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The HfP chat thread – Tuesday 29th 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 (197)

  • YC says:

    Anyone able to book their 31 Dec IHG free night for 2021? Struggling to get anything booking for 2021.

    • Pid says:

      Booked mine fine at the London Kimpton.

    • Jimbob says:

      There should be plenty of availability, just make sure you’re only looking for a 2 person room, as availability drops if you search for 3 people in a room

      • YC says:

        It seems to be stay by. Looking at 30-31 Dec it shows ‘Free’ whereas other 2021 dates (doesn’t say free but the 55k points required). A real pain trying to get this to work

    • Pid says:

      Definitely book by as mine at the Kimpton are for next Dec.

  • Sam says:

    Hi all, a qestion related to tax as opposed to travel. If you are a higher rate tax payer and want to claim the tax on donations you have made and selected Gift Aid, can you claim for donations you have made to overseas charities? I’m talking about charities based in the US and Canada as opposed to Europe. Thanks!

    • Genghis says:

      In short: no.
      Not sure how you can select “Gift Aid” on a world ex-EU charity which wouldn’t be registered for Gift Aid.

    • Sharka says:

      You cannot select Gift Aid but I seem to recall you can claim full relief on your self-assessment return for non-UK charities.

      • Genghis says:

        Within EU + Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein so as long as charity registers with HMRC, yes. Otherwise, no.

        After 1 Jan, who knows…

  • Pangolin says:

    Has Inside Flyer UK ceased to be? They haven’t had a single update since Dec 15, and updates were pretty sparse before then.

    • Rhys says:

      From the “UK’s most widely-read site for British Airways Executive Club, Virgin Flying Club and other major airlines and hotel loyalty schemes”? Say it ain’t so!

      • Rob says:

        Which is an interesting claim given that the media kit shows the UK site getting 125,000 page views per month compared to our 1.5 million 🙂

  • S says:

    Last chance to get 0.9p per AMEX MR point (ends 31st December)

  • 747_Brat says:

    Shoutout to @AndyGWP for recommending Surfshark sometime last week. I just bought a 2 year plan and I am mightily impressed! 🙂

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