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The HfP chat thread – Thursday 24th December

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

Historically, the daily ‘Bits’ articles were the de facto repository for random comments and questions.  With the news flow being lighter, we are running fewer ‘Bits’ articles.

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Comments (239)

  • Aston100 says:

    Seasons greetings to everyone here, and to Bendy, Beardy, Ernie, Che Guevara, the Seagulls, Slim Shady etc

  • George K says:

    London City Airport opens Covid-19 Testing Centre

    https://www.collinsongroup.com/en/covid-19-testing/london-city-airport

    Pricelist:
    LAMP test is 79 GBP per person
    PCR test is 99 GBP per person
    Antigen test is 50 GBP per person
    Antibody test is 40 GBP per person

  • Bobbins says:

    In case of interest, I haven’t yet received my IHG free night voucher from 10k IHG prem spend (July year end), I submitted a complaint at the end of October and have just been credited £150. The letter states they are unable to confirm when I will receive the voucher (but will) and cites communication issues with IHG as the cause.

    • David says:

      I’m in the same position but waiting since March. They don’t seem to see anything wrong with saying that you have met the criteria and will receive the voucher and not providing a timescale or considering other options. They issued me a deadlock letter in response to my complaint in June, and although I continued to follow up for the rest of the year it achieved nothing. As I was about to run out of time I have recently submitted an ombudsman claim on the issue.

    • LoL says:

      I’ve been waiting since May for my IHG free night voucher from the 10k IHG prem spend and have just submitted a complaint so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a similar response to the one you got!

  • LST says:

    Looking forward to Beardy visiting tonight and delivering seagull and Hong Kong phooey toys and small chocolate buttons (covered with crisp sugar shells) to Ernie and the other children of the world. Merry Christmas HFPers!

  • Donna says:

    I am looking to book the staybridge suites at heathrow in May next year. The suite with 15 days parking is £129 and with 8 days £189! Does anyone knows what happens if I book the 15 days option but return early? Is the car parked on site?

    • Travel Strong says:

      Unless someone can add some first hand experience, I would call the hotel and confirm if the 15 day parking is on site with you keeping your keys. They have plenty of on site spaces, so it may well be. But you are right to be wary about the price, in case the 8 day option you keep your keys and the 15 day option is cheaper because your car is being chucked end to end in a lot off site.

      The exact days you use never matters, its very rare that anyone ever goes away for the exact same number of days as the rate states!

  • Saiz says:

    The Etihad £250 Amex offer, if I opt for a voucher, it says it has to be used by October 2021 but then in the Terms and Conditions it doesn’t mention the date. They will add up to $400 on top but seems quite risky of travel has to be completed by that date. Anyone else sought clarification? Also, has anyone opted for the voucher? How quick was it and is the credit added on top easily?

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