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The HfP chat thread – Friday 28th August

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Comments (129)

  • FFoxSake says:

    Melia points have a 40% bonus until 31st Oct. Not as good a deal as last year’s Black Friday but might be useful to keep points alive…
    https://www.melia.com/en/mymeliarewards/mispuntos/comprar-puntos.htm

    Are Melia the only hotel group still ignoring Covid and strictly enforcing a 12 month expiry for reward points?

    • FFoxSake says:

      Hold your horses… Offer starts 1st Sept!

      Their website doesn’t play nicely with ad-blockers, so try disable for their site or use incognito. Also you need to login to see the offer page.

      T&Cs
      Get 40% extra MeliáRewards points for every point you buy up to October 31.

      Offer valid for all point purchases between 9am on September 1 to 11:59pm on October 31, 2020 (GMT +2).
      40% extra points will be placed in the member’s account within 24 hours of the purchase.
      These points do not expire. Provided there is activity in your account at least once every 12 months, the points will remain active.
      Points can be used for hotel bookings (points or points + cash) and hotel services (bars, restaurants and spas).
      Points cannot be transferred to other accounts nor used with partner companies unless there is at least one hotel stay registered in your MeliáRewards account. Points are not valid for programme tier upgrades.
      Purchased points are not refundable.
      The minimum purchase is €5 and the maximum per transaction is 150,000 MeliáRewards points.
      This promotion does not apply to My MeliáRewards.

    • Lady London says:

      Accor unfortunately nicked some from me, I could not believe it. But that”s Accor – look under every stone and you’ll find an Accor under it.

      • BJ says:

        What have they done now? You’ve had more adventures in Accor than Alice had in Wonderland!

        • Lady London says:

          1400 points disappeared from my account by manua adjustment. The only possible explanation is Accor thinks they expired. Given due to Covid most of us have been locked up for 5 months and travel is still looking hard forsome months ahead for everyone it’s mean of Accor to expire points from people’s accounts.

          My status got extended which is why expiring points in my account does not make sense.

          Accor customer support has never been able to right any wrong that was alady perpetrated wcen when they’ve agreed something was done wrongly.

          Unfoetunately Accor hotels are often located conveniently when I an working and within clients budgets. I always try to stay somewhere else but sometimes get caught.

  • Andrew says:

    Am I right in thinking that an Avios booking made recently (under booking with confidence) can be moved to another date of my choosing (without BA cancelling the flight) free of charge, if there is Avios availability.

  • S879 says:

    What happens if an airport lounge showing on the priority pass app is actually not open. Does Amex Platinum offer any compensation? Lounge at Bodrum Airport was closed when it was showing on the app.

    • Jonathan says:

      No chance! Not Amex’s fault if the lounge is closed. More of a Priority Pass issue anyway & they haven’t been giving any customer service gestures for the huge number of their customers turned away from lounges due to “capacity” (or their unwillingness to pay a high enough price to lounges).

  • Travel Strong says:

    Hungary have just adjusted their ‘traffic light’ system to rank *every* country Red, except Hungary which will be Green! Effectively banning all travel to Hungary – again.

    Time to cancel my 4th rebooking.

    • Pangolin says:

      And even the returning Magyars have to go into quarantine.

      Ukraine has banned all foreigners too (until at least Sep 28).

      Poland will have a ban on flights from 46 countries as of 2 Sep (it was originally going to be 63 countries from 1 Sep). The ban will include France, Spain and Croatia (most of the western balkans is on the exclusion list now). Poland was one of the countries which was quite generous in terms of which countries it left on the green list but that’s starting to change (still nowhere near as restrictive as it’s neighbour Lithuania though).

    • Pangolin says:

      It may not be clear from the OP’s post or my reply, but the move by HU and UA is a total ban on entry for foreigners (apart from limited allowances such as diplomatic trips and freight transit, just as we saw during the initial lockdowns in March).

      So this is not merely a requirement for quarantine on arrival, like other countries on a red list. If you’re not a citizen, you’re not getting in!

    • BJ says:

      Stuff like this is why I’ve just given up on travels until at least December, and probably as far out as next spring. Just too much uncertainty frustration and disappointment.

  • Pangolin says:

    A couple of things to mention (if they haven’t been mentioned already).

    1) The bonus nights in the Hilton Double Rewards promo *do* count for Lifetime status (confirmed by FT lurker).

    2) The weekend complementary night for AMB at IC is valid for both Regent and Kimpton till Dec 31.

    • BJ says:

      Somebody posted on 1) yesterday but thanks for extra confirmation. Decision time 🙂

  • Boi says:

    For the life of me I cant find this. Is there a maximum number of days for amex platinum car hire cover? Is 35 days too much?

  • Emily says:

    Are there any insights into whether BA will update their onboard catering anytime soon? We redeemed a companion voucher for Club World and are due to fly in November. If we are able to fly I am hoping the menu will be changed by then!