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The HfP chat thread – Saturday 28th November

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Comments (268)

  • Optimus Prime says:

    Is anyone going to try the Test & Rest package at Sofitel T5?

  • babyg says:

    So much talk about curve, ms, etc…. this reminds me of all the talk about buying coins from the royal mint at face value/free postage… back in the day.. first rule of fight club people…

    • BINARY says:

      Yep, this is going to come to an end very quickly. Frozen accounts all round and points removed I reckon.

      • memesweeper says:

        I’ve put a small fortune in legitimate spend through bendy and the intercon, including a large chunk to ERNIE… would be livid if that comes to an end because people are sending money round in circles rapidly depositing/withdrawing.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          One mans real spend is another mans circle.

        • Tom says:

          Do you have to pay the 1.5% fee with ERNIE if you don’t have a metal bendy?

        • Doug M says:

          I think you’re kidding yourself here. Any investment to NS&I is MS. Whenever it happens, that amount will come back as cash. Whether you leave it there 10 years or 10 minutes doesn’t change that.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Anyone who thinks using a debit card backed with a credit card at merchants who only accept debit cards isn’t MS is kidding themselves.

            It’s the very definition of MS

        • BJ says:

          Well I’m sending large amounts of money round in circles but about 70% of it
          is my own money. Up to me if I move it around, up to you if you leave yours sitting.

  • ao40 says:

    Note the Deliveroo saving is capped at £6 a month, and Spotify at £9.99.

  • BJ says:

    Datapoint: Today BA cancelled reservation from BKK-LHR on 13 January.

    • Harry T says:

      Sorry to hear that, although I suspect you wouldn’t have been able to make the trip.

      • BJ says:

        No, been obvious for a while now that the trip wasn’t going to happen, hopefully game on for our respective summer plans. Probably spend Xmas at Craigendarroch depending what the rest of the family want to do. Hoping for snow but no sign of that yet either.

        • Polly says:

          Our spare HKG was cancelled also. As was the QR one to HKT…got a new kUL one for Feb on BA. Wonder if that will go either, as Malaysia still not open .
          Shame hope you do get some snow, if only for a Christmas feeling….

  • Lucy says:

    Looking at using the Amex gold offer for Harvey Nichols (spend £150, get £30 credit). Unfortunately gift cards seem to be excluded, any successful workarounds? The Black Friday deals haven’t thrown up many bargains this time but I do shop there fairly regularly.

    • dezbez says:

      I think gift cards should be ok, i recently had success with a £50 card included in my basket. It’s when you’re taken to a third party website they don’t tend to work but with HN you stay on their website.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Online Gift cards are ok from HN as they are processed by HN themselves.

    • Harry T says:

      Gift cards trigger the amex offers.

    • Nigel W says:

      Gift cards do trigger the offer considering that’s what i did a few weeks ago.

      The only pain is trying to spend it on online orders (need to contact them post-order)

  • meta says:

    For anyone thinking going to The Langley, I just had an email to say the indoor pool is closed till 15 Dec. I’m there two days later so hoping that it will be open.

    • Lady London says:

      @Meta isnt The Langley closing again on January? if so, sounds unlikely

      • meta says:

        They are not closing in January unless the area goes into Tier 3 by then. 17th Dec should still be ok though.

  • Anna says:

    Tough times for BA cabin crew, hope she wears a mask 😬

  • Lady London says:

    …and a solid VPN.

    Though certain airlines staff traditionally had a bit of a rep for this I gather.

    I’m being good today so I’m not saying they as British Airways ratcheted cabin crew pay down to unliveable levels, what else do they expect ?

    • memesweeper says:

      I worked in a firm where a well placed and senior (but fairly young) woman was caught out selling sex via an escort site. Today I wasted an hour in Morrissons to save £125. I don’t need the money and neither did she.

      • Nick says:

        maybe both needed the thrill?

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Every little bit counts …

        What’s the saying? everyone gets their kicks in different ways?

      • Lady London says:

        How was she caught out? did this lead to loss of employment due to a morals clause? or was it just embarrassing ?

        Enqiring minds need to know…

        • Nick says:

          You asked my question 🤣

        • BS says:

          If I were an employer I wouldn’t mind if it didn’t affect company work or bring the company in to disrepute. However she is clearly identified with BA in this case, so she may we’ll have a case to answer…

        • Anna says:

          Disgruntled colleague or punter, I would imagine. Whatever you think of the Sun, it seems to have the best intelligence sources in the business!

          • Anna says:

            My guess is she would have been sacked for some very serious breaches of her terms of employment – BA is not going to want their planes to be seen as knocking shops!