Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Curve card keeps declining/getting blocked
    aviosnewbie33 11 posts

    I keep getting declined with Amazon. Don’t even get the usual alert to approve the transaction in the app. No notification, and just a straight decline. Doesn’t even show up as a decline in the list of transactions. So something very weird.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Sunday 26th May
    aviosnewbie33 11 posts

    Good morning hfp fam!

    Finally managed to bag seats for Japan for next Easter via Shanghai (VA to Shanghai, and then JAL to KIX; returning as HND-PVG-LHR). Yay!! thanks to everyone on here @northernlass et al about VA booking tips. Called in at 4.40am, there was a brief wait and then bagged the seats straight away as the opened up. 🙂 2UC + 1 PE

    Sadly though, we don’t have a lot of time and it’s only a 10 nights trip. The return flight is in the morning from Shanghai, and we’ll probably spend a couple of nights in Shanghai. Rhys’ review of the Bund hotels seemed interesting.

    That leaves only 8nights for Japan. There are a lot of Japan experts/ regulars on here, and how will you best split the 8 nights?

    Also, looking at hotels, there are 3 IC’s in Tokyo: ANA, Tokyo Bay and Strings. I’ve researched, but reviews in terms of how tired the property is, location, room size, etc are mixed. Which of these is the best one?

    In Osaka, the IC is showing 100k+ points per night for redemption, which seems extremely high as compared to the Tokyo properties which are in the 55k-60k range. What’s so great about IC Osaka, and is it worth it?

    I am IC Diamond Ambassador and HH Diamond (however, more IC points than HH!)

    thanks and I’m already so excited about the trip! 🙂

    in reply to: Chat thread – Saturday 25th May
    aviosnewbie33 11 posts

    Booking hotels with Avios: I know that isn’t great value and most of us only use avios for flights – but if you were Avios rich and open to going anywhere for a ‘nice beach holiday’, is there a way to find deals running on Avios hotel bookings? I remember seeing some strike through deals offering around 0.8p/avios for hotels a couple of years ago, but not because I was planning to book, but while generally exploring something.

    Is there any tool/hack to find the best bang for your Avios for a hotel booking (if I’m prepared to go anywhere for the sun/beach in October)?

    in reply to: Chat thread – Friday 24th May
    aviosnewbie33 11 posts

    Can I apply Virgin vouchers to an existing booking at any time? I am planning to book for next April, but don’t have the upgrade vouchers in my account yet. I am expecting to receive the voucher only by August. So can I book today with full points and then call up in August to apply the voucher and get a points refund?

    thanks all!

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