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The HfP chat thread – Monday 11th October

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Comments (480)

  • Dave says:

    Probably a very easy question I should know but… we’ve just got our 241 voucher- where do we find it please? Is it on Avios site? BA Executive Club site? Told by Amex today we’ve aren’t it so is it that it hasn’t appeared wherever it goes yet? Thanks

  • WillPS says:

    Hilton/Clubcard tie up finishes at the end of the year 🙁

    I’m gutted, other than occasional days out it pretty much leaves only Hotels.com as a viable route for getting maximal value for me…

    • Blenz101 says:

      Agree it’s a real shame to see a long-standing big name go from the scheme. Limiting that it only ever covered UK & Ireland though. Even at a lower rate the option to convert straight to HH Points would have been a far better proposition.

      Guess we have to pin everything on hotels.com lasting as long as possible now!

    • Andrew H says:

      Virgin points?

      • Blenz101 says:

        The casino option!

        • Andrew H says:

          Certainly worth doing once if they are still running 2000 bonus points for a small auto- transfer.

          • Blenz101 says:

            I’m having my last couple of quarters of max points – already well in excess of £400 in this period. RIP Tesco debit card.

            Ideally don’t want to leave it all in Tesco if possible but certainly don’t fancy Virgin Points as a safe alternative.

  • MKB says:

    After singing the praises of the Schloss Lieser in Germany a few weeks ago, I may have to qualify.

    I didn’t check out in person, and they missed the dinner charge off my bill, so, at their request, I sent them an email authorising “a debit of EUR 160.00”.

    Today, I learned they applied dynamic currency conversion, costing me an additional £5.01. It may be a small amount, but I’m not letting them get away with that.

    • Crafty says:

      I’m astonished they have pursued you for a missed charge. Never had that before. For me, once I am off the property with my account settled, that’s that!

  • Simon says:

    Applied for a 21 month 0 % purchase and 20 month 0 % balance transfer (on the 1 card) last week

    Application successful card came today however when looking online and calling they have only given be 21 month 0% balance … no offer on purchase which seems odd

    they said u would have to reapply , reluctant to do as applying for credit twice in a7 working days can’t be good for your credit rating

    Any idea if the back office can’t sort without the need of impacting credit score or am in stuffed with it

    • Blenz101 says:

      Are they saying this is what you are being offered after your application i.e they assessed your personal circumstances and offered you something other than the typical package offered to at least 51% of their customers.

      If it’s a technical issue then you should absolutely complain. If the former (you just didn’t qualify for the 20 months on purchases) you are likely stuffed, check what you actually signed at the end of the application and what your agreement says.

  • Jonathan says:

    Free year on the Amex gold card has just come to an end thinking of cancelling and going for the free rewards card to keep the points alive.
    Is it best to open the new rewards card before cancelling or see if they offer any retention to keep it open?
    Roughly when does the bonus 10k points post? Thanks

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