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The HfP chat thread – Thursday 5th November

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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 (267)

  • Amar says:

    Not sure if i’m next in line – but here’s my £50 code: RV76TG1K

  • Andreas says:

    The welcome bonus on my platinum card has vanished – can anyone else with a platinum card see their welcome bonus progress in the app?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I had an upgrade bonus tracker which disappeared. They seem to randomly come and go.

  • Peter K says:

    Just realised Amex have changed a saved offer on my Gold Business card to make it worse!

    It is for and was a 100% credit every time it was used and I have screen shots to prove it. It now is only 100% back up to £50 maximum every time. Much less useful.

  • James. says:

    There seems to be a lot of chat about Morrison offers.

    I would be interested to know if anyone is able to purchase a £100 gift card (with some additional other items to cover the purchase) get 10% off using the Blue Light card and the transaction track for 10% on Airtime. That would be a great way to earn £20 for every £100 spend. Not taking in to account miles or points on top.

    • Connor says:

      You don’t need to buy any groceries. Just the gift cards will be fine. You can’t get 10% off using the Blue Light card as the discount won’t apply to gift cards, but you would be able to get 10% off using Airtime Rewards, as they don’t know what you’ve purchased.

      • Amit says:

        Is Morrisons on airtime rewards?

        • Andrew says:

          It came back online at 4pm this afternoon after being “back soon” since March.

      • James. says:

        Hi Connor. Airtime rewards state no gift cards so I assume they have no way of checking? Also Blue Light Card, no where does it state no gift cards? says T& C apply but no where can I see the terms in the app?

        • Andrew says:

          It does indeed.

          Now, there may be some filtering put in place on the IT… But until the offer was pulled in March the 10% purchases of Gift Cards did indeed trigger Airtime.

          It also stacked with the then regular LBG and First Direct offers to give 20%.

        • Connor says:

          Yes, there is no way of them seeing what you have bought so gift cards work fine.

          The Blue Light discount won’t work as Morrisons tills are coded not to give a discount off them.

  • Anna says:

    Well I’ve been out twice today (school run as there’s no bus here), and spent most of the rest of the day at my desk from where I can see the main road, and there doesn’t appear to be any discernable reduction in traffic. Where is everyone going?!

    • Paul says:


      • Anna says:

        Not throughout the entire day. It was much quieter during the spring/summer lockdown but you wouldn’t even know we were back in it today!

    • Rob says:

      Eh? For most of us it is normal life today. Took the kids to school as usual, went to my usual cafe for breakfast (ate it outside though) and then went into the office, exercising my right to do so if being at home is not ‘convenient’ (which today it isn’t). LOADS of people in WeWork with me and Victoria is bustling.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Only the shops and hospitality are closed. Everyone else has work to do.

      • Anna says:

        Then what, exactly, is the point … ?

        • Andrew says:

          To stop people socialising in pubs, restaurants and going shopping for things that aren’t essential. Take all 3 of those things away and you lower the reason for people to leave home, that reduces interactions between people and therefore transmission.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          The one single biggest source of transmission is in households.

          So they want you to stop mixing inside and trying to make it “fair” and stop everyone complaining their certain business or pass time isn’t the cause so it’s close everything.

          As I said yesterday this is a blunt instrument because they wasted the summer messing around with EOHO rather than focusing on ways to keep it out of the vulnerable parts of society through more targeted actions and testing.

          • Anna says:

            But mixing inside in private is the most difficult area to enforce. It’said in our local health stats that 85% of cases are transmitted within households.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            @Anna yet they are carrying on with this nonsense. I honestly think this lockdown will have far less impact than the first.

          • Lady London says:

            But someone must be bringing it into households. Then, say, 4 others within the household get infected. Even if nobody else goes out.

            That’s close enough to your 85% infection rate in household right there. Someone went out and got it in the first place, adult or schoolchild, and it multiplied within the household from there.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            @LL it means happened within household settings. It’s usually someone you invited in or visited that has given it to your household.

            Here’s an analysis of 3 outbreaks

            I think ac units are a low risk here in the uk but public transport is a real one.

          • old bob says:

            @Anna I completely agree, this “lockdown” will have limited effect. It’s farcical that you can’t meet some members of own family , yet you can visit a strangers home on a viewing to potentially buy a house.

  • Russ says:

    On my transparent Amex now (the one where one pays no interest) 1000 MR points for spending £5 anywhere on anything.

  • Chrisasaurus says:

    Another day conspicuously lacking HH points from Barclaycard…

  • Tracey says:

    Is there a way of searching comments?

    • Rob says:

      The search box at the top lets you search comments. Your initial search needs to be for whatever term you want, and when you get the results there is a box to filter it to just comments.

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