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The HfP chat thread – Wednesday 15th September

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Comments (421)

  • DAJ says:

    Apologies if this has been posted before (not traipsing through previous posts!) but have noticed a £100 back off a £300 spend offer on BAPP card for Eastern Airways.

  • Chris says:

    Does Emyr get any additional benefits for SLH bookings?

    • Rob says:

      There IS a preferred partner scheme but not all hotels take part. Benefits (2 night stay needed):

      $50 credit per room, per stay to be used on food & beverage or spa
      Daily continental breakfast for two
      Upgrade at check-in, if available
      Early check-in/late check-out, if available
      Complimentary Wi-Fi

      • Duncan says:

        Is there a way to know before sending a message whether he can offer anything for a specific hotel? I messaged about a couple of Intercontinental hotels in Canada and he couldn’t help (fair enough, he was very polite and friendly) but I hate to think I’m wasting his time if there’s a place I can do a little homework beforehand.

        • Rob says:

          He doesn’t mind. It’s 60 seconds work to look it up for you.

          It’s the nature of his job. Even after my rebate, he made £500 booking my Barbados trip for October and it took 30 minutes at most. He made more than that off my Mallorca holiday last month. Bookings like that average out the ones which don’t earn much (and everyone who makes big bookings generally started with small bookings).

          You should see how many reader emails Rhys and I answer each day and we never make any money off them. Comes with the job.

  • Mco says:

    I have earned my BA 2-4-1 on the new PP. Anyone know when it would be ok to downgrade to the free card?

    My worry is the extra availability not being accessible after the downgrade. Anyone tried this?

  • ChrisA says:

    Does anybody have an on.to referral link?

    • Rich says:

      Yep, you just need to use my code be53a when signing up. £50 off

      • ChrisA says:

        Thanks Rich, now you’ve posted I recall it may have been you who brought them up in a discussion here recently (but I couldn’t quite remember who it was), and prompted me to look into it. So I’m glad I got your link!

    • Rich says:

      Feel free to ask any Qs. I’ve been very happy with them since they started giving out keys (instead of making you use their awful app).

  • EwanG says:

    Re Hertz Australia. Has anyone else noticed prices are no longer competitive compared with before this year, and know how to get them to price reasonably again?

    Dummy bookings via .au coming in at 20x the previous cost, on various dates to GVA. UK and CH site prices are around the same level as before ie not inflated.

    • Rich says:

      I’ve noticed the same. Maybe the AU trick has gone?

      I’m looking at GVA too. £350 a week in Jan, minimum. And that’s for a Compact, let alone anything decent.

    • Doug M says:

      I think this is car rental in general, rates all over the place, varying between stupid expensive all the way to crazy expensive. Rental companies dumping inventory into the pandemic, hard to replace given microchip shortages and global supply chain issues.

      • Rich says:

        Yes, prices all over the place. Definitely a time for booking flexible rates and checking frequently.

        In May I locked in €150 for a week in Portugal, saw it go up to €600, and then rebooked for €90!

    • John says:

      Probably because Australian residents can’t go anywhere… the prices may revert to previous levels (relative to other Hertz country sites) once leisure travel out of Australia is allowed

  • Join says:

    Is it possible to cancel the unflown return segment of an Avios booking? And can this be achieved without calling BA?! I’ve tried and cannot get through!

    • Rob says:

      Basically, no, assuming you have flown out.

      You definitely lose the Avios. You may or may not lose the taxes.

      We did an article on this pre-covid from someone who had gone down to Australia, decided to stay for longer than 12 months and so couldn’t push their return flight back any further, and therefore tried (and failed) to cancel it.

      • LS says:

        If you have flown the outbound, could you not use the book with confidence on the return for an avios voucher?
        Failing that, you could try and move it to a date that is likely to be cancelled by BA, ensuring that you would get a refund

    • Ikaz says:

      You should be able to request a FTV online

  • Ed says:

    Looks like it was indeed possible to convert those 5,000 (4,500) Qatar bonus miles over to 1,000 Accor points 🙂

  • Andy says:

    Got some Eurostar vouchers to use up and a free IHG night voucher so thinking of an overnight trip.. I guess given current Covid restrictions for Brussels and Amsterdam Paris might be a decent option. What’s the best IHG hotel to try and use my voucher at?

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