The new HFP chat thread – Friday 3rd 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: https://www.headforpoints.com/2020/07/03/the-new-hfp-chat-thread-friday-3rd-july/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!

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Comments

  1. Nigel says:

    Quick question,

    Does anyone have any idea when Japan Airlines/JAL flights get uploaded onto BA website for Avios bookings?

    • Nick_C says:

      360 days in advance normally

      • Yes, I’ve been monitoring KIX-BKK and it’s there. IIRC domestic used to be released only a few weeks in advance but I think that’s changed already too.

        • BJ, just curious and save me a search. What tax and surcharge are we looking at per pax? Mine J from NRT-BKK via TPE is £56.

          • £34 from KIX-BKK, which would normally be £93ish. In your case the extra will be your transit airport fees. I am not certain but I think I read that the Japanese government restricted carrier-imposed surcharges. If so then I hope it lasts a while longer as I’m already suffering from First getting scrapped and missing out on the excellent IHG dynamic pricing deals. Our trip akready feels much more expensive than it needed to be.

          • I should add that they are the same regardless of class.

          • Yes, I think so. Same miles required and only £45 tax for HKG – BKK via TPE but we thought HKG next year might already be in civil war. 😋So decided to go back to Japan again.

            We got 6ish hours transit in TPE. Might not be enough time for going out for a quick city trip but will make sure to eat worth that extra transit airport fee in the lounge. Haha.

          • Don’t they have an option departing KIX that would give you a longer layover to play witth? Might also be worth checking if a stopover is allowed, or if their schedules allow for an overnight sub 24h layover at the sane price as either would certainly give you time to see the city.

          • Been to Osaka and will have some reunion with friends in Tokyo so yeah NRT it is ☺️. Flight already booked, cannot change route now. Only time and date. EVA air doesn’t allow overnight transit with for award redemption ticket, at least not for one-way ticket.

      • Nigel says:

        Thanks Nick! Just thinking for next year’s Olympics. I would’ve normally gone via HKG (main issue of using the Lloyds voucher is it is impossible to get direct flights to Tokyo), however due to personal circumstances with the new laws, it looks like HKG might be a no go for me.

        • Tokyo has always been relatively easy to find flights IME. However, should you struggle then consider going to ICN, enjoy a night or two there and then take a flight from GMP to HND. BA dropping KIX I believe so it will probably not be an option.

        • If you want to use the Lloyds voucher then you’ll need to use BA so JAL release dates and availability will be irrelevant. Unless you meant you were planning to use it for 2xOW out and otherwise hoping to get back on JAL.

  2. Oooh! Double points coupon from Tesco clubcard! Valid in-store and delivery on next two shops.
    Looks like the boost from Covid for grocery retail is over and the competition amongst food retailers restarts.

  3. Baji Nahid says:

    is the BA E store down? I cant get onto it.

    • Lady London says:

      2 people reported this yesterday IIRC
      Always worth trying incognito and different browsers though

    • It worked yesterday on a laptop with Firefox.

  4. Does spend limit reset on activate no Curve Metal?

  5. Tracy says:

    Just a datapoint, my sons trip to Malia got cancelled today. TUI 11th August from Glasgow. He was very pleased as he was worried he’d have to go on a rubbish lads trip 🙂

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