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The HfP chat thread – Tuesday 24th November

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Comments (294)

  • Fat Fingers says:

    Curve :-They switched from SMS authentication to in-app authentication. I find the new process hopelessly unreliable. Clicking on screen app pop-ups that are supposed to take you to the Curve app don’t go there every time and sometimes the authentication process just fizzles out to no action. At least 3 authentications have failed today.Their authentication screen process points to the SMS Fallback process if it all goes wrong but I can’t see how to get that triggered.

    Anyone got this working? I’m on a lowly iPhone X which looks a bit too slow for this process.

    • The Urbanite says:

      They have made the SMS option far less prominent, but it is there.

      I prefer SMS as certain apps lock as soon as you open another and it can mess up the transaction.

      • The Urbanite says:

        And the SMS option does work for me, I just tap the link and the text comes. On Android though.

    • Rahaney says:

      I’ve noticed that they’re putting their app first as opposed to txts. Mine have gone through today but wonder if you click on the fallback line the other options come up??

  • YC says:

    Anyone want to share their airtime referral code? Not sure it will work as opened few weeks ago but not made a transaction yet but worth trying

    • Anuj says:

      793K7C94 I’m not sure it will let you but have a try. Thanks

      • YC says:

        Thanks seems to have worked! But i think i missed the £3 bonus deal? Got plans to make a purchase later so lets see

    • Sandgrounder says:

      Mine is 84MLBMFX 😃

      • Lady London says:

        @TGLoyalty I used your code but doubtful I can make it out to do a transaction before 29th which was a limit date they surprised me by giving…apologies if I dont make it.

    • Holam says:

      APLQGNJT if anyone needs one 🙂

    • DodgyDCF says:

      NWM87QEG I’m £2 away from cashing out so any help would be appreciated 🙂

  • jil says:

    lastminute.com is running a 50% gift card promotion, you can use 1 gift card per booking and max gift card value is £50, so you are looking at £25 off, very decent for one off stay that cost slightly over £50.

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      The amount of conditions they put on using it and potentially missing out on an offer elsewhere, it isn’t that good unless you have a specific use in mind. Was discussed yesterday

  • stevenhp1987 says:

    Tesco Clubcard or Amex MR points to VS…

    Are they instant? Never transferred points to them before.

    I’m 7k points short of a redemption using a 2-4-1 (50% off second upper ticket).

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      Are they already linked? If yes then I think they are both instant (or near enough instant)

    • SteveD says:

      You can buy them direct from Virgin for 1p each plus £15. Might be preferable if you think you might get better value elsewhere for your Tesco/Amex points?

      • Jonathan says:

        Due to their 50% extra free VP on most quantities, there’s loads of bubbles that work out bang on 1p per VP.

        Only worth it of course if there’s reward seat availability, and the VP cost is cheaper than the equivalent cash price for the ticket

    • Rob says:

      Amex is instant if your account is already linked. If not linked, give it an hour.

      Tesco should be overnight but could be 48 hours.

      • stevenhp1987 says:

        Thanks, much quicker than I was expecting!

        • Zoe says:

          It could take you over 2 hours to call up and book, but worth it for the savings if you have credit card vouchers

  • Mark says:

    I may have missed it, but it seems Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels are no longer bookable via IHG.

  • Zoe says:

    Has anyone got through to Virgin this morning, I’m just over 2 hours and still waiting…

    • Zoe says:

      Got through, Boston in Upper Class late September for 2 for 34.8k miles. Very happy, decided to go late and to avoid the Republican states who might still not have addressed Covid issues.

      • S FRED says:

        is that 34.8K miles each?

        • Zoe says:

          No, used 2 vouchers and was 34.8k for 2 which seemed great! Apparently I still have one voucher on my account.

          • dezbez says:

            Virgin seems to be the gift that keeps on giving these last few months. First they fattened us up with the improvements to vouchers terms as well as all the extra vouchers. And now some crazy low fares and, by the sounds of it, plenty of availability. I guess desperate times and all that, but it’s exactly the way loyalty schemes should work.

  • Michael C says:

    It looks like my Dec. flight with Avios to Finland unfortunately WON’T be cancelled by Finnair (it’s the only one left on the schedule).
    Has anyone had any luck cancelling over the phone and not being the charged the (in this case) 3 x GBP35?! Or easier just to suck it up and cancel online?
    And I can cancel…up to 24 hours beforehand, right? Cheers!

  • BuildTheWall says:

    Yorkshire energy running out of money. Hope people dont topup much or leave a large credit balance with them.

    • SteveD says:

      Bugger. May as well turn the heating up…

    • MKB says:

      I was with Tonik Energy for gas & electricity when they went bust a couple of months ago. I had a credit balance.

      Ofgem stepped in, assigned responsibility to Scottish Power — which was annoying as I just moved to Tonik to get away from them! Continuity of service was assured and credit transferred to Scottish.

      I believe this is normal when a power supply company goes under.

      • avstar says:

        have you had your credit balance returned yet?

        • Mco says:

          I had a similar situation and the new company who took over gave me a credit of what the last company owed me. The money you have in credit is secure.