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The HfP chat thread – Wednesday 4th August

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Comments (314)

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  • Tarmohamed says:

    Virgin Atlantic Fee Paying card, are there any terms which prevent using the card for large business transactions?

  • Anuj says:

    Just bought an apple store gift card on cardyard, I know some others use it on here. Any idea how long for it to change from “Awaiting payment confirmation” to giving me the e code? Is this something that only occurs during working hours? Thanks

    • Ryan says:

      Used them once and it took a working day for it to come through

      I did panic because I thought it would be instant but their customer service was dry quick to access and were helpful

  • YC says:

    Chronomics – Does using a BA booking ref actually link the test to that specific journey? Or its in place to help ensure the discount is provided to BA passengers? i.e. Can I use what I buy for another journey?

    • BP says:

      Try it out with an old booking ref…

      • YC says:


        • meta says:

          It does, but doesn’t recognise outbound. I am currently disputing it with them as they are sending it to me while I am already away.

          It now costs more too. Still the cheapest at £22+

          • YC says:

            What do u mean by doesn’t recognise outbound? e.g. It does not fulfil other countries entry requirements?

            Is it safe to purchase to use for any pre-departure journey back to UK?

          • meta says:

            If you input your BA PNR for a return flight, it will send the test while you’re away because their system doesn’t recognise the fact you’re away! You basically can’t take it with you.

  • swifty says:

    simple question: i have an offer on my business gold to refer for 15k mr points for my referral, can i refer someone for a ba blue if he has a gold personal ? the offer shows 25k mr, will the be elible the bonus for blue? will they sign up 25k bonus in avios? 15k mr would be lovely for me. I have looked at the sign up thread but it doesnt mention ba blue, thanks

    • Tony1 says:

      SO why keep Turkey on the red list ? does not seem to have any logic. Is the PM trying again for his trade deal visit ?

  • Sam G says:

    Along with UAE Qatar off red list but Mexico on

    BBC News – Covid travel: France no longer amber-plus and green list expands

    • Anna says:

      Farcical that you can fly to the US from Mexico but not from the U.K.!

    • Anna says:

      Spain remaining Amber but government “advising” people to have PCR tests prior to returning. Maybe if the ones back home weren’t such a rip off, Boris!

      Hotel quarantine going up to £2250.

      • Tony1 says:

        So what test do you need (legally) to fly back from Spain at the moment ? I take it the PCR is just non legal advice.

      • James K says:

        Another great example of poor comms by the government. What does ‘advised’ actually mean? We fly back from Spain on Sunday – have our Qured lateral flow tests with us, but will they be accepted or not?

        • Anna says:

          I’m assuming the government doesn’t want to evoke the wrath of all the people who have now purchased Day 2 tests from its approved suppliers so PCR tests are not a legal requirement at this time!

          • Anna says:

            We’ll be getting 29 euro antigen tests as planned next week, we’re doing LFTs every few days and mainly staying in our family bubble – I think this is enough. Only one of the 4 of us is unvaccinated and not actually had Covid recently.

          • Tony1 says:

            You seem to be more likely to be pinged from the plane than anything else from this chat today. Fly Safe.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Advised means f all from a legal perspective

  • Degsy says:

    T -1hr….

  • VickyTM says:

    I’ve been looking through the old chat threads, but can’t quite find what I’m looking for despite @Lady London always giving a thoroughly detailed response to people, so I apologise in advance as I suspect this has been covered multiple times…
    I’m due to fly to MEX next week on a cash ticket with an Avios upgrade to Club. (if that makes a difference). I strongly suspect the flight will be cancelled, however I still need to get there on the same day. I understand that BA are obligated to put me onto another airline, but if they are difficult about it, do I just book myself onto a different airline and claim it back? Is there a limit to the cost I should bear in mind, as long as the ticket is comparable? Is there anything else I should be aware of? (Yes I know it’s a red country, but I’ll be flying home from USA).
    Just trying to get my ducks in a row as much as possible.
    Thanks in advance

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