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The HfP chat thread – Wednesday 7th July

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Comments (492)

  • Anna says:

    This doesn’t bode well – not sure what the point is of requiring all passengers to be vaccinated if the crew aren’t!

    • Jody says:

      I actually think it’s one of the reasons passengers have to be vaccinated, because there is no guarantee crew will be. The majority of serving crew and cabin hosts are from countries like India, phillipines, Indonesia etc. No idea if they were able to get jabbed before coming over.

      Some cruise crew have been – MSC had quite a high profile vaccination day in Southampton for all crew (although have declined to answer any questions about how this was actually arranged). They were also the only line until the last week allowing unvaccinated passengers.

      • Dave says:

        I don’t think this way of doing things is going to work going forward.

  • Luke says:

    Any advice on decent travel insurance policies? Companies like Coverwise appear to be a lot cheaper than the more expensive policies from others, but are they less reliable? I’m more worried about medical cover while abroad than losing my bag etc. Worldwide cover as a healthy 30yo is coming up around £30-£50 for annual policy…

    • BJ says:

      Even healthy young things end up in hospital, not least due to accidents. The better insurers are generally LV and Direct Travel Insurance. Neither are at the cheap end though. Barclay is good, probably best of packaged bank accounts. If you are not travelling too frequently or for prolonged periods you might be able to make the packaged bank accounts and the cards such as amex platinum work for you by signing up for a short period. Other benefits such as hotel status, lounge access etc would make the cost easier to swallow. Others can better advise if you’re worried about covid, I’ve stayed home so far do not followed covid travel insurance story closely. Years ago Endsleigh were tailored towards the young traveller so might bemworth a look.

    • Anna says:

      As per an earlier discussion, check what the Ts and Cs are on FCDO advice. Some policies won’t cover you if you book to travel to a destination where (and when) there is a FCDO warning, which is quite a big chunk of the world at the moment!

  • BJ says:

    I wish England and all you fans all the best … I think this might just be your year 🙂

  • Danny says:

    Worst kept secret as she was rumbled a long time ago!

  • Sam says:

    Hi all, pleased to report that I did the lateral flow test and all negative! I have received an e-mail confirmation stating NHS COVID-19 Notification is negative – will this suffice for Wimbledon as I am going this Friday. I was under the impression that I would have received a text message

    • MilesOnPoint says:

      It will be valid on your NHS app for 48 hours from when you registered the test result.

      It takes a few hours to show up in the app after registering. You then show QR code on arrival at Wimbledon and get given a silver COVID certification wristband so that you can proceed to ticket check.

      Had a great day watching Shapovalov winning in 5 seats on Court No. 1 today. Nipped to Amex Lounge around 11am (good time to go) and got in after 10min queue. Some drinks there & photo op on balcony before heading over for the start of the day’s play. You can get some Amex freebies there inc Amex branded phone charging bank & suncream. Pleasant enough but don’t bother if queue is huge

      • ChrisC says:

        How are home tests being registered in the NHS apps covid or the main one??

        How do I see my past home test and PCR results?

        • MilesOnPoint says:

          You have to register result in the gov website (scan QR code on lateral flow test).

          Then within a few hours the COVID pass shows up in NHS app (that’s THE NHS app rather than the track and trace one). QR code viewable in events section of NHS app once available.

  • Yorkshirerich says:

    So how the Bludy hell do we get these tickets for Sunday then. I’m registered with Uefa but I have this feeling it could be like finding a needle in a haystack

  • Ian says:

    If three people are in a Household Group and two of the people in that group have a BA companion voucher, can the points of the household group be used for four people to travel at once – i.e.. the three in the Household Group plus one other?

    I saw on the household account rules “Members of a Household Account cannot redeem their Avios for anyone outside of the Household Account” but in a way the extra person isn’t actually using any avios are they? They go free with the voucher.

    Would the household account plus one be allowed to travel in this way? Thanks

    • Rob says:

      Yes but only if person 4 is on the Friends and Family list of the HHA head.

  • Memesweeper says:

    If you have Alexa, ask her “is it coming home?”

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