The new HFP chat thread – Thursday 2nd July

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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!

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  1. Anyone bought anything in store at currys to see if the Amex offer triggers?

  2. Was looking to use 2-4-1 voucher for flight to Asia next year. Something I don’t understand is the difference in tax and surcharge for two destinations I am looking at, even though the required avios is the same. Say, INV-HND via LHR and INV-BKK via LHR. HND is about £50 cheaper than BKK route. Is this normal?

    • Yes, there are differences both in airport charges and in the surcharges BA applies. Are you pkan ing to fly on to Cambodia or Thailand after Japan?

      • Yes. Part of the yearly family reunion. 🙂 Also trying to use up my EVA miles as well for NRT-BKK via TPE route. Heard lots of good thing about its hard product in J.

        I guess for the return flight from BKK-INV via LHR. I have to call BA to add the return leg and pay the tax + surcharge. I saw in Rob’s 2-4-1 guidance that they would waive the £35 fees?

        • You’re in Aberdeen, right? If so then you could return to Aberdeen instead of Inverness unless you are taking the car there and leaving it. You could take the bus or train, or a private hire will probably be less than the parking, or a one way hire? You will not need to pay the £35. Only flew EVA twice but it was a very positive experience.

          • Ah, I did not know I can add the return leg BKK-ABZ via LHR and don’t have to go back to INV. That would be great. Still a while to plan but very handy to know. Thanks BJ.

          • Welcome. We always try to head out from INV and return to EDI. When they changed the schedules at INV last summer it meant an 8h layover in LHR so on request they agreed to rebook us from EDI at no extra cost. So if same happens to you then try requesting a reroute from ABZ.

          • That’s also useful to know. I initially thought you have to put the return leg back to INV as well to save on tax and surcharge.

  3. Finnair (AY) to join BA, IB and AA (plus other Oneworld airlines?) in London Heathrow Terminal 5 until further notice from 14 July 2020.

  4. Jonathan says:

    Interesting new experience with Amex Business Platinum. They now seem to have imposed a 90 day delay upon award of the 18,000 point referral bonus. This means that if you have two accounts with separate companies that you roll the cards between, they are able to reduce the refunded proportion of the £595 annual fee by three months. In the past they have awarded the referral as soon as the referred card is approved. Nasty.

    • Did they tell you this? Business Platinum bonuses have not been posting recently but no-one has given a reason.

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