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The HfP chat thread – Friday 10th September

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We are running this daily chat thread on Head for Points during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Comments (617)

  • Sukes says:

    If anyone fancies a trip to Ireland next yr BA has LHR-DUB economy wide open for £43 return Jan-Mar 2022 inc over St Patrick’s day. Good flying times too (although bear in mind BA might consolidate flights if loads aren’t sufficient). Need to price as a return to see these fares, they won’t show on singles.

    • ChrisC says:

      BA having a flash sale – book by 13th September – 500.000 seats avsailable for under £40 each way HBO fares

    • Rich says:

      I was surprised to see LHR-GVA for £95rtn on a Plus fare in Jan.

      Even more surprised to see only £40 more to add NCL legs.

    • Travel Strong says:

      Speaking of GVA: is there any particular reason for the huge numbers of BHX-GVA flights that Easyjet plan to restart later in the year? They don’t really fly much from BHX…. Except lots to GVA. Assume there is (or was) a popular business travel route for some reason?

      • Nick says:

        BHX-GVA is entirely for skiing. Hence winter only. It’s operated by their Swiss subsidiary (same as some other UK-GVA routes; BOH was one for a while).

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      Thanks! Was thinking about booking St Patrick’s day the other day. Time to speak to a mate to use there Hotline account!

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    12% back at M & M Direct via Taco Bell. Not available on the BA store

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      New customers only, forgot to add!

      • Super Secret Stuff says:

        Just placed an order with an RRP of £168.94, more realistic is £120 to £150. Only costing £79.94, stacked with Amex and TaCo Bell means it only costs £60.35.

        If it arrives onetime I will be one very happy SSS! Time for the OH to do an order hahaha

    • SteveJ says:

      Taco Bell, brilliant!

  • KZ says:

    A number of events just dropped on the Amex Experiences App, including some fairly interesting ones…

  • Gary says:

    Can anyone point me in the direction of an article that I can’t search for as I don’t recall the precise details.
    It was in the past few months and related to a small London hotel chain that was doing a membership/subscription based model of X stays per month…?


  • Pete M says:

    Reply to my complaint to BA about them not paying for the priority security lane at BER – you really couldn’t make this up:

    “We’ve made the decision to stop this service temporarily, in order to adhere to the current Covid-19 guidelines. This is one of the many changes we’ve had to make to ensure the safety of our passengers and staff whilst this pandemic remains ongoing.”

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      Complaining works, even if the replies are nonsense. BA have reinstated access to the lounge in Bologna which includes fast track. I pointed out that in BLQ a BA Gold member gets the same ground experience whether flying BA or Ryanair.

      • Pete M says:

        Agreed, hence I do it regularly. But it’s insane 9/10 times I am angrier after receiving their response than I was originally…!

  • jek says:

    We have the choice to return from Malaga to London at 4pm to LHR or at 2pm to LCY in two weeks. Given the potential chaos at LHR T5, should we sacrifice 2h of holiday to fly to LCY instead? How is the situation at LCY at the moment?

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      I’ve been lucky and had no issues with LHR, the big issues were caused by people returning for the school holidays and so future issues are less likely.
      It depends where you live. If LCY is convenient take that. I’d not choose LCY if the airport isn’t convenient.
      When I lived in London I could be home in 20 minutes from LCY so if it was an option I would choose it.
      Also worth considering the on-board product. In economy CityFlyer is much better, still have a free bar. In business it’s less clear cut. I still prefer it, but as there’s no middle seats there’s nothing to block.

    • Richie says:

      If 2 hours is a smallish proportion of your total holiday time, then LCY.

    • Ben W says:

      Flew Malaga to LCY on Sunday and was in a cab less than 15 minutes after touchdown.

      • Lady London says:


        The only negative with LCY is if you land on a weekend, need public transport DLR/Tube, and once again that’s a weekend where London Transport is doing maintenance on the DLR or just possibly, the Jubilee Line which a lot of people will connect to.

        Otherwise LCY all the time right now.

    • ChrisC says:

      Depends on where your final destination is and if you’ve left a car or arranged a pick up at LHR or not.

      I’d prefer LCY over LHR anyway.

      It’s easy enough to check the TFL website to see if any engineering works might affect LCY but LHR isn’t immune from them either.

  • Ryan Gill says:

    Why not let people crack on. Publicity is still helpful and let’s companies see peoples genuine opinions. If they stop paying you, because of allowing genuine opinion then give them a roasting. Hfp only wants to give credible stuff publicity anyway.

    • Rob says:

      That’s not what we’re talking about ….

      • Red Flyer says:

        Agreed – HfP used to be a genuine travel blog but more and more now the chat comments are just people sharing their exploits at how they played the system to generate excess credit card points or vouchers from dubious ‘spending ’.

        • Polly says:

          And it will once again focus on travel, once we though this minefield we are living through. Saying that, enough people are travelling atm, and am enjoying reading about their trips. Encouraged us to ferry it to France, OH not risking a plane yet.

    • ChrisC says:

      Rob relies on the regular advertising income to keep the site working and for him (and Rhys) to earn a living.

      When you have people posting stuff that is against the rules of the product or against the interests of the advertisers then he has to take action to protect his income.

      Robust and valid critisism is always OK but promoting activities that can potentially harm HfP and Advertisers isn’t.

      • Lady London says:

        Rob loves robust and genuine well-founded criticism as a means of getting products improved and showing who his readers are customers of.

        But the against the rules exploitation of financial products will not be able to be tolerated on a forum thread as the subject. Anyone who wasn’t prepared to pay attention and keep in close touch with comments and do their own searching on HfP if necessary, is going to find even less available to them if there’s just a forum.

  • Phil says:

    Yeah the Ivy would be kid friendly. It’s generally a friendly place.

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