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The HfP chat thread – Monday 19th July

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  • Memesweeper says:

    I’ve been denied a drink at a holiday inn express as a welcome amenity for the first time ever! As if spire elite could be worth any less, and this place has just devalued it…

    • Dave says:

      Did they give you the points instead?

      • Memesweeper says:

        They said so, but only after I asked “where’s my drink?”

        Points aren’t going to buy me a GnT!

    • The Original Nick says:

      Always worth taking a drinks token as the points normally hit anyway.

      • Crafty says:

        100% in my experience.

        HIX in Leeds still giving me a G&T. Hilton, DT and Hampton have no amenities at all for Diamond.

        • Super Secret Stuff says:

          Some have started to pay attention to doing it correctly but nowhere near all of them

  • Dave1985 says:

    Hope everyone had a good freedom day!

    What did everyone get up to?!


    • Travel Strong says:

      Went to wales and lost the freedom.
      Then came back to england and rediscovered the joy of whistling to myself inside a supermarket. It’s been a wild day.

    • mr_jetlag says:

      filled up the kids pool and had a soak with a GnT

    • Harry T says:

      Ate tapas in Barcelona!

    • Degsy says:

      I followed Zahawi’s lead and went clubbing.

    • SimonP says:

      Drank aperitivi in Florence

    • AJA says:

      Stayed at home, spent an hour soaking and swimming in the pool, first dip this year, and then sunbathing on the terrace, felt like being on holiday. Then a G&T watching the sun set, followed by dinner. Then watered the plants before it got dark.

  • PMG says:

    Hi all,
    Just want to ensure I understand the wording on the UK GOV website correctly.
    To return to the UK you only need a test three days before you depart and not strictly 72 hours correct?
    For example, if I get a test a 9am on Friday and then leave at 11am on Monday that should not be an issue right?

    • Blair says:

      Correct. It’s a bit loose. There were FAQs on giving that example you provided. Your problem might come in explaining the 3 days versus 72hrs to an over-zealous outstation check in agent

      • PMG says:

        Thank you 🙂

        Got a screenshot of the GOV website so will just refer to that!

        (Why can’t we have just have simple and clear rules… 🙁 )

  • Doommonger says:

    Personally, I quaffed a bottle of Bollinger Rose in the garden (Laithwaites/Amex offer) with my son to celebrate his degree result, had then had a massive laugh at two of the most prolific posters on here having a spat over Amex /MR retentions.


    • Harry T says:

      How did he do with his degree? Sounds like a nice way to spend the evening.

      • Doommonger says:

        2:1 Physics with Astro Physics. Don’t ask, he lost me after GCSE’s 🙂

    • ChrisBCN says:

      Yes, the spat is quite funny, showing how one or two of the regular commentators are unable to think outside of their own very rigid opinions! Congrats on the Bolly 🍾

  • Aston100 says:

    Wanting to book a couple of activities through Virgin Experiences (a bit cheaper than booking directly with the activity providers). I can see voldeportal is currently giving back 14.25%
    Are there any better ways of purchasing Virgin Experiences?


    • Nectar collector says:

      My Perks at Work is currently offering 20% off plus a further ‘15%’ in the form of redeemable points…….

      • aDifferentSimon says:

        Also eden red work portal have both a 20% code and sell gift cards at 15% off. So can apply the code and then pay with a discounted gift card. Probably the cheapest way to do go ape or have your car destroyed at knowsley

        • Char Char says:

          Interesting that it is still cheaper when they are usually double the price of many of their activities

      • Aston100 says:

        Thanks for that.
        ‘Turks that Twerk’ does indeed have 20% back for me.
        Not used that portal before as my employer is signed up to some basic version which doesn’t carry all the offers. Are the points easy to collect and to spend?


  • Anuj says:

    Hi everyone, it’s a bit late so might post this again tomorrow but is doing cornwall via public transport a pain? Ofc I know you can get to cornwall by train. What I mean is once you’re actually there, am I going to end up stuck in places without hiring a car or is public transport doable?

    For example I recently did the seven sisters cliffs and there’s lots of frequent busses that ran quite late in the day and were cheap all the way from brighton to eastbourne.

    • Mikeact says:

      It all depends on your expectations. Many buses are local, some infrequent and many go round the houses. To get to out of the way places is nighon impossible. As long as you have, maybe, tons of patience, as the rain lashes down at the bus stop, then enjoy your break. We’ve got our car here but have also done a couple of open top bus trips as well….great in this weather!

    • SteveJ says:

      Get to St Ives, stay there. That way it’s perfectly doable.

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      If you’re within 1 frequent bus service of a train line you’ll be fine. Personally a few weeks ago me and the other half stayed in Plymouth so had transport and lots of things around

    • Dave says:

      I’m not sure you really DO Cornwall. I would suggest basing yourself in one or at most two locations. You can then explore around them. But slow the pace down and don’t be too ambitious

      • JG says:

        Agree. Have visited Cornwall plenty of times without a car. site a good place to see what attractions are in easy reach of a station (or bus) – pretty much everything worth visiting…

  • Greenpen says:

    I retreated from Cornwall last week a day early; it rained.

  • SJ says:

    Need to book a one way flight from Caribbean to UK. If I use my BA Amex will I still be charged a FX fee by BA if I book though them?

    • AJA says:

      You will be charged if the fare is priced in anything other than GBP. But I believe you can avoid this and book it in GBP if you set the website to UK although the resulting fare may be higher than if priced from the Caribbean and paying the FX fee.

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