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The HfP chat thread – Tuesday 24th November

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Comments (294)

  • 747_Brat says:

    Does anyone have any experience of dealing with Inspire Travel Card? I am getting one from work as a reward, and I wonder whether I should choose it against the usual choices like JL, Argos, Currys etc.

    • Andrew says:

      The reviews on TrustPilot are anything but inspiring.

      Take one that’s sensible for you, even if it’s something dull like Tesco, and put the cash equivalent in your holiday account.

  • Rob says:

    If you missed Rhys on BBC World Service radio last night or BBC Radio WM this morning talking about crockery, you can catch him on Chinese TV later or in Suddeutsche Zeitung tomorrow 🙂

  • Peter North says:

    I’m contemplating doing some gratuitous Flying in December to get to gold on BA Exec. What are the current best options to get 160 tier points without the hassle of tests and quarantining etc.

    • Ben says:

      From the other thread it looks like Gibraltar is the only place with no test and no quarantine. Thats all subject to change depending on what goes back onto the “Safe” list etc.

    • Blenz101 says:

      Dubai could be an option. Free test on arrival and no quarantine/test requirement on return to U.K.

      Weather is good and everyone is open with social distancing in place. Hotels are generally at rock bottom prices.

      You should get your test within 24 hours of arrival by text into Dubai, you certainly aren’t locked in your hotel whilst waiting for the result although if you are prone to ignoring local laws and regulations perhaps consider elsewhere anyway 😉

      • Gavin says:

        Problem with test on arrival, is the chance that you could have COVID without realising it and be forced to quarantine in Dubai for 2 weeks.

  • r* says:

    Has there been any indication from IHG as to if theyre considering extending the free night certificates beyond the current end of year expiry?

    • Rob says:

      Not to me.

    • Anna says:

      Do you mean the Creation credit card free nights? At least one of ours has been extended by 6 months, so valid till May 2022! I don’t know about the other one as we’ve used it for a booking and don’t want to risk cancelling just yet.

      • Fm says:

        I assume you’re referring to the ones that have already been extended to Dec 20 – I’m sitting on two of these. Planning to book something speculatively for mid/late 2021 if no extension materialises. I’ve emailed IHG and had no response.

  • Rum says:

    Any idea how to get through to curve?
    Made a payment to HMRC childcare which looked like it went through OK. Underlying HSBC card charged, but HMRC later emailed to say transaction declined. No refund from Curve and it’s been over 2 weeks now.
    Contacted via support site twice, but got no response. Have emailed them today and likely going to FCA.
    Any other advice?

    • Peter K says:

      Write a short support message to them referencing the long one. I found that their system did not pick up long messages but it did short ones.

      They responded to the short message within a few hours and resolved the long message issue (which they then saw) within a day or so.

    • David says:

      I spoke to them this morning
      ‭020 3322 2585‬
      Wait time was only a couple of minutes

    • Charlieface says:

      Ask HSBC to do a chargeback

    • the_real_a says:

      You sure the underlying charge has settled? Ive had a few times that it was authorised but not taken (pending) then it drops off automatically in 5 days.

    • Rum says:

      Thanks all.
      Curve finally replied and have said HMRC have now taken the money. Need to double check it but looks like it could be ok. Famous last words so I’m going to double check with my nursery before closing the ticket.

  • Jamie Collins says:

    Any recommendations for how to get the required Covid test within 72 hours of travelling to Canaries? We are due to go 18th December (booked in January!) I’ve looked at a few online companies but they can’t guarantee getting results back within their claimed 2 days. We are based in Southampton and flying BA from LHR if that makes a difference! Thanks 👍

    • Rob says:

      The Government is publishing its list of accredited labs soon. You might be forced to use one of those anyway because countries may start to insist you use an approved one. I think there is a huge amount of forgery going on at the moment with many tests not actually sent to a lab at all.

    • Michael C says:

      Jamie, do remember for Spain you need a test that has your passport info etc. on it, so not just any old one will do!

  • xcalx says:

    IB winter 2021 timetable.
    Anyone know when the November 2021 Iberia long haul flights are available to book. Nothing showing as yet.

  • xcalx says:

    “Upon qualification for Spire Elite, Members may choose to either receive a 25,000 annual point bonus or to gift Platinum Elite to a family member or friend.”

    Do I call in for this or wait to be contacted. Thanks

    • r* says:

      You should be able to select it by logging into your acct.

    • Rob says:

      It shows on your account. However some Flyertalk reports that it is taking weeks if not longer to appear. It used to appear the same day you hit 75,000 points.