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The HfP chat thread – Wednesday 24th November

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Comments (448)

  • H says:

    Hi, has anyone got any recent experiences of travelling to Morocco since the UK is now being treated as a list B country (PCR 48 hours before) and I think a antigen on arrival? Thanks

  • Mco says:

    Could anyone recommend a restaurant close to LHR on the Amex dining offer? Don’t really want to drive into central if there is a decent place close to Heathrow.

  • r* says:

    What happens if you have reached a BAPP signup bonus spend, the signup points are showing on the amex site but are yet to be transferred to BA, but then a purchase has to be refunded which would take the spend just below the £3,000 to trigger the bonus?

    The 3 month window to spend the £3000 has passed, but I have spent more than whats about to get refunded but that spend came outside of the 3 months to do the target spend. Do they pull the points back in this scenario?

    If I was able to delay the refund until after the points post to BA, what would happen then when the refund did hit?

    • Rob says:

      You lose the bonus if not transferred. If it is transferred you keep it but your Amex Avios balance goes negative.

    • Anna says:

      There’s a good chance that Amex will claw back the bonus automatically when the refund hits, I would contact them and ask if they would honour it as a goodwill gesture. Will the refund definitely be processed before the points go to BAEC though?

      • r* says:

        Theres two refunds that will be going through, one certainly before points post and one which I might be able to stop, so long as I can stop the second (smaller) one it should be okay. I was planning on keeping the card, which I wouldnt be able to do if it went -25k avios tho.

  • Will says:

    Tesco 750 Clubcard for hotels.com complaint continues. Tesco bank just tried telling me it is for invited cardholders only. I replied that is NOT in terms and conditions. They have now gone away to take another look. Stupid customer service approach.

    • James says:

      I was just thinking the other day I participated in this and haven’t received anything

    • Tom says:

      I also have a complaint open regarding this. Haven’t heard anything yet.

  • Sam says:

    Unrelated to travel, but does anyone have a discount code for Mytheresa? Thanks!

  • Njb says:

    Wanting to book Gild Hall in NYC – holding out for Black Friday – have Hyatt historically had sales?
    Daughter moving into Spruce St in FiDi (next to Brooklyn Bridge) – any other recommendations for hotels nearby welcome.

    • Grant says:

      The Beekman is nice – on Nassau St

      • Njb says:

        Its more expensive but looks very nice I must say.

        • Grant says:

          Booking via Emyr will get you breakfast / F&B credit – possibly both, I can’t quite remember now.

          • Njb says:

            I have been in touch with Emyr for Gild Hall – gets breakfast/$50 credit and upgrade if available on day of arrival. Was hoping Black Friday might bring better!

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Any thoughts on whether BA might move some flights from LHR back to LGW next summer when they sort out the new operation there for European flights? I need to book a hotel for the night before our honeymoon, so thinking Sofitel. But if they change departure, then I’d have to use a flex rate, 20% higher!

    • Andrew H says:

      I got 20% off flex rates for Sofitel T5 for Dec and Feb yesterday on Hotels.com, plus double reward nights. Maybe that works for next summer so would offset the higher flex cost.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, they will – but only ‘Summer sun’ stuff like Palma, Alicante etc. If you’re off to Iceland, Berlin etc I doubt you’re at risk.

    • N says:

      Can only speak for myself, but I wouldn’t book anything that isn’t flex at this point for next summer

      • Andrew H says:

        The man is off on his honeymoon and is worried about £20 or £30…

        • Graham Walsh says:

          Lol, I don’t like giving money away for the sake of it. Honeymoon hotel was full price, direct, but at least on my new Virgin+ card to hit the spend bonus and save the FX fees. Flights are 241 Business seats.

  • Alex B says:

    Melia dragging their feet other awarding points for incidental spend. First told me it wasn’t a thing, and when I copy and posted the FAQs saying it was, have told me it says you have to contact the hotel directly (which haven’t responded to a separate email) to get them apply (which it doesn’t say anywhere).

    Not sure I can be arsed to spend any more time chasing £10 worth of points but it’s a bit of a sour taste.

    • Gavin says:

      I generally find their IT and customer service to be poor.

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      I popped back to the Meliá White House when I didn’t get my points and the F&B manager kindly sorted it for me

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