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The HfP chat thread – Friday 29th October

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Comments (489)

  • Triath5 says:

    Question re Finnair “Economy Light” flights, as a BAEC Silver. Looking to buy some super cheap tickets but they don’t include a checked bag.

    Does my status give me and my partner a checked bag? Or is this equivalent to a BA HBO fare where I literally have to buy the suitcase (priced at £100 each way!).

    Any input appreciated – thanks.

    • Andrew says:

      BA is the only One World airline not to offer a free bag when you have a hand baggage only ticket and Silver/Sapphire status or above. It even specifies this on the One World website status benefits page. Finnair also offer a complimentary drink from the buy-on-board selection to status passengers on short-haul economy – this includes the small bottles of champagne and is for you+1. Now if only BA treated us like that!

  • BJ says:

    £100 amazon giftcard for Halifax customers taking out life insurance. Pays out within 30 days of third £5/m minimum premium. Available at online accounts and within the app.

    • BJ says:

      Probably also at all other LBG sites and apps.

      • Sloth says:

        Yup also via Lloyds

        • Pete1968 says:

          My O/H & I both got this already (Halifax) – a simple 10 minute process to apply – but you can only apply on mobile/ tablet, not desktop (unless you have an emulator, I suppose).

          So £200 of Amazon credit for £30 – plus life insurance included for 3 months.

  • BJ says:

    Sorry if covered already but there is up to 15% off available on Iberia giftcards, just Google the key words to bring up the page.

    • Matt says:

      Anyone used one of these before? Specific question is can they be used for taxes on redemptions? Dollar denominated too… how much of the 15% are they recouping via FX?

    • Jonathan says:

      I got the email as well

      • Matt says:

        I didn’t get email. Googled following BJ’s post. I can’t see any mention of exclusions for taxes but…

  • Can says:

    Is there any way to save or get miles for National Trust memberships?

    • BJ says:

      Just a hunch but check if National Trust Scotland membership is cheape and if it will cover all UK.

    • Ron says:

      I’ve never worked out a way to get any further discount or extra Avios. Only thing is don’t set up a direct debit and pay by credit card every year.

      • Can says:

        My problem is that there is a lot places I wanted to re/join after the lockdowns: Key Gardens, Nat Trust etc and they really pile up :))

    • Genghis says:

      If a higher / additional rate tax payer, get some tax back on part of the membership (tax return if fill out already or through tax code if don’t)

    • Tracey says:

      Join National Trust New Zealand, cheaper than the UK but gives you access to the same properties.

      • stevenhp1987 says:

        Doesn’t include parking though?

      • Pete1968 says:

        But no free parking included (NZ membership) where the local carpark enforcers like to see the UK NT windscreen sticker. In practice, I don’t think you’d face any penalty or other parking charge if you show the membership were you to be challenged.

  • Joints&Piles says:

    May be old news but Jurys Rewards now has Virgin Wines as a redemption partner.

  • Shaw West says:

    Is there a tax element to upgrade virgin from PE to UC? Is it better to buy a cheaper PE ticket and upgrade to a UC ?

    • ChrisC says:

      There won’t be any proper government taxes to pay but there will be additional VS carrier surcharges

      Do some dummy bookings for PE and UC and that will give you a good indication of the additional costs.

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