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The HfP chat thread – Tuesday 28th September

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Comments (516)

  • Ming the Merciless says:

    And another thing – Any points/discount angle on buying a Tesla.
    Amex direct for the full balance? Top up and pay with revolt with a card of my choosing?

    • Rich says:

      Are they still offering free supercharging if you get referred?

    • IanM says:

      Don’t do it, get a proper car like a Polestar

    • Tom says:

      The deposit can be done on Amex. Rest is bank transfer.
      Dont buy an iPace or Polestar unless you want to turn up to broken chargers and ones being hogged by plug in hybrids. Superchargers are next level.

      • Andrew says:

        “Hogged by”…

        Isn’t one of the problems the new regular “Chogging” events at P&R sites? (Every Thursday night according to the poster at Stirling p&r).

        • CarpalTravel says:

          Just had to Google that. Not sure the Urban Dictionary is in line with whatever you are referring to!

      • TGLoyalty says:

        There are plenty of fast chargers around.

        Check Zap Map.

      • Eoc says:

        Again, people extrapolate their own experience to the general. Use Zap Map and lever turn up at a busy or broken charger.

    • BLT says:

      Bought my original Model S with the offered Alphera finance (with guaranteed future value) and paid the monthly balance for 4 years by Amex. Changed if for a mode 3 last year and as it’s a company car paid via Amex Fx. Worth it for me. Otherwise Tesla don’t do discounts.

      • Memesweeper says:


        Buy with a deposit on Amex. Take the finance, and pay it off with a credit card. Alphera are no longer their partner AFAIK but they took Amex a few years ago.

        • Ming the Merciless says:

          But which finance? I usually buy cars outright.

          Looks like Blackhorse deal with hire purchase. Anyone got any experience paying them with Amex? And preferably paying off early.

  • Jaime says:

    In the past I was able to add the name of a 2nd guest to an IHG booking on the web site, but can’t seem to find it as I am trying to add my daughters name to a points booking this coming weekend. Have they removed that option?

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    A side note about our trip to London over the weekend, I lost my voice watching Bring Me The Horizon at the O2. The Amex lounge is very nice and speak to Guest Services and show your Amex’s to get free passes. Definitely the cheapest place for drinks in the O2.

    One of the disabled viewing areas is just in-front of the Amex Advantage seats. We were in the disabled viewing area and had a great views of both the stage and the crowd, which meant I saw a lot of people limping out of the crowd or being stretched off! Also one of the most orderly queues for the tube ever, no pushing or queue jumping. Rock crowds get a bad rep

  • Tazzy says:

    Heading to Bordeaux for a long weekend with friends. Staying in an apartment. Any restaurant or activities suggestions?

  • idrive says:

    Octopus discount: is the £50 off after referral (new client) applied immediately (ie. first bill) or per month over 12-24 months?

  • David S says:

    Just had Nov flights to Portugal cancelled for third time in CE. Limited to Nov 4th or 12th but in between these dates, Economy flights are available on four separate dates. Put on a bigger plan please BA or release more CE rows of seats

    • Babyg says:

      BA pull the curtain back half way down the plane it seems these, i usually book WT and i often get bumped from my exit row (row 12) because the curtain has been moved so far back, they should put on a widebody plane thou, we have one trip recently from FAO to LHR on a 777… that was a nice change.

  • Simon says:

    Any opinions of the Hyatt Regency Birmingham? Trying to use an Amex hotel offer for a night away over half-term for 4 of us, not too far from London…… Struggling to find a decent hotel in a sensible location, that isnt the Four Seasons Hampshire prices…..

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      Interested in this too

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Birmingham is about 110 miles from London

      The Grand is by far the best hotel in Birmingham. The Hyatt is ok rooms little run down.

  • FlightDoctor says:

    Re. Booking a flight with the 2-4-1 and then cancelling to get a FTV and force an extension to 2023. Does the initial booking need to be a return flight or would a one way be ok and still allow a subsequent return booking when reactivated?

    • Lula says:

      I called BA to check this point a few days ago. They told me you can book one way then add the return.

    • Tracey says:

      Doesn’t matter what it is, given you are cancelling, just make sure you book it in the names of the people you want to be on the FTV

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