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The HfP chat thread – Thursday 14th October

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Comments (443)

  • Gary says:

    DP: Expert Medical Day 2 PCR. Posted on Monday, received result Wed evening.

  • Anna says:

    It’s not at all clear what these people actually did to get closed down! If they were genuinely responding to targeted Amex offers, as many of them seem to be claiming, it seems very harsh.

  • JP-MCO says:

    Does anybody know if HMRC transactions fronted using Curve are eligible to earn points on Capital on Tap?

    • Ming the Merciless says:

      Yes they are. But the £10k cap makes a pretty dent in the benefit given that 70% of every pound collected goes to HMRC.

  • Alan says:

    I will be booking day 2 tests later today. Are there any better deals than the £43 Randox (easyjet) out there?

    • Paul says:

      Expert Medicals £28

    • BLT says:

      Randox is 34.99 if you can click and collect locally. Nationwide pathology is £40. Expert medical is £28 but not sure what the recent removal from the government approved list means for them.

    • Sandgrounder says:

      Where are you based in the UK? Biograd have on site self swab for 19.99 near LPL & MAN

    • Craig says:

      Expert Medicals worked fine for me a couple of weeks ago. Just read the instructions carefully, the return sample bag has a place to attach the barcode but the instructions say attach it to the sample bottle. There is only one barcode label which must go on the bottle.

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Qured worked well for us

    • Ryan says:

      01 Harley Street

    • Alan says:

      Thanks to all for the replies.

      I have gone with expert medicals and confirmation arrived within 60s.

      We will do LFT tests as soon as we are back so not that worried about the service from here on.

  • Mr. AC says:

    I have the IHG black card from Creation and used it almost exclusively through Curve, but 0 naughty spend with NS&I and such. No letters from them. Called Creation yesterday about a payment issue and asked if I was being closed down – they checked and said no!

    • Duncan Stevenson-Price says:

      I’ve got the white card, also used exclusively through Curve with only legitimate spend… no letter so far! Hoping I can keep the account open, though with no Apple Pay it’s a bit of a chore to use.

      • Roy says:

        Did cause me to rethink my wallet situation – now I have to actually get my card out of my bag (versus typically having my phone in my hand already).

        Bought one of these, and personally I like it so far although YMMV. https://aviatorwallet.com/

    • JDB says:

      It seems clear from all the reports that Curve was just one part of the Venn diagram and you needed to be in more groups (and not necessarily even in the Curve one) to be in the closure set.

      • Froggee says:

        It could well be about profitability in the main.

        • meta says:

          Just because CS said your account is not closed, doesn’t mean anything. We all know how useless they are. They only have to send a letter and also it can get lost in the post. I also wouldn’t be surprised that everyone’s cards stop working on 3 Dec letter or not or if they just did the first cull starting in some sort of order.

          It’s now been 8 days and they still haven’t cleared my last payment on the card…

          • Lady London says:

            Pretty sure the onus is on the sender to prove you received any notice they might have sent and not just prove they sent it

          • JDB says:

            @Lady London the sender only needs to show they correctly addressed, paid postage and posted the letter – s7 Interpretation Act 1978. This is why notification was by post rather than email. There is no requirement to prove receipt. Prince Andrew discovered this recently!

          • the_real_a says:

            You expect Creation to be able to prove they posted a letter? 🙂

          • Roy says:

            Agreed. Although the number of Curve users who haven’t received a letter really isn’t consistent with “lost in the post” at this point, I think.

            Bottom line, we’re probably not going to know what’s going on until December (if then…)

    • Chris says:

      Who knows what’s going on.
      I have had no such letter either, yet have rinsed a fair amount through NS&I (and continue to do so).

      • Mr. AC says:

        How are you continuing to do it if they blocked off all Curve usage? It works direct?

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      With Creation, it’s always expect the unexpected.
      Going to be fun on here in Dec first week.

  • ChrisC says:

    Interesting article and a confirmation of what Rob has been saying for a while re self referrers in the US getting their accounts closed down.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      It’s not what Rob claimed. There is a large thread on flyertalk about it.

      • BuildBackBetter says:

        It does talk about self referrals among other things.
        What’s surprising is if there was a rogue agent, why would Amex take it on the customers who believed the agent?

      • ChrisC says:

        He’s mentioned it several times replying to comments .

  • derbydave says:

    Good morning all. A little off the usual topics but I wonder if any HFPers can help? I’m thinking about a KLM mileage run (BHX-AMS) to keep my Flying Blue account alive – I can see flights that arrive 13:10, return 16:40 or 21:00 (same day), would I need to clear immigration and check in landside, or could I stay airside and avoid that hassle? Many thanks!

  • Hannah says:

    I know a few people have been asking about Portugal entry requirements over the past couple of days. The FCDO page has been updated to say some airlines haven’t yet updated their requirements and to check directly with the airline before you travel. I’ll be trying to get in touch with BA and will let you know the outcome.

    • John Caribbean says:

      I uploaded my certificate and a statement of “I don’t need a test I’m fully vaccinated” and it accepted it online with BA yesterday and seems happy to let me check in

    • Rh says:

      Landed faro yesterday – 12 of us and you only need the vaccine cert and passenger locator. They dropped the entry test on the 8th Oct. We flew with Ryanair, note Ryanair had updated their requirements online.

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