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The new HFP chat thread – Thursday 30th July

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Comments (212)

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  • Jane says:

    Hi, as expecting from reading HFP my Gatwick / Tenerife flight for October half term has been cancelled and moved to Heathrow with better times which is good, but the return hasn’t yet been changed. I assume it will be – is there any time period in which we need to accept the changes or can I wait for the return to be cancelled and do both in one go ? who know’s if we’ll be going at this point in time but fingers crossed we can. thanks

  • memesweeper says:

    My Curve just got knocked back from HMRC self assessment payment *very* quickly at the step before the 3D secure bit. Nothing came up in the app. Got the ‘you probably got the address wrong’ error. I’m checking with Curve but my hunch is HMRC made no effort to take the payment, the rejection was too quick. Payment with another card worked smoothly a few minutes later.

    • Simon says:

      Ive noticed that curve has my name in caps. When i changed that it worked ok. Use the in app authorise. Not the sms.

      • memesweeper says:

        Thanks @Simon
        I habitually use ‘all caps’ on forms like these — I’ll check. Also raised with Curve support.

  • AJA says:

    Does anyone know if buying petrol at Tesco is included in the 2 bonus Avios for every £1 offer running on Amex? I have a bonus 500 nectar points on fuel at Esso and can’t make up my mind where to buy. I am thinking Tesco as the cost per litre is cheaper and is more convenient and the bonus Avios would be nice. It is also only the second time since February that I will have bought petrol!

    • GJS says:

      Has worked every time for me.

    • NvT1115 says:

      Yes definitely working on petrol. Only difference is you don’t get an email to say you just used the offer like you do when shopping in store. Bonus points post though

    • John says:

      Just fill up 2 litres at Esso

      • Rob says:

        Esso is doing double Clubcard points in August at Tesco / Esso garages – article to follow.

  • Laura_D says:

    I’ve received a cancellation for LHR to BCN (spread over 2 tickets) from BA which were due to happen in August

    Rather left field question – is there anyway I can call BA and ask them to rebook me on a different date but ALSO a different destination within Spain? Say I still want to travel out of LHR but go to AGP instead – if there’s availability would that be an option? Has anyone done something like this?

    My thinking is maximising this where possible – orginally I was only going for a weekend, but MMB let’s me change to any available date, so was thinking the full month, just not in BCN.

    • Laura_D says:

      Sorry should’ve clarified. LHR – BCN – LHR, just done on separate tickets (e.g. 4 diff tickets between my partner and I).

    • AJA says:

      I think BA may allow it with you paying any change in fare. I assume you booked 2 tickets lhr-bcn-lhr rather than 4 one way flights? If so you could just cancel for a refund or FTV and rebook the new itinerary

      • Laura_D says:

        What is FTV?

        All tickets are avios RFS, and yes I could cancel and get refunded and book separately but have noticed avios availability is zilch for the days which MMB is listing as my options…am guessing rebooked flights take precedence?

        So my thinking is that in changing the flight to AGP I think its the same amount of avios (hopefully no fare diff) plus a higher chance of actually getting a flight!

  • Craig W says:

    Does anyone have any idea, if BA switch my flights from Gatwick to Heathrow, does that gives me the right to cancel without charge? My flights are to Spain so I might take the opportunity to cancel at this point if that is an option! Thanks in advance

    • TGLoyalty says:

      BA will try not to be if you stand your ground they will cancel for free

      • Andrew says:

        Do I lose my chance to cancel for free once I accept the new flights in Manage My Booking? If so, is there any downside in just not accepting? – I assume they aren’t going to cancel the booking if I don’t.

        My flights are Oct half term and I’d rather keep the flexibility and assess the situation nearer the time

      • Craig W says:


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