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The HfP chat thread – Sunday 20th June

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Comments (296)

  • Richard says:

    Is it possible to remove the return leg from a BA avois booking and get the avois and £ charges back? Outbound leg not flown yet.

    • ChrisC says:


      Probbaly best to call.

      Could be a reprice of the surcharges though plus the admin fee for the leg you are cancelling

  • John says:

    I recently got access to Hotline’s. They’re bloody marvellous. LHR-EDI £215 on £43 on Hotline and they book into Plus earn TPs and Avios. Not even worth bothering with RFS anymore as there won’t be cases when V and X are open and G is closed.

    • kitten says:

      …and you are sharing? or just trying to make us jealous…which worked 🙂

    • Matthew says:

      Are they standby seats are guaranteed? Is that via the lime management site?

      • Nick says:

        Hotlines are discounted commercial fares. They book into confirmed seats (designed for friends and family) but are limited in the number that any one person can book per year. Standby fares are different – unlimited in volume but only available for staff+2 (and obviously not confirmed until check-in closes).

    • bafan says:

      Wait til Christmas and G class is released last minute where you want to go (every year so far for me) and the regular fares are in the mid-hundreds :). It’s a beautiful thing.

    • Amy carpenter says:

      Wish I knew what you were on about 😩

    • Harry T says:

      What’s Hotlines?

      • SteveJ says:

        It’s staff friends and family AFAIK

      • Super Secret Stuff says:

        Part of BA staff travel, but for friends and family. Confirmed heavily discounted fares. Can be very good

        • Patrick Cold says:

          Very good indeed until you are boarding and told your seat has had to be given to a commercial passenger.

          • TheInsiderFly says:

            That’s standby you’re thinking of. You don’t get bumped off hotlines for commercial passengers.

          • bafan says:

            Not true. Hotline aren’t standby.

          • Super Secret Stuff says:

            Holiness are not standby, they are standard tickets. If you get bumped I believe you are eligible for compo

    • Jonathan says:

      Not always such a good discount, especially LH & premium classes. Plenty of times V is available & G not as well but it’s a very useful tool to have in the armoury!

  • GERRY says:

    Sure this has been posted previous but any recommendation for covid testing for returning from amber country and is my assumption correct that you dont require testing for going to Gran Canaria if fully vaccinated?

    • MilesOnPoint says:

      Go for cheapest option for Day 2 and Day 8 (Randox, £86 total for both, using BA code).

      Would recommend in-person test for day 5 TTR as you are only released from quarantine once negative result is back. Collinson do £76 one (code on BA site), results back same-day if tested before 4pm. Sites at London City, Heathrow and The O2.

    • Anna says:

      At the moment the rules for the Canaries seem to be that you don’t need a test before arrival if you’re vaccinated OR can show that you’ve recovered from Covid in the past 6 months. Of course this could change at any time in the event of the Canarian government getting more worried about infection rates in the UK. I think the requirement for wearing masks outdoors is also being eased this week (though Canaries and Balearics could still be different from the mainland so it’s worth double checking)

      • Yuff says:

        Masks no longer needed outdoors in Spain from 26th June, being voted for by Government this week.

        • Anna says:

          But I think the regional governments can set their own rules if they want?

  • a270 says:

    Trying to change the date of a booking that I used a 2for1 voucher and 50% Avios sale. It’s not letting me change it online or even via the app. Is that an IT problem and should I try later or will the system not allow even for a fee? It’s a straightforward return booking and not an open jaw. One of the flight’s timings have changed by a few minutes so I thought it might let me change for free but it’s not letting at all!

    • meta says:

      Is the flight cancelled? If the timing changed by a few minutes, then no you won’t be able to change it at all and also you won’t be able to re-book under EC261. To qualify, it has to be a flight cancellation (new flight number) or more than a few hours change.

      • a270 says:

        No, the flight time change was just an extra bit of info as it is highlighted as red in My booking but not cancelled. My question was a general one i.e. being able to change a booking online or via the app. I’m sure I have read people have done it for simple, return bookings. Is there a trick to it?

        • Sam G says:

          Are you trying to go past 1 year since the date you booked? That won’t be possible. But otherwise it should be, but BA IT is flaky at the best of times!

          • a270 says:

            Thanks Sam. No, one year expiry is in October and I’m trying to move the date two weeks earlier in August from late August. Hope it gets sorted as don’t fancy calling and waiting. We have 2 and 2for1 so it gets more complicated with security questions for two people etc.

        • meta says:

          You won’t be able to do it online unless the flight is cancelled. It’s only possible if your flight is cancelled or there is a significant time change.

  • Tom1 says:

    Just booked a flight on Swiss, and want to use my star alliance gold to get extra baggage and lounge access etc.
    Can i just turn up at the airport and show my gold card, or do I need to enter my frequent flyer number in advance, and if so, where?
    Remember seeing a lot about adding for one world using MMB but can’t find anything similar on Swiss.
    Thanks 😊

    • Nick says:

      Why can’t you just add your number into the booking on the Swiss site?

      • Tom1 says:

        That’s my problem – can’t see where!

        • Maciek says:


          • Tom1 says:

            Thanks – can see it is already listed there. Must have picked it up from my work profile but strange you can’t even see it on Swiss site

    • Muhammad Abdullah says:

      No extra bag on Light Fare remember

  • MJ says:

    Have got to purchase a suit from Next for a good friend’s wedding (to match others).

    Struggling to find any sort of way to save / additional points earning. Any thoughts?

    • Tracey says:

      Is Next on cash back sites? Cash back credit cards? Airtime rewards registered credit card?

      • Tracey says:

        For the last I mean purchase gift vouchers in Boots/ Argos to use in Next.

  • Ian M says:

    Just checked in at the Intercontinental Warsaw and was told that the Ambassador $20 credit is per night not per stay. I asked again to confirm, and was told $20 per day which is roughly 75 zloty. Does anyone know if this is a change worldwide to the Ambassador benefit? Very very good if so!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      It should be per stay but if the hotel is offering per day then happy days.

      • meta says:

        Different ICs have different rules. IC Sofia said $20 per stay, but also free mini bar which is replenished daily. IC Porto strictly by the book so only $20.0

  • John says:

    Leo Varadkar facing nasty by-election defeat, decides that Chief Medical Officer’s Covid advice can be safely ignored by potential youth/student voters…

    (A lot of it is just politics at this stage, and not just in ROI)

    • Nick says:

      Great message… oldies can travel fee-free but young people have to pay €100+ for a PCR test…

      • Anna says:

        This is the message from most of the countries they will be travelling to!

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