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The HfP chat thread – Monday 9th November

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Comments (276)

  • Dr C says:

    IAG stock up 40% based on “Quarantine for arrivals to UK may be cut after England lockdown ends” in the news

    • Jonathan says:

      I’d say vaccine news probably the bigger driver of the bounce.

      I’m allowing myself to feel slightly smug & vindicated at the news having been consistently optimistic about vaccines although slightly annoyed I didn’t envisage such a big bounce in travel stocks.

      • Dr C says:

        Yes your right, saw this first

      • The real John says:

        Conspiracy theory of the day – this news was held until after the US election

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Once they publish the finer details you may realise it’s not quite as rosey. However, vaccinating front line nhs + care staff would be a massive boost to saving lives in the most vulnerable settings.

  • Boon says:

    Has anyone doing a Hilton Points Pooling before? How long does it take to receive the points?

    I set it up between two accounts last night, and submitted the pooling request, but 12 hours later, still no points pooled….

    Also side question, for anyone who has bought Hilton points before on How long does it take the points to post to your account?

    • Jane says:

      I’ve done a couple this and seem to recall it took 24-48 hours.

      • Jane says:

        should have proof read that ! should read a couple of times this year…..

    • Genghis says:

      I remember pooling was overnight. Not done it for a while though. posts instantly – log out and back in.

    • Heathrow Flyer says:

      Usually takes around a couple of days – did this last in October.

    • Boon says:

      Thanks Jane, Genghis, and Heathrow Flyer for the responses!

  • G says:

    I booked Club outbound, First inbound on avios from LHR to DXB for December using a 2-4-1 during the half price avios sale.
    Received an email from BA saying we have been downgraded to club inbound from DXB. Am i now entitled to a change of date? Will BA ask for additional avios? (as i booked under the sale). We wanted to experience First so booked the return on a non-ideal date, however given now it will be Club on the return, would rather fly back the date we want. Thanks in advance.

    • Rob says:

      Have you checked if there are flights with F? You can have a free change if there are, Avios availability not required. Ring You First, don’t waste your time with the main call centre.

      • ChrisC says:

        Rob this question is coming up a lot.

        Might be worth doing a post on this and what to do.

        Would prevent people typing the same replies time and time again.

        • Rob says:

          This is NOT official BA policy and it is not written down anywhere. It is also very open to abuse (book a ticket on a flight you think will be cancelled, rebook for peak Christmas, Easter etc). Not sure it benefits from wide publicity.

          • ChrisC says:

            I was more meaning what happens when people are downgraded from F by BA who then try and deny the 75% reimbursement and only offer the fare differnce

            Looks like I was reading another post but attached it to your comment on this one.

            I certainly agree tryign to manipulate the system shoudn’t be publicised but what your rights are should be.

      • G says:

        Thanks, managed to change to a few days earlier in F. The agent checked +/- 5 days and the majority of F was full!

    • AD says:

      My avios booking in first, which was made during the half price avios sale, was downgraded to CW last week. I was allowed free date change (+/- 3 days) for both legs, and the difference in avios was refunded immediately, based on the half price avios deal

      • Lady London says:

        you’ve missed out on getting 75% of the cost of your First Class seat back then

  • alan says:

    Any recent success with retention offers for the platinum card?

    • S says:

      50,000 MR points + added the £100 John Lewis/Waitrose offer manually

      • Harry T says:

        50,000 is the most I’ve heard of! Did you not already have the £100 offer?

        • Sina says:

          I didn’t have the 2nd £100 offer and was manually added to my card today! They told me it’s not targeted.

  • JohnT says:

    Just seen in December the Marriott Autograph Bankside (London) is doing a 2year anniversary offer from £125 B&B (normal rates nearly 200). – should be able to add a “free” dinner due to Amex spend offer of £75 off £200.

    • Harry T says:

      Thanks, have booked it. Sadly I’ve used all eight of my Marriott amex offers.

    • Rob says:

      I was there last week, it is surprisingly nice although I found the bare concrete ceilings in the rooms a bit odd.

      • Harry T says:

        @Rob how’s the elite treatment? Did you get a decent upgrade?

        • memesweeper says:

          I’m platinum with bonvoy and got a decent upgrade. And yes concrete ceilings in otherwise plush rooms is weird.

        • Rob says:

          Honestly not sure but I did get one. Certainly wasn’t a suite or junior. Did like it though.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      St Ermin’s has a £125 rate too.

  • 747_Brat says:

    A shot in the dark:
    Does anyone have a 25% off birthday code from Nike, they don’t need?

  • mark2 says:

    Please can someone provide a link to the 10% Airtime Rewards offer for Morrison’s

  • Charlieface says:

    OK, so what’s people’s vote on a nice hotel in northern England for my anniversary?

    Got tons of Hiton, IHG and Marriott points which I’d be happy to use. HH Gold, IHG Gold and Marriott Silver, so I’m prepared to gamble on an upgrade if the hotel had nice suites. Was hoping to use Mr & Mrs Smith but couldn’t find any of them worth looking at.

    Would like an in-room jacuzzi, but I’ve only really got a budget up to £120 for the night, so not sure that’s going to happen. And I can’t think of any chain hotels in the UK that have one. I’d prefer somewhere out in the countryside or maybe a small town, but not essential.

    Any ideas?

    • Aston100 says:

      When we looking at?

    • Anna says:

      If you don’t mind being in a city, the Kimpton Clocktower in Manchester is very nice with a fabulous restaurant. Social “hour” with unlimited wine and beer started at 5 pm and hadn’t ended by 7 when we went off to eat! Got £20 raid the bar credit for being Spire. Rooms can be under £100 per night sometimes. Emyr gets the STARS rate there which includes $100 room credit which would pretty much pay for your dinner. Alternatively, points rates can be as low as 22k.

      • Charlieface says:

        I’m in Manchester already! I want to go out of town.
        Forest Side in Keswick (M&MS) looks nice, but can’t find any dates with reward availability.

        My anniversary is in two weeks but we could push it off what with the lockdown. We’re not wedded (!) to the date.

        • Harry T says:

          York Indigo? I’m struggling to think of any really good hotels in the North of England, tbh. How about Edinburgh? The Sheraton is a decent hotel with a big swimming pool and hydro pool area. I stayed recently and enjoyed it. If you have access to Healthcare ID, it’s only £82 a night on the Marriott HJH rate.

    • The Urbanite says:

      The Hilton in Cardiff has one in the Presidential Suite. Is using points + cash to keep the cash element down an option?

    • Peter K says:

      Not Northern England but the Lake Country House Hotel and Spa at Llangammarch Wells has rooms with Jacuzzis in. Ignore the headline price on their website. Ring and ask if they can do a deal. They have also been in secret escapes in the past.

      In North Wales the Lake Vrynwy hotel has lovely views but the rooms are cosy with no jacuzzi. The Welsh breakfast (or other breakfast option) is made to order even before Covid as a plus.

      • Charlieface says:

        I think Cardiff and Llangammarch Wells might be too far for an overnight.
        Lake Vyrnwy might be doable.
        I just wish there were some quality hotels in the UK at normal prices.

        Thanks all.