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The HfP chat thread – Wednesday 1st December

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Comments (488)

  • N says:

    Any day 2 PCR test providers around the £30 mark by any chance? Don’t mind travelling or doing an at home test

  • Jimbob says:

    BA appear to no longer allow online avios to nectar conversion.
    Anyone know the best number to ring, to do it over the phone?

    • Andrew says:

      Temporarily following the “upgrade”. Hopefully will return soon. But seems not to advertise a number to call like before which went to a dedicated number – you certainly don’t want to join the queue of the wave of cancellation calls this week!

  • Kevin says:

    Thinking about to use the Shangri-La GC points for restaurants in KL/SG rather than at Shard. Wondering if you will get 1 point to 1.25 local currency only or 1.25 US dollar then convert it to local currency?

    • John says:

      Should be USD then local currency but at an unfavourable rate

      • Matt says:

        Why doesn’t the 1.25 Jade rate apply at London?

        • roberto says:

          It’s in Dollars. In KL you can use its at the pool, the whiskey bar and the shang resturant from memory. The rate was pretty good when I last did it , I remember looking.

          Love that hotel. The beef randang omelette for breakfast is off the hook good.

      • Sam G says:

        The rate is quite reasonable IIRC

    • Kevin says:

      Thanks for everyone reply i will find out in details the next 2 weeks

  • Annie says:

    Morning. Is reward flight Finder or seatspy paid subrscription better please? Appreciate any feedback. Many thanks

    • John says:

      Rff uses seatspy

    • J says:

      Aside from whether or not the service is any good, RFF seems to ignore unsubscribe requests – just had a bunch of marketing emails from them despite unsubbing months ago. So that puts them in my bad books for starters 😉

  • Froggee says:

    Oh totally seatspy. It’s so good that apparently reward flight finder has a subscription too:

    https://www.headforpoints.com/2021/08/17/seatspy-avios-reward-flight-finder/

  • Simon says:

    Booster jab and USA entry QQ, if I may?

    • I am due to have my booster jab this Saturday 4th December
    • I am due to fly to the USA on Friday 17th December
    • I am already double-vaxed

    Would my booster jab actually prevent me from being allowed to travel to the USA because only 13 days — and not 14 days — would have elapsed between my booster and my date of travel to the USA?

    It’s just that a comment by “David” about a week ago suggested that people would be considered unvaccinated if less than 14 days had elapsed between a booster job and one’s date of travel (even if you’re already double-vaxed).

    I just wondered what the HFP consensus would be on this? Should I put off my booster by a couple of weeks?

    Any input would be gratefully received.

    Many thanks.

    • Pablo says:

      Download your double vax certificates from NHS app before 4th Dec and use those for travel to the US.

    • The Streets says:

      I’m in a similar position but waiting until we get back to do ours.. that is if we are allowed to fly to the USA

      • Simon says:

        Many thanks, TheStreets. Yes — somewhat hanging myself on this potential 🇺🇸 change in entry policy. I don’t think it’s looking great, sadly, but I hope, perhaps forlornly, to be proven wrong on this.

  • Anna says:

    Well I had an email from IHG last night – urging me to re-join IC Ambassador to enhance my IC BOS stay in March. Don’t think I’ll be giving them another $200 just yet though!

    • John says:

      I had an email from curve reminding me that I can pay taxes with a credit card

      • Polly says:

        Even w metal they said to turn on fronted. I paid some a while back, and presumed metal was already fronted by the fact we pay a fee…

        • TGLoyalty says:

          It is but there’s a 10k cap from today. No idea what that actually means in practice.

          • Toddy says:

            I see that when you turn on Fronted, that NS&I is specially named/promoted!

            Given that NS&I believe that paying by card breaches their T&Cs (as per the recent emails), I find this intriguing…

          • Wollhouse says:

            Does anyone know how they determine the “month” for the £10k? Is it calendar or 30/31 days from your start date? I’ve been pushing hmrc payments through but having paid for metal when they were offering unlimited, I’m damned if I’m going to pay 1.5% on top. Metal just became less useful 🙁

          • Mr(s) Entitled says:

            Curve updated their T&Cs yesterday and they now read in relation to fronted transactions:

            Curve Metal customers aren’t charged a fee for the first £10,000.00 they spend via these types of transactions (but from 1 December 2021 we charge a 1.5% service fee on the total transaction value in excess of the limit).

            No mention of the £10,000 being a monthly limit anymore.

      • Crafty says:

        “HRMC” taxes, whatever they are.

  • Mark says:

    Anyone flown Pegasus Air? Lira plunged and it is only less than 30GBP for 1-way.

    • Mark says:

      Also anyone knows if the terminals are connected in Istanbul or separate if I fly Pegasus vs BA? Was wondering if I can use LoungeKey to enter the lounge.

      • Anonymous says:

        Pegasus is a low-cost carrier, similar to Ryan Air or easyJet, perfectly adequate if you know what you’re getting, and as long as you keep in mind that you’ll be charged extra for cabin luggage, hold luggage, food, water, seat selection, etc.

        Pegasus and BA fly to different airports in Istanbul, on opposite outskirts of the city. Pegasus flies to/from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) on the Asian side, and BA flies to/from the new Istanbul Airport (IST) on the European side (far north west of the city). So, their terminals are about 78 kilometers apart. 🙂

      • Shaw West says:

        When we last visit Istnabul in 2019, Pegasus was operating from Istanbul-S.Gokcen different from IST where all the legacy carriers operate from.

      • CH says:

        Pegasus fly to SAW, which is in the Asian side of Istanbul, whereas IST is north of the city on the European side. All else being equal, check where your final destination is and which is more convenient. Since the new airport opened there is less difference between the, however, as IST is also a but out of the city center the difference may not be so significant. PS are an LCC, but there’s not much in that these days other than flying from STN.

      • Greg says:

        Many Many times when living in Istanbul. They generally fly from SAW which is on the Asian side (close to where I lived – fortunately). I guess you know they fly from Stansted with good connections to the rest of Turkey. A good low cost airline. Also check AnadoluJet – subsidiary of THY.

    • Venturelog says:

      Flew Pegasus recently from Stansted to SAW airport which is on the Asian side. It’s a low cost airline, although you are allowed a cabin bag. However you can only have 1 bag to take on the plane (we put a backpack in the cabin bag). The seats are fine (although we on the 4th row). Long congested taxi drive to Istanbul old city or Taksim. From IST airport it’s less busy and quicker.

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