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The HfP chat thread – Wednesday 27th October

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Comments (540)

  • Fur Fox Ache says:

    Does anyone have any thoughts on what to do with a small pot of expiring Air Canada Aeroplan points? I’ve poked about on the website etc. but not seeing anything I can do and am thinking that the few I have are just going to expire as there is little to nothing I can usefully do with them. Thanks for any input….

  • BrotherBearnse says:

    Have the chance to get a last minute holiday in mid November. Looking at the Caribbean and more specifically St Lucia due to flight availability.

    Will be me and the wife and our nearly 2 year old.

    Can anyone recommend anywhere to stay? Believe there is a curfew outside of hotels so want somewhere with enough to keep us all occupied. All inclusive would probably make sense. But don’t want to pay silly money.

    Any other suggestions gratefully received too.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Mrs_Fussy says:

      if you can please do to Viceroy ! I cannot recommend the place enough. Best rooms at par with Sandy Lane and service to match. You have a reef at the end of the beach and the most beautiful snorkeling

      • Mrs_Fussy says:

        I also want to add they have a kids club but its dead. However, its a very safe beach and bulters come with all rooms. the minibar has free juices, water and soft drinks.

        Please shop around as headline prices are expensive. I booked via luxuryholidaysdirect in 2016 and got a stellar deal

      • Tracey says:

        Second this, unless you can afford the Jade.

        For a specific room recommendation look at the small cottage -own plunge pool & butler and spacious enough but a lot more reasonably priced than some of the larger ones.

  • Shaw West says:

    Looks like AMEX is on overdrive. OH applied for Platinum Monday and the card is here today :O. That should be record!

    • YC says:

      Very normal card delivery speed for amex. The best in the market from what i can tell

    • Shaw West says:

      And I have my 24K referral points in my account too

      • Andrew says:

        Standard timescale too

        • Shaw West says:

          Lot of comments about cards being delivered late. Hence I posted my experience. I have always received the cards in couple of days 🙂

    • BJ says:

      No, I applied Monday and got the card yesterday. The cut off is 10 am so apply and get instant approval before then and you can have tbe card next day depending on the post.

  • HH says:

    How do you prove you have COVID-19 health insurance cover, which Mauritius requires proof of to allow entry? My travel insurance is through HSBC Premier, but I don’t know how to prove I have it?

  • YC says:

    With peak/off-peak hyatt pricing kicking in tomorrow (?), what have HFP’ers tentatively booked? Looking for some inspiration

  • PJJ says:

    On the 10th October you gave me your referral code for Starling Bank (I know as it took me 2 to 3 hours looking back and I did try Google, but wasn’t going to ask again) and finally got round to opening an account.
    Again Thank You

  • BJ says:

    How many attached HfP readers travel solo for leisure? Very curious. Starting to get very frustrated here with an increasingly travel-averse partner.

    • Char Char says:

      Yes, I find many people aren’t able to travel due to many reasons like jobs, family, money or time so it comes down to, either go alone or miss out completely. I’d rather be travelling somewhere I want to go rather than be back at home wishing I was. It’s also a good way to meet or interact with people more

    • ChrisC says:

      I’m not attached so my travel is always solo but my attached friends in your situation seem to have worked it out so they can do their individual things without the other being forced into something they don’t enjoy.

      There is usually a negotiation about not using all their annual leave for your solo trips and the other partner gets to spend a smilar amount of time and cash on their interests as you do on your trip away.

    • Sandgrounder says:

      I do, my wife is off this week and has chosen to mostly lie on the couch. She also spends a lot longer with her family in Latvia than I choose to.
      I quite enjoy it, if I go away alone I keep a busy schedule so I don’t get bored. Driving holidays are my favourite.

    • Anna says:

      I would totally go away on my own! OH may well get another full time job after he retires next year and son will be old enough to fend for himself so I can easily see myself somewhere warm with a pile of books and a knowledgeable tour guide. And a spa!

    • YH says:

      All the time – definitely recommend it.

    • Ja says:

      I do. My OH only likes flying to Xmas markets (Europe) or 6 nations rugby matches. So I go off on my own. Normally long haul – all round the USA. Buenos Aires and Santiago in Jan 20. Toronto in about 3 weeks and Hawaii next May. I have a holiday away and he has a “holiday” at home eating what he wants and watching what he wants. He does go off on walking holidays to Peak District etc whilst I stay at home.

    • Jalpo says:

      Yes, only two long-haul holidays together in 20 years whereas I go once or twice a year, usually alone although sometimes with a friend or visiting friends. The disparity in costs seems unfair but they’re simply not keen on long flights. We have plenty of shared holidays closer to home (Europe/UK).

    • Rhys says:

      I’ve done a fair bit (gap year/work travel). It can be really fun but it can also have its moments of loneliness. The thing I miss is having a conversation partner for dinners, but I’ve also met some fantastic people whilst travelling.

      • BJ says:

        Get the feeling solo travel is going to feature in the forum 🙂

        • David says:

          Solo travel is great till you meet the special person.
          Had some great holidays on my own – the thing I dreaded the most was well meaning people feeling sorry for you and trying to befriend you.

      • Lady London says:

        Yes it’s awful when you come across a fantastic view or a beautiful sunset and the person isn’t with you to share it.

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      Go somewhere pretty and post pics on Insta tagging your partner. If there is no change in desire to travel even then, time to dump your partner.

    • BJ says:

      Good to hear, makes me feel a lot better that it seems not so uncommon and people find their ways 🙂 I guess it’ll feel a bit strange after 17 years travelling together but in my younger days I actually preferred solo travel. It provided more opportunity and incentive to interact with locals and other travellers than when travelling as a couple or group.

    • Harry T says:

      I have done before and would again, if the situation required it. It can be very freeing. The thing I miss is turning to someone else and sharing my feelings about the experience. There is something uplifting about shared amazement and joy.

    • Aston100 says:

      I travel once or twice a year with Player 2 to boring places.
      All my other holidays are more exciting and are done with friends or other family members.

    • Andrew H says:

      Yes. Skiing. Sometimes my partner comes and walks. This winter have two solo trips planned and one with her to Zell am See.

    • Lady London says:

      Love the comments in answer to your question BJ. I thought it was just me! Now I don’t feel so bad that it was always just me haring off somewhere whereas my partner wasn’t that way inclined.

    • Bearing up says:

      Life is about making and sharing memories.

    • barnaby100 says:

      Constantly. We have very different ideas of what a good holiday is!

  • KP says:

    American Express Travel – Spend £200 or more, get £50 back.

    Has the spend need to be in a single transaction . I need to book two car hire for two different locations. Can the spend target be split?

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