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The HfP chat thread – Wednesday 13th January

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Comments (240)

  • Paul says:

    New white IHG card activated and added to Curve today. Trying to purchase premium bonds for £2500 (card limit £7500) but keeps failing on NS&I as a card declined – anyone else having these issues too?

    • Paul says:

      Works if underlying is HSBC no problem as that just went through now?

    • Genghis says:

      You need to break in the card a bit.

    • mark2 says:

      IHG tend to limit financial transactions to £700 per week IME.

      • Aston100 says:

        “IHG tend to limit financial transactions to £700 per week IME.”
        Not in the scenario that Paul is attempting to use it for.

    • Lula says:

      I had this recently. It was because Curve had blocked my card. Took a few days but it got sorted out in the end. Have you called Creation?

    • Paul says:

      Thanks for the tips guys – £500 worked so will work on that basis when purchasing these again.

    • Alan says:

      I have a new IHG card, same limit, and the most I can get through in 1 transaction is £1000.
      Trying to pay other CCs I am hitting a lower limit of £300 per day and a rolling £700 over 3 days (Ghengis, kindly explained this one).

    • babyg says:

      hmmm AKA im trying to do MS though curve and my MS attempt its not working.. lets talk about our NS&I gift horse here… few more should get it blocked…

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      Have you changed addresses before? The post code in curve has to match with NS&I.

  • Liam says:

    CNN is pulling the plug on CNN Airport Network. If you’ve ever been in a US airport and seen CNN on a TV, it will almost certainly have been a different version to the regular channel: no coverage of air disasters, nothing inappropriate for children, and some content from other Turner-owned channels. But now it’s apparently not making any money so after 31 years in existence it’s getting shut down.

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      What a comprehensively interesting post, I hadn’t even considered there was such a thing let alone know of its existence!

      Anyone know of any other like products? I wonder often about relationships with hotel, bar and other leisure locations and whether there are quid pro quo’s into play

  • Dave says:

    Is the IHG Rewards Club Premium credit card likely to reappear now there’s light at the end of the covid tunnel?

    • Rob says:

      Given that Creation seems to be doing all it can to leave the UK market – look at how many cards it now offers – I doubt it.

  • Ming The Merciless says:

    Miles and More question.

    How long do points take to post. 13 days and counting so far for me.

  • George K says:

    Hey everyone. What would be people’s recommendation for personal flight logbook apps or sites? Thinking of going with flightradar24 but keen to hear any others.

    • Liam says:

      I use the Flighty app on my iPhone and iPad (I don’t think they have a website). It’s not just for logging flights—its primary purpose is for live updates to expected departure/landing times etc.—but does a good job of it. There’s a premium service but the free one will work for this purpose.

    • The real John says:

      I use flightmemory as it’s easy.

      I want to use openflights as it is more “open” but there is a bit of a learning curve

    • Rhys says:

      I use myflightradar24 but I do wish they’d add a social element to it!

      Very easy for tracking flights, though. A lot of apps try and be clever by asking for access to your emails to automatically draw out old and new bookings, but I never find that works consistently and always end up DIYing. Don’t have that problem with myflightradar24 – I just tap in the dates and flight numbers and it works out the rest.

  • HuThUn says:

    I have a tax bill due before end of Jan c. £4k. I haven’t got any UK points earning visa/mastercard, as all is Amex. I’ve got some US cards but don’t think I can use them to pay.

    Realistically is there a window to generate points off of this? I know Curve metal subscription isn’t worth it, and am unsure if applying for any UK Mastercard/Visa right now would get approved prior to the deadline.

    Should I just bite the bullet and pay with a debit card?

    • Craig says:

      Tesco debit card.

      • Genghis says:

        Given OP doesn’t have any UK points earning visa / MasterCards and the Tesco debit card is closed to new applicants, I don’t think this is an option.

        OP asked the other day. Just pay by debit card.

    • Dan says:

      Billhop is another points earning option.

  • Russel says:

    yes. debit card is best for you

  • Tony says:

    I have a datapoint on a ba holidays booking where the flight route (Osaka) was cancelled in case of interest to others…

    Spoke to them tonight. The only option was to take a rebooking to Tokyo then make my own way to Osaka. Nothing under the JV presumably as a result of it being a holiday booking.

    Chance of being able to travel in August seemed slim anyway so have taken the refund. Avios (had UUA’d) back on the account already.

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