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The HfP chat thread – Thursday 17th June

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Comments (358)

  • Lady London says:

    Nutmeg being bought by JP Morgan

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      Looks like Chase will offer a full suite of products. Unlike Marcus.

  • Mark says:

    Rob/Rhys wonder if you can help or advise on this issue. I signed up for the Amex business platinum when the 100k offer was on, hit the spend within 3 months and still no bonus, spoke to Amex several times who advised that it will be applied to the account after having the cards for 3 months. 3 months passed and still no bonus, just called up and now they’re saying it’s 3 months after the qualifying spend goes through, so the example they have was if you spent the 10k at the end of the 3 months you have to wait an additional 3 months for the bonus forcing you to keep the card for 6 months. I went through that the t&cs only
    Mention points being paid after the 3 months only to be told I didn’t understand the t&cs. Where do I go next?

    • Rob says:

      If you’ve had nothing it is because your spend has been totalled incorrectly. Ask the agent how much spend the system shows you have done – will be under £10k. Lots of people are getting this issue.

      • Mark says:

        I asked this exact question and he confirmed my spent is £16596 so no shadow of a doubt that I qualify.

        • Rob says:

          If he added it up manually then obviously it is correct. He needs to look into the system for the carrying value showing towards the voucher. That said, I’ve never heard of one being 60% out.

    • MW says:

      Also remember that the card fee does not count towards the qualifying spend.

  • Dan says:

    Big thank you to Adder in the comments yesterday. I had an issue with a BA Holidays care hire only booking. You can cancel here – You will need the reference number in the certificate (12345678GB9) not the BA reference (ABCDEF).

  • Mark says:

    Anyone have a code to purchase the Wimbledon tickets and can share it?

    • Jonathan says:

      It would be nice if the codes they sent out actually worked for the people they were supposed to work for.

  • Doog1000 says:

    no code but have been in the LTA waiting room for 38 minutes and it seems only 20% of the way there – are others in same boat?

    • Sam G says:

      absolute dogs dinner – I imagine it’s because so many people are in the queue either a) not realising they needed a code or b) like me – never received the code. So the capacity isn’t being freed up quickly by people actually managing to buy tickets.Twitter is flooded with complaints

      • CG says:

        Worked ok for me once you got to the front but you won’t be able to purchase without a code. My email with the code came in at 1.02pm so just after sale opened. Codes can only be used once.

        • Sam G says:

          I queued and waited around in case the code came through as I had seen on Twitter people were getting them well past 1pm but no luck!

          • Sam G says:

            If anyone from Wimbledon is reading this please immediately fire whichever overpriced agency came up with a plan to send presumably 100,000s of emails to new to you email addresses all at once to a tight deadline…. I imagine Rob & Rhys would be happy to give you some emailer tips in exchange for some nice tickets 🙂

          • Rob says:

            We already have some nice tickets 🙂

          • Sam G says:

            Nice! Enjoy! I’ll be at home grumpy watching on the TV

    • Olivia says:

      Received code before 1pm, other half has just received his right now (14:29)! Managed to get nice court 1 seats together but nothing available once I got through for centre that was together.

      • mr_jetlag says:

        got my grounds passes for day 12, but Ticketmaster is the devil incarnate.

  • ankomonkey says:

    Data point for anyone who cares – applied for new British passport on Thursday of last week and it arrived today. Having read of delays and it possibly taking 10 weeks, I rushed to do it after half-term break, but received fastest turnaround of passport I’ve ever had.

  • Rhys says:

    Interesting detail in the Public Health England stats released today: cases are up in all age groups, hospitalisations are marginally up, but deaths are still decreasing….

    • Steve says:

      Since deaths lag cases by ~ 8 weeks, and 8 weeks ago it was still a lockdown, this doesn’t seem surprising?

      • Steve says:

        (although I agree they will go up less than they did last year compared to cases, because of vaccination)

    • Anna says:

      In the boroughs which were first identified as Delta variant hotspots, the rise in cases is slowing down noticeably, so hopefully the same pattern will be seen in other areas in coming weeks.

      • Lady London says:

        Yes and interestingly a few days ago here, someone said that in areas where younger people are being vaccinated, overall cases of any age group are going down.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      The most interesting bits are the vaccine stats.

      90% of over 50’s have had both doses, with London being the lowest at 82%
      62% of over 25’s have had both doses, with London being the lowest at 48%

      96% of over 50’s have had a 1st dose, no where is notably lower.
      84% of over 25’s have had a 1st dose, with London being the lowest at 75%

      However, many other regions show more than 100% coverage of age groups which could account for why london is lower.

      @Steve the delta variant has been circulating in the community since mid April yet deaths continue to fall

      • Steve says:

        Sure – but unless I am wrong about the expected lag of cases -> deaths, we’re only just seeing deaths now from people infected around 8 weeks ago. Hopefully deaths are becoming decoupled from infections, but death stats now aren’t telling us anything useful about recent delta infections.

        • TomG says:

          Death is 2-8 weeks after showing symptoms, not starting at 8 weeks.

      • John Gallagher says:

        More than 100%?

        • TGLoyalty says:

          ONS estimate of ages in regions might not accurately reflect the actual situation right now

          Or as I said lots Londoners are actually from other parts of the U.K. and May have gone back home etc

      • Tracey says:

        London has a more transient population, a sizeable portion are registered but not actually here.

    • TJones says:

      The interesting thing that Whitty said was that a map of areas worst affected by Covid and a map of areas with the highest child deaths in 1850 would look very similar. Covid is worst in deprived areas, and these places have suffered health problems for years.

  • Reney says:

    Platinum amex question, first supplemental Plat card is free, then I think you can choose free gold or green ones. Do the gold ones get the deliveroo offer?

    • DJ says:

      No, just different colour.

    • Andrew says:

      We wish – imagine that 5x£10 per month deliveroo credit! The benefits relate to the Platinum charge card insurance for these supplementary cards and do not include any of the benefits of the gold credit card product which has the deliveroo offer on.

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