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Chat thread – Thursday 23rd December

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  • Rob
    HfP Staff

    This is today’s chat thread. We have moved the daily discussion from the main HfP news feed into the new forum. We hope you get used to it.

    If you have specific questions about Avios, hotels or credit cards, please ask them in the appropriate forum and not here. This thread is a good place to post interesting deals you have spotted or your general thoughts on travel and all things miles and points. Thank you for contributing.

    Youllnever

    @Rhys I think the below sentence might have been accidentally left behind in the “What is the best Visa or Mastercard to get?” article:
    The points from the free IHG Rewards Club Mastercard, see below, convert to Avios. The rate is poor. You receive 1 IHG Rewards Club point (0.2 Avios) for every £1 spent.

    Leesorrell

    Anyone know why BA has cancelled all its Bangkok flights u til October 22

    Leesorrell

    In my Christmas excitement, forgot to check the forum before asking!
    No need for responses, found the answer now
    Happy Christmas everyone😁

    Gary

    We have legacy MBNA Horizon card (from when VA reward CC moved to Virgin money). Haven’t used for years but kept as a back up 0% Fx card in case others didn’t work abroad. Got letter to say if we still want to keep it to call or will close the account due to no usage. Are there any other benefits for MBNA Horizon card besides 0% Fx as might just let it lapse unless missing anything?

    youneedtobeyourself

    We have legacy MBNA Horizon card (from when VA reward CC moved to Virgin money). Haven’t used for years but kept as a back up 0% Fx card in case others didn’t work abroad. Got letter to say if we still want to keep it to call or will close the account due to no usage. Are there any other benefits for MBNA Horizon card besides 0% Fx as might just let it lapse unless missing anything?

    I have an old BMI and AA horizon and they both give 0.5% cashback so worth asking if that is the case.

    memesweeper

    Greetings from the No1 Lounge at Gatwick — note to future premium/status travellers, this is what BA are using while ‘down south’. Going to be here a while due to a delay…

    I’d like to tell you about the amazing redemption i think I’ve just pulled off, but I’ll wait till we’ve landed in case @JDB and/or Mr X call up the BA Executive Club abuse team and have me thrown out of the programme. But I’ll get my thanks in to @Rob, HfP staff, and the team of regular commenters (and now forum posters) for all your help over the past years, I really could not have done it without you.

    NorthernLass

    FTV refunds for RFS – got an email about a cancelled booking a few days ago, 126k avios back in my account today and an email confirming £200 taxes to be refunded within 24 hours. I think this is a pretty good gesture from BA as if we’d cancelled outright, of course, we’d have lost £35 x 4.

    NorthernLass

    For pity’s sake, where has my reply to @memesweeper gone? I didn’t even get the Captcha!

    NorthernLass

    @memesweeper – have a fabulous time and do tell all! I doubt it would even be possible to get through to BA before you land 🤣

    ChrisC

    Greetings from the No1 Lounge at Gatwick — note to future premium/status travellers, this is what BA are using while ‘down south’. Going to be here a while due to a delay…
    .

    Surely it’s what BA are using whilst they are up North?

    memesweeper

    Surely it’s what BA are using whilst they are up North?

    Gah! yes that came out wrong… sorry not a regular at Gatwick (or any other airport these days!)

    Ryanfozzie

    Morning all!

    The Mrs and I recently tested positive for COVID (on Saturday), ruined our NYC trip and Christmas (We’ll survive)! Want to get away before the Mrs goes back to work on the 5th Jan and are thinking Iceland. Why? It’s beautiful and we can enter with our vaccine certificates and proof of a recent positive PCR.

    Pre Departure (returning to UK) LTF not a problem as we are already testing negative on them. As for the day 2 PCR when back in the UK, this will test positive and through us into isolation again. Does anyone know the exemption rules on this for having recently testing positive? Is it similar to the previous day 2 tests where the legal obligation is to purchase the test for the PLF but not actually have to take it?

    Judge away – that’s fine 🙂

    PeteM

    Your Day 2 could just get lost in the post, Ryanfozzie…

    aviosnewbie33

    Trying to pay beardy with bendy for the last few days but not going through. Is this a permanent change or something I have missed out?

    Ryanfozzie

    Your Day 2 could just get lost in the post, Ryanfozzie…

    So I thought about that, but what is the legal requirement here? Of course they would not inform NHS Track & Trace of negative results. Is it the honor system? Not trying to game it, but there must be protocol in place for recent recovery.

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