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The HfP chat thread – Monday 12th April

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Comments (299)

  • Nick G says:

    Anyone stayed at the apex bath?

    • Rob says:

      Had lunch there. New build hotel and very central – walkable to everything. It is on the ‘modern’ side of the city (new build cinema complex oppposite) but literally 2 minutes from the core Georgian area and the Theatre Royal.

    • Red Flyer says:

      Yes my company HO is in Bath and we use this for company meeting staff accommodation and all in all is good in terms of staff, breakfast options and standard of rooms. Good solid 4* and centrally located close to sights and train station.

    • Tracey says:

      Modern and clean, better than the street outside which is always full of litter from the cinema and food places across the road.
      I would say it is quite central but not as good a hotel or as a location as the Gainsborough. Not sure I’d class it as a 4* either.
      I prefer the royal crescent for service and views and the Gainsborough for a central location.
      If it was quite a bit cheaper than the others I may go for it.

  • John says:

    Have a free Amex Marriott credit card night allocated to a booking June 21.

    Anyway I can find out the expiry date of the voucher

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Dammit how many of these have I lost, I forget they existed!

  • Matt says:

    Has something changed with Vanguard and Curve? Have now trice tried to pay in, confirmed in the app once and with an SMS once, and both times the transaction hasn’t shown up in Curve, or on the underlying card. It shows as pending in Vanguard.
    Was working fine a few weeks ago.

    • Matt says:

      That should be twice, not trice

    • NC says:

      What MCC is Vanguard?

    • CH says:

      I think there were some discussions last week about a switch being flicked (my words) after the Easter BH that meant the transactions just vanished and no money was moved.
      Have a trawl through comments if you feel like it – on or just after the 6th.

    • Genghis says:

      Doesn’t seem to work now whereas before Easter it did. Shame as have done £20k there in past week. But every little helps.

    • Mark says:

      What underlying card are u using to fund curve?

    • Jay says:

      +1 with Honors underlying… big shame. Exactly the shame and tried on three Vanguard accounts and three bendy cards.

  • AndyGWP says:

    I am living in England (close to Welsh border).

    Can I legitimately stay overnight in a hotel in Wales this week for leisure purposes?

    Welsh FAQ’s seem to say “yes”:

    English FAQ’s seem to say “no, because the corridor is shared” – but is it just that English hotels can’t open, and I can travel to a Welsh one and stay overnight with no issues?

    • Tom1 says:

      There’s an article on bbc website today that says “yes”. (And I know this is assuming bbc is correct!)

      “Can I travel to Wales from England to have a holiday from 12 April?
      From Susan Piper, London
      Yes you can, because travel between Wales and England will be allowed from that date.

      Self-contained holiday accommodation in Wales – including hotels with en-suite facilities and room service – can open to people from the same household or support bubble.

      You will be able to holiday with other members of your household, or bubble, but staying with friends or relatives is not allowed (unless you are part of the same support bubble) because rules preventing indoor mixing are still in force in Wales and England”

      • AndyGWP says:

        Thanks Tom1 – thanks for the comments. It seems to correspond with the info I’ve found the so must be fine 👍🏻🙂

        • Anna says:

          Certainly Welsh hotels seem to think so. Bizarrely they are classing themselves as self-contained if they have en suite facilities and room service, whereas in England the reception and other common areas make them not self-contained!
          Also from today you can sleep in a hotel in Wales but eat in England as their restaurants aren’t open yet.

  • Doug says:

    Did I miss the task force update today? I guess media didn’t made a fuss due to leaks?

    • Rob says:

      Happened last week.

    • Tim says:

      There was supposed to be the follow-up today but as far as I can tell it’s been postponed due to Philip’s death

      • Iain says:

        Apparently only emergency comms allowed during the 8 days of national mourning according to Cabinet Office guidelines.

  • Matt says:

    There was mention of HIX Moab over the weekend when I didn’t have the info to hand, but if the pool and ability to pay with points aren’t crucial I would recommend Arches Drive B&B on basis of 2 nights there in 2017. Great welcome, comfortable stay, great breakfast. Looks to be about the same price as the HIX so not a complete steal but I would definitely stay there again.

  • Doommonger says:

    Is there any Hfpers that live in Brighton? If so could they recommend an up market B&B? One that accepts miserable gits on business preferably.

    The Doomster

  • Anuj says:

    Just an fyi. If you have friends and family who travel on star alliance airlines and don’t care about points, try adding them to a SAS Eurobonus group. You can add friends or family and SAS seems to credit points to lower fare classes even when other airlines give 0, such as on fare class S and L.

    • The real John says:

      Aegean is better – but out of the blue they will ask you to send passport scans of everyone in your account group so be prepared

      • Anuj says:

        Why would you say it’s better (genuinely wondering). The reason I preferred SAS was because in my experience based on wheretocredit it’s only SAS, ANA and one other I can’t remember that give points for lower fare classes.
        I think Aegean also require you to have status to make a group account which I doubt many on here will have.

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