choose which car you want to drop the rental car in and book it in that country. This is important as rules for the cars vary according to country of pickup at these airports. (IIRC the Hertz desk at BSL used to have 2 halves each accessible from only one of the countries but GVA had separate desks in each country. (But this is gojng back a long time). So for instance if you picked up a car on the Swiss side in December it would have snow tyres on it included. But if you picked it up on the French side it would have ordinary tyres and if you wanted snow tyres you had to order and pay extra.

    When you come back to the airport make sure you approach the right side of the airport
    from the same country according to which country you are dropping the car in, which country you are departing from, as this makes it easier. It’s s long way round at BSL if you need to drop a French rental car at MLH “so near and yet so far” you have to drive all the way round and cross the border into the other country to drop the car in the right country’s rental park. GVA may be easier.

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