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The HfP chat thread – Sunday 14th March

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Comments (287)

  • Nigel says:

    What is this Airtime that everyone is talking about? I feel I have missed something.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Look up airtime rewards

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Morrison’s aren’t currently on there for me at least anyway…

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Strange as most got 10%

        • Chrisasaurus says:

          Morjssons not even ‘coming soon’ – Waitrose are coming soon apparently as they have been for months.

          Morissons were briefly back soon for a month or so but now vanished

  • Anuj says:

    Any London hotel deals post lockdown? The only ones I’ve found is the travelzoo vouchers.

    • Rob says:

      The ones we see, we cover, but there isn’t much. I doubt we’ll see much until May when there is more certainty.

    • Aston100 says:

      Prices seem very high in and around may half term.
      Checking IHG, there are no good cash prices. Dynamic points pricing (as noted by Harry T the other day) seems to be (more or less) in line with cash prices now.

      • Anna says:

        Emyr got me a good deal on the Kimpton Fitzroy, they are still doing the 3 for 2 offer but if you book through Emyr they don’t take the first night deposit they want for booking direct. We’ve been upgraded to a junior suite as well!

        • Anuj says:

          Thank you for reminding me about Emyr. Will send off an email to him.

  • Matt says:

    Any idea on the required gap between having closed a Barclays account and being eligible to sign up for a Premier account? Don’t want to waste a hard credit search if it’s unlikely to be successful.

    • Patrick Cold says:

      I closed my Premier Account and switched to Virgin; it was a monumental error on my part. The Virgin experience was an absolute shambles. I went into my Barclays branch and switched back to Barclays Premier on the spot.

      • Patrick Cold says:

        Apologies. I`ve re-read your question and my response is unhelpful!

  • Shaz says:

    IHG buy points 100% bonus available until March 16th.

  • Steve says:

    Anytime have a Nectar Amex referral code (seems can’t refer from BAPP to Nectar)?

    • Genghis says:

      Nectar is now outside the referral scheme, it seems. For now anyway. HfP may still get their affiliate link revenue?

      • Steve says:

        Per Rob’s “How a couple can earn 186,875…” article seemed to suggest Nectar to Nectar error was still open (step 2)?

        • Rob says:

          As it happens Amex has just booked a sponsored article on refer a friend so we may get to the bottom of this.

      • Rob says:

        They are still paying us 🙂

    • Craig says:

      Well that’s a pain, I’ll have to rethink my referral strategy for Mrs S!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      You can’t even refer from nectar to nectar at the moment.

      Amex believe it’s an IT issue as there’s no comma to say it can’t be referred.

    • Steve says:

      Anyone know if Amex do a name and address check on the linked Nectar? Would rather not open multiple Nectars and just route Amex earnings into a single (existing) Nectar account, if possible?

      • Rob says:

        They never used to – Nectar and Radisson used to be the only partners who did no name checks at all. This may have changed of course.

        • Steve says:

          Thanks, will report back if they reject the card number entered 👍

  • Jimbob says:

    Any heads up when the next buy Avios bonus promotion might be?

  • Youngtraveller says:

    Not sure if covered or will be covered but amex has an offer from Qatar (spend 500, get back 100) on my plat+gold supp and ubereats (get 10%) only on free rewards.

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