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The HfP chat thread – Wednesday 27th October

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Comments (540)

  • Stagger Lee says:

    Quick question(hopefully)
    I’m not a Marriott points collector but have a few in my account.

    I need to book a night in Glasgow in a few weeks am just short of the points to use them for night at the Central Marriott.
    Just wondering if it is worth forking out $25 to buy the 2000 points I need.

    The numbers are as follows

    Regular room rate – £131

    Points rate – 22500 (plus the $25 I’d need to spend to get to that)
    12500 points + £80

    Any thoughts on the ‘best’ option here?


    • Phil W says:

      Assuming a 0.5p per point valuation:

      (a) Cash Price = £131.00
      (b) Points Price = 22,500 points = £112.50 + £18.20 ($25) = £131.70
      (c) Cash & Points = 12,500 points = £62.50 + £80 = £142.50

      If you want to cash out your orphaned points, Option B isn’t awful. Option A will however earn additional points.

    • BJ says:

      Are you not seeing better rates than that St beter-located hotels?

      • Stagger Lee says:

        There are better rates to be had but location of the Marriott is perfect for what I need for the people I’m with.

  • Simon says:

    I booked a hand baggage only fare with BA LHR-BER-LHR no problems checking in online for the flight out

    Trying to check in for my flight tomorrow BER-LHR it won’t allow me keeps saying unable to check in … also when selecting how many bags I’m checking in (zero as I have a hand bag only fare ) before I get to the error message it says I can have 2 … confused .com im a blue member also

    • Pete M says:

      You need to get your documents checked via Verifly if you want to check-in online today or just do it at the airport tomorrow.

  • ChrisC says:

    My confirmation email from simply test me for my Day 2 test was in my spam folder.

    Bit concerned that it inclued my name, DoB, passport number and expiry date. Not sure all of that is strictly necessary to be sent back to me as you can do a lot of harm with that info.

    Also clear that they will deliver based on the date of your arrival back into the UK and not before.

    • Richie says:

      Have they heard of the Information Commissioner?

      • ChrisC says:

        I’m going to drop them a friendly note in the next couple ,of days about it.

        Anna not sure as this is a post arrival test,. I didn’t think of that when I ordered yesterday.

    • Anna says:

      Why do they need your passport number at all?! This would put me off using them.

      • Blenz101 says:

        To print on the certificate. Some countries require two forms of matching data.

    • TJ says:

      Data protection is one of the reasons I opted for Randox rather than save £19 with a fairly unknown/immature company that is not even listed on the Govt website. The other reason was a concern about having a PLF number which didn’t work when it came to filling out the form! Randox now use an app for their Day 2 lateral flow test…I’ll see how that works out in a couple of weeks.

      • Sandgrounder says: are listed on the government ‘covid private testing providers general testing’ spreadsheet available from It is a trading name of Tide Consult Ltd. After reviewing the age of the company and the previous positions held by the directors, and the length of time their previous companies existed for, I decided I not to trust them with my personal data at this time. This is my own decision based on my risk-averse nature, I make no suggestion of mismanagement or ill intent on their part.

    • Tracey says:

      Maybe it’s to be helpful so that you can also use it as a fit to fly.

  • Mike P says:

    I’m sure this has been covered before on HfP, but anyone got any advice for people with a kid on the way now?

    Sat on approx. 200k Avios now – normally I’d say the best bet is a 2 for 1 voucher and long haul J, but I now will need 3 tickets which makes things more difficult. I guess get a 2 for 1 voucher and save up for the 3rd seat / pay cash for it – is it possible to use a 2 for 1 and book a 3rd seat in one transaction? Or would I need to split transactions (so the wife and kid can go on one flight, I could potentially end up on another one. Hmm. Maybe not a bad idea!)?

    • Elguiri says:

      Get wife to open Barclays premier account for the single avios ‘upgrade’ voucher it comes with, and use 241 for yourself plus child?
      Also to note, it’s only 10% of ticket cost for lap infant until I think 2 years.

      • ChrisC says:

        10% is only off the base fare. Often airport fees are not discounted (but some don’t apply to lap children) so it’s not a simple calculation.

        Do a dummy booking and look at the fare breakdown to see what you’ll get charged,

    • Andy D says:

      Congratulations firstly.

      Baby can travel as a lap passenger for two years. Rate is 10% of usual. So you, and Mrs P can use your 241s from the time you are willing to travel (our policy was after 12 week jabs) and baby’s second birthday. No need to wait for baby to be born to book. Update the name on the phone after birth. Only outbound portion of ticket needs to be flown before baby turns 2 to get the 10% rate.

      After that you will need two 241s – one for baby and one for a family member who will free up a day or two for you when away 😉

    • Mike P says:

      Thanks both.

    • ChrisC says:

      No as you can’t mix bookings like that. Think it can be done if this is a lap infant though but that’s about it.

      I’d look at booking you and kid of unspecified age if they require a seat of their own on one booking and your dear lady using cash and she’ll earn some TPs and avios.

      • C says:

        So just to confirm (as I’m interested in this too): you can’t book for 3 (2 adults and a child) in one booking using a 241 for the adults plus an additional child over 2? Just thinking ahead to a point in the future where we may have both a child over 2 and a lap infant – we wouldn’t be able to use a 241 in such a booking? Thanks!

        • C says:

          Just to clarify, I’m talking about an entirely points-based booking, not cash for the child

          • Anna says:

            You can book for 2 adults plus any number of children with avios with a 241 in the mix, it’s a feature of the BA booking system which some agents don’t even know about. I’ve been doing it for years.
            You couldn’t use a Lloyds voucher on the same booking, I assume this applies to the new Barclays one as well.

          • Genghis says:

            You can for fully points. I’ve done it.

          • Benilyn says:

            @Anna – “You can book for 2 adults plus any number of children with avios with a 241 in the mix” – just double checking, is that children 2 and above as well?

          • Anna says:

            @Benilyn, yes, when you come to use the 241 the booking page states 2 adults then has another box for you to add any children 2 – 17 years (and possibly infants but I might be remembering wrongly there). I had to explain this once to a CSA when adding on a return leg as she couldn’t understand why there were 3 of us on a 241 booking.
            It’s one of the few sensible features on the system for 241 bookings!

          • C says:

            Thank you!

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Need to book our honeymoon hotel in Crete (Stella Island), it’s only a small chain, was on Avios hotels for the most expensive rooms (don’t need that, want a lower category). I have emailed my contact at Avios to see if they can get the room I want as its 15 points per £1.

    If that doesn’t come up, where else could I maximise earning points? Not on Rocketmiles or Hotels. I guess it would clear my Virgin+ spend target, but anything else?


  • Michael says:

    Anyone with a Lloyds Avios Upgrade voucher had any luck getting it extended beyond this Sunday, 31st October ?

    • Anna says:

      Is there nowhere you can use it to travel to in the next 12 months?!

      • Michael says:

        You’re right, I can Anna, I’d just ideally like another few months before committing, especially with travel to Asia being unpredictable next year. Also with the upgrade voucher, if I recall correctly, you cannot change your flight destination without losing the voucher.

      • ChrisC says:

        Can you not use the Manchester strategy to extend it or does that not apply to the Lloyds vouchers?

        • meta says:

          That doesn’t apply to Lloyds vouchers. You’re locked into a zone. So to Rome is Zone 2. You need to decide on the zone you’re most happy with and then book. You can then switch to any other destination within that zone for £35pp change fee.

    • Tracy Regan says:

      I booked using the Lloyds Upgrade Voucher this morning. It took about 30 minutes to get through. There was no opportunity to extend again.

  • AD says:

    Does anyone have experience of requesting for future travel voucher for BA flight booking with Amex travel please. Can I request for a future travel voucher directly from British airways or do I have to request this from Amex travel? Could the voucher be used for future flight booking directly on please? Many thanks

  • MQ says:

    Im about to book a economy class, Avios redemption with Qatar. Does anyone know what travel class these flights are (V,L,K,M,S) or (B,H,Y)? I want to upgrade the flight with Qmiles, just need to know if I have enough miles available.
    Thanks all

    • Andrew says:

      It would book it into a non-revenue class and so you wouldn’t be able to upgrade that with Q miles.

    • Sam G says:

      If you use Avios for the ticket then it’ll be redemption class – X – & not upgradable with Qmiles

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