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The new HFP chat thread – Wednesday 15th July

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Comments (103)

  • Craig says:

    Interesting Hilton development: Had a room booked at the end of the month at DoubleTree Harrogate for £75.05 per night. Booked on 5th July. Without doing anything, just received new e-mail confirmation with new rate of £65.67, i.e. the VAT reduction from 20% to 5% has been automatically applied! The original confirmation e-mail does not mention VAT separately so hats off to Hilton for passing this on. They continue to be my favourite hotel brand during COVID-19 by far. Now looking forward to getting similar e-mails about my other upcoming stays!

    • Jerrry Butler says:

      yes very interesting, what you do for fun?

    • the_real_a says:

      £16 per night parking charge!

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        It is a nice hotel, though – don’t know what breakfast is like during these times but was always good in days of yore…

    • Andrew says:

      Excellent. And I just made a lunch reservation at Harrods and they confirmed the reduced prices too – doubles up with the spend £150, get £30 back on BAPP which appeared today. I would imagine that most companies will be passing on the reduced VAT.

    • Roberto says:

      Cheers for this.
      Just checked, then cancelled and rebooked my 3 nights at the Conrad St James and saved me 18000 Hilton Points. Same suite , different price. Thats a cheap free night somewhere else another day. Many thanks….

      • Lafy London says:

        Now *that* was clever of you Roberto.
        I suppose that’s the only advantage in a strictly points-relate-to-money-on-a-conversion-rate-that-is-fixed program like Accor.

        Where the link between value of your points and cadh price of the room is less strict, as more likeky with Hilton and IHG, your points rate on an existing booking might not reprice lower in points during this 15% VAT price cut periiod.

        But if anyone has any short term bookings with Accor in the UK paid with points, cancelling and rebooking should cost you less points now.

  • Scottdogg says:

    I know the rule for Booking BA reward flights and using a 2 for 1 voucher , they want you to use the BA american express .
    Does the card have to be in that persons name ?
    I want to book my partner and 1 of the kids a reward flight using point and a 2 for 1 voucher ( her points her account her 2 for 1 voucher) . I got a new BA card the other day , but forgot to order her supplimentary one . Would they accept mine to book , or will i need to get her Supp card ordered and wait for that to arrive ?

    • Michael says:

      Can be in anyone’s name. Doesn’t need to be yours.

      • Grant says:

        And does not necessarily need to be a BA Amex in my experience, any Amex will do, despite what the Amex CS agent will say when you try and cancel the card.

        • Secret Squirrel says:

          Is there a glitch on welcome bonus promos on Amex at the moment.
          Wife’s new BAPP just been awarded 30k points but she held Gold only a month ago?

          • Genghis says:

            Rule for BAPP is not held avios earning card in last 24 months… ie Gold doesn’t matter.

          • Secret Squirrel says:

            Cheers G, I still get confused by those rules.

  • Anna says:

    Just had a notification for shed loads of F availability to DXB over Xmas/New Year. Not checked with BA because we can’t go. 😫

    • Anne says:

      They also released a ton of Club availability in Nov yesterday as well, we upgraded our return leg already booked in WTP as a result. Went from almost no DXB-LHR availability to multiple seats on every flight. Hopefully we’ll get to go!

    • J says:

      Dubai? No thanks.

  • Jeff 99 says:

    Spanish authorities have shut down all shops, bars and restaurants along Magaluf’s notorious Punta Ballena strip in Mallorca, days after images emerged of drunk tourists paying little heed to regulations on wearing masks and social distancing.

    The closures, which also extend to two streets known for partying near S’Arenal beach, will take effect immediately and will last at least two months, the regional government said on Wednesday.

    “We cannot tolerate the sort of images we have been seeing over the last few days, and we are not going to tolerate it,” said Iago Negueruela, the regional official in charge of economy and tourism for the islands. “We don’t want uncivil tourists on our islands.”

    • Amber Lynn says:

      That rules out about 75% of brit tourists to Majorca then!

    • Anna says:

      What did they expect?!! I was rather hoping the Brits felt the full force of the law for breaching the social distancing rules to make them realise what an easy time they have of it back home.

  • AndyK says:

    Just got a refund which ended as Curve Cash.
    Any advise on how to move this to my bank account?

    • MarkH says:

      Same happened to me.

      Not sure that you can and couldn’t be bothered wasting too much time finding out so I just used it to pay Brighton (don’t have curve metal btw)

      • Annabel says:

        Me too on curve cash. Is there a charge for payments to Brighton or limited to £500? Thanks

        • Liz says:

          I part paid my AMex bill with £118 of refunds the other day – went through fine.

    • Waddle says:

      You can top up Revolut if you have it.

    • John says:

      If you read the emails from curve it says you have to wait as they’re still working on it

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  • Daniel says:

    Hi – a quick question on BA baggage allowances. Have booked a basic economy fare home from US to London. Now need to add a bag which is fine. What I wondering would I be able to get the baggage benefits of being a gold card holder if I do i.e 32 instead of 23 kg and possibly second bag free. Thanks for any help on this.

    • Lady London says:

      No bag free on HBO for anyone. They closed that loophole not long after status pax began exploiting it. Yes for Gold each bag can be 32.

      I cant help thinking with the ripoff price if bsggage ftom the USA, you would have done better to book regular, nonHBO fare. That would give you 2 32 with your status.

      If you booked within the past 24hrs I would strongly suggest you cancel using your right to do so in that time as you’ve probably just doubled your costs doing it this way.

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