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The HfP chat thread – Friday 18th December

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Comments (233)

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  • Benilyn says:

    IHG free night extended to August!

    We understand that you may need more time to use your certificate that is expiring this year. If you have a certificate with an expiry date of 31 December 2020, you will now have until 31 August 2021 to travel.
    This change will be reflected in your account before the end of the year in the form of a new Anniversary Night certificate with an expiry date of 31 August 2021.

  • Gary says:

    Recently did my first Laithwaite order getting the £40 off orders over £115 with free delivery and stacking with £20 off £75 Amex offer. Now had an email from them offering unlimited delivery of wine for 12 months for £1. Is there a catch – just seems too good to be true and usually is – there is no mention of having to join any of their wine clubs.

    • Andrew says:

      Is it just the delivery charge that’s £1 for a year rather than the wine? Like an Ocado subscription.

    • SteveD says:

      It’s fine, we got a similar deal. Any quoted delivery fee disappears at checkout no matter how small your order.

      Just bear in mind this will only apply to your account. In case there’s anyone else in your household that might like to try their wine as a new customer…

  • Brian says:

    “ British travellers with certain pre-existing medical conditions will still be able to access health care for a year after the Brexit transition phase ends.

    The current European Health Insurance Card (Ehic) scheme will expire at 11pm on New Year’s Eve. But kidney patients who need dialysis, people requiring regular oxygen therapy and cancer sufferers undergoing some types of chemotherapy should continue to get free treatment during 2021 for trips of up to six weeks“

  • Mike says:

    How annoying is Creation! Wanting to apply for the IHG card but always says I’m not eligible. Been like this for 6 months. Nothing to suggest why I wouldn’t be because on my profile…

    • Mike says:

      *based on my profile…

    • Andrew says:

      Based on which profile?

      Have you checked your credit history on more than one agency? Make sure there’s nothing unexpected.

      Maybe also do a formal Subject Access Request to get a full set of data they hold about you?

      • Genghis says:

        Exactly. You need a few missed payments at least in the past couple of months and a high credit utilisation for Creation to even consider you!

        • Harry T says:

          Haha Genghis is on the money. Virgin Money and Creation don’t seem fond of people who pay their bills.

    • Ali M says:

      funny you say that. I thought it was just me. have excellent score and have been declined IHG twice 6 months apart, lol. I wasn’t too hot for it (contrary to me saying that re applied 6 months later)so didn’t pursue

  • NC says:

    This question is about 2 years late but my father in law has just discovered he has an extra BAEC account with some avios in. It looks like it was created by when they closed. What’s the easiest way to get these avios in his main BAEC account?

    • Harry T says:

      Make a household account with his second account.

    • Chris Heyes says:

      NC He will have to ring them (maybe when quite) won’t be a problem ask him to write his BAEC numbers down before he rings makes it a little bit easier takes only a few hours to show in account.
      But make sure BA shuts down the one he doesn’t want kept open lol

    • NC says:

      Thanks for the replies! Solved by adding to HHA.

      • meta says:

        I’d still call as you can’t have two accounts in your name. Audit might flag it.

        • Nick_C says:

          You are not meant to have two accounts for the same person, but two accounts with the same name must be quite common. Father/son etc.

  • Sk123 says:

    Currently, is it possible to travel to the USA? I have family there and have had some sad news of a diagnosis and want to know my options. I’ve looked on the gov website and am just confused as Virgin and other airlines are flying there directly from the UK.

    • Harry T says:

      You will need to do your own proper research on the government websites. This is too important an issue to delegate to people online, who may be wrong. I am sorry to hear of your bad news, but I genuinely don’t think this is something that you can trust strangers in the internet with – it’s too important.

      Anyway, basically it seems you won’t have much luck if you’re not American and are currently in the UK.

      • Harry T says:

        Flights are running because some people are exempt from the travel restrictions. There always need to be flights for essential travel for logistic, political, business reasons etc.

    • Anthony Edwards says:

      A few of my colleagues have travelled to the US in the last week and are currently self-isolating in their respective cities – they have US passports though.

    • marcw says:

      Few considerations, if you are not an US citizen, very difficult to travel to the USA unless you are one of the exemptions. You could also travel to Mexico/Turkey/Croatia, spend there 2 weeks and then travel to the USA without issues.

      However, there have been some news regarding Trump administration lifting the ban to UK and European travellers. Late november (see this tweet, there were some discussions in the WH about lifting the ban. Today, the Telegraph is reporting that Trup administration could lift the ban as early as Tuesday (

      Anyways, check out the exemptions first.

      • marcw says:

        From the Telegraph:
        Donald Trump could lift the US travel ban on the UK and Europe as early as next week, say industry and aviation sources.
        The US Department of Homeland Security is understood to have recommended the move which could be authorised by the President through an executive order next Tuesday, according to senior sources in the travel industry.
        Mr Trump has been considering the plan since late November, after the introduction of the ban on Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries at the start of the pandemic in a bid to contain the spread of
        The plan has won the backing of White House coronavirus task-force members, public health and other federal agencies, according to officials, but Mr Trump has yet to make a final decision and sign it off.
        Many administration officials argue the restrictions no longer make sense given that most other countries around the world are not subject to the entry ban.

        • Sk123 says:

          Thank you all.

        • ChrisC says:

          So you’ll be able to fly to the US but then be hit by an individual states isolation (or not) policies

          And it’s not just on arrival where it matters but also on any internal transportation you may take,

    • Lyn says:

      It could be worth checking exemptions for family members, if they are close family.

      For instance, I know that Canada has just recently started allowing brothers and sisters, amongst other close family, of Canadians to enter the country. Albeit with the usual 2 week quarantine once they arrive, and probably a fair bit of extra paperwork. Perhaps the US has a similar allowance?

      • Sk123 says:

        Thanks, I will do that. I know Harry T said above that it’s too important an issue to delegate to websites but I don’t think I would have found all the above comments, full of useful information, elsewhere. So, thank you all. I will ofcourse follow .gov guidelines but the advice and suggestions have been very insightful.

  • KBuffett says:

    Has anyone recently stayed at Corinthia London? Thinking of spending a day of two after Christmas. Have stayed before but not since Covid.

  • Craig says:

    Just had a Telegraph offer of £39 for a year, stacked with the Amex offer it works out at £19 which is a pretty good deal.

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