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The HfP chat thread – Sunday 17th October

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Comments (334)

  • Ranga says:

    Thanks all for the advice in this thread. Possibly a very obvious question so sorry! If I am using 2 BAPP vouchers on a booking for 4 people, do all 4 need to be in the same cabin, or can i do two in business and the other two in premium?

    Thanks again!

    • AJA says:

      I think it’s the same as a cash booking and has to be the same cabin as primary cardholder whose 2-4-1 is being used. This is the same as an single 2-4-1, same cabin, same route and same flight.

    • Mattb says:

      I think you could only do this if the 241s were in different names and you made separate bookings.

  • Nathan says:

    Hi would anyone here know why BA is only selling tickets to Bangkok from January to April are they scrapping the route after April?

    Many thanks

  • babyg_wc says:

    The new no testing required (for Portugal) felt weird, but we flew through check in (PLF and Vax status pre uploaded to BA MMB). As a bonus I was even allowed an extra guest into the first lounge this morning!

  • Louise says:

    Looking for a new non-Amex credit card for husband while he takes his 24 month Amex break – we already have IHG and not really interested in Virgin – any other suggestions? Ideally want one that would enable collection or conversion to hotel or BA flight points. Thanks

    • SteveJ says:

      Qualify for HSBC premier current account? If so the World Elite card ticks your boxes.

    • Peter K says:

      I know you said you’re not interested in Virgin, but you could take the card to ultimately convert points into IHG or Hilton.

      • Harrier25 says:

        I agree, after Amex I can’t see that there is a better option than the two Virgin Atlantic MasterCard’s at the moment.

      • Louise says:

        Completely overlooked the fact you can convert to IGH and Hilton – that makes it more appealing! thanks

        • BP says:

          The conversion rates aren’t exactly appealing though.

          • Harrier25 says:

            Better conversion rate for Hilton than IHG. Which is fine for me as Hilton is my favoured brand.

          • Harrier25 says:

            If you predominantly want hotel points then 2.25 Hilton points per £ on the paid card & 1.25 Hilton points per £ on the free card is the best you will get at the moment on a new non Amex credit card.

          • Harrier25 says:

            Sorry….it’s 1.125 points per £ on the free card.

    • Louise says:

      Thanks Harrier25, that’s all really useful info – we would be more interested in Hilton, so that’s really good to know

      • Harrier25 says:

        Louise, the only slight downside is that you can only transfer out to Hilton points once you have built up 10,000 flyer points.

    • Harry T says:

      Don’t forget you can use the Virgin points to book KLM and AF flights, including short haul within Europe. You can also use them on delta flights. I personally find good value in redeeming VS points on short hops to and from AMS and CDG from NCL. This works well when positioning for an exEU too.

  • Lee says:

    Booking USA car hire – Amex Platinum card.

    Am I correct in saying that I can decline all insurance and pay with any card (or does it need to be an Amex).

    Crazy UK rates on Hertz, so looking to book direct in the USA.

    • Rob says:

      Can pay with any card but easier to verify the damages bill if it is on Amex.

  • Tarmohamed says:

    Got my beardy card today, do I need create a flying club account and enter it into the app? Or will they automatically create one for me?

  • Rma says:

    Re BA vouchers. When the voucher is used does it have to be for the same passengers as the original booking?
    I’m paying for a family of four but travelling on a different ticket on different dates. If the family have to cancel, can I use the voucher, or does it have to be the original group? We all have the same surname. If anyone has experience of this, I would appreciate hearing their thoughts.

  • tom1 says:

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