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The HfP chat thread – Friday 14th May

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Comments (355)

  • Harley says:

    Datapoint: Talktalk allow amex payments but requires a phone call as no option on website

  • Anna says:

    Not sure if this has been mentioned before – Indigo hotels seem to offer a “senior” discount for anyone aged 62 or over, or who has membership of a retired persons organisation. This might work for some readers here – it seems to bring the price of a night at one of the Edinburgh Indigos down from £105 pn to £75 so worth a look.

    https://www.ihg.com/hotelindigo/content/us/en/deals/hotel-offers/senior-discount

  • MadeUpName says:

    Has anyone had any BA flights for late May / early June cancelled recently? Just wondering if the traffic lights announcement has had any impact on amber countries

    • chabuddy geezy says:

      I had Sofia flights cancelled yesterday.

      • MadeUpName says:

        Just had thessalonki for late May cancelled in the last 5 minutes. Hoping they would be so no issues there.

      • Tical says:

        Same here – this time did not need to MCOL them – they agreed to transfer me to a Lufthansa flight

    • Damian says:

      I had LHR to LAX for the 11/6/21 cancelled a few days ago. Was offered another flight the same day.

    • John says:

      My late May flight to ACE was cancelled this afternoon, as was the contingency early June flight I’d booked ‘just in case’.

      First ACE outbound is currently 13 June, had to call up to rebook to it, MMB didn’t see it.

      Seems a strange decision as Spain is talking about opening to UK as early as 20th.

      Up until this afternoon MMB showed the flights with pre-booked seats in >50% of much larger than usual CE cabins, which imo suggests there wasn’t mass cancellation by pax.

  • Stuart 314 says:

    Any one having issue with Curve (metal) underlying card is Virgin A mastercard, being declined last 48 hours, well within limits and not an abuser😇

    • Neil Donoghue says:

      Being having the same issue but just with the normal Virgin card for daily transactions.

  • Stuart h says:

    It’s been 2-3 weeks since i hit the £10,000 spend so I’ve just called amex…. They said i might have to wait up to 90 day for the 100,000 points to be credited to my account… WTF

    • Anna says:

      I think that’s technically what the Ts and Cs say but it’s usually much quicker. Also there is possibly some sort of glitch with sign up bonuses posting at the moment, I think Rob has mentioned it. Just hit $4k spend on the personal Platinum so waiting to see whether the 50k points post when the last purchase clears or whether I’m in for a wait!

  • YH says:

    Portugal allowing UK tourists from 17th May.

    • James says:

      With a negative test

      • Harrier25 says:

        All English football fans allowed in from Monday too. I think someone must’ve had a few words with the Portuguese government earlier.

        • kitten says:

          Told ya. That crisis (the football crisis) had to be resolved.

  • Tarmohamed says:

    Is a next lock down on its way given the Indian variant being a cause for concern?

    • Andrew says:

      Every variant is a cause for concern.

    • James says:

      Likely, yes, though I’d expect it to go back to being on a local/regional basis, unless the expanded vaccine programme in those areas shows success.

    • Simon says:

      Seems to be a nice correlation between the areas with outbreaks of this variant, and the areas with low take up of vaccinations.

      • BuildBackBetter says:

        Makes no sense. The variant is here due to the delay in adding India to red list.

        • HBommie says:

          You mean makes sense, the correlation with slow vaccine take up and moving India to the red list has aligned in Bolton.

    • Anna says:

      There are areas which have been in lockdown since last July – at times not even being allowed to mix outside their households, and clearly it’s not been very effective as these are now the areas where the Indian variant is becoming the dominant strain. It’s going to be pretty much impossible to convince the majority of adult residents, who are fully vaccinated, why they should continue to endure restrictions which don’t apply to the rest of the country.

      • Callum says:

        One of my biggest annoyances since returning to the UK! We have a legal system for a reason – if people refuse to follow the law, use it.

        Obviously the police cannot possibly control every single individual, but if a small percentage of people started getting fines/prosecutions, the majority of the rest will quickly fall into line.

        • Lady London says:

          +1 Callum

        • Anna says:

          More than a small percentage started getting fined, and now it’s been declared a possible breach of human rights and the police have been told to review every fine and summons they issued (when the hell does the government think they are going to have time to do that?)
          Also there is a genuine argument that people who have been following the rules for over 12 months with all the privations that entailed shouldn’t be punished any longer for the reckless behaviour of the minority.

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      Let me check my crystal ball.

  • Alexander says:

    Can anyone confirm what cards can be used to pay HMRC (without incurring charges)? Curve? AmEx? Revolut? Virgin?
    Thanks!

    • Steve says:

      Debit card is the only way without charges

      • Alexander says:

        So Curve is ok?

        • Harrier25 says:

          Only if you have the Curve metal subscription.

        • Steve says:

          No, Curve is a pretend debit card. Only a real debit card will work without charges.

          • Alexander says:

            ok thanks both. I assumed bc it said Debit on the back it would be ok 🙂

          • Steve says:

            It will work, but with fronted or metal, thus not without fees.

    • High Grade says:

      Alexander, I use Curve metal linked to IHG premium and Virgin Rewards+ to pay HMRC regularly and have not incurred any fees. Use them to pay self assessment, PAYE, VAT and corporation tax all without issue. Only issue for me is the daily limit on curve which means I have to spread payments over a few days, dependant on how much I owe.

      • Steve says:

        Curve metal is not free, this fails the “without incurring charges” hurdle the OP stated

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