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The HfP chat thread – Thursday 25th March

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Comments (269)

  • memesweeper says:

    “is it an extension of status or an extension of time to collect TPs“

    It’s an extension of status — earned TPs still wipe out on the anniversary as normal.

    Under normal circumstances I’d suggest hitting your run as soon after the start of a new TP collecting year as possible. Under current circumstances I’d not book anything, unless it’s with the BA BWC guarantee. Very few TP runs are all BA — sounds high risk to me as you’d be beholden to other airlines flex/refund/voucher policies, and other jurisdictions’ consumer protection laws.

    • @soundnomad says:

      thanks.. hadn’t considered the other airlines involved. good point.
      Maybe have to wait it out for another year and go for gold >sept 9th 2022.

      The way things are going any savings and benefits might just be offset by covid tests and red tape. Back to the drawing board.

  • JohnT says:

    Well done to Colm W on Virgin quiz, are you one of ours? Sadly ranked 196 out of 300. If it was this Rhys then 5th is not too bad… Good fun.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, our Rhys. He is kicking himself, apparently made a couple of unforced errors …

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Virgin quiz?

      Was there a zoom quiz or something?

    • Travel Strong says:

      Very impressive Rhys! I was consistently in the ~40 rankings through each round. 2 failed questions due to operator error / misclicking with a jump of the screen, but wouldn’t have changed my outcome much!

  • Rts says:

    As an FYI… I just tried cancelling my gold card after receiving my annual 10k bonus for spending £15k pa. They just gave me another 10 points to stick around… Worth calling in and trying your luck!

  • Alex says:

    Normally I keep spending on BAPP as Amex makes up 95% of my spending. My partner however triggers 241 then moves to an MR card so we keep building avios at a higher rate and MR at a decent level as-well for anything non-avios we want to do travel wise.

    Our spending is modest compared to many here though who I know trigger 241, then hotel free nights, then another bonuses etc.

  • yorkieflyer says:

    Daily Mail email, yes I know but just wondering “ENJOY 10,000 NECTAR POINTS WITH YOUR FREE EQUITY RELEASE QUOTE”

  • Benilyn says:

    Have people found when opening new amex accounts (in particular new biz accounts with the promo of extra bonus points), that any large spend (£1k+) is not added as points normally i.e. they don’t show up in “Your Points Activity” as a line item, but just as an “Adjustment”… and therefore messing up your bonus spend targets. If so, easy to get resolved?

  • TGLoyalty says:

    Cancel BAPP and spend on Bonvoy or nectar.

  • Eric says:

    Virgin dosen’t charge the 2.99% FX fee if the transaction is made in the EEA – anyone knows how are the exchange rates used? Does it tend to be competitive vs Curve for example?

    • John says:

      It will be the mastercard exchange rate which you can see online the next day

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