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Comments (414)

  • WillPS says:

    Might have found a potential way of getting cash out of a non-Amex CC – many arcades have ‘contactless change machines’ where you can tap your card for 10-30 pound coins, with no fee.

    I used Curve just to be sure but the transactions appeared to go through variously as dining and entertainment, so (I’d have thought) should be safe.


    • Rich says:

      You might find yourself taken into the back alley with sock filled with pound coins once they realise what it’s costing them.

      • WillPS says:

        I wouldn’t do it at the ropey ones – Namco and Crown Leisure certainly aren’t going to take you out the back.

    • Alex says:

      A very long winded way of getting extra points if you can only do £30 a time and have to lug around a bag of pound coins. However people do go to more effort so if you have one nearby, why not I say!

      • Genghis says:

        Reminds me of the Oyster shop small crawl. Good times.

      • Ed says:

        Don’t a lot of those arcades also have machine which turn coins back into notes….?

    • The Urbanite says:

      Top quality MS that!

  • marcw says:

    Finnair introducing Business LIGHT fares

      • AJA says:

        I just did a dummy booking LHR-BKK for Feb 2022 and the differential in fares (one way) between the light fare and the classic fare seems to be £125 for which the classic fare gives you 2 pcs checked luggage and the lounge access. I wonder what the individual costs of luggage and lounge access are? Also given my current BA Silver status gives me lounge access would I be able to enter the lounge on a light fare? The last time I travelled on Finnair (Feb 2019) it was definitely not a flex fare but I was pre-allocated seating which I didn’t bother to change. I wonder how much they will charge.

  • Jody says:

    For anyone that wants free cinema tickets this weekend, National Lottery are running a Cinema Weekend 2021. Basically, you can use any ticket (including scratchcards) you’ve bought online or in a shop since January 2019 to get a code for up to 2 free tickets for any film this weekend. Details are easy to find!

    We’ve just booked Saturday and Sunday using one account each, so a double bill for us!

  • Richie says:

    It appears some BACF summer flights are starting earlier next year on Saturday 30th April 22 including flights from Southampton, btw Monday 2nd May is a bank holiday.

    • pauldb says:

      Thanks. You’ve just upgraded my June 2021 super-long-weekend plans from Cornwall to the Dordogne! (SOU-EGC) Rather susceptible to cancellation though I fear.

  • mr_jetlag says:

    VA CC terms and conditions changing from 5th August including cash advance charges for “e money” ( Revolut I assume) and investment activity (ns&i). party over for bendy, good while it lasted!

    • John says:

      wonder if that will include paying off solihull directly

      • mr_jetlag says:

        it will. from the email:

        “we’ve made it clear that a Cash Advance also includes:

        – gambling transactions and spread betting.
        international money transfers.
        – paying off other borrowing (like making a payment towards a loan or mortgage or using your card to pay another credit card instead of doing a Balance Transfer).
        – adding money to a prepaid card, virtual card or e-money account.
        – investment activity – this includes binary trading, share trading and adding money to an investment account.”

        • Alex says:

          Will bendy metal stop any of these fee’s from hitting with the very interesting! Hopefully for paying off Solihull especially

          • Grant says:

            Doesn’t Bendy metal pass through the MCC just the same as the non-metal version? In which case the only fee you’d save is the 1.5% fronted fee from Bendy.

        • Jonny says:

          Does that mean it’s still OK to pay HMRC bills Virgin via Curve? (or does Curve count as a prepaid card?).

        • Lady London says:

          unfortunately with low interest rates guessing so many things will be doing a Ryanair i.e. fees with everything, going forward

    • Joe says:

      Just received this too – will be interesting to see if Bendy still works, or whether they tighten up!

    • Alex says:

      Topping up Che with Beardy was already incurring a fee for most, wasn’t it?

      • Reney says:

        Yup since last year?

      • Martin Short says:

        Can you overpay amex (before 5th Aug) with bendy/beardy?

        • Alan says:

          Do you need metal for this. I haven’t been able to get it to work with Blue

      • mr_jetlag says:

        for most not all. Also the other routes I mentioned were still possible, but not after Aug 5.

    • Harry T says:

      Their IT is too shambolic to actually catch most of this activity, though. There’s often a difference between what the T&Cs permit and what is practically possible.

      • mr_jetlag says:

        Maybe, but this wouldn’t need anything more than catching new MCC’s and charging existing advance fees.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Unless all government services are included NS&I shouldn’t be affected.

    • Gary says:

      Does this mark end of HMRC via bendy metal?

      • Reney says:

        I think we can only speculate what works and what won’t. If we could co-ordinate some sort of trial on 5 August so we test different things that would be handy. otherwise cash transaction fee could be 1 expensive If I had to.try a small amount of all the options! 2 it would take days to.wait for each transaction to clear and then see if it incurred a fee.or not

    • the_real_a says:

      I would love to see the execs scratching their heads wondering why Virgin CC spend dropped off a cliff in the Autumn.

    • Ming the Merciless says:

      I had my VCC closed after my card expired and a new card not issued. I’m not the sort of customer they’re looking for apparently. At 25k per month paid into Earnie I don’t blame them really.

      • Babyg says:

        cripes, i am a light weight… i do about 15k to save for school fees for the year… 25k per month is next level…

  • Ammar says:

    Hi. Noticed something strange on my amex account, paid for economist sub last week and saw the amount pending for a few days but now disappeared entirely from my statement – can anyone explain what might be happening here? TIA

  • Aston100 says:

    I see schools are cancelling the end of year proms due to the Government pushing back the lifting of all remaining Covid restrictions.

  • Max says:

    Virgin/IHG hasn’t been working with my free Bendy for premium bonds past 2 days… working for anyone else?

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