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The HfP chat thread – Friday 23rd July

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Comments (384)

  • Sukes says:

    Bloomberg (behind firewall) has article entitled ‘EU Talks With U.S. on Vaccine Passports Making Little Progress’. Some snippets:

    ‘Negotiations between the EU and the US to recognize each other’s vaccination passes are struggling to move forward due to the absence of a federal certification system in the US, according to a diplomatic memo seen by Bloomberg.

    EU ambassadors were told at a meeting on Thursday that the European Commission, however, is at an advanced stage of negotiations with the UK, and is in contact with Japan, Australia and Canada. The memo said discussions with Ottawa were “promising” and officials expect EU COVID certificates to be recognized in September, when Canada is due to resume travel for vaccinated non-US travellers.

    The European Union launched its COVID pass, which also records negative tests, at the beginning of the month. The commission told the ambassadors that as of July 19, more than 290 million certificates have been issued, of which 230 million are vaccination passes. It also noted that at the beginning of July 2021, air traffic had increased by 20% and was expected to reach more than 60% of 2019 levels this month.‘

  • S879 says:

    BA cancelled our flights from Istanbul to London many weeks ago. Today I got a notification of check in opening for London to Istanbul. I thought that would have been cancelled automatically. However, the penny dropped that I had booked the two legs separately so separate PNR reference numbers. Can I ask for a refund back to my card on the basis that the return flight is cancelled or do I have to take a voucher?

    • ChrisC says:

      As long as THIS flight is actually cancelled then yes you can have a refund.

      As this is a separate booking what happened with any other bookings has no relavance.

      You have until checkin closes for you to ask for the it.

      You should be able to do this in MMB if not a call to BA

    • Anna says:

      You’re always taking a risk with separate PNRs – if BA hasn’t cancelled this leg you’ll be stuck with the original Ts and Cs of the booking, I think. FTV can be requested up till really close to departure (one hour?). Have you not had any notifications prior to the check in alert though?

  • Dave says:

    If I book a flight today for a holiday next month to a country the FCDO says i can travel to but then when i;m there it goes into RED and I would have to pay for a quarantine hotel when i get home, is that covered by my Amex Platinum insurance?

    • GeorgeJ says:

      Call them and ask if you dont understand the policy! They are usually quite helpful.

    • Harry T says:

      The green, Amber and red list categories are separate to and distinct from the FCDO advice. It is entirely possible for non essential travel to an Amber or red country to be considered acceptable by the FCDO.

  • S879 says:

    I did get notification of flight time change for this booking and lots of changes and cancellation emails for the Istanbul to London return. I will see what my options are on MMB.

    • S879 says:

      Sorry this was in reply to Anna above.

    • ChrisC says:

      But you said the flight was London to Istanbul.

      Has that actually been cancelled? If it has you can have a refund.

      How long was the schedule change? BA has a refund policy for schedule changes of more than 4 hours where you can also have a refund.

      As these are separate bookings you don’t actually have a return ticket.

  • BJ says:

    Can anybody here report their experience of flights on Delta 767-300 in Y? Given the short duration, convenient schedule, and 232 seat configuration, I am tempted to use it for for direct flights from EDI-JFK.next summer. Direct in Y is more appealing than an early morning departure via LHR to use avios in premium cabin that adds 5h onto the journey. I don’t want to use 90k Virgin miles to East Coast USA, and price of business seats doesn’t work. Are upgrades usually available for cash and if so, are they worth it? Thanks.

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