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The HfP chat thread – Saturday 24th October

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Comments (189)

  • JM says:

    Booking Bonvoy reward stay for December, Category 8 so 100k point per night… Conditions state:

    You may cancel your reservation for no charge before 11:59 PM local hotel time on November 6, 2020 (30 day[s] before arrival). Please note that we will assess a fee if you must cancel after this deadline. If you have made a prepayment, we will retain all or part of your prepayment. If not, we will charge your credit card.

    Anyone know if there is any flexibility with this due to Covid-19? Travelling to Dubai so a lot could change within the 30 days before our stay!

    • Anna says:

      I don’t see that they can charge you a fee without telling you what it is beforehand! But sometimes you can remove your credit card details form your account.

      • meta says:

        They can keep the points though, so you’d lose that.

        • Anna says:

          Would they though? Points being returned to your account might be a separate process, it doesn’t say you will forfeit the points, just that a fee will be assessed, which is incredibly vague!

    • yc says:

      just cancel now. rebook when u have greater clarity, doubt reward will go in these conditions

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I’m guessing Al-Maha. Pop over to the Marriott forum on flyertalk as there is recent discussion about this.

  • Bob says:

    I posted recently about refunds on an avios redemption on which I had already also purchased a proactive online upgrade. Agent advised that refund would have to be processed manually so its still in the queue and can take some weeks to action. Finally spoke with a helpful agent yesterday who was able to calculate the refund amount I should get back and it will be the full amount paid (inc the POUG cost) less £35. He did however offer an alternative which is receive Avios back instead of the cash refund. The Avios amount offered would be around 52k instead of £400 due for refund. Sent an email outlining this too so I can get back to him if I want to proceed.

  • Jen T says:

    I am about 14000 points short on IHG to hit Spire but have the Black IHG card – aiming to put £7000 or so through by the end of the year… can I spend with Ernie (via Curve?) to do so? Will there be a charge? Any other suggestions that don’t charge also welcomed.

    I am sure the answer is in the comments somewhere on the site, but after some searching, I still can’t find it – sorry!

  • Vicky TM says:

    Does the 5 nights for 4 on redemptions at Hilton apply to all hotels at all times? I’ve got silver status, and am trying to book a 5 night redemption at a hotel, but its just showing me the full 5 night amount of points.

    • meta says:

      You might be booking premium room. Even standard rooms can sometimes be classed as premium during peak periods.

    • the_real_a says:

      Did you take it through to the final page at checkout? The grid shows “X points per night for 5 nights” but you only get charged for 4 on the confirmation screen.

    • Olly says:

      I don’t think it applies to Silver, only Gold and Platinum.

  • John W says:

    Curve Question please
    Tandem is closing end of the month and I am looking for my replacement fx card . With curve , what points card is popular for using alongside . From what I understand Amex is not possible …..

    • mark2 says:

      I use Lloyds Avios and Hilton (neither still available but you may have), Virgin and IHG.

  • Andrew says:

    LBG Hotel Offers

    Popped up on BoS this afternoon:-

    Earn 10% on your next stay at any QHotels Group Hotel Max reward £60. Expires 8th December.

    Excludes Marriott, Hilton and Holland House.

  • BLT says:

    Anyone had problems with HMRC / curve 3D security in the past 2 days? I approve the transaction in the app, but then the web page just stalls and doesn’t complete

  • Alan says:

    I have to pay a large CGT bill in January. Does anyone know if there is any way of paying this via a Amex CC and getting points.