Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

The HfP chat thread – Saturday 20th November

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  • Dev says:

    I’m assuming that the BA Shopping Portal “Avios Booster Promo” can be achieved with the 10 transactions even if the 10 are at the same retailer… eg 10 different purchases at John Lewis. Just checking if anyone found terms to the contrary that they need to be 10 unique retailers or similar?

    • Paul Pogba says:

      I assume so, as long as they meet the min £30 threshold (which often seems to exclude VAT).

      • AJA says:

        I can’t see anything that says you can only purchase from a supplier once. A qualifying transaction is where at least one Avios is earned from a single transaction and where at least £30 are spent and one Avios is earned from a single transaction, excluding shipping, handling and VAT.

  • Ali says:

    Is there a good way to extend melia points that are expiring? (The black friday amazon ones)

  • s879 says:

    Have a few thousand Emirates miles expiring. Anything I can do with them or transfer?

    • Adam says:

      Aren’t all of them extended? From emirates website :”We’ve extended the validity of any Skywards Miles due to expire on or after April 2020 until 31 March 2022. You can use your Skywards Miles up to 11 months in advance for an extensive range of rewards, including flight tickets on Emirates and partner airlines, flight upgrades, hotel stays, and money‑can’t‑buy experiences.”

  • Anna says:

    Asda doing 25% off 6 or more bottles of wine again. They have a good range of Faustino Rioja at the moment, including a 1994 Faustino I for £15 (before the discount) – though I’m not sure how well it will have stood up to ageing for so long, some of them have definitely passed their peak.

    • Mattb says:

      Tesco as well this week and Sainsburys next week if you have a preference. I’m going to stack with the discounted Monese gift cards in the absence of nectar double up this year.

  • His Holyness says:

    0044 £1 tests have gone? Dead link… what would be next cheapest?

    • Andy says:

      Not bothering with the tests at all is the cheapest overall!

      • Paul says:

        then take an NHS lateral flow for free

      • Mike says:

        Andy= not a team player. We are all in this together you don’t get to pick and choose. Remember always put others before yourself

        • HH says:

          While I fully back your sentiment and I stick to all of the rules, objectively there’s no risk difference between taking a free NHS LFT on Day 2 and a paid private LFT like we’re told to.

          • PQTR says:

            100% this, particularly if like many of us you happen to have a surplus of LFTs sat at home that were previously Given to you by an employer / by NHS reps at local supermarkets etc

    • ChrisC says:

      surely Mr Google can help with that

  • Mighty Hunter says:

    Anybody got an update regarding USA pre-arrival lateral flow test? we’ve got loads of NHS lateral flow tests in the cupboard and wonder if that would work. I seem to recall someone saying as long as you sign to say you’ve done the test within 3 days, they don’t require any proof.


    • Sean says:

      My experience is that you need to do the attestation form online and then at checkin they do request copies of vaccination status and proof of the relevant negative test. So assume if you don’t have the fit to fly note as proof it’s a no go.

    • Doug M says:

      As an aside, why would anyone that can afford a US flight care about a £30 test. How does the risk of denied boarding stack up with the price of the test?

      • BuildBackBetter says:

        Some people don’t think logically

        • Worksop Dave says:

          Have a look at the lengths people go to to get a few quid here and there during shop small….

      • Mikeact says:

        Agreed…probably the Anti vaccine brigade or the Insulate Britain people…mind you, now with criminal record I doubt they will be allowed into the States.

        • Anna says:

          If you are a member of Insulate Britain presumably you wouldn’t be taking any flights, let alone long-haul ones?!

      • ianM says:

        £27 with codes from Qured. It does seem to be required to be supervised under CDC rules, so it’s a big risk if you rely on a free NHS text message.
        £12 for Day 2 coming back with simplytest me

  • Stephen says:

    Just a reminder that Aer Lingus AVIOS bookings on BA vs have massively different taxes. Booking LHR – DUB (one way), and it’s coming up as 4,500 AVIOS + £36.87 (on but British Airways are asking for 4,500 AVIOS + £94

    • Stephen says:

      Also a lot more Aer Lingus flights/seats showing on vs British Airways

  • Mighty Hunter says:

    So, just to be clear. I have used Boots for my day 2 test recently and I’m registered with them. I can book a £30 pre-departure in-store test, plus another £21 day 2 for my return and I’m all fixed?

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