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The HfP chat thread – Saturday 5th December

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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 (158)

  • Sina says:

    Red by Duffry Platinum with this promo code: REDPLATSMART0821 in case anyone is interested!

    • Always_in_the_air says:

      Brilliant, thank you, just done it.

      Seems the £10 found access for platinum has gone though, which is a shame. Fingers crossed it will come back at some stage.

    • KBuffett says:

      I’ve entered the promo code on my existing account, but my status doesn’t seem to have changed?

    • Rhys says:

      Just tried this myself the other day!

    • Doc says:

      Never used this. Apart from 10% off the selected duty free airport shopping, are there any benefits since the website is bereft of any useful information on this?

    • KBuffett says:

      Thanks Sina. I’ve noticed you post quite unique and interesting finds! I added the code through the app, which still says I’m silver, but when logging in on my computer it now says I’m Platinum,

      • Sandgrounder says:

        Good find, just saved 15p on a bottle of water! Here in BHX I have been hit by the loss of No1 from PP, both Aspires closed until 10th, No.1 appears to be open.

      • Sina says:

        Cheers, I only return the favour! I learn a lot and share whenever I think it’s useful 😊

    • Kevin says:

      Thanks for that got my updated despite quite challenging how to put the promotion code

  • Rob says:

    Their website and app is so bad. How do you even put in a promo code?

    • Always_in_the_air says:

      Just done it, create the account and add the promo code, or if you have an account click on your profile, scroll to the bottom and there should be somewhere to enter the promo code, but if you do this option do it on a desktop, I couldn’t get it to work on my mobile and in the end had to creat a new account!!! Yes both app and website are terrible.

    • KBuffett says:

      Worst app ever. But the discounts are not to be sniffed at

  • Vin says:

    Don’t know if it’s been reported on before but MAN are offering Covid testing – different tests based on country requirements, pre-departure and post-arrival.

    https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/coronavirus/testing/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=SFMC-Email&utm_campaign=INFO-MAN-20201203&utm_content=&sfmc_e=0030Y00000JkuypQAB&SFMC_JobId=154510

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      But if you need a PCR test like most destinations, why trail yo the airport days before ?

  • Carl Austin says:

    Hello what is the easiest (free) way for my sister to transfer her BA Avios into my Iberia Plus Avios account? thanks

    • Rhys says:

      What do you need it for? Creating a household account with both of you in means you can pool your Avios. More here: https://www.headforpoints.com/2020/04/11/how-do-british-airways-household-accounts-work/

      • Carl Austin says:

        RHYS – HI – I want my sister’s AVIOS so I can book an avios ticket through my Iberia account / better deal as you guys have highlighted.
        So how to transfer?
        Put me into my sister’s household BUT
        Chris raises the issue of addresses matching but in what context?
        We both have BA accounts with different addresses and my Iberia account is also different.
        So please advise
        great work
        Thanks

        • Rob says:

          It can’t be done for free. No way of moving between people for free unless you are BA Gold.

    • Chris Heyes says:

      See comments Rhys/Rob how to do it above BUT your sisters address must be the same address as yours for now (ie put same address she can move out after lol if you know what i mean !)

      • Carl Austin says:

        OK I have asked her to set up a Household account but do I need to be linked to that same household or can I be a family friend only?
        If I need to be added to Household what addresses need to be matched? from you comment, it seems to suggest that she needs to set up the account using the address on my IBERIA account?
        Note I am also member of Avios.com via Vueling and a BA Avios account holder if that makes it any easier (free)

        • Carl Austin says:

          Note – I do not have any points in the BA or Avios.com account but the Iberia account is loaded and active

  • A270 says:

    Has anyone used the £250 off £500 Etihad for a good deal? I have that on my main and supplementary card. Any ideas would be appreciated. We are a family of 4 so the £500 discount is handy.

    • Andrew says:

      Singapore for the spring was showing as £510. return in economy when I checked some dates. So £260 with the offer which seems good. Remember that like most airlines they offer vouchers as refunds so you can book a flight you don’t want to take, refund to a voucher and you’re effectively buying a £500 gift voucher for £250 for use at another time. Depends if you want/trust giving an airline a £250 loan at the moment.

      • A270 says:

        Thanks. I’m looking at February 2021 so wouldn’t be keen on the Far East. Are people wanting to go to Dubai still taking the flight to Abu Dhabi and then making their way to Dubai without quarantine? I believe Abu Dhabi has stricter restrictions.

        • Sandgrounder says:

          As of two weeks ago you could only enter the UAE at AUH if you were a citizen or a resident. It may have changed by now, or change by February.

          • A270 says:

            Oh, so no entry via Dubai? Strange. I will read up if I decide to book anything. I just thought I’d ask of anyone found some amazing deal to avail this offer. £100 off Qatar isn’t tempting.

          • Rob says:

            You can enter AUH from Dubai but you need to show a test result at a check point on the road I believe. Emirates website explains it.

  • Nick G says:

    Anyone know of a decent hotel with a decent exec lounge Abu Dhabi/Dubai etc that accepts children?

    Everytime I try and look at booking I do some digging and find children under 12 aren’t allowed or allowed until 6pm. The RC Doha has a great lounge and couldn’t have been more friendly to our then 6yr old last year. I get spaces may be for adult time but our son is perfectly well behaved and knows how to behave. I’m not sure whether these rules are strictly enforced at hotels or not? I don’t want to find out the hard way of course

    • Juno says:

      Just go anyways, they’ll probably let you in

    • fivebobbill says:

      Radisson Dubai Creek definitely allows children into the exec lounge, no restrictions at all that I could see…

  • memesweeper says:

    @Rob @Rhys no link to page one of the comments in the article for today’s chat?

    • Rhys says:

      Not sure what’s happened! Looking into it

    • Rhys says:

      Issue resolved: this IS page one – not enough comments for a second page yet! Remember it is done by top level comments, not by comments in total which is why it can vary day to day

      • memesweeper says:

        @rhys @rob I know this is page 1 — but the normal link to page one of the comments is missing in the text above

        • Rob says:

          We removed it, because now there is a 1/2/3/4/5 selector at the top of the comments, it isn’t needed.

  • sayling says:

    Yet another post about being downgraded from First to Club – in my case, used a companion voucher and booked Heathrow to Toronto 18 June in the 50% discount promotion. Added car hire too, through BA (to qualify for ATOL – certificate yet to be issued, but that’s another story).

    The idea was to fly out to YYZ, grab the hire car and drive down to Windsor. It looks as though there are no flights to YYZ with a First cabin at all now, BUT there are flights to Chicago, with connecting flights to Detroit on American Airlines (Skywest as American Eagle).

    What are the chances, oh wise and knowledgeable HfPers, on getting the outbound flight rearranged to LHR-ORD- Detroit? I’d probably want to keep the return YYZ-LHR in Club intact, if that matters

    • sayling says:

      (Should add that the Heathrow to Chicago does, currently, have seats in First)

    • AJA says:

      You can always ask with an expectation that BA says no. I think you won’t be succesful as the distance between ORD and YYZ is 436 miles according to GCM. If it was under 300 miles you would be ok to request the re-route. You could try asking to change the ticket to an open jaw but you would probably have to swallow the cost of the flight between ORD and Detroit.

    • AJA says:

      I think I’d be inclined to keep the downgrade to Club to YYZ and then go for Downgrade compensation – remember it is a refund of 75% of the Avios for the sector downgraded and it is per passenger so both passengers are entitled to the downgrade compensation. It does not matter that you paid 50% of the Avios and got the second ticket free other than the taxes paid. You will have to fly and then claim afterwards and expect a fight with BA but it could work out as a very cheap trip.

      • sayling says:

        That’s a fair point. I’m guessing it would only be Avios @75%, not 75% of the cash value of the seats?

        • Rob says:

          If it goes to arbitration you get 75% Avios x 1.6p (the BA selling price) as CEDR can only make cash awards.

        • Lady London says:

          You also get 75% of the not-actually-tax part of BA’s so-called ‘taxes’ paid to you as well, which is most of it.

      • Annie says:

        Sorry. So is it compensation of 75% of what that sector would normally cost x2 if it were a 2-4-1 Avios booking? For example Miami-LHR in first is 100k – so if downgraded to J it would be 75,000×1.6p each person? ( or do they value the ‘free’ ticket as zero Avios! ). Thanks.

        • Rob says:

          This is a 2nd problem. When BA agrees to compensation using a 241 voucher, it value the 241 at zero. There was a period a few years ago where 241 holders seemed to be targetted for downgrades because it halved the compensation BA would offer.

          Again, arbitration always found in your favour.