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The HfP chat thread – Saturday 16th January

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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 (166)

  • Dan says:

    I made an application for the Marriott Bonvoy card today, but did not get an instant approval… (the first time that it’s happened to me), should I be worried or is this fairly common?

    Getting anxious that I may be rejected for it…

    • DJ says:

      No need to worry about it, I had it a couple of times when applying for a new card with Amex, it will just take a few days then you get an approval email. At least it wasn’t an instant reject.

    • TJ says:

      I applied on the 12th Jan but did not get an instant approval. Then received email 15th Jan confirming that I had been approved and the card actually turned up today. Even more surprising is that the 15 elite nights have already been allocated to my Marriott account!

      • Dan says:

        Thanks DJ,TJ and Andy GWP!

        @TJ – Between the 12th and the 15th, did they ask you for any documentation etc. or was it just the time they took to process the application?

    • AndyGWP says:

      If its any comfort, I’m sure someone has mentioned on here before that instant decisions are usually unlikely at weekends

  • memesweeper says:

    Does anyone know how to see your progress towards the Amex Bonvoy free night? ie £25,000 spent/year.

    • meta says:

      On desktop site on the points accrual page at the top you’ll see your current spend first for Gold membership then for the free night.

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    Is there an easy way to get Hyatt status? Do they do status challenges?

    • Harry T says:

      They’ve halved the requirements for status in 2021. There’s also a double nights promotion that I believe ends in February – so you could attain Globalist with 15 nights instead of 60 in that time period. Not an easy task if you are trapped in the UK right now though!

    • Travel Strong says:

      Match from mlife is an option if you have status with them

  • 747_Brat says:

    Emirates suspends flights to Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane due to OZ Government policies!

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-16/emirates-suspends-flights-to-and-from-melbourne-sydney-brisbane/13063572

  • Harry T says:

    Marriott healthcare heroes rate appears to have been quietly extended from Feb 2021 to the end of 2021.

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