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The HfP chat thread – Sunday 1st November

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Comments (116)

  • Annabel says:

    Advice please. I have some Avios within Iberia I would like to move to BAEC. Is it a case of opening Aer long is account, moving Iberia Avios over. Then moving them to Avios account, then to BAEC? When I log into my old avios account it says it’s closed. So maybe I can move directly from aer club BAEC? Thank you

  • Peter K says:

    Still no October Hilton points from Barclaycard for me yet. Anyone else received them or rang to check what is happening?

    • Anna says:

      Still not got mine either, but as there’s naff all to do with them just now and it seems to be affecting everyone, I’m going to wait and assume it’s a glitch which will be straightened out at some point!

    • martyn ford says:

      ditto, thanks for raising this

    • Crafty says:

      Not received, not rang yet. I don’t want to ring really as my recent activity isn’t kosher. So would much appreciate a report back from anybody who does choose to ring.

  • DZOO says:

    Any reccs for the “best” travel insurance policy to replace Amex Plat for a <30day leisure trip to a non-FCO mandated destination? TIA

  • IG says:

    Posted this as a reply yesterday but probably was a little late

    HN gift cards – went to ask yesterday and HN staff said no to burger lobster / Zelman but TG seems to have positive experience

    TG can you elaborate if it’s straightforward / low risk to use it at Zelman?

  • CF Frost says:

    Returning to the 2020 Diamond rollover discussion. Forgive me for not going through again in detail but am shortly to book a stay with multiple rooms (four). Am I right to understand that while I’d earn base points for all four rooms, I’d only be picking up elite qualifying night credits for one room? Or is there small print somewhere in my favour in terms of this promotion?

    • fivebobbill says:

      Just the one room credit unfortunately CF, at least that’s what I was reliably informed when I asked the same question a few weeks back.

      • CF Frost says:

        Thank you. Hoping to assemble wider family together for a pre-Christmas, post Lockdown (?), cancellable, stay – and in lieu of a normal Christmas get together. Small point of note – anticipating the above answers, I attempted to do two bookings. Firstly, three rooms via the standard Hilton site, and then one room via the Frontline Hilton Site as I qualify for this. The Frontline site has only ever allowed one to book one room – fair enough really. But by going to it after having made a booking for three rooms, the bookings merged and the three already-booked rooms appeared again to be booked at the very-reduced frontline rate – which I did (and then cancelled my original booking of the three rooms).

        • fivebobbill says:

          Good call! Just to add, we also qualify for the Frontline Rate, and have used it 3 times in the last few months, Portugal, Turkey, & Greece – never beer asked for proof of work yet!

  • Baji Nahid says:

    I got an offer on my gold card spend £500 or over get £100 back on Qatar Airways

    • TGLoyalty says:

      £20 off £100 at Gordon Ramsey
      £20 off £100 at The Kitchens
      £100 off £300 at the Corinthia which is valid til 31/3/21 so might actually be useful.
      £40 off £300 at Bicester again until 24/12/20 so might be useful too.

    • 747_Brat says:

      Me too 🙂

  • InfrastructureDebt says:

    No Harrods offer on a new platinum card (got it last week) 😭😭😭

    • TGLoyalty says:

      It doesn’t hit til tomorrow

      • Andrew says:

        It is the 2nd now! And other new offers have posted.

        • InfrastructureDebt says:

          Got the Qatar airways one on platinum card so looks like new offers have posted 😟

        • TGLoyalty says:

          I’d wait until the 3rd to start throwing dummies out of the pram

          • Andrew says:

            Except it starts on the 2nd? 🤔

          • InfrastructureDebt says:

            I’m less hopeful as I got the card last week, but I thought the offer should be for all holders, from the communication and comments on here. We shall see 🤕

        • BrightonReader says:

          stop whining. A partiicular day does not mean midnight.

          Never have I seen a blog with people moaning so much because an offer didn;t start when they thought it would.

          Monday is a period of 24 hours,

    • Andrew says:

      Yup, shocker, no Harrods offer here either, just like no Marriott – member since ‘98! Cheers Amex.

  • Paul says:

    No Harrods offer for me either although other offers have posted including the Qatar one. Pity if it doesn’t come as the 10% off Harrods saving has been extended until Wednesday.

    • Paul says:

      Actually after looking at some other offers from Amex recently I suspect the £100 credit will not appear in the list of Amex offers. A couple of cash back options over the last few weeks where letters have been sent out state that no registration is necessary such as a Gold card offer increasing the cash conversion value of Amex points. What I’m not clear about is whether such offers apply to everyone of just those who receive the promotion letter. I might make a small purchase to see if a credit comes through as I don’t have a letter.

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