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The HfP chat thread – Tuesday 24th November

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Comments (294)

  • Lady London says:

    Willie Walsh to run IATA now.
    So much for him “retiring” when he left BA.

  • Andrew says:

    If anyone who wanted some BA First crockery and missed out yesterday – they have some plates and bowls in various sizes back in stock – BA obviously found a few more boxes in the warehouse they could live without in return for some much needed cash. Website currently functioning fine for orders.

  • Anuj says:

    Can anyone confirm you can buy gift card using Morrisons gift cards at self checkout. I wanted to buy Amazon ones but they had barely any in stock

    • mark2 says:

      yes, but you need to put one of the chocolate bars with each card to make the weight register (then put them back afterwards).

  • James says:

    If I book with Kuoni, can I link my respective frequent flyer programme to the flights?

    • Anna says:

      You should be able to claim avios and tier points (if it’s BA/OW) after you’ve flown via your BAEC account.

    • ChrisC says:

      Depends which programme it is and also the fare bucket of the ticket.

      Most programmes will credit you unless it’s some special fare only.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      There are very few classes sold that don’t allow TP and Avios.

      You should be able to link it via manage your booking. For OW the finnsir site can be the best to change FF details.

      • C says:

        I booked an Iberia business class error fare (presumably) back in March. I’ve managed to reschedule the dates for June next year. Do you think I would get avios and tier points on this? I’m not sure what fare class it is booked under but the ticket states – INN10 which doesn’t make sense to me. Thanks

  • BuildTheWall says:

    Marriott gift card sale 15% discount – will this stack with 10x points on Amex Marriott card?

    • Harry T says:

      Depends if it counts as Marriott spend – don’t think it will.

      • meta says:

        Only available to US and Canadian residents. You won’t be able to buy it on a UK card.

    • Track says:

      It does count as Marriott / Travel spent for US issued Bonvoy cards.

      Given the flash nature of 2-day sale, not possible to test with UK Amex and Bonvoy points take few days to create.. Ask again, maybe someone who bought Gift Cards with UK Amex can tell us.

      Thank you for the alert — I think Rob should run a notice of this.

  • testpie says:

    I’ve held an Amex that settled in the middle of Nov 2018 on my Credit Report, so I need to wait until December or January to reapply and it count as over 24 months for the bonus?

    • BuildTheWall says:

      Call Amex to confirm the date of cancellation. Credit report may be updated with a lag and might not be accurate.

      • Peter K says:

        Agreed. Ring Amex to get exact date. 24 months+1 day should be okay, but I’d give it 24 months + 5 days to be safe.

  • James says:

    Should be a simple question, but can’t figure this out!
    If I book a BA return to Europe now, say LHR-MAD-LHR, then want to alter just the return flight (date change or cancel) under the ‘Book with confidence’ policy, what happens?
    Do I have to reprice the whole flight for a change? Or to cancel, is there any way to just drop the return?