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The HfP chat thread – Friday 16th 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 (216)

  • Rob says:

    Does anyone know if I can book a Hilton for my son using my points (or do I need to there as well)?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, it’s fine. Book for 2 people, add his name as 2nd guest and put in the notes: ‘Reward night gifted to XXXX who will check in’.

      • Mr. AC says:

        Is this the same for other hotel chains or it’s just Hilton that’s ok with this? Specifically interested in IHG.

        • Genghis says:

          IHG fine. Can do same thing or call call centre who will put booking fully in the persons name (IIRC important for Spain).

        • Rob says:

          Always works unless there is a law which insists the registered guest stays. I once had big issues in Spain when I booked a room off my Mum’s points. That said, Anika pretended to be my wife checking into bookings I made on a couple of occasions in Spain with no issue.

  • Baji Nahid says:

    Im stuck and need some help. How do I pay with Amex for these haha.

    1) Paying £800 card insurance for someone with Amex, all okay
    2) Need to pay £!65 road tax for that someone, but dont take amex on the UK gov website
    3) Buying a machine for £127 on tefal website, but as they state they take amex, the website is not configured to take amex payments and you cant pay with paypal

    Any ideas how i could possibly get around all of these hurdles, appreciate all the help!

    • Baji Nahid says:

      £165 for road tax sorry and the tefal website doesn’t have a paypal option.

    • Nick_C says:

      You can pay the “road tax” (Vehicle Tax) at a Post Office with an Amex. I don’t know if all POs take Amex, but a lot of Sub POs do.

      • Travel Strong says:

        This never works for me, machine rejected it at a couple of sub-PO’s. Take amex for the post transactions, transaction fails with tax.

    • Nick_C says:

      The only problem I could see on the Tefal website is you need to remove the slash from the expiry date. But of course I didn’t try to confirm my dummy purchase.

      It seems set up for Amex payments, prompting you for a 4 char CVC.

      Maybe try again. Or a find a different retailer for the product (who is likely to be cheaper!)

  • Jimbob says:

    Creation app down again, that’s two nights on the trot.

    I would complain, except the source of my infinite IHG points.

    • Ryan says:

      Here here, +1

      Am tempted to but can only see that talking to the… *wonderful* help centre will not only be tough but also unlikely to get much more than a couple of 1000 points? But in turn raise some eyebrows

  • Chris says:

    How is $100 USD hotel converted into GBP? Is it current spot rate?

    • Harry T says:

      In my experience, the hotel decides a standard conversion that they always use. In mainland Europe, most hotels decide that it’s 85 euros (one gave me 90 euros). I haven’t actually got any experience of this offer in the UK, sorry.

    • Anthony says:

      For us, most hotels we’ve stayed at give either £75 or £80

    • Lady London says:

      hotels generally convert at a ripoff rate.

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