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The HfP chat thread – Thursday 16th September

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Comments (538)

  • Chris says:

    Are Amex currently offering bonus MR points for adding a 1st supp card holder to Platinum?

  • Allan says:

    I’ve heard that Germany need you to wear FFP2 masks in some areas – including airports. Is this an issue to fly there without one? Would the airline refuse boarding if you don’t have one?

    • Alan says:

      Just back from Munich. No problem flying with a surgical mask. I was given two free FFP2 masks at the airport. Easy and cheap to buy more if needed at supermarkets.

    • KZ says:

      The only restriction is you have to wear a medical mask, ie no cloth and designer masks.

  • Gareth says:

    BA have just cancelled my flight to Capetown in mid November , avios 241.

    Am I right in remembering from earlier discussion that I am entitled to refuse cancellation and ask for it to be moved to a date of my choice. Which for me would be same day in Nov 2022

    • Andy says:

      Sounds like recently they reverted to their original stance – i.e. only offering rebooking up to 12 months from ticketing date, rather than flight date as per the HfP article some weeks ago. Whether you are lucky enough to get a rep who will move you to Nov 2022, who knows…

    • Lady London says:

      See earlier replies today on this exact ssme thread to a question about a Joburg cancellation

  • Alan says:

    Just back from Munich. No problem flying with a surgical mask. I was given two free FFP2 masks at the airport. Easy and cheap to buy more if needed at supermarkets.

    • Andrew says:

      Yes, it was always unlikely that there would be a change to traffic light countries this week due to the major changes about to be announced.

  • Kumar says:

    Etihad Airways will offer 50 per cent off on air tickets purchased at a pop-up stand in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates from September 16 to 23.

  • Aston100 says:

    I see avios availability to Cape Town next summer school holidays (as in UK summer) has not dried up at all.
    Was expecting the seats to get snapped up very quickly, and yet they are still available, in some cases more than 6 weeks after release
    Is it really such a bad destination during their winter?

    • Michael C says:

      @aston, you may well be all sorted, but just fyi a fair bit of Avios availability in and ou of HKG this summer!

      • Reney says:

        21 days hotel quarantine into HK

      • Aston100 says:

        Thanks Michael.
        Feeling a bit paranoid about HKG for next summer, based on what several people said in here about strong possibility of still being closed.
        Though no one is able to confirm whether BA would allow a change of destination (e.g. SIN) nearer the time.

    • Amy C says:

      I wouldn’t go at that time. It’s such an outdoor sort of place. Can be rainy and extremely windy in winter.

    • Jonathan says:

      Durban & inland would be glorious in their Winter. Drakensburg is stunning plus some good game reserves in that neck of the woods. Personally wouldn’t bother with Cape Town as it’s selling points are largely dependent on good weather.

      • Aston100 says:

        Thanks Jonathan.
        I wasn’t planning on going to SA in UK summer, but given the temperatures don’t seem too bad, I was curious why CPT avios availability is still sitting there after so long.

        I read somewhere SA winter is quite decent for Safari due to reduced foliage allowing better visibility?

        Anyway, am focussed on South East Asia for next summer, fingers crossed!

    • Gareth says:

      Can be cold , but it’s the flower season whole desert to north namaqualand turns into riot of flowers in August. Also good time to visit Kruger

  • ZW says:

    Anyone else got emails from Curve, asking for payslips?

    • John says:

      Yes

    • Aston100 says:

      Only the naughty MSrs

    • JDB says:

      Lots of people on here have reported this recently. If your payslips support your Curve activity, you will quickly be OK. If not, they may ask for statements or other evidence relating to the payments and/or bank statements for further AML checks. Curve, Revolut etc. under a lot of scrutiny at the moment so they are at least making a show of being whiter than white.

    • Anna says:

      I freaked out a bit then before I remembered I hardly ever use Curve any more (even less now they are not creative) 😂. Hairdresser and school dinner money top ups. Can’t imagine they’ll think I’m an organised crime boss.

      • Char Char says:

        Curve is now a pain its not compatible with Creation, not sure which one to stop using

    • Babyg says:

      be interested to know how much m$ was done to have payslips requested….. my only minor m$ is to save school fees as N&SI, and then withdraw them once a term…

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