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The HfP chat thread – Sunday 4th October

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We have decided to run this daily chat thread on Head for Points during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Comments (54)

  • Blenz101 says:

    Interesting offer which may work for some from Marriott Bonvoy. c.£40 resort credit and a room upgrade at top end hotels across MENA.

    https://www.emea.marriott.com/en/offers/welcome-back-milux-ae?scid=257e8237-2180-4aca-92e6-464805f99e76&dclid=CjgKEAjw5eX7BRDukp61rqLX0z8SJACF1AMBEDJ0-z0GnKnk5O_pYq2oULOjBYZU2if-os4VneE8u_D_BwE

  • Simon says:

    I wonder how today’s announcement of the miscounted positive cases and the huge increase in figures will affect other countries letting us in. Despite what Rob says Germany had already put a lot more than Wales and Northern Ireland on their high risk list of locations in the UK before the announcement. I fear the whole of the UK could be added soon.

  • S says:

    Would highly recommend Domes Miramare, Corfu. Luxury adult-only resort, with great service especially with current promotion (only open until mid-October)

    35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
    5 nights for 4 so 28,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (18,666 AMEX MR per night)
    Free upgrade to half board (food is very high quality) & room upgrade if available
    300 Euro resort credit if you bring a negative PCR Covid result (or get one done there) if you stay 5 nights

    • Chelseafi says:

      Going tomorrow morning but booked via BA Hols paid £1400, Flights, 2 Adults, 5 Nights, Haute Living, HB,€250 resort credit.

  • Simon says:

    Helpful link for anyone who never looks at the news.

  • Jason says:

    Hi booked an outbound flight today using 2-1 voucher. For the return element am I still able to book it online and then ring in the morning and get BA to add the original booking. Sorting out mikes refund and taxes? Thanks

    • Anna says:

      They will refund the Avios but you will be stuck with whatever taxes/fees you’ve paid.

  • dezbez says:

    Has anyone managed to trigger the co-op offer yet? I did a transaction on Friday am for a gift card, then a regular food purchase today on a different card and neither have been acknowledged yet. Other recent Amex offers have triggered pretty much immediately…

    • Vit says:

      Same here. Did groceries co-op today and tesco yesterday on different card. None (email) came through. 🙄

    • MD says:

      I used it successfully 3 days ago, just buying some food and wine. Money hasn’t posted yet but I got the email to say I’d triggered it immediately. This was in central London. Somebody mentioned on here that there are strange regional Coops which wouldn’t trigger it, could it be that?

    • Tw33ty says:

      Not all co op stores are on the offer.
      Check the list of stores on the terms of the offer.
      Only around 20% of all co ops within 30 miles are listed.

    • Andrew says:

      Which Co-op Society are you shopping at? There’s loads of different ones…

      Mid-Counties
      Scotmid
      Lincolnshire
      Heart of England
      East of England
      Central England
      Southern
      Co-operative Group
      & Many more…

      They all tend to go with the same branding on the outside (except Scotmid), but they are all independent. Generally speaking you can be sure that the offers work in the Co-operative Group outlets, and they might work in others.

  • Grant says:

    Anyone struggling with curvy deposits to HL today?

  • Rahaney says:

    Just came back from Tuscany – no ones checking temps in Pisa airport either way at all. Mask wearing is sometimes on the arm and so on….

    Anyway hopefully I won’t need it but can someone point me to the Amex Plat Car Hire Excess Insurance Claim form online?? Ta