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The HfP chat thread – Sunday 5th December

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Comments (299)

  • Gavin says:

    Given a 5x nectar voucher in Sainsbury’s today for using smartshop. Valid on all shops ti the 18th

    • The cyclist says:

      Nice one, fill your boots, 25% off all wine if you buy 6 bottles as well including champers.

      • AJA says:

        I took advantage of the 25% off all wine for 6 or more the other day. Stocked up on wine for Xmas. I haven’t had any till spits for the last 3 visits – I think they deliberately let the printer run out of paper and don’t refill it. 🙁

        • Gavin says:

          I had a £5 off £50 code for Argos spit out valid to the 12th – it didn’t seem to be tied to my nectar number: URTXJK5L

    • Ryan says:

      I found a “bonus 500 points on your next shop” voucher that someone left at the checkouts, have used a couple times and is showing on my nectar!

  • Backpacker says:

    Anyone got a Freetrade referral for me, and want a free share?

    Lots of websites have referral codes I could use – but I would prefer a HFP reader got the free share! 🙂
    Pay it forward everyone, and hope we all get to travel without hassle soon…

  • David says:

    Anyone else done the Sofitel Halo test and found the spitting very hard work – it just goes against the grain!

    • Anna says:

      My friend had to do a spit test before coming back from Majorca – how does it work? If it can be done with saliva, why are we still sticking swabs into our brains?!

      • David says:

        You get a tube and you screw on a funnel and spit till you fill the tube to the second line -it takes a lot of spitting !

        • Anna says:

          No, I mean how do you get a diagnosis from saliva when we’re told to scrape out our tonsils and upper nasal passages?

          • davef says:

            This is a good question as they just randomly PCR tested the entire plane at Larnaca (ahead of the mandatory inbound testing that starts monday).

            She did just one brief shove up a nostril and then swabbed my tongue. Nowhere near as invasive or painful as I got in Iceland, was sore for 2 days after that one but if she only swabbed my tongue it’s a waste of time right?

      • Rui N. says:

        Across Europe most of tests for kids are with saliva. Less precise but more “user friendly”. I’m surprised they are allowed for Day 2 though – but good thing that they are, of course.

        • Jen T says:

          The Lancet published research recently showing that spit tests are actually more accurate. Probably less chance of doing it wrong/not swabbing enough.

        • davef says:

          The Halo tests at T5 are spit tests.

    • Steve says:

      I’d just landed on a red eye from NYC and was dehydrated as it was. 2ml was needed and it was very tough to get through

  • Can says:

    Do paypal payments for merchants, ones that use paypal to get creditcard payments, count towards the signup bonus goal?
    I thought I already reached my limit for the bonus, but the amex chat gave me a much lower spent, considering the pending ones.

    • Anna says:

      You should have a progress bar in your account showing how close you are to the SUB (it can take a couple of days to catch up with actual spending). Paypal payments usually count though.

    • Polly says:

      They must clear pending to count.

  • Jen T says:

    For anyone curious about the Halo Verify testing at Sofitel T5 – sample submitted at 0915 this morning, result obtained 6 hours later. It seems to be the fastest way to get a result without spending a 3 figure sum. As mentioned above, spitting that much is quite hard work!

    • Polly says:

      Thanks for the update. Makes a change from our brain being poked..have asked them to move our booking to Tuesday morning now…

    • Roy says:

      Isn’t it supposed to be a guaranteed 5 hour result (during the daytime)?

  • Lewis says:

    Anyone else unable to access their household account still?!
    Need to add someone but bloody website!

  • Sharon says:

    Can I ask about the priority pass that comes with the Preferred Rewards Gold Card please? It has 2 free lounge visits – can these only be used by me or can I use it for me plus my partner? Thank you

  • Tracey says:

    Just cancelled a BA cash flight and bought a reward flight, wasn’t able to use the FTV for the 4 figure taxes/ charges.

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