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The HfP chat thread – Wednesday 5th May

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We are running this daily chat thread on Head for Points during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Comments (232)

  • Morris says:

    Does anyone happen to know if a new Amex Platinum ICC is sent abroad via courier (DHL, FedEx, etc.) or regular post?

    • Track says:

      If memory serves, sent by the usual IDEMIA envelope, that is to a UK address. I would imagine that any ’emergency replacement’ will be done by a courier.

    • Andrew says:

      How is this any different to the free packs of LFTs we can order from the NHS anyway?

      • TGLoyalty says:

        They are exactly the same

      • ChrisC says:

        They are the same tests but at the moment the webpage for the tests says you can’t usese the free NHS tests to replace the 2 tests you have to do if you’re in quarentine.

        “Holidaymakers will be given free Covid tests to take abroad to save them getting a pre-return test in a foreign country, according to reports.”

        And that is new – the UK accepting these tests on return to the UK rather than finding and paying for a pcr test whilst abroad.

        One issue would be is veryfying that you actually took the test and the result is valid.

        I assume they won’t want a couple of hundered people hanging around check in desks swabbing themselves etc etc so there would be a great deal of trust involved people aren’t going to game the system if they feel OK but test positive etc

        • TGLoyalty says:

          The paper on international travel published a few weeks ago actually said that free NHS tests for those with symptoms ie PCR tests could not be used. Paving the way for LFTs (non symptomatic testing) to be used for pre departure.

          Cheaper Private LFTs were always accepted but the rules around their specification meant it was more difficult to find the right kind.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          I don’t understand the “verifying the test” comments around using an LFT like this as the guidelines have never specified it must be carried out by a health professional. Home tests have been acceptable and are accepted for day 2 and day 8 tests today.

  • Aston100 says:

    I’m preparing to reduce my Amex card holding to just the Nectar Amex.
    Does this card attract the same type and quantity of offers as the PRG or BAPP?

    I currently have zero offers on it despite having done about ten transactions in the past 2 to 3 weeks (never taken this long for offers to appear on any of my other Amex cards thus far).

    • Memesweeper says:

      When I held a Nectar and a PRG the PRG got more offers. I can’t comment on Nectar v BAPP.

  • Oli says:

    As BA Silver, do I get 2 checked bags on RFS economy tickets?

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