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The HfP chat thread – Monday 6th December

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Comments (539)

  • Harry T says:

    Anyone got a discount or referral code for Blacklane?

  • Tom says:

    Ryanair booking – priority not working

    I’ve booked some cheap flights few weeks ago as I wasn’t sure about my travel dates yet (spent £13 on 3 flights).

    Now that my plans are confirmed, I’ve added ‘priority’ to my booking. However, I cannot check in (flying out on Thu) or select my seat – both should be included. Is this not possible if I add priority after booking/is this an error?

    • Pablo says:

      Priority is extra cabin bag and boarding in the first group. It doesn’t include seat selection. You need to buy a seat to check in early or wait until 24 hrs before departure when check in opens for all.

      • Tom says:

        I see, thank you!

        • Tony1 says:

          I think it was as the OP described a few years back,, but it has now been enhanced away in the way that all things are improved …

  • elguiri says:

    What are your experiences of wait times like for Haloverify in Sofitel T5?
    Should I expect to be there for more than 30mins for 2 people to do day2 test? (relevant for not overstaying in parking lot).

    • Jen T says:

      It could be tight. Probably waited 5 minutes to be given a test but it is a bit of a walk through the hotel. It also depends how long it takes for you to get enough spit! Make sure you have done the app stuff before you arrive.

    • Tom H says:

      Yes you will need longer than 30mins, although not by much, but they do the BA cabin crew and depends how many of them pitch up at once

    • elguiri says:

      To clarify I have more time than 30mins, just was worried it could take over an hour. Thanks for your helpful feedback!

  • Tracey says:

    Please settle an argument, OH has a trip to USA booked with BAH. He is away for over a week, has a hotel booked for 2 nights and a car for 4 nights. He thinks he will get the double tier points on the grounds he’s away for over 5 days and totals over 5 days in hotel+car. I don’t think BA will be so generous.

    • Ben W says:

      Terms say “and the hotel or car element of the booking must be booked for the duration of the trip.” so I don’t think he will qualify.

    • Lady London says:

      Not a chance.
      I suggest he amends the car booking to extend the full holiday. 4 nights often costs as much as 5. 7 may not cost much more. but would have to cover his whole holiday with either hotel or car.

      • Lady London says:

        ..the nights meaning car hire days, of course 🙂
        Even with car hire prices being what they are, I am guessing this will be easier for him to extend the duration of, than the hotels.

      • Paul says:

        Plus BAH offers 7 days for price of 5, as well as free additional driver, on the car hire, but as you stated, prices are astronomical at the moment.

      • Tracey says:

        Two centre trip, so can’t just keep the car for the duration unfortunately.

    • Harry T says:

      Doesn’t meet the T&Cs, so he will not receive double TPs.

  • Tracey says:

    Anyone know of a PCR day 2 test place with a quick turnaround. Arriving on a Saturday morning and need results anytime Saturday, planning on taking the train from Gatwick, so either near LGW or near St Pancras.

    • Sam G says:

      Collinson have added a “premium” option now – same day result if you test by 6pm. They have a site at St Pancras

  • James says:

    First time in Barbados coming up later this month. Is it safe just to take USD with us?

    • GaryE says:

      Yes – most places accept them $2 BDS = $1 USD

    • Richard B says:

      100% yes

    • marks7389 says:

      If it’s anything like Antigua you may pay a premium to use US$. There restaurants often (though not all) charge a 4-5% premium on the US conversion, and insist on charging cards in US$, not local currency. Bit of a scam really, considering it’s a hidden mark-up that a lot of people will struggle to avoid even if they notice, and anyone paying a card forex fee on top will be pay twice for a double conversion.

  • xcalx says:

    Should I have had a qr code with my fit to fly test. Thanks

    • Jen T says:

      Who did the test? Each company is different.

    • Tracey says:

      Mine with expresstest didn’t have a code and it’s been accepted by VeriFLY

    • Ryan says:

      Nope, just some PDF that gets knocked together, usually easily edited if you export to word and print to PDF… just saying…

  • Iain says:

    I’m just about to do a “dummy” booking to extend a 2-4-1 voucher which will expire in February.

    Couple of questions if anyone could help me out.

    Is a one way journey okay, or does it have to be a return?

    Also, do I need to book business seats or will economy seats be okay for changing to a long hall business seat when I cash in the FTV?

    Thanks for any help

    • BJ says:

      One vway and economy are both fine.

    • Rob says:

      Economy is fine.

      One way should be fine BUT there is a little bit of risk that BA could decide that you can’t change a one-way to a return later. Why take the risk? You’re just being silly in my view as there is no cost to you.

      • marks7389 says:

        Will defer to anyone who has actually done it, but why would that be an issue when you can in normal times add a return leg to an existing outbound booked with a 2for1? I get if the dummy booking is short haul and you qualify for RFS the cash element is minimal though.

        • Rob says:

          No idea why there may be an issue, but if there was, you’ve just lost a 241. Why risk it when there is zero cost to you in booking a return?

          Bottom line is that HfP is not going to recommend smart arse strategies which ‘should’ work if there is a zero cost alternative which WILL work.

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