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The HfP chat thread – Thursday 10th 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 (384)

  • The Original Nick says:

    Curve related. I asked Curve support for raise on card limits for my Blue Curve card. They’ve emailed me back and asked for different proofs of ID and a selfie photo etc. Is this normal?

  • Mark says:

    Hilton are apparently letting all diamond status members gift diamond status to one person for 2021

    • Mark says:

      Diamond members can gift gold.
      Lifetime diamond members can gift diamond.

      • rjn21 says:

        How do you effect the status gift please? I cant find any obvious link in my account.

      • Aston100 says:

        How much do people charge to sell gold status to a stranger?

        • Rob says:

          Get Amex Plat for a month and you get Gold and 5 other cards, so logically £50 max unless you can’t get Plat.

          • TomD says:

            Do you get ‘blacklist’ if you do this? Or how long after I cancel the Plat is it ‘reasonable’ again to get it (and for a longer period this time!)?

            Don’t have any airline status so getting Shangri-La Jade then 3 flights on SQ for KF Gold is quite tempting.

      • Rob says:

        Any Diamond can gift Gold. It is a benefit for hitting 60 nights. Has been for years.

        Looks like this will be extended to all Diamonds even those who did not requalify.

  • Aliks says:

    I just noticed I have an IHG free night that is due to expire on 31st Dec. I think I earned this from the Creation/IHG Card last year and it was extended by 6 months.

    SOOO – which is the nicest London IHG hotel that will redeem a free night?
    We live in London and the Intercontinental Park Lane is not offering redemptions until 7th Jan – is there any place that is worth a night out?

    • Chris K says:

      It’s a book by date not a stay by date I believe. Book for later in 2021?

      • Aliks says:

        Good point, but in fact there are not many countries where we can guarantee entry any time soon.

        Its either London or build an Autumn long weekend around a decent IHG hotel in Europe

        • Andrew says:

          And after 16 December you’ll likely need to make it a “work stay” to be able to stay in a London hotel when it enters tier 3

    • Kai says:

      It’s reported that another extension may come soon.

    • Peggerz says:

      Kimpton or Intercontinental at the O2.

  • Ri says:

    Is it worth using close to 200k Hilton points (Will be using points to book the room). to hit Hilton diamond status. Thinking of doing a mattress run to get in the additional 14 nights I need.

    • Chef says:

      I don’t think it a certainty that Redemption nights count double?

    • Mark says:

      Not at the moment it isn’t.
      Most lounges are shut and hotels are empty so your more likely to get an upgrade as gold
      Just get gold via amex plat.

    • Rob says:

      Do you mean you need 14 nights (so 7 nights before 31/12) or 28 nights (so 14 nights before 31/12)?

      Either way, a few £30 day room workspaces is likely to be a lot cheaper.

      • Ri says:

        Only stayed two nights this year need another 28(14) nights to hit diamond I am a gold member

    • The Streets says:

      Angel King’s Cross was coming in at 130,000 and Chelsea slightly less

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I hope you plan on returning to the property every now and again and 14 nights would be massively pushing it.

  • Sal says:

    Can anyone answer Is Ernie referencing premium bonds? Or are these too secret to reveal to the unselect few…

  • Alex B says:

    Do any of the hotel schemes having shopping portals, similar to BA/Virgin?