Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Curve metal Insurance
    bungalow 178 posts

    I made a claim via Curve for a dropped phone (broken screen) last month and it paid out a few weeks ago.
    There was some confusion initially when the CSA referred me to an online form (AXA) which asked me for various travel details and proof of such, which I found confusing as I’d dropped the phone at home!
    Turns out when I called back and got a different CSA he told me I was misinformed and wrongly directed to a travel claim, when the phone was actually covered on a separate Gadget Policy.
    No need to register or pay for anything with the Curve card, they are standard Travel and Gadget policies.
    Phone had a £50 excess btw.

    in reply to: Amex / PayPal cashback offer
    bungalow 178 posts

    I wouldn’t read too much into that tbh, I have the same spend 70 get 15 offer, and have made 2 purchases last Friday of £70 and £76, and none of those have trigger yet either!



    @bungalow
    , if you mean trigger as in getting an email. I also have the 70/15 offer and did not get an email from my Ocado order but the pay out was at the same time the transaction came off pending.[/quote]

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    No email nor payout as yet Reney, both transactions moved from pending yesterday

    in reply to: Amex / PayPal cashback offer
    bungalow 178 posts

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    in reply to: Amex / PayPal cashback offer
    bungalow 178 posts

    A few people have mentioned getting the cashback for the single use offer (spend £100 get £20 back) on total spent over more than one purchase.

    I have the offer spend £70 get £15 upto three times and it has NOT triggered after making two purchases (£50 and £40) so it might only work for the single use offer.

    I wouldn’t read too much into that tbh, I have the same spend 70 get 15 offer, and have made 2 purchases last Friday of £70 and £76, and none of those have trigger yet either!

    in reply to: How long before referral points post?
    bungalow 178 posts

    You could register your complaint on the awful and totally exasperating Amex Chat service, but don’t expect anything other than the “wait 90 days” quote after at least 20 minutes of wasting your time.
    Or you could call, same answer but a lot quicker and much less stressful

    bungalow 178 posts

    Thanks to everyone for the replies, really looking forward to this now. Now all I need is someone to recommend a Bonvoy (platinum) or Hilton (diamond) for a few weeks. Currently holding Hilton Garden Inn, and W Muscat (looks like to JW had a bit of trouble in a storm) 🙂

    bungalow 178 posts

    I just added all my flights to the Qatar app, and the Al Safwa First Class Lounge is showing as having access in my DOH-MCT trip

    bungalow 178 posts

    Doesn’t say in the email Harry, but did under “Fare Details” on the Qatar website when I booked.
    Just double checked – “Lounge access In Doha & select airports”
    Think I’ll take a screenshot!
    You frightened me there… 🙂

    I presume you are taking a screenshot of more than what you have quoted above as it doesn’t specify to which lounge you have access. As we know with QR, not all business class tickets are created equal and may also depend on cash vs redemption, so the same may apply to F and regional F vs long haul.

    Yeah I’m aware of that. The research I’ve done tells me that regional First does indeed give access to the First Lounge, although I can’t find any specific reference to an Avios ticket. However if we are directed to the Business Lounge instead it’s still a decent return for the outlay.
    I’ll maybe drop them an email for clarification though…

    bungalow 178 posts

    Doesn’t say in the email Harry, but did under “Fare Details” on the Qatar website when I booked.
    Just double checked – “Lounge access In Doha & select airports”
    Think I’ll take a screenshot!
    You frightened me there… 🙂

    in reply to: Doha with Qatar Airways
    bungalow 178 posts

    I believe award tickets still include lounge access. Do a quick google search and you’ll find a couple of articles, one even quoting QR spokesperson as recent as May 2022. Additionally, if you try to make an award booking through Qatar website, it explicitly says lounge access included (at least on the random date I tried).

    Anyway, you will be departing Doha, not transiting for 6 hours or something, so I personally wouldn’t care that much.

    Thank you Jacob. I couldn’t get any info on the Qatar website either, despite having almost 500k Avios, I had trouble all day yesterday getting the Qatar website (or app) to quote me Avios flights to anywhere on Qatar metal. Even though I knew there was plenty of Qatar availability to Doha direct from Dublin, it always threw up BA flights with a London connection!
    I then decided to try transferring 200k Avios into my Privilege account and ‘bingo’, the Qatar flights started to appear! Just in case anyone else has a similar issue.
    Thanks again.

    in reply to: Doha with Qatar Airways
    bungalow 178 posts

    Try here, shows what’s included with each fare class.

    Thanks for that SJ, that’s the article I was taking about, however it’s all cash purchases, it doesn’t explain what sort of product you get with an Avios ticket. No mention of what category you get when buying on BA, I guess you just have to suck it and see, and find out when your ticket is actually produced!

    in reply to: Barclaycard £10 Amazon credit
    bungalow 178 posts

    My voucher email arrived almost exactly the same time as the dispatch one (a minute apart)

    bungalow 178 posts

    I have also received the same. The only issue is the refund will be returning to cancelled credit cards. I don’t remember which one I used. What do I do?

    The type of credit card used and last 4 digits will be in the booking confirmation email

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    bungalow 178 posts

    Me too, 2 vouchers being returned and avios refunded.
    Result!

    in reply to: Hilton hotels in Dubai
    bungalow 178 posts

    Al Seef is not worth staying at. We hated the location. Canopy has terrible room layouts. We actually cut our 10 night stay down to 5 nights.

    I happen to agree with this actually, I didn’t cross over the creek to Al Seef on my trip a few weeks ago, but I had a good look around the area about 3 years past and wasn’t impressed. Once you’ve done the souq (for what it is), I found the immediate surrounding area a rather unpleasant place to be. “Interesting” for a quick visit, but I really wouldn’t want to be staying there.

    in reply to: Hilton hotels in Dubai
    bungalow 178 posts

    Here Rob, just by the by. I took a stroll up to the Ritz Carlton RAK when I was at the Waldorf last week, very exclusive I must say. Only 32 rooms/tents, in 3 categories. Reception is so understated, a small wooden stand alone hut with one guy at a desk and half a dozen seats. Guy wasn’t keen on letting me in at first, but I managed to charm my way and he had a driver take me around the complex in an electric buggy. Hotel was full so didnt get into any of the rooms, but got the grounds and into the restaurant overlooking the gulf. Must have seen about 4 people the whole time.
    Pricy for the top end tents, but a great deal on points 5 for 4 at the entry end.
    A wee bit too secluded for me, but then I like a bit of company and a beer sometimes, don’t think that’s encouraged here lol

    in reply to: Hilton hotels in Dubai
    bungalow 178 posts

    We’re going for the first time in April and am currently staying at Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton for two nights on points (after two nights at Al Maha). The good people of Tripadvisor don’t seem to mind it, but I’ve never noticed it mentioned on here – perhaps it’s a bit too ‘budget’? The area reads quite well given that everything we’ve ever heard about Dubai we expect to not really like. Does anyone have any thoughts?

    If you’ve been reading tripadvisor you’ll already know most of this.
    I visit Dubai quite often and always like to spend the first few days in the Dubai Creek/Deira area, be aware it has a very different feel from the busier JBR/Palm/Marina tourist areas, but is just a 10 minute drive from the airport. The Al Seef Heritage I don’t think has been open very long, the low level buildings which make up the hotel have been there for a while but I don’t think the hotel opened until a few years ago.
    I stayed at the Sheraton across the creek right opposite the Al Seef 3 weeks ago, I had a top floor room so had a great view of the Al Seef development. It certainly looked “busier”, though never busy, and they now have a Dhow anchored at the property which runs a dinner cruise each evening.
    I haven’t visited the hotel, but I actually researched it before booking the Sheraton this time, so you must have read that it’s not your typical Dubai property. No pool, no Gym, stone floors in the rooms, and obviously no beach! That said, maybe that’s exactly what you are after.
    You are at the more historical end of Dubai, and the souq is right outside the western end of the property. Sadly for me its getting a bit touristy, vendors grabbing you, draping wigs and sahawls over you as you pass, all a bit annoying tbh. I would highly recommend taking an Abra (water taxi) across the creek to the Deira side, costs 1 or 2 dirhams (30p) from memory, only takes a few minutes and an experience in itself. Theres an Abra station right beside the hotel at the end of the souq. Over there you can watch the real Dubai in operation as the Dhows dock from Oman and Iran, grab yourself a coffee and just sit and watch, fascinating! All very walkable too, nice promenade, and don’t forget to bring your sunglasses for a visit to the Gold Souq just a short stroll away.

    Having said that, 2 or 3 nights is about right, enjoy.

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    in reply to: BA returning to Muscat, Oman?
    bungalow 178 posts

    +1

    in reply to: Hilton hotels in Dubai
    bungalow 178 posts

    Just a heads up the Waldorf Astoria Ras al-Khaimah have introduced a happy hour, half price drinks between 5pm and 8pm. It’s not Hilton Diamond or suite specific, it’s open to all guests, and is held in the Lexington Grill on the ground floor. It brings a cocktail down to around £6. They had a pianist on when I looked in but they also bill a classical duo as well.

    I assume they are now trying to compete with the Belgian Beer Café and Al Hamra Golf Club, both of which also do happy hours and are just a few hundred yards away. The Belgian Beer Café got my business, happy hour 3 – 8pm, decent food, bottled beer £3.50 and a cocktail a fiver.

    Also worth mentioning it’s the second time I’ve stayed at Waldorf RAK in 5 months now, and on both occasions , as Hilton Diamond, I’ve been upgraded from a standard entry room to a Junior Suite with a sea view and huge balcony – all on points.

    On a side note, they have also just changed the working week in Dubai/UAE, weekends were Fri – Sat, so Thursday and Friday nights were much busier at hotels, the weekends have now been brought into line with the rest of the world as Sat/Sun. I found this out the hard way as the usually wonderful Waldorf breakfast was an absolute zoo last Sunday morning! Worth bearing in mind if you are planning a short break in UAE.

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    in reply to: Points expiry
    bungalow 178 posts

    Got the same email from Radisson myself today, which prompted me to look at my own points expiry date.
    Award Wallet was telling me that I had 2 years left, so I logged onto Radisson and they are showing me a date of 12/22.
    I would suggest you log into your Radisson account for accurate information before doing anything rash.

    Are you sure that’s your points expiry date at 12/22 and not just the membership card status period expiry?

    That’s a very valid point actually!
    I just spotted the date and made an assumption, but having had another look you are probably right as the date 12/22 is displayed right below my membership details!
    I guess my information on Award Wallet is indeed correct then at 2 years, as I filled out a Radisson customer questionnaire last month and was awarded 2,000 points for doing so just last week, = 2 years to expiry!
    Thank you for pointing that out.

    in reply to: Points expiry
    bungalow 178 posts

    Got the same email from Radisson myself today, which prompted me to look at my own points expiry date.
    Award Wallet was telling me that I had 2 years left, so I logged onto Radisson and they are showing me a date of 12/22.
    I would suggest you log into your Radisson account for accurate information before doing anything rash.

    in reply to: Dublin T1 lounge
    bungalow 178 posts

    Owned by the DAA if recall. I used to use it when I had the PP via Amex Plat, but boy was it bad even then! I actually remember finding a beer once behind a tin of coke in the drinks cooler/fridge thing hidden down in the corner! Felt like I’d won a raffle! Problem is its the only option, terrible, and a complete waste of money for anyone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure.
    No the very worst tho, you obviously havent been to Minsk 🙈

    in reply to: 400k points – Al Wadi Desert or Domes of Elounda?
    bungalow 178 posts

    Robs right about Ai Wadi, an experience no doubt, but 3 nights max…

    … and definitely not in July!

    in reply to: How are room upgrades determined?
    bungalow 178 posts

    Hilton introduced automatic upgrades in November. The upgrades are determined in the following order:
    Points bookings (over 100k)
    Lifetime Diamond
    All other Diamond members

    However, a hotel can choose not to participate in this and there is no exclusion list published. I also found out at one hotel, they can decide which rooms are in the upgrade pool and in that particular hotel they can manually override it at check-in an give you a downgrade or upgrade. The rationale for that particular hotel is that they are going to upgrade repeat customer first.

    Very interesting, I didn’t know that! Is that official or something you just heard?
    I’m Diamond and coughing up 320,000 points in the Waldorf RAK in a few weeks, I was there last Sept and they upgraded me to a Junior Suite from a standard room, but I expect it to be a lot busier this time. We’ll see if that system plays out. 👍

    in reply to: 2,000 free points!
    bungalow 178 posts

    Fair point guys, I haven’t done a Radisson stay post covid either, sorry to those that missed out

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