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The HfP chat thread – Saturday 28th August

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Comments (369)

  • @mkcol says:

    Happy Saturday!

    • David says:

      Happy bank holiday weekend – unless you’re in Scotland !!

      • Andrew says:

        Although if you work in financial services or a professional company in Scotland, they tend to align with the English holidays and have done since the 1990s.

        • David says:

          I’ll remember that it I’m ever looking for a job north of the border !

  • NutJuice69 says:

    Got debit card from Chase UK. Rather unexciting design tbh.!Ar9GBL2o9A23gP4iBi__uYDm4WGd_Q

    • Sandgrounder says:

      So, what is the account like? Overseas transaction fees? Can you use a network of ATMs in the US for free? That’s what I miss most about Citi.

    • Jeff Greene says:

      I’ve never found myself excited or unexcited by the design of a credit/debit card to be honest

      • Andrew says:

        The metal platinum card launch was a good day for me – I do get quite excited by design of all kinds and cards are no exception. I eagerly anticipate September 1st for the new BAPP card.

    • Matt says:

      What are the features of the account? And how do you get a code to sign up, or even get on the waiting list?

      • Andy says:

        At the moment it’s a pilot for employees only, will be launching soon

    • Paul Pogba says:

      Do you know if they’ll be earning a reward earning credit card?

  • Patrycja says:

    Reposting from last night in case people missed it.

    Scottish government just confirmed that travellers will be able to use private test providers alongside CTM from early September for day 2 & 8 tests

    • Erico1875 says:

      Good. £80 was a bit steep for a day 2 test. Hopefully prices will come down now

      • Patrycja says:

        It was reduced to £68 a few weeks back but that’s still significantly more than what you would pay in England

  • Ade says:

    Good morning everyone,

    I need to fill out some passenger locator forms for returning to the UK. Our day 2 tests are booked all under the same reference. Is it okay to use the same reference on multiple form?


    • Anna says:

      I don’t know about using the same reference more than once (though I haven’t seen it mentioned as an issue anywhere), but if you’re including any under 18s on an adult form you’re not asked to add a reference number for them.

    • roberto says:

      Double check.. The reference may have a suffix :- abcdef/01, abcdef/02, abcdef/03 etc

    • Colin MacKinnon says:

      Yes. Booked two Day Two tests with the Scottish provider, got just one receipt and one reference number.
      Put same number on each locator form and had no issues.
      This was last Sunday.

      • Ade says:

        Excellent. I’m returning to Scotland too so will be the same. Thanks very much.

    • Tracey says:

      I’ve just booked with NWP, who say quite clearly on their instructions to order separately for different codes.
      Ordered NWP £40, codes received instantly by email. After wasting time trying to get the expert medical webpage to work.

      • Anna says:

        That’s so you have to pay for individual tests and postage, where applicable. You definitely don’t need more than one code for a PLF you’re adding children to. I bet plenty of people aren’t buying kids’ tests after the first time!

        • Rob says:

          I just realised this two hours ago. Arguably I could save their 2 tests for a future trip.

  • N says:

    Super super niche question – has anyone had any experience of getting their elite free breakfast when staying on a Fam-tastic rate?

    • Phil H says:

      Travel industry Hotel Excellence programme? Yep, got free breakfast and room upgrade (though they wouldn’t do a suite) as Platinum at Marriott Park Lane last December.

      • N says:

        Got the breakfast and an upgrade. Will confirm hotel (and more details) once I’ve checked out!

        • N says:

          Aloft Excel – got late check out, upgrade and breakfast on a rate that was about 35% of next cheapest rate at time of booking. Did v well out of this one!

    • Yvo says:

      No breakfasts on famtastic that I could wangle, ended up surrendering TA status because Hilton Diamond works better.

  • Green Plastic says:

    Pretty certain I know the answer but just checking in case I’m wrong. I’m currently 5 TPs short of Silver with BA. Is there any possibility whatsoever they would give me Silver if I don’t fly again before my membership year ends?

    • Rhys says:

      I wouldn’t risk it

    • David says:

      Renewal or qualifying?

      If qualifying I would I say your chances are zero.

    • Michael C says:

      I was told no 4-5 years ago: just treated myself to a lovely daytrip to Paris!

      • Polly says:

        Same here, had to pop over to Dublin for lunch with my family! BA just won’t play ball there.

    • BP says:

      There may still be a 2 week grace period if you can earn it in the following 2 week period. I used that previously and helpfully the TPs also counted for my next TP year as well as the previous one!

      • Michael C says:

        Oh, yes: just to confirm BP’s “2-week grace period”. Think I was just nervous to make use of it as didn’t have it in writing!

    • Tracey says:

      You need to phone and ask for the 2 week grace period, they won’t apply it automatically

  • Toby Stanbrook says:

    I have the Virgin + card, currently with a zero balance, and we are off to Greece today. If I withdraw a cash advance of €100 using this card, I am not charged a transaction fee but am charged interest on the cash advance. Can I avoid the interest charge, by making sure that I have a credit balance on the card beforehand, or by paying off the value of the cash advance immediately? Thanks.

    • Yorkie Aid says:

      I don’t have any experience with the Virgin card but that’s exactly how you would avoid the interest with the Halifax Clarity card.

    • Paul says:

      I have a Sterling Euro account and have been using it here in Greece for almost 2 weeks. Without exception I have been charged €2.5 for each withdrawal. So no benefit if taking just 100€ a time.
      You can avoid the the interest charge by pre loading via a bank transfer. I did this with Halifax cards in the past.

      I am in Santorini where I backpacked 40 years ago. The only back packs now are designer. €100 euros doesn’t go far in Athens, Naxos or Santorini. I hear it won’t cover the tip in Mykonos! Enjoy!

    • Sandgrounder says:

      You aren’t charged a foreign transaction fee but I’m pretty sure Virgin will hit you with 5% for the cash advance.

    • Toby Stanbrook says:

      Thanks for all the replies. We’ll take Sterling and look to exchange in a pub.

  • Rash says:

    I recently had a BA flight cancelled & they re-routed me on Austrian airlines, should I be expecting Tier points for this? As they’re on a different alliance but it was Originally a BA ticket

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