Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Declined application
    can

    Another data point for reduction in credit limits:
    Player 2 had amex BAPP card before the summer, cancelled it and reapplied after the summer.
    Nothing creditworthy happened to her in between, but her limit was reduced by amex from 12k to 7k.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Saturday 1st October
    can

    I can’t believe it is October already!

    in reply to: Chat thread – Friday 30th September
    can

    I don’t do IHG but Hilton (diamond), and I never mentioned my toddler in bookings. We mostly shared a king or two queens as he never liked cots. Most hotels were welcoming and offered an upgrade regardless.

    in reply to: £200 limit and gave it up
    can

    We did submit the docs. The auto-email says submit again.
    Is it because the file is corrupt? Is it because they don’t like her taxes? I don’t know.
    We uploaded them thrice already.

    @can, I’m guessing the small print states she has to submit the required documents within 45 days or accounts will be closed. My partner had same, online submission repeatedly failed to work and he refused to waste time with fax or branch visits. In the end he accepted a total I think of £210 compensation plus the 5k HFP bonus which posted to his BA account, and closed the card.

    in reply to: Amazon Prime fraud on Amex BAPP
    can

    Did you have a supp card @Pointsamateur?

    in reply to: Chat thread – Tuesday 27th September
    can

    Never used airtimes rewards but use Ocado regularly. Does airtime work with Amex?

    in reply to: A bug in the Amex application algorithm
    can

    We got approved with a lower limit though..

    in reply to: A bug in the Amex application algorithm
    can

    Got a call, oddly after I put up this post, and told that the bug is now fixed and we can reapply 🙂

    in reply to: Chat thread – Tuesday 27th September
    can

    Can we have a referral link for Amex BAPP, please?

    in reply to: A bug in the Amex application algorithm
    can

    You could both call and ask to speak direcfly with the applications review team. I’m sure they have no problem approving applications manually which they see fit.

    We were told the “system didn’t permit it”. That’s why they referred us to a manager.

    in reply to: A bug in the Amex application algorithm
    can

    Me, too. I might have cancelled a card or two, all with one or two supps.
    That’s why I wanted to share it, it was odd, and I cannot think of any reason why we would get an odd error message. It was not a rejection, but a duplicate application!

    in reply to: Best USD account, with Citi ditching the UK?
    can
    in reply to: Chat thread – Monday 26th September
    can

    Hi, please can someone confirm what would happen if the airline damages a stroller?

    It happened to me twice: once transatlantic flight to NYC, once domestic in the US.

    We walked immediately to the luggage desk of the airport, got a form, filled it up and sent it with the receipt of the stroller. In short time, got the full value back. If you didn’t deal with it at the airport, call the airline.

    in reply to: Best USD account, with Citi ditching the UK?
    can

    Sorry for sounding silly but
    What are the fees for sending usd from USA to a UK usd account for wise or the others?
    Does having a usd account in the uk mean that I can avoid wise’s exchange rate?

    in reply to: Chat thread – Sunday 25th September
    can

    Thanks all. Managed to book 3 peak club tix, cash value £2k, for ~100k Avios and 2 Barclay upgrade vouchers.

    Very poor value I know but I have no plans for a long distance or transatlantic trip next summer.

    in reply to: Honeymoon ideas (4 nights, short haul / Europe)
    can

    +1 for Italian lakes, even Como.
    Mandarin Oriental @ Como would even fit in your budget with very careful planning.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Sunday 25th September
    can

    another oddity I’ve noticed is the higher avios requirement with the Barclaycard vouchers.
    We are flying on peak, the Economy rate is 10750, Club 20750.
    But the booking page shows 15250. Unlike the typical redemption booking, there is no slide to reduce it.

    What am I missing?

    in reply to: Chat thread – Sunday 25th September
    can

    Help needed!

    I have two Barclaycard upgrade vouchers in my account. I need to book Club Europe flights for the next summer.
    This is how it needs to work:
    – I will fly on my own before the family for work reasons.
    – Wife+kid will join me a week later
    – We will all fly back to London together.

    Using one voucher I am trying to book a redemption for my wife+kid, but even before putting down the names, I get an error message that I don’t have enough vouchers for two people. I do, I can see them in my account.

    I checked Rob’s article and all seem to fit, yet I couldn’t book it:
    https://www.headforpoints.com/2022/06/25/how-do-barclaycard-avios-mastercard-upgrade-vouchers-work/

    Any advice?

    I’m not constrained by the Plat list.
    I am aware it is just publicity but I still want to take advantage.

    I still believe veggie food improved a lot in Paris but requires careful planning. Clearly the Plat list doesn’t reflect it.

    And yes, some cities in Italy are great for high cuisine veggie food. Last Easter when I was in Milan I tried one of the first starred veggie restaurants in the world — which was wonderful.

    Personally I’d go to Italy instead. No issue being veggie there

    The Amex list for Paris is poor, but, compared to a decade or two ago, Paris is now much better — including starred restaurants.

    The list in Paris may be better than it was, but the reality is that French cuisine is no longer the premier offering around the world. They also have zero interest in catering for vegetarians, let alone vegans. Many of the starred restaurants in Paris simply wouldn’t have those stars unless they were in Paris. You will generally eat better, for less money, in Madrid, Lima, Buenos Aires, Sydney or Tokyo. My family is very English, but we lived in Paris in the 1970’s and early 1980’s and I was lucky enough to visit the top restaurants and many ordinary restaurants in Paris which were incomparably better than their so called equivalents in London that I also visited. Many of those restaurants are still there and they together with the newer starred ones just wouldn’t cut it elsewhere and are ridiculously expensive. In the French provinces, there is actually much more innovative cooking than in Paris that remains stuck in a time warp. As @LadyLondon says, if it’s good food and value you are after, including tip top veggie dishes, Italy is a better bet; they mainly haven’t gone for the Spanish science type creativity but have been clever at blending tradition and modernity. Don’t be constrained by the Plat list!

    Personally I’d go to Italy instead. No issue being veggie there

    The Amex list for Paris is poor, but, compared to a decade or two ago, Paris is now much better — including starred restaurants.

    Any advice for Amsterdam? After all, I’ll still have this credit Next year 🙂

    in reply to: Chat thread – Friday 23rd September
    can

    BBC says the Chancellor is introducing tax free shopping back. Would it apply to UK passport holders at airports?

    Is there any update on this?
    Has anyone tried Coya in Paris?

    I am off to Paris next month.

    can

    I think @JBD has the right assumptions but the wrong conclusion. As he wrote “It’s not practical or proportionate to stamp [MS] out completely, so it is tolerated to a certain degree”. I think this is the key point.

    Who tolerates it? Credit card companies/banks.

    If all the MS stops today, do you think they’d reduce the fees? No.

    Did they have a million opportunity to block it immediately without too much fuss? Yes.

    Does the cost of MS be passed to low-spenders? Not really, I don’t think anyone spending <£1k would pay for a fee. Perhaps the cost is passed to “middle class” like the BAPP fee hike last year. Oh well…

    Blaming Curve is easy. Why don’t you blame the credit card companies who let us use Curve pay their bill?
    They don’t have to tolerate anything.

    And yes, I see Curve as a challenger to an ancient finance/credit card market.

    in reply to: Marrakech advice
    can

    Casa is boring as hell, even the ocean front. I didn’t find its medina interesting.
    I liked Rabat a bit, but I am not sure it was worth dedicating a day to it.

    Beware of the touts, it was really annoying when I was there many years ago. Pay little more and arrange transport via agency/hotel.

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