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The HfP chat thread – Monday 22nd March

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Comments (392)

  • Jay says:

    Gold Bus Amex – anyone had success in getting the 3k MR bonus for taking out a supp card in the basic cardholders names ? Amex advise the basic cardmember can get supps (to, for example split project costs, but interested to see if bonus is triggered).

  • Mike says:

    Just had my vaccination done at Excel. Incredibly empty. Staff are saying people are not booking the slots. Staff to patient ratio probably 15:1.

    • meta says:

      Are you over 50 or under? Just thinking whether it’s worth a trek or not this week or I’ll be turned away if I am younger.

      • Mike says:

        I’m under 50. I don’t have an appointment but walked it to try my luck.

        *I’m not advocating anyone to do this and best to wait for your turn!*

      • Number9 says:

        My Son had his done a couple of weeks ago he’s 39 no underlying conditions and he’s no idea why he got called so early. He had Oxford vaccine side effects affected him quite badly for several days, but I think going straight onto a night shift wasn’t sensible.

    • Mouse says:

      Seems like the smaller centres are better able to fill gaps in their schedules by having a waiting list for not-yet-eligible people to get unused jabs at short notice, whereas Excel can only do “official” appointments, I wonder if that is the issue?

      • John says:

        Can you go in person to see the situation then book online immediately if it looks empty?

        • meta says:

          It seems you can just show up. No need to book. They probably just ask you for your NHS number and maybe ID. I just want to a confirmation whether they do it for under 50s too so as not waste time.

    • AJA says:

      That is a shame but as Rob posted last week the catchment area seems very anti-vax. Glad you got your jab though.

      • KP says:

        I live 10min away from Excel. The borough, Newham, was one of the worst affected by COVID as per an FT article last week. The demographic of the area may directly correlate to the number of unused slots

    • Anna says:

      Madness. All the different groups complaining they haven’t been prioritised but not apparently showing any initiative in using these slots!

      • Tracey says:

        To be fair, it isn’t at all obvious that anyone under 50, with no underlying health conditions can just turn up and be vaccinated.
        Even pharmacies, who have a reputation for vaccinating anyone they can as they are paid per vaccine, are not obviously doing people under 50 unless they are carers or have medical conditions.

      • kitten says:

        +1. You saw it in complete noncompliance out and about and people even openly sayinv they refuse to wear a mask and refuse social distancing. In those very areas that suffer more.

        This is what these areas have to contend with.

        And what it means for other packed London boroughs that are right next to them? I don’t know. But sadly it sounds as though we will have a continuing sink of infection.

        Rant over.

      • Lord Doncaster says:

        Exactly this Anna.

    • Mike says:

      Oh and Excel is using AZ if anyone was curious…

      • Tracey says:

        As is virtually everywhere in England for first doses.

        • Mike says:

          Nope. Friend had Pfizer 2 days ago. First dose. Not Excel.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            That why they said virtually.

          • Anna says:

            Some people are still getting it – my sister in law has a severely compromised immune system and could only have Pfizer (something to do with it not actually containing virus particles) but it mostly seems to be AZ now.

        • Will says:

          Out of 4 people I personally know who have been vaccinated, all have had Pfizer, 2 over 65’s and 2 NHS workers.

          I’m based in the South West.

      • Chris K says:

        Super. A world class vaccine developed in our Kingdom in just a day. Sold at cost for the benefit of mankind. And with a slightly better decrease in hospitalisation from Covid after one dose than Pfizer (according to Scottish and Canadian data on older people)

        We live in an amazing country.

        • Chris K says:

          Jolly good thank you. Just going to play a game of whiff-waff. Etc etc.

          As you almost certainly already knew I’m not Boris. It’s shame people can’t celebrate a success story without being political. But there we go, we’re all different.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Unfortunately the centres will be like that in this lull before significant numbers of second doses turn up, must be a couple weeks away from 400-500k 2nd doses a day.

  • John says:

    Anyone got an enhanced 50,000 point referral for a Platinum PERSONAL Amex as mentioned on here last week? ( assuming Rob hasn’t per last weeks comments)?

  • Blair says:

    £5 back on £10 spend on some Amex. I had this last month and thought it was one transaction only but has just activated again this evening on a further spend (different retailer). Is that the experience of others?

    • Daniel says:

      Which card? The Marriott Bonvoy?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Really? I only had it once you lucky devil.

      • Blair says:

        Now i’m obsessively mulling how I can keep triggering without pushing it too far.

        • KBuffett says:

          Go crazy
          It’s not unusual to be spending £10 on petrol, grocery etc

    • Harry T says:

      When you say it was activated, do you mean you received an email to say you had used it, despite previously triggering the offer? Any chance you reversed the offer after previously using it, with a refund?

      • Blair says:

        Yes an email to say offer used. Previous use was not on a refunded transaction.

  • YC says:

    What are the chances Marriott launches another 50% or better buy points deal in the next 3-4 months (today is last day)? Likely will need to top up for a summer trip but ofcourse still lots of uncertainty on the trip going ahead (Turkey)

    • Blair says:

      Just jump and buy them. It’s a better deal than last year’s if settling in GBP. I just need a decent Emirates Skywards sale to sort my summer out. 30% last week, 25% this week, holding out for 50%

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Isn’t the best we’ve seen in recent times 60% bonus. Our exchange rates are better now so probably the same.

      • Blair says:

        Yes and yes. So go for it.

      • YC says:

        Going to go for it. Doubt 60% will be back too soon. That was at the height of the pandemic and I’ve not seen other brands been as aggressive since then

  • jason says:

    Anyone else having issues paying virgin with curve card?

  • MKB says:

    I’m hearing that Statutory Instruments have now been published for the easing of lockdown, and it will become an offence to leave England for the purposes of leaving the UK, or to be at an embarkation point. Sounds pretty Draconian if true.

    • MKB says:

      … excluding allowed reasons of course.

    • The real John says:

      It’s less draconian than not letting you leave your house for the same reasons.

      The fixed penalty amounts have increased to £5000 though.

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