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  • Grimz says:

    What is the best strategy for maximising points sign up bonus for someone who has only had BAPP in last 2yrs? BAPP now cancelled 6 months ago and he also has small business.

  • JDB says:

    It looks as though Amex needs/wants to have a few Admiral Byng type account closures to stop excessive gaming of its cards.

  • Kevin says:

    Does anyone know what is the max. travel days is allowed in Amex platinum insurance as considering to do an abroad trip that more than 30 days. TIA

  • Red Flyer says:

    Off to Paris on Eurostar later this month on first business trip since March 2020. Am I right thinking I need French self-cert form and NHS COVID pass for entry and day 2 test plus PLF for return? Also, any on the ground experience – are masks still being used indoors like in restaurants and on public transport? Thanks in advance.

    • Rich says:

      I think technically you need the declaration d’honneur to leave France as well, though unlikely anyone will want to see it.

      Worth downloading the Tous Anti Covid app (in English) and you can scan your NHS QR code into it to get a French one.

      Day 2 test – leave as late as you can before you book it. It will be switching to Lateral Flow later this month

    • Sanya says:

      I am travelling weekly on the Eurostar to Lille for work, masks are being used everywhere (hotels, restaurants etc.). I even have to use them all day in the client office.

      Correct on the travel requirements – though the Eurostar are definitely very relaxed. They just ask me if I have the self-cert form but never check it. The vaccine cert is more important and they scan it at check in.

      • David says:

        This is why France’s covid rates and deaths are far lower than the UK. Good for them.

        • Rob says:

          Having been there for a few days last month, it’s not hugely pleasant. If you have an unvaccinated kid (or indeed adult) they need to be tested every 3 days in order to retain access to restaurants, cafes etc.

  • John Caribbean says:

    Is it ok to use Dragon Pass in the Terminal 5 Plaza Premium?

  • The Original Nick says:

    Morning all. I’m flying to Spain tomorrow with BA. So I need to fill in the Spth Health form?

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    • Andrew says:

      You’ll need a QR code to show them after passport control.

    • ChrisBCN says:

      Yes. It’s quite simple and painless. Have the QR code on your phone ready to show after you land.

      • Jane says:

        Does the QR code get generated from the sPLF ? I assume we can use printed copies as we are going with aging parents who don’t have (or rather do have but don’t use!) smart phones 🙂

        • Craig says:

          We had a right faff with the app, ended up using printed copies which were fine.

          • Jane says:

            excellent, thanks. To be honest I quite like having printed copies of most things, phones can generally be a faff.

  • Dan says:

    Anyone with IHG creation card worth checking your statement carefully – I noticed a £12 late payment charge on mine, having paid on time several days ago.

    After half an hour on hold, customer services said they’d had payment issues this weekend and are “pleased” to reverse the charge. I should hope so….!

    • meta says:

      Discussed yesterday at length. They had issues longer than that. It’s been 8 days for me now!

      • Ben says:

        Me too. They had the same issue back in January ( payments taking over a week to be credited ) – since then I always have made sure I paid my Creation cards well in advance to save any hassles. They are getting closed on Dec 3rd in the famous “cull” so I guess not a problem for much longer!

    • Lady London says:

      Ask for compo, and for them to prove that they advised every credit agency they report to (monthly, I believe) that late payment was due to Creation’s own processing error and was not a late payment.

      • meta says:

        Of course, I am going to do that. I am just giving them an opportunity to rectify things before it gets nasty.

  • barnaby100 says:

    Totally off any travel theme. Does anyone know of any mansion blocks/flats in SE1 or SW1 that allow dogs? Looking to buy a 1 bed flat to use whilst working but have a small dog who would be an occasional weekend visitor. Would prefer a block but looks like I may have to go for a house conversion.

    • Memesweeper says:

      Might want to ask a concierge at any block you’re interested in. Some rules are ignored for small pets.

      I’ve seen small dogs leave the Dolphin Apartments, no idea if it’s permitted though.

      • barnaby100 says:

        Thanks. I have seen dogs at some of the blocks that say no dogs- Estate Agents don’t seem to know and so have to check each time. There are hundreds if not thousands of flats within our price range but so far only a handful that allow a dog. Also wouldn’t mind Fitzrovia/Russell Square which is dog central-so they must all live somewhere!

      • barnaby100 says:

        He is small- could fit him in a bag for life!

    • Zoe P says:

      As someone who works in housing there is no clear answer to this. It depends on the rules from the freeholder in whatever block you buy in.

      I would not buy a street conversion in London unless very well done. The noise issues can be horrendous. I deal with complaints about this too regularly.

      • barnaby100 says:

        Thanks. It seems a blanket no at most blocks-but I regularly see the same dogs coming out of at least 2 that have a blanket no. Some if the flats have pet beds/bowls in the pictures but the response is no.

        • Richie says:

          It sounds that your dog would be an occasional visitor and not a resident.

    • Michael AC says:

      Whitehouse Apts allows dogs. Or at least, I saw plenty there.

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