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The HfP chat thread – Monday 25th October

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Comments (570)

  • PK says:

    Is anyone here old enough to remember Skyways International? Was rummaging through some old stuff and found boarding passes of Skyways International. It made my day!

    • Mikeact says:

      Jeez…we are both showing our age…must get up in the loft and rummage around….loads of bits re my travels over many years.

  • Mikeact says:

    Heads up people….last week to use your Avios/Lloyds voucher,.
    No more extensions.
    Please report back with any interesting feedback.

    • meta says:

      I booked last week for Rome. Called at 9:30am waited five minutes and another five to ticket.

  • Triath5 says:

    Thinking about winter travel – has anyone been to/can recommend Tel Aviv? Will probably be a long weekend (Leave Fri back on Tuesday).

    Wondering if it’s worth it or not / too short a time? Any input appreciated.

  • Anon says:

    I accidentally loaded funds to Che with a WE card (not bendy fronted, used the wrong card on Apple Pay). It was about a week ago and no fees / charges have come up yet but from reading some chats I think I should be expecting something on my next statement? Should I just pay off the card balance to avoid this?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Going via Bendy makes little difference because the MCC is passed on and the transaction treated as if it was made directly

      If you’ve used that card with Che via bendy before and go no charges I wouldn’t expect any just because you went direct.

    • LS says:

      Pay the Che amount (you don’t need to pay off whole balance). It will get allocated to the interest bearing balance first. If you ask nicely, and it is the first time, they usually waive charges as a gesture of goodwill so it is worth asking.

      • Tom H says:

        As above, and you don’t get any WE points

      • Anon says:

        Thanks both for the advice. I’m new to Che (just got it because there was a £50 referral bonus that required three transactions being made on my part) so hadn’t ever used it with Bendy before. I’ve paid off the Che amount now, top up was only small so hopefully the weeks charges shouldn’t be too much.

        • Blenz101 says:

          Plus a hit to your internal credit score at HSBC for taking cash advance on a credit card.

  • John says:

    I’m on the first Lumo train to Edinburgh.

    There was a lot of fuss on Twitter yesterday about it being fully booked and people with anytime tickets (and no reservation) possibly not being able to physically board, but there are maybe 100 empty seats.

    Railforums says the first southbound is also quite empty

    • Dave says:

      Are the seats any better than LNER Azuma’s ironing boards?

      • John says:

        Can’t say… I like hard seats. These ones have a bit of give

      • Super Secret Stuff says:

        If you think LNER are Ironing bored try going Brighton to Cambridge on a Thames link class 700. Truly changes your perspective

        • Mark Peterborough says:

          As a regular commuter from Peterborough to Blackfriars my journeys are always LNER Azumas and Thameslink 700s . I can confirm that the seats are as hard as each other . Handy hint with Thameslink , the first class in the rear coach is always de-classified to become standard class . You get a table and power socket .

  • John says:

    Join railforums UK and start reading

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      It’s a good site don’t get me wrong but can’t see how it’s useful in this case. You either pay and go, get a railcard, or don’t

      • John says:

        Well you can learn about routeing and splitting, and unlike airline tickets all the fares and rules are available

  • Roger says:

    MRU availability seems to have gone around christams time, is it likely to come back with more flights added?

  • Tom says:

    Sorry for the rather elementary question, but I was inspired by recent postings about BA holidays.
    If I book a ‘holiday’ and pay the £150 deposit, am I then free of obligation to pay the balance at -3 weeks, should I choose not to travel. Would I only forfeit the £150, if so?
    If I ‘forgot’ to check in at the hotel I arrange for a single night stay, does that pose a problem for the return flight?

    • Pete M says:

      First Q – yes, but you could currently convert it into an FTV. Second Q – no, never heard of that being an issue.

    • ChrisC says:

      Yes that would notmally be the case but at present you could claim an FTV if the holiday is for before August 2022


    • Karl says:

      Presumably you’ve found a holiday where flight + hotel is cheaper than flight on its own?

      • ChrisC says:

        That’s rarely the case

        What is case is that a Holiday booking is cheaper than buying the flight and hotel separatly.

        Advantage of Holiday booking is only paying a deposit so if you do cancel (absent FTVs at the moment) you only lose a small deposit and not the bulk of the cost of flight only ticket.

      • Tom says:

        Pete / Chris, thank you, even better news! I’m grateful for your advice.

        Karl, yes. 4 nights in a 5* property will ‘cost’ about £300 (total) when compared with booking flight only. Slight complexity in that I may need to stay in a hotel not listed on BA holidays. Hence, considering booking a single night in a mainstream hotel, which doesn’t move the cost versus booking flight only, but retains the benefits of booking a ‘holiday’.

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