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The HfP chat thread – Friday 25th June

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Comments (363)

  • PMG says:

    Question on BA Holidays – 99% sure I know the answer but have been reading the T&Cs so many times I have confused myself 🙂

    We have a booking to Croatia for 17th July for a 10 day holiday (Flight + Hotel).
    Final payment needs to be made by tomorrow and right now there are no issues with entry to Croatia (Double Vacc for UK citizen/Negative Test).

    If we confirm and pay the outstanding amount but then mandatory quarantine is introduced, I would be able to move the booking to different dates for a £100 fee (up to 3 days before) correct?

    Guessing the moving of dates could also be to less than 10 days – for example 5 days in October Half term, if travel is allowed again etc.

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      I think BAs book with confidence policy means you can move it and pay the difference or get an FTV

      • PMG says:

        That is what I was thinking – the £100 gamble seems worth it (hopefully…)

        Thanks!

  • ee says:

    Hilton Cancellation Policy – I’m looking at a few hotels to book and the cheapest rates say:

    Guarantee Policy – this reservation requires a credit card deposit of GBPxx.xx for 1 night which will be charged to your card.

    Cancellation Policy – if you wish to cancel please do so 7 days prior to arrival to avoid cancellation penalties.

    Does anyone have experience as to whether if you cancel more than 7 days in advance the deposit is refundable? Hotels are in UK and Malta if that matters.

  • James says:

    Has anyone been able to transfer Avios to Nectar points recently? I waited with hold music for over an hour this morning without being able to speak to anyone. I know that ostensibly the online transfers can’t happen because of IT improvements, but it seems to me BA is trying to do all it can to ensure transfers only happen one way.

  • Charlie says:

    Does anyone know if the Amex Hilton £100 back offer will work at the Great Scotland Yard Hotel (part of Hyatt) ??
    Thanks

    • Charlie says:

      Also do you actually need to book direct through them or can you use booking.com for example?

    • Anna says:

      The Hyatt offer may well work, I doubt the Hilton offer will!
      You need to check the list of participating hotels and the Ts and Cs in your Amex account so you meet all the relevant criteria.

      • Charlie says:

        Sorry I meant Hyatt, lol. Thanks for that, found it and yea its part of it . Looks a great hotel online, hopefully it is as good as it looks

    • Rob says:

      There is a list of participating hotels …

    • Cinimo says:

      Amex Hyatt offer worked for me a few weeks ago.

  • Marie says:

    Malta ! Arrgh
    We are 2 vaccinated adults with a 15 year old who has had covid and a 12 year old turning 13 on July 7th. Holiday booked for Malta on 4th July. I cannot believe they can prejudice against teenagers!
    Anyone see any way around cancelling and going to Wales?

    • Anna says:

      Have they definitely said teenagers will need to quarantine, I haven’t seen the full report?
      It depends who you’ve booked with and what their Ts and Cs are.

      • Anna says:

        https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/quarantine.aspx

        Looks like family holidays to Malta are out then. Possibly an update article would be useful.

        • Wollhouse says:

          Marie/Anna – that’s only IF you have to undergo mandatory quarantine. Right now, over 5’s can show a negative PCR test OR a vaccine. From 1 July, this still appears to be the case. if you arrive without either, then they will possibly fine you, but will require you have a pcr test and stay home/hotel until it’s negative. if it came back positive, then you’d fall into the mandatory quarantine rules. https://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/new-covid-19-updates/

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Thanks. So pre departure PCR test basically 👍🏽 Makes complete sense

        • TGLoyalty says:

          That link says until June 30th

          • Anna says:

            I’ve just realised this – the Telegraph is reporting that it’s from June 30th so maybe they’ve got it wrong? I can’t find it reported anywhere else on the internet.

          • Marie says:

            Malta excludes under 5s from PCR . Children under 12 of vaccinated adults are allowed in with PCR .
            Over 12s no mention-implication is that as not vaccinated and not a small child either not allowed in without quarantine.
            In Malta they are starting immunizations for 12-16 next week which may be why they feel this approach is validated .
            It seems we can go to Malta but not with our children as they happen to be teenagers
            Europe may follow suit .

    • Paul says:

      The Johnson variant is rife in schools. Schools staff absence due covid related issues is at 2% nationally up from 0.7% just 7 days ago. My own kids school has majority of years 8 and 10 isolating after surge testing and many teachers too.

      The summer is a right off, no matter what this chaotic administration say.

  • Paul says:

    What’s the latest with cancelling Avios redemptions:
    -is there a trick to do it online
    – I can’t keep track, how much is the cancellation cost on a European flight (is it £1 still?)
    – I assume if I go for the voucher option I get the Avios back plus taxes as the voucher?

    • Anna says:

      1. Unless BA has cancelled it’s either phone or Twitter.
      2. I think you still pay £1 if that’s what you paid originally.
      3. Yes.

  • Anna says:

    https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Pages/quarantine.aspx

    14 day quarantine required for any unvaccinated person entering from a country not in a “safe corridor”.

    • Anna says:

      *Malta. Family holidays appear to be off again …

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Until June 30th. No mention of after July 1st when they adopt the EU green pass (fully Vaccinated or cert of Covid infection in past 6 months or negative test) weather U.K. nhs app will be accepted is another story. #brexit

      • TGLoyalty says:

        * whether U.K.

      • Wollhouse says:

        Look at the link i provided above. It covers from 1 July.

      • Jonathan says:

        Malta will ask for proof of vaccination from UK arrivals from 30 June, a statement says.

        The restriction comes a day after the UK government moved Malta to its green list, meaning British holidaymakers do not need to quarantine on their return.

        A statement on Malta’s Department of Information Facebook page says: As from 30 June, all passengers flying to Malta from the UK, upon arrival, shall need to present a vaccine certificate/passport which needs to be recognized by the Maltese Health Authorities.

        “Failing this, those without a recognized Covid vaccine certificate/passport shall need to quarantine at their own expense.”

        • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

          NB the only vaccine certificates currently recognised by the Maltese government are the ones they themselves issue. NHS ones (or from any other country) are not acceptable (for now).

        • Wollhouse says:

          I have contacted the Dpt of Information requesting clarification, including around age and PCR. I also asked re paper documentation as many of us in Scotland only have that. In addition, I have asked a local gvt lawyer if they are able to advise as DOI is closed until Monday. I will post anything I get immediately.

  • trader363 says:

    Need to book train tickets from London to Liverpool on 8th July.

    Are there any options where I can pay with points?

    • Nick says:

      Pay with Amex and use MR statement credit? Poor value though. Much better off using one of the many LNER card offers to be honest.

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