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The HfP chat thread – Saturday 28th November

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

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Comments (268)

  • Lady London says:

    Hum. Deliveroo is delivering Aldi products (last I saw a selection of about 150 products) in some areas on a trial cooperation apparently.

  • Fred S says:

    Question about BA 20% BFOffer promo: Can it be used to book into premium and upgrade using avios? I can;t find a promo box when attempting a straight UUA booking. Is it a question of booking without UUA, using the voucher and then upgrading?

    • BJ says:

      That is the way you should be doing UUA anyway to reduce the risk of paying over the odds. Book the revenue flight and then upgrade it online. If that doesn’t work try calling them within 24h cooling off period so you can cancel for free if they don’t let you do the upgrade at an acceptable price over the phone.

  • Phil H says:

    Last night I booked Virgin Upper Class LHR-LAS//LAX-MAN in October for 27400 points round trip per person plus taxes & charges. Thanks Head for Points for article & contributors in the comments that gave me knowledge of combining 50% redemption offer with credit card upgrade voucher, of which I used two.

  • DJ says:

    How do you sign up for the mailinglist? I do have a Premier account, but I don’t think I have received any offers …

  • Niall says:

    What is the current best way to spend the £400 Marriott platinum credit? Many non stay (/restaurant) Options? I know lots of places still closed and would prefer to spend sooner in December.

    • KBuffett says:

      I think Grosvenor is the only open option

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Berners tavern @ the Edition and perhaps even the other bars are reopening as the hotel opens next week.

      • Niall says:

        Thanks! Does Berners Tavern generate the credit or do you need to bill to a fake room as described in another article?

        • TGLoyalty says:

          No need for a fake bill at JW GH either all the restaurants and bars bill as the hotel.

  • KBuffett says:

    Does anyone have any good suggestions for LockDown takeaway and eat in the car? Central London/Surrey/West London

    Bored bored bored

    • memesweeper says:

      One of the veggie Indians on Bath Road near Heathrow? Very cheap and good.

    • Travel Strong says:

      TGI Fridays have served me well this year. Great click and collect system. Whilst on the road with work I have no desire to wait around and be seated in a restaurant anyway – so click and collect and eating in the car has been great! Sesame chicken strips, jack daniels glaze… may not be the food of kings. But its the food that a king would buy if he had to eat in the back seat of a VW Tiguan.

      • KBuffett says:

        Contemplating a takeaway and movie on the iPad in the car with my wife!

        • Lady London says:

          Do you think cinemas will go drive-in after Covid ?

          • Sloth says:

            Assuming you could get your car through the foyer… :p

          • KBuffett says:

            There were a few drive in (open air) movie screenings in Surrey during the summer. I think they were sold out most nights.

          • BJ says:

            Drive in movies showing at Prestwick Airport for anybody nearby in SW Scotland or Glasgow area. They have one of the largest screens in the world.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            There have been quite a few pop up drive in movies. Might be fewer during winter though.

          • Rob says:

            You can redeem Virgin Points for the new London one via the Virgin Red app!

  • david says:

    What happens if you don’t complete the return flight on a ticket – return flights are much cheaper than one way flights?

    • Lumma says:

      Nothing usually, as it’s perfectly possible to miss a flight due to traffic or other reasons, but they could have something in their terms and conditions that they could hit you with if you do it often. If the ticket allows it you could book the return way into the future as use it as a basis for a future holiday

      • Lady London says:

        depending on fare conditions (read the very small print on fare class when booking) a return positioned in this way may turn out to have more options than you thought of at first

      • david says:

        Thanks for your help !

    • Rob says:

      In theory the airline can sue you for the difference. In reality it won’t do this unless you abuse it hugely.

  • Dave Winchester says:

    Surprised HFP hasn’t covered the Swiss 2-4-1 First and Business Sale.

    In particular you can book LHR-SIN Swiss First outbound, Singapore Airlines A380 New Suites inbound for a mere 1800