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The HfP chat thread – Saturday 12th June

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Comments (274)

  • The Lord says:

    Is there anything to stop you treating the day you arrive back in the UK from an amber country as day 1 rather than day 0?

  • Luke F says:

    If you return from an amber country and enter quarantine in your home, do other members of the household (who haven’t left the country) also have to quarantine for this period?

    • Tracey says:

      No they don’t.
      Logically that doesn’t make sense as for true protection against the spread of covid, you should either be isolating separately or other household members isolate with you, but the rules don’t require them to isolate.

    • Sloth says:

      No, which is why the whole thing doesn’t make an awful lot of sense

      • TGLoyalty says:

        It depends because they say there isn’t a 0 Covid plan in the U.K. so you are limiting the risk especially with testing on day 2 and day 8.

        Yet here they are talking about a delay to 21st because a few 18-35 might get a little sick

      • Rich says:

        It makes perfect sense to me. A household contact is a step removed from the traveler.

        If you develop symptoms, they isolate.

        It’s about striking a balance

  • YC says:

    Economist question – Any reason not to take the economist from a low cost country (digital only)? Looks like you still get the Avios

    • Lady London says:

      worked in the past. As their readership is international they even seem to be quite relaxed about someone ringing them up with an established print edition subscription whose work is moving them to another country

      • YC says:

        Thanks – it works out cheaper even than £134 and avoids any faff with amex (although that seems to be resolved now)

        • Yorkieflyer says:

          Canada worked fine for me before, but note that visa/Amex will need correct billing address

        • r* says:

          Which is the cheapest country? Didnt look like india worked as it redirects to a different offer page that doesnt mention avios.

  • Richie says:

    Breeze Airways A220 interiors look great, something for BA to analyse and consider.

  • RussellH says:

    Placed a non Wineflyer order with Laithwaites yesterday, paid on my Rewards Amex. Also no e-mail, but the 30% rebate is showing under the savings tab, though not actually credited yet.

    • David D says:

      The charge will be pending and they don’t physically charge the card until the stock has been picked, that is when the offer will begin to be processed.

  • TheInsiderFly says:

    Does anyone know if the two HSBC Premier credit cards treat MCC 9399 (govt spend) as cash advance or similar? If not, are these transactions eligible for points earning? (Thinking via Bendy)

  • reader N says:

    Sorry to hi-jack but what is Che?

  • Tiger says:

    Since Memesweeper is asking for bed and mattress recommendations, I thought I would jump the gun and ask for some duvet recommendations. 😉

    We are looking for a duvet which isn’t too warm, so a tog value between 7.5 to 10 would be perfect. Any recommendations?

    • SimonP says:

      A nice silk duvet is very comfortable. You can get a couple of different togs to add together so you have summer and winter and in between.

    • Andrew says:

      7.5-10 tog in the summer!

      I’m already down to 1 tog.

    • KBuffett says:

      Bedeck home used to do well priced and good quality stuff. I prefer down only (no feathers)

    • Tiger says:

      Missus has asked me to check if Silentnight Duvets are any good. Thoughts?

      • Nick says:

        I have the John Lewis one that’s really two with poppers so you can join them together. Both together in winter, the thinner one on its own in summer, the thicker one for a few weeks in autumn. Would definitely recommend, though if you’re other half is a Carrie I suppose JL is out of the question now.

    • Harry T says:

      I would recommend the comfortably cool 1 Tog duvet from M&S.

    • David says:

      Look at Brinkhaus for bedding. Had a two part duvet from them for years (can be combined/split for winter/summer); very pleased.
      Have had a Vi‐Spring mattress for same length of time, very pleased with that.

      • David says:

        Pressed send too soon. To add: bought mattress after stay at a Hotel du Vin many years ago and has such a comfortable and good night’s sleep that striped the bed back to find out who made it.

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