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The HfP chat thread – Friday 7th May

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Comments (320)

  • Secret Squirrel says:

    Amex plat bonus, got 20k referral bonus today for hitting 4K spend, how long do they take to add the 30k standard platinum bonus?

  • Dave says:

    If I cancel an avios flight with a 2 4 1 online and get a FTV, how long does it take to be processed?

  • AndyS says:

    Just got some Sainsbury’s nectar offers for the first time in 3 or 4 weeks

    • Dave says:

      Weirdly I had 10 that then disappeared straight away before coming back half an hour later

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      Someone is stealing some of mine this week, I only have 8, I normally get 12 to 16 a week

  • AndyGWP says:

    Those who got the promotional discount code from Qatar for being a teacher, but weren’t able to use it should keep an eye on their inbox…

    We understand that as a teacher, you may have been unable to book your complimentary ticket with us. With you in mind, we are extending the booking and travel validity so you can still take a well-deserved trip when you are ready.
    Use the one-time promo code xxxxxxxxx to book a complimentary ticket for yourself.

    You can also use the additional one-time promo code xxxxxxxxxx to enjoy 50% off a ticket for your travel companion. Book on qatarairways.com or our mobile app by 30 September 2021 for travel until 31 March 2022, subject to availability.*

    • Aston100 says:

      I saw that earlier.
      Not sure there will be any W availability in October and Feb Half terms, or at Xmas & New Year.

      I recently got a refund on mine.
      A very poor offering from Qatar disguised as ‘complimentary tickets’, but actually costing around 50% of a normal pair of tickets with very limited availability during school holidays.

  • Toppcat says:

    I have also just had a positive experience – requested a £5k limit upgrade as that was the max possible in the app. I was a bit concerned about drawing attention to the account as there was a fair amount of payments to Ernie in there, but limit increase approved today, inside their guided timeline. Pleasantly surprised!

  • Nelson says:

    Dear HFP community, what are good T5 redemption options (IHG spire+ Hilton diamond)? Possibly with swimming pool allowing kids/or/and lounge, otherwise just convenient for early flight out next day.

  • Froggee says:

    I must have missed this. I spent a fair while on hold with BA to cancel Singapore flights we have booked in June. BA very kindly cancelled our flights and moved us onto different flight numbers saving us 4 x £35. I thought I was a nominee on my wife’s account but am not (maybe she has removed me before filing for divorce?) so couldn’t cancel my wife’s flights.

    But the nice lady from BA said they’ve switched back on the functionality to get a full refund. So I logged into my wife’s account and indeed it is there again.

    Now I’ll probably need to book some close one way flights and hope they get cancelled to preserve our 241s and my GUF2! It seemed like too much cash taking them for the Singapore flights…

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    Sainsbury offer for 120 nectar points and an entry for am argos gift card for buying a certain multi pack of diet coke or coke zero. Found in the partner section of the nectar app.

    Could this be a new being for nectar? Getting big brands to pay the bill for promoting there products on the nectar app?

    I mean after the last year or two they definitely have enough data to show it works…

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      Oh also an offer that is basically an expression of interest in a trial of a new system that “You’ll get bonus points for hitting daily and weekly activity targets”

      • 747_Brat says:

        Saw that yesterday and purchased a pack (which I was going to purchase anyway ). The points haven’t posted though. But wouldn’t undergo the faff to get 60p worth of points. IME contacting Nectar can be a painful task.

        • gareth says:

          The Twitter team are fantastic for missing points errors etc

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