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The HfP chat thread – Saturday 19th June

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Comments (308)

  • Optimus Prime says:

    Flight to CFU this morning had about 12 people in J and maybe 10 in Y.

    They ran out of full English breakfasts after serving row 3…

    Greek border control was very quick , I don’t think they checked the names on our vaccine certificates.

    We got to the hotel within 45 minutes of landing which must be a record in this area (bag came out immediately).

  • Paul says:

    Italy now added to list of nations who require all residents of plague Island to quarantine on arrival – vaccinated or not. Apparently in place till 30th July!! Denmark, Germany and others have similar restrictions. All thanks to the Johnson variant running wild here now

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Tit for tat.

      Italy should been on England(U.K.) green list

    • Anna says:

      Yet people from all those countries can mix with UK residents on holiday in Tenerife, Mallorca, French & Portuguese resorts etc. It feels just a tad political, to be honest!

      • Callum says:

        Why do people keep saying anything short of an unwavering ban on absolutely everything is “political”?

        Of course it’s political – it’s a government attempting to balance public health vs freedom vs the economy – how could it ever not be political?

        • ash says:

          They are trying to say Boris is using it to his advantage because they hate him for Brexit – that’s it really…

          And minor things like taking more Taxes from minimum wage earners so those who are unwilling to provide for their own children get a free lunch……

  • BrianFLY says:

    Hi question re Avios expiry 36 month rule for avios held in aer club.

    Does combining some Avios with my ba account count as a qualifying transaction to keep the account ‘active’ to avoid expiration?


    • Rob says:

      If you move them to your BA account and if that is active then they live on.

      Moving Avios from BA to Lingus does NOT stop expiry as transfers do not count as activity.

  • John says:

    BA MCOL question.

    Seen many comments on IRROPS and cancellations falling within in it.

    Can you anyone give me a link to an authoritative definition ie not a travel website etc


    • Anna says:

      That covers quite a wide range of circumstances – the CAA website has some information about what kind of delays and cancellations fall within the remit of EU261, if that’s what you want to know. Of course compensation may well be justifiably refused if a delay is genuinely due to Covid at the moment.

      • John says:

        Kitten said in a comment about obtaining a ticket greater than 12 months booking that IRROPS allows this.
        I was trying to find a definition of IRROPS for me to confirm that BAs cancellation of all Dubai flights for June 21 falls within this.
        Having now read a number of docs I don’t believe it does as Resolution 735d states:
        “Provided that the circumstance has NOT occurred EARLIER than ONE day prior to the scheduled departure time of the first impacted flight, an Involuntary Reroute occurs”
        Thus I don’t believe they can put “INVOL” on ticket and extend date.
        Pity !!

        • A says:

          735d is all about interline ticketing for INVOL.

          BA can mark a BA ticket as INVOL to extend validity past 12 months to get around their own self imposed systems limitations if they want – they aren’t limited in that regard by an agreement aimed at interline matters

          • John says:

            But unfortunately for anyone going to MCOL it doesn’t say they have to !

          • A says:

            I’m not sure it matters whether they have to under 735d- EU261 gives you the right to a reroute at your convenience and doesn’t place a time limit on that (assuming you’re claiming under that).

            I think the INVOL is a red herring for EU261 claims, save that it gives BA a route to (if they wanted) endorse a ticket beyond 12 months if they wanted to avoid an MCOL claim

            May be missing the point here as obviously I don’t have full details of your case!!

  • Jamie says:

    First BA Holidays booking (Flight+Car). Return flight just got cancelled on 1st July. BA have rebooked us onto a flight on 3rd July.

    This doesn’t work for us and will cause a mismatch with the car rental reservation. So I’m looking to cancel for a full refund. Am I correct in saying they will contact me pro-actively and I don’t need to queue for the call centre? Outbound is next Saturday.

    • Anna says:

      BA Holidays are generally pretty good at meeting their obligations, but you could always message them on Twitter to confirm.

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      If you’ve not accepted the change yet then you can call up for a refund or you can accept the flight change and request them to extend the car hire.

      • kitten says:

        …and the hotel for the extra nights now required. This should not cost you extra – wonder if they will try to get you to cancel?

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    Leonardo Hotel Bristol Glassfields review so far:
    – benchmark (premier inn / beef eater) met for breakfast, maybe even better
    – 100% a brand new hotel, excellent quality and value
    – free kitkats in the mini bar but only diet cokes??
    – stealable hanngers and definitely a £20 kettle plus a nespresso machine!

    • mr_jetlag says:

      quality review, was definitely wondering about the kettle and hangers.

    • Chrism20 says:

      Leonardo are Jurys Inns are they not?

      • Super Secret Stuff says:

        They’re the nicer Jurrys Inn, ie New builds and high quality refurbishments

        • Chrism20 says:

          Interesting to know that they are nicer as the ones I always look at seem cheaper than the Jurys. Might give them a go

          • Super Secret Stuff says:

            The only confusing thing is there is Leonardo hotels which is run by Jurrys Inn and Leonardo Hotels which is a separate chain

          • Super Secret Stuff says:

            Ignore that, multiple websites all leading to the same booking engine!

      • Rob says:

        Same parent

  • David says:

    Hi question – as my status with Bonvoy will lapse Feb 22 do you think Marriott will run a 2 status nights for 1 offer or extend status ?
    Looking in horror at the cost of breakfast at the St Regis in the Maldives !

    • Anna says:

      No idea re the status.

      Pack supplies and a camping stove like the couple of went on a redemption trip to Bora Bora? 🤣

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I don’t see it as USA is pretty much open for internal travel and Europe is opening up

      Perhaps look for a few mattress runs when the Heathrow ones open up

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        I’m not sure I’ll be rushing into a hotel that’s been used as quarantine for months, if nothing else it will have forehead marks on the walls and some seriously negative vibes!

  • BJ says:

    @Meta, not sure if you have heard or posted already but if not it was confirmed yesterday that the requirement for arrivals testing in Iceland for those with certificates of full vaccination or covid infection is indeed being scrapped from 1st July. Now, if only our own government would get real I’ll revive my plans.

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      Going Iceland on July 10th.

      Already booked an evening flight expecting to take the test and hope that the result is available by the morning.

      This is good news, we’ll be able to sightsee as soon as we wake up without worrying!

      • meta says:

        @stevenhp1987 From 1st July no more screening at the border either if you have been double vaccinated and 14 days have passed. You’re free to roam as soon as you get out of airport.

    • meta says:

      @BJ Haven’t heard! Thanks. Hopefully it will stay that way by September.

    • Princess says:

      Thanks for the info BJ

      • BJ says:

        All welcome, hope you all enjoy your trips and I hope too I will get there late September.

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