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The HfP chat thread – Wednesday 1st December

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Comments (488)

  • Lee says:

    Pre-departure tests and extra tests on days five or eight is on the way, can travel industry survive this time?

    • Navara says:

      I would think so. One a plus note apparently my motor home is in great demand by buyers according to the dealer text message I just received and I will be pleasantly surprised what they can offer me.

    • GaryE says:

      Is this a rumour or is there any substance to back this up for UK travellers?

    • Gavin says:

      According to who?

      • Lee says:

        According to government’s Sage advisory committee.

        When the noises were all over the places it will be impalement very soon

  • James says:

    Anyone found a good use for the Chase card?

    • Lee says:

      Define good use ;-wink

    • HBommie says:

      Level up a dodgy table leg?

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      Foreign spend with 1% back is a good use.

    • The Urbanite says:

      Not when there are more generous and less restrictive crypto debit cards out there, not really.

      • will says:

        Not familiar with crypto debit cards but do hold some crypto, what’s the best option for GBP or forex spend?

      • Paul says:

        whilst on the topic, do you know of any that give [email protected]@ck for paying HMRC? Crypto[dot]com used to but they shut that loophole ~year ago.

    • Mark says:

      It’s a no brainer really. It’s a simple offer, with any excluded categories made clear.

      1% return as cash is arguably better value than any other card. Whilst many will argue Avios are better, by the time you’ve paid the card fee, and the BA imposed charges, and seat selection fees, maybe not so much. Crypto cards can offer higher CB rates, but often require a significant investment amount to get the propmoted rate, and unless you can cash out the crypto coins immediately, and without fees, your 3% might well turn into 0.1% in a couple of months (or weeks).

      • Nigel W says:

        Similar agree with Mark, it has become my near default day-to-day spend card.

      • Lady London says:

        How long are Chase taking to process applications? Are there any switching benefits?

  • Shaw West says:

    DP. Flying Blue . 50% Extra XP

  • Therooster says:

    So an update on the Amex – Emirates transfer. Emirates have confirmed they are now taking up to 2 working days to arrive but they will hold the booking for 2 working days for the miles to credit.

  • Tw33ty says:

    How rude, Paul Henry still hasn’t replied back to me.

  • PeteD says:

    Planning to convert my Amex MR to avios at somepoint before next Spring for a 2-4-1 reward flight redemption (to fly in 2023). Is there ever any kind of enhanced transfer bonus or always 1 to 1?

    • Peter K says:

      Never usually a bonus, but with all the continuing travel restrictions, who knows.

      If there is no need to transfer now then you might as well wait and see.

    • Andrew says:

      Or we might see a bonus for converting to a statement credit which might provide better value for money.

  • rams says:

    Curve metal – any idea how the 10k limit is being tracked?

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      Knowing Curve it’ll be using an abacus or similar.

      But the rule is 10k per calendar month.

    • Char Char says:

      If they have any sense (Questionable) then it will be automatic based on the relevant transactions

    • Mick S says:

      with hard graft by the looks of it – i asked Curve this question yesterday and heard nothing back so far.

      I’ve switched fronted off, and will just enable it for paying off my CC when needed. These transactrions I will manually track.

  • Tracy says:

    Datapoint on Amazon £20 for adding a non Visa card to account. Deleted all but Visa on Saturday, made purchase, offer appeared today. I used the promotional credit and deleted all cards but Visa again, you never know it might appear again lol
    Non prime account got a £10 offer…

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