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The HfP chat thread – Thursday 22nd 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 (155)

  • Clive says:

    Anyone having problems logging in to FT with the cookie selection hanging?

    • Mike says:

      I’ve had issues with it as there’s two pop up boxes with the cookie one over the op of the first, if I manage to clear the first one then the cookie window works ok. If I don’t make it in time, refresh, try again.

  • dezbez says:

    Bit of excitement at the Bath Indigo today – large film crew/set on site to shoot scenes using the hotel for the new season of this:
    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2020-03-08/mcdonald-and-dodds-itv-air-date-trailer-cast/amp/

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Can someone help me understand why the cash portion of an Avios redemption for an infant is pricing higher when using a 241 voucher?

    LHR-TJS in J, 2 pax 1 infant:
    ‘Classic’ RFS price: 3.4k + £5.90
    With 241: 3.4k + £27.11

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      (TFS, sorry!)

      • Anna says:

        With the 241 you only get the RFS price, whereas without it you get a variety of cash options – but of course that doesn’t explain why the avios required is the same (but 3.4k doesn’t sound like the right RFS avios price for TFS?)

        • Charlieface says:

          17,000 each way x2 and infant pays 10% so total 3,400 for infant.

          Do infants get RFS at all? I don’t know.
          Looking at ITA Matrix it seems £27.11 is the correct full taxes net of base fare. Not sure where £5.90 comes from.

    • ChrisC says:

      You should have a look at the detailed fare breakdown to identify which element or elements have changed.

  • Nick_G says:

    Can I add a return segment on a ticket booked using BA companion voucher after booking the outbound ticket? If yes, please can someone guide how to do this online.

    • Jonathan says:

      You need to have enough Avios to book at full price then call up & they will refund half the Avios but leave taxes & fees as if 2 one ways (better for Japan & Hong Kong, worse for USA). Otherwise you need to call & they will book return leg on phone with taxes & fees corrected as if it was a return booking.

      There’s no way to do it fully online.

      • Nick_G says:

        Thank you very much mate. This is very valuable information.
        Cheers.

        • C says:

          Doesn’t always work like this. They insisted on amending the outbound to a return and recalculated the taxes for me last week.

  • Optimus Prime says:

    Accor and BNP Paribas launching a cobranded card in France in 2021. To be rolled out to in Europe later. https://press.accor.com/accor-bnp-paribas-english/?lang=en

    • TGLoyalty says:

      So probably creation in the uk?

      • TGLoyalty says:

        ALL – VISA Pulse card intended for Millenials, an ALL- VISA Explorer card for customers with high personal or professional mobility and, finally, an ALL-VISA Ultimate card intended for super-premium customers.

        Sounds like it’ll possibly be more than just points back (so really € back) and perhaps some status or other perks thrown in.

  • Baresi says:

    Evening all, I am planning on booking flights LHR-OSL-DOH-BKK
    I will fly BA on the LHR-OSL leg and Qatar Airways on the OSL-DOH-BKK legs. Do BA through check-in my bags to my final destination at BKK? even when booked using separate tickets…..
    Cheers 👍

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Only when booking on a single ticket. Qatar will on the way back.

    • ChrisC says:

      On separate tickets (i.e ticket 1 = LHR-OSL and Ticket 2 = OSL-DOH-BKK) BA will only tag bags as far as OSL where you will need to collect them at baggage claim and then check them in with QR so hopefully you’ve left / will leave sufficient slack between flights for you to do that and meet the QR check in close time.

  • roberto says:

    Hot food reported back on long haul from 25th October

    https://www.facebook.com/629791557432504/posts/996301190781537/?extid=0&d=n

  • SammyJ says:

    Is it worth visiting (if possible?) the T5 Plaza Premium lounge early Sunday morning before a 7am flight? i.e. have they got a decent breakfast selection? Buffet or table service? Got a few Dragonpass credits but won’t waste them unless there’s a decent offering! Heading to GIB as a family of 4… never been so excited to be getting on a plane!!