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The HfP chat thread – Monday 12th July

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  • Marie says:

    Silly question .Do we fill out a passenger locator form for an England to Scotland flight and vice versa ?
    Presently isolating after someone on our Balearic flight tested positive on landing. Dont fancy this again !

    • Keely says:

      In a hotel room ? Hadn’t factored that in ….I hope you have a balcony ?

    • Memesweeper says:

      Not required domestically

    • Anna says:

      Nightmare! So they had a negative test on leaving the UK, then another one on leaving Mallorca, but then a positive day 2 test?

      • Anna says:

        Or they were vaccinated and didn’t need the first test!

        • Marie says:

          I’m not sure which .They checked every single person’s documents before boarding. The plane was half empty too. It seems based on locality to infectious source as not all of our party have to isolate .

    • Ikaz says:

      2 points: you don’t need a PLF for UK domestic flights
      You can still get told to isolate after the flight, we were on a LON-GLA flight last month and got called by track and trace and told to self-isolate due people being tested positive on that flight

    • Colin MacKinnon says:

      No need for a PLF etc in the Common Travel Area – Channel islands, Isle of Man, Republic of Ireland and the UK of GB and NI.

      However, if you are worried about being pinged because of where you are sitting on an aircraft, why not take the train?

      The train is a lot more spacious – the flights to Edinburgh and Glasgow are apparently rammed!

      • Marie says:

        West coast main line planned works is the problem .

        • John says:

          Go East Coast then

        • Andrew says:

          As John says. Go East Coast. There’s at least a dozen trains an hour between Edinburgh and Glasgow (various routes).

          If it’s due to Euston closures, you can always Chiltern it to Birmingham Moor Street and swap to New Street.

          Or drive. It’s just 5h30m to drive to Glasgow from the M25 junction with the M40

  • Graeme says:

    Got a US trip booked in October with BA. As a backup, thinking of booking a domestic BA holiday booking (flight and car, small deposit) as a backup. Will this cause any issues with BA if bookings are on same day?
    Obviously, impossible to fly both but would FTV worst case.

    • Tariq says:

      No issues, did this in the summer myself but both ended up cancelled!

      • Graeme says:

        Great, thanks Tariq. I was concerned some IT system would auto cancel one or something like that!

        • John says:

          BA doesn’t do that, only heard of it happening with the big 3 American airlines

  • KS says:

    Is it possible to book an easyJet holiday with for flight+car and no hotel? I am looking to use the Amex offer but I don’t see any way to book a holiday without hotel.

  • Lawro says:

    Seen plenty of reports re retention bonuses on personal Amex cards but has anyone received a (recent) retention offer to keep the Business Plat card?

  • Rob says:

    You opted in? My wife gets hers about 2 days after the charge clears.

  • Jimbob says:

    Does Beardy play nicely with Ernie via Bendy?

  • Mark says:

    Seems like loads are really low to various French cities… Marseille for £10 return next week!

    • Rachel Robinson says:


      • Mark says:

        Yes, wouldn’t pay 10x or more for BA when there is no real difference in Y/J for the seats and service.

        • Rob says:

          We have £19 Ryanair tix to Porto. Total cost with seats (to keep family together) and 2 suitcases is £125 each.

          Throw in another £25 each for necessary overnight hotel at STN.

          BA Eco, if operating, would not be far off and seats and bags would be free as a Gold.

        • Lady London says:

          Ah…but some of us would happily pay 10x to avoid Stansted

    • Harry T says:

      Ryanair are generally offering very low prices at present – we booked Barcelona for £16 return each, for the base fare.

    • Jonathan says:

      Ryanair will fly you to city far away from the city you’re meant to be travelling to, there are some more instances where you’ll be flown to different country purely to benefit from low airport fees, resulting in lower fares. So once you reach your destination airport, there’s usually a lengthy coach ride to city that you want to visit itself !

      • Janeyferr says:

        One tends to know where the airport is before you buy tickets.

      • A says:

        This is hardly a new phenomenon you’re describing and safe to say most readers of this site know enough about air travel to be aware of this some time (more than a decade, even) ago

      • Yorkieflyer says:

        Sorry this is so out of date, this was the case years ago, now usually the same airports as legacy carriers

  • Andrew says:

    T5 looked chaotic today with most security staff isolating at home. I hope they kept the First Wing open for eligible customers.

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      Fortunately the elite suffered too, so might use their disproportionate influence compared to the average joe to complain

      • Dave says:

        Yep – got stuck in the horror show. Was flying F & took us 2 hours from bag drop to security. No time for the lounge & F wing was closed. Nothing by way of gesture other than the following email:

        We would like to apologise any inconvenience you experienced when flying from Heathrow Terminal 5 this morning. This was due to security staffing issues at Heathrow. Our teams worked hard to get your flight away as quickly as possible and we’re sorry for any delay.

        In fairness, we did get away on time. Water under the bridge but was horrendous.

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