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The HfP chat thread – Tuesday 19th October

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Comments (627)

  • Sam says:

    I’m probably being stupid, but can someone tell me the exact phone number / option to add a return flight to an existing avios booking? Spent an age on hold this morning only to be disconnected once I was being transferred to the correct line. I have no status.

    • Anna says:

      There isn’t one unless you’re in F on one of the legs, you have to take your chance with BAEC like everyone else!

      • Sam says:

        I actually am flying first on the outbound, will You First be able to help? even though the return I’m looking to add is in Club? Only asking as I don’t want to waste my time on hold.

  • Matt says:

    Email from Post Office savings – no longer able to pay in by direct debit after March next year. Going to make switching bank accounts more irritating.

    • Andrew says:

      Why not just send by Faster Payment instead? That way you don’t lose out on the 4 days (meagre) interest in the process.

      • John says:

        The only use of the post office savings account is to have a direct debit to qualify for switching and other offers.

        • Genghis says:

          I used to have a few of them back in the day – Tesco x 2, BM and PO – all for £1 pcm.

    • Toaster says:

      Plum, Moneybox and Paypal are useful for creating some DDs for one off and ongoing use. If you need them only for a switch then there are charity ones available or onepounddd

  • VickyTM says:

    Hi, any recommendations for a hotel in Liverpool. Preferably IHG or Marriott.

    • Ikaz says:

      I wouldn’t recommend the Aloft after an unsafe stay last year, I quite like the Marriott although the hotel is dated, a great team there. The Indigo is modern, but I didn’t get any benefits as spire except for welcome drink over multiple stays last year, I have not tried the other IHG hotels (the Pullman, Radisson and Doubletree hotels are quite good too). Parking a car is a challenge at most of them, although the Marriott typically waves the parking charge for elite members

      • Sandgrounder says:

        Why was the Aloft unsafe?

        • AL says:

          The Aloft used to be the best of a bad bunch, at least in 2016 when I was there for work.

        • Ikaz says:

          With Covid they failed to do complete clean between giests. The room was tidy enough for me to only notice on day 2, after I had slept in the same sheets than the previous guest… Completely unforgivable

    • ianM says:


    • Diydegsy says:

      Have stayed at Aloft the last 2 times in Liverpool and it was great – no problems, excellent upgrade and great breakfast, loved it.

    • Red Flyer says:

      Crowne Plaza has plentiful parking and right on waterfront next to 3 graces. Lots of roadworks in city centre at the moment and this is just outside where they begin, so will save you some hassle (as will the Indigo which is a 2 mins walk over the road).

    • John says:

      I like the DT (Hilton) as long as it’s returned to its precovid service levels which may not be the case yet.

    • Don says:

      Staybridge Suites in Liverpool

      • Olly says:

        I second the Staybridge Suites having stayed there in the summer for the first time with the brand due to needing a dog-friendly hotel. Stayed there for a week and found it very good – service very friendly and studio well equiped. I’m Spire so got a great upgrade and given parking in the basement after the first night. Still had to pay but preffered to public parking. It was only a couple of minutes walk and reasonably priced for the public one however. Breakfast included was okay but a bit samey. Ideally located for the city being in the Albert Docks is a few of minutes walk into Liverpool One et al.

  • Lula says:

    I’m trying to book using avios on AA from Miami to Rio next year. Miles availability is showing on AA, but when I try and book via BA, it’s just showing no availability, in any class, on any date. I followed the instructions in the HfP article from earlier this year, but am I missing something??

    • ChrisC says:

      Are you seeing the lowest ‘saaver’ awards on the AA website?

      Those are the only rewards you can use avios for.

    • Sam G says:

      Is it saver availability? Usually there isn’t much of this on AA in biz

      • Lula says:

        Oh, didn’t notice anything about award types, but couldn’t see any availability in any class via BA. I’ll try again. Thanks for responding!

  • H says:

    Has anyone applied for / received a Qatar travel voucher? If so how long did it take from cancelling the flight? Any experience applying the voucher to flights?

  • Pete M says:

    After shunning Verifly for ages, I tried it out flying from BER on Sunday and was very impressed – scanned my vaccine and PLF QR code, got automatic immediate approval, which unlocked online check-in. One quick glance at the Verifly app by the agent on boarding and was done. I gather mileage varies depending on the airport you’re using, but this was impressive.

    • Ben W says:

      I travel HBO and Verifly has meant no faff at Heathrow, Lisbon, Malaga, Barcelona or Valencia so far.

  • Pete M says:

    I don’t think they could, but it’s limited to £5, no? If you’re referring to the Tesco Express offer?

  • Phil W says:

    Had a similar situation with HI Salzburg. Checked in on the 29-Sept and as we were checking out 1-Oct, I asked to pre-pay the bill. Due to the fx movement, my carefully planned spend target landed on my Amex pending @ £199.34. Raced down to the bar on as soon as I saw that, bought a beer, charged it to the room and immediately went and settled the bill at reception. Luckily the cost of beer showed as 30-Sept and the £50 statement credit was processed.

    • Pete M says:

      Definitely worth the hassle for the £50 I’d say in both cases! 🙂

      • Magic Mike says:

        Last winter I had to buy an emergency bottle of wine on checkout as I had miscalculated my bill at the Moxy Southampton…

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