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The new HFP chat thread – Monday 29th 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:  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 (274)

  • DanLondon says:

    Sorry if this has been discussed already and please let me know when it was (find it hard to search old comments!)

    I know this is pedantic (guess most headforpointers are pedants though?) I’ve just been charged my annual fee (£99) for my IHG creation MasterCard. Seeing as my Spire Elite has been extended until the end of 2021 I won’t get the bonus points on hitting the target this year. It devalues the card a bit. I also didn’t really want to extend it as I’ve not got too many points, there was no warning of the impending charge. Guess it’s up to me to know when it’s due though.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      If you hit 50k you’ll get the 25k pints regardless of having spire extended.

      Unless you got the promised “free” choice already this year?

      The card is currently not available for new applications so would consider that as you may be closing the door for good. Also the £10k free night voucher is worth £99 so the points are just a bonus?

      • DanLondon says:

        Oh didn’t know it was closed to new applicants. Better keep it going then!

    • Genghis says:

      It’s charged after anniversary. Easy to diarise. I do.
      And it appears as though extended statusers don’t get the 25k SE bonus but those that have earned it do.

    • Lyn says:

      Won’t you still get the 25K bonus points anyway if you reach your spend target for Spire (at the reduced level) this year?

  • GC says:

    Just had my GLA>LGW flight cancelled on 20th August was due to connect to Bordeaux which is still showing as operating.

    No BA flights scheduled from Glasgow to Gatwick during August that I can see. Wonder how likely Gatwick Bordeaux flight might operate?

    • AJA says:

      Are they two separate tickets? If they’re on one ticket the GLA-LGW cancellation means you can cancel the whole reservation. That said I can’t see the Bordeaux flight operating from LGW, more likely to see it transfer to operate out of LHR.

    • pauldb says:

      Every August LGW flight I look at is zeroed at the moment…

  • Ian says:

    Just checked my Malta BA flights for 6-18 Aug and the flights are not bookable but are still there in my exec club / MMB. Safe to assume a cancellation will be coming? How long do BA take to notify?

  • Alan S says:

    Can the ‘other’ passenger call BA to add the 2nd leg of their 241 if they are also part of the household/used some of their Avios, or does it need to be the person that the 241 was under (i.e. the Mrs…)?

    • Genghis says:

      No. But you can add a nominated person (who could be the other person on the 241) to your acct so they can do things on your behalf.

      • Alan S says:

        Ideal Genghis – thanks for that. Just did it and found the 2nd Jan 2019 HfP article to boot.

  • Kevin says:

    Does anyone know whether Tesco or Waitrose sell Amazon giftcard. I am trying to take advantage the BAPP bonus points to get it from Tesco or Waitrose.

  • Louise says:

    Can anyone tell me how many avios would be required for reward seats from SEA or OAK to any of the Hawaiian islands? Tks

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