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The HfP chat thread – Wednesday 8th September

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  • Kevin says:

    Planning a trip to Marseille (first time) for end of the month. Any recommendations about where or which hotel to stay?

    Anyone got experience with Voco as I have noticed that Voco Paris has indicated that extra person charge is applied. Is this charge, 2nd person similar to Germany ?

    • Gareth says:

      The intercontinental is nice in Marseille, some rooms have a lovely harbour view. Breakfast expensive for what you get but it’s on the terrace at the front which is a nice setting. Pool was adequate but not peaceful due to children when we stayed.

      • BP says:

        IC is very nice. I stayed there after getting engaged on the same trip and was upgraded to a room with a terrace overlooking the harbour.

    • Genghis says:

      I normally stay at the Radisson Blu as it’s close to where I need to be. It’s reasonable, especially if I get a room overlooking harbour.

      For food, I recommend Chez Michel for bouillabaisse. For something a bit cheaper, L’inattendu.

      • BP says:

        I really wanted to like bouillabaisse but it was the strongest tasting fish dish I’ve ever had. At €50 I forced it down!!

    • Patrycja says:

      Intercontinental is great and very central. We booked through Emyr and got €100 credit at the hotel and a bottle of champagne included.

  • Mikeact says:

    For those proposing using AA for overseas travel or US Domestic be very much aware, either Avios or cash. You have been warned.

    American Airlines Updates Its Rules: Has No Responsibility For Delays And Cancellations

    They don’t have to take responsibility for getting you to your destination if they decide it’s too costly or inconvenient for them to do so – the most they owe you is a refund.

    I’ll let Rob pick up the rest of this story.

  • Mart says:

    Anyone availed of the sainsburys energy offer? My reading of it (switch to the 2 year fix for 12,000 points dual fuel) is that once the points post, I can switch away for free. Wanted to confirm if any lived experience

    Thanks in advance

    • EwanG says:

      My reading of it is your plan will work.
      Exit fees (if you cancel this tariff before the end date): Not applicable

    • Andrew says:

      Albeit 12,000 nectar is valued at £60, so might not be worth the hassle.

  • Anna says:

    What’s the likelihood of a firebreak in October/November? If we do get a 2 week half term I might not be able to resist taking myself off somewhere!

    • Jeff Greene says:

      No idea

    • Andrew says:

      Depends if non-essential travel is also banned and therefore insurance might be difficult.

    • Harry T says:

      If you can predict that, the government will be interested in hiring you!

    • Blenz101 says:

      Given the current briefing is to remove the red and amber lists for international travel the direction of travel would point to this not happening.

      Unless a vaccine resistant variant appears and ICU beds start to rapidly fill up a firebreak is unlikely.

    • Genghis says:

      Somewhere between no chance and virtually certain.

      • Asim says:

        Whenever Boris has said it won’t happen, it always has, so I think a firebreak during half-term is quite likely.

        • Colin MacKinnon says:

          Won’t happen because they’d have to cancel COP26 – and Boris and Nicola want the photo ops.

    • Lady London says:

      Depends if unvaccinated kids all mixing in schools kicks it off again. But it’ll only matter if there are still lots of Tory voters left who will die. And I think Boris got most of them done in the 150,000 that are gone already.

      So other than the personal financial considerations to MP’s of how long the favours and backhanders from Toŕy sponsors in exchange for ripoff PPE pricing and some of the world’s highest fees for over-testing be kept going, I would say you have an1 excellent chance of am October break but still payimg ridiculously unnecessary amount for test fees.

      • Polly says:

        Just love the cynicism there LL…keep up the entertainment… cheers from Montflaquin btw..

  • Sharon says:

    Hi, could I check if my understanding of the rules for flying into and out of Dublin please? Living in NI, thinking of trip to Tenerife. If fully vaccinated – no testing requirements?

  • TGLoyalty says:

    What exactly are you asking? From NI’s perspective you’ve been in an amber country in last 10 days you should do a Day 2 PCR

  • geoff says:

    I’ve a friend leaving to return to USA from London next week- does she need to book a test or can we use the free LFT antigen tests here and get a text result back from NHS as proof?
    Will that satisfy airlines and US border control?

    • The Canuck says:

      Border control couldn’t care less. I’ve been in and out of the US over a dozen times this year and haven’t once been asked by CBP to show the test.

      I don’t think the airlines will accept a text though. Best to pony up for an antigen test, cheap and results come in 20 mins

    • ChrisC says:

      NHS tests don’t meet the ‘requirement of proof’ for the US as they don’t contain all the info needed

      Type of test (indicating it is a NAAT or antigen test)

      Entity issuing the result (e.g. laboratory, healthcare entity, or telehealth service)

      Specimen collection date. A negative test result must show the specimen was collected within the 3 days before the flight. A positive test result for documentation of recovery from COVID-19 must show the specimen was collected within the 3 months before the flight.

      Information that identifies the person (full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number)

      Test Result

  • aDifferentSimon says:

    Just did my second trip to Morrisons in Wimbledon. Never any Amazon or JL cards you swines!

    • Jashan says:

      Morrison’s Wimbledon is one of the worst.. poor selection & grumpy staff

    • Eoc says:

      Try Eastbourne. Got 2k JL yesterday. Got the £250 cards. Better than a truckload of the £25 ones. Plenty left and lots of Amazon too

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