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The HfP chat thread – Sunday 22nd November

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We have decided to run this daily chat thread on Head for Points during the coronavirus outbreak.

Historically, the daily ‘Bits’ articles were the de facto repository for random comments and questions.  With the news flow being lighter, we are running fewer ‘Bits’ articles.

The comments under this article are where you should post questions about travel and, indeed, anything else on your mind.  At this tricky time, and given that many of you are at home, we want the HfP community to have a place to chat.

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Comments (215)

  • Alan says:

    Phew, the 55k melia points I bought last BF (with 6 month expiry) have credited successfully (along with 2000 for opening an account) 😅

    https://i.ibb.co/Ltgnkth/Screenshot-20201122-123045-Chrome.jpg

    if anyone has any sitting around, its worth redeeming them before they expire

    not sure when/where I’ll be able to use them but they are valid for 12 months now… any suggestions?

  • Laura says:

    Hi!

    Can anyone recommend a company for private PCR testing in the east Midlands? I’m in easy reach of Leicester, Nottingham, Loughborough, Oakham and Grantham.

    I’m traveling to Cyprus (hopefully) on December 22nd which is a Tuesday and the flight is at 12noon.
    I think I can have the test 72 hours before travel (rather than arrival) so needs to be somewhere available on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday, ideally.

    Thank you!

    • Sandra says:

      I think you need to double check that nearer the time and before booking your test as Cyprus did require the test to be within 72 of arrival so that it’s still valid when you land. If your flight is 12 noon and the average circa 5 hours plus time difference of 2 hours you need it to be be valid until at least 1930 – 2000 on arrival day.

      • Laura says:

        Thank you, will double check that. I read the gov.uk site and it seemed to be that it was 72 hours of travel but knowing how the government have handled everything else it definitely makes sense to double check with Cypriot sources!

      • Laura says:

        Hi, I’ve double checked and it’s definitely 72 hours before departure because you have to submit your results to get a flight pass from Cyprus before departure

  • Sandgrounder says:

    Of course it is up to you, but https://cyprusflightpass.gov.cy/en/faqs under ‘Clarifications regarding flights from the UK to Cyprus as from 01/08/2020’ specifically states NHS tests are valid. Just saying…..

    • Laura says:

      I had thought about that, but my most recent test (I do the symptom tracker app and they have asked me to do 4 tests so far!) Took ages to get the results. Posted on Monday and didn’t get the results until Thursday, so it makes them a bit risky

      • Sandgrounder says:

        It is true. My mother had 3 unclear tests in a row, amd they lost one of mine and I couldn’t chase it up for five days. Thr window is very tight.

  • Tom says:

    Apologies in advance to those who don’t like anything that isn’t travel related.

    I have checked my credit file and there is an account that is showing as Suppressed. Does anyone know what causes this and what effect it has on my file? The account was one that I had a disputed default on (utility provider who decided to send an updated bill to old address after telling them I had moved) but they were having none of it – their final response was tough luck really.

    • Sandgrounder says:

      As far as I know, it is suppressed from view and can’t be seen by others when you apply for credit.

  • xcalx says:

    Is it still possible to transfer under 3000 accor points to Iberia. I just read Robs 2015 article but the linked page didn’t come up.

  • marcw says:

    It seems BA is going to launch Dhaka from Mach 21. Tickets not on sale yet.

  • Chris K says:

    My Curve expires end of December. Any idea when I should be expecting a replacement to arrive? I’m assuming it should happen automatically.

    • Anna says:

      Mine is January and no sign of a replacement yet, I’m hoping it will turn up next month! Ditto my HH visa … 😬

      • LST says:

        How do you find using curve? My experience so far has been diabolical. One transaction has gone through (to pay the council) apart from that all transactions declined – amounts range from £1.20 to £175.00. It’s not much use if I can’t use it….

        • the_real_a says:

          Ive used curve for 3 years. Most of the issues are not Curve but the underlying card. If you imagine to the underlying card you are making tens/hundreds of transactions to the same merchant it often flags as unusual or fraud. Phoning up the fraud department, confirming the merchant (“whitelisting”) generally means no further issues for the life of the card.

          And dont forget many of the complaints come from people trying to manufacture spend – by people who have zero knowledge or experience of doing this in the past and inevitably start to hit KYC and maximum limits all over the place.

          • LST says:

            Thanks. I’m not interested in MS, wanted to use it to eventually pay HMRC and avoid FX fees mostly, but it’s been a frustrating experience so far.

          • Mikeact says:

            I’ve had it since day one…only one resolved issue…a double payment taken by a retailer in Vienna. And I’ve been fortunate to use it at many places around the world….certainly wouldn’t travel without it, with back-up cards of course.
            Still miss Supercard though !

  • Stan says:

    Has anyone re-received 5000 welcome miles after cancelling and reapplying for miles and more credit card?

    • Rob says:

      I don’t know anyone who tried. In any event, it MIGHT work now, because the new card – launching in Summer 2021 – has a different issuer.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Didn’t realise they were dropping cornercard. Hope that doesn’t mean our old cards are coming to an end and that we will be able to hold two!

        • Rob says:

          They are not dropping Cornercard, they are dropping Affiniture. Cornercard will be running it directly now. No Diners element.

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