Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Buses, not runways, at LHR
    chungcyk 21 posts

    Recent T5 flight to NYC also departed from bus gates – a little frustrating to be honest given it’s a huge plane and as others said, the rain wasn’t kind…

    in reply to: Amex Plat – will Harvey Nichols offers stack?
    chungcyk 21 posts

    *25 off 250 is an Amex offer

    in reply to: About to spend on flights – 3 card options!
    chungcyk 21 posts

    Have you checked Amex travel? Possibly a good option!
    Generally I find prices competitive, and may be a get around the FX fees.

    And for whatever reason you need to chargeback or something, it may possibly be easier…

    in reply to: Strategy check – getting back to points collecting
    chungcyk 21 posts

    This might not be a route down for you based on your needs, but there is an extra bonus you can get upgrading from Gold to Plat.

    chungcyk 21 posts

    Thanks both! Sounds like we need to keep our expectation low then! We actually also arrived 3hr25 late too – but thanks for noting!

    in reply to: Tracking 241 progress on Amex App
    chungcyk 21 posts

    If you ask nicely on the chat they normally will work it out and tell you 🙂

    in reply to: JFK lounge access
    chungcyk 21 posts

    Yeah flying from JFK with BA in T8 in Dec – no lounge on PP at present… hopefully one will pop up soon!

    I read that you can technically go in another terminal to use the lounge, but with no internal transfer and needing to do TSA twice it didn’t feel worth the stress

    in reply to: No status or points on booking through Amex Platinum?
    chungcyk 21 posts

    I haven’t booked it before – but as I understand the only way to get hotel status/points with FHR is to pay at hotel. Prepaid won’t work.

    “All FHR stays are fully qualifying for loyalty points and stay credit with one condition – you must choose to pay on departure.” https://www.headforpoints.com/2023/04/25/american-express-fine-hotels-resorts-2/

    in reply to: Penny for your thoughts – Amex Gold Card Year 2
    chungcyk 21 posts

    Here’s the Gold to Plat bonus link – haven’t tried it myself but should work!
    https://www.americanexpress.com/en-gb/benefits/upgrade/platinum/

    chungcyk 21 posts

    Been thinking on similar lines too! I have Gold and P2 recently got the Platinum for sign up bonus – and I think we might keep both going forward.

    As I think HfP articles have stated many seem to keep Platinum for benefit only and spending elsewhere.

    For us, on Gold we effectively get 1.5 points per £1 as we generally spend less than £25k on Amex. So the difference for annual fee is the cost of the 241 voucher – which as someone not ranking huge number of points and living much closer to Gatwick is not much value for us… MR points feel more flexible too comparing to Avios only.

    Plus if you use Deliveroo on Gold then the fee is very largely paid for.

    Keen to hear others’ thoughts too 🙂

    chungcyk 21 posts

    Not quite applicable for the OP – but I understand Virgin Atlantic cards is also 0% fees for Euro in person transaction in the EEA

    chungcyk 21 posts

    I’ve messaged Amex chat and they’ve confirmed it’s per £1. I agree the terms seem vague, though if it was 10MR bonus per booking would this be the least offer-y offer ever popped up?!

    chungcyk 21 posts

    In a similar theme – does the FHR $100 benefit per booking or per room? Might end up booking 2 rooms in the near future so wondered if it’s worth having separate booking under main and supplementary accounts. We’ll both in the travelling party so I don’t think that should be a problem.

    chungcyk 21 posts

    Just wanted to provide an update – went back on Chat and explained the situation, seems like this time I got more lucky with a more helpful colleague, and bonus points were added manually.

    I had asked them to whitelist ‘Easyjet Holidays’, which they said they would pass it back as feedback and added a note on the ticket… Due to pay off the package balance in a couple of months so will see if anything changes!

    in reply to: Iberia – Activity to extend Avios expiry
    chungcyk 21 posts

    I just tried transferring from Iberia to BA but it says I haven’t met the terms and conditions for it… I had used the MR trick too but doesn’t seem to have unlocked the option!

    Also no luck via avios.com – any suggestions?

    in reply to: Downgrading to free Barclaycard Avios card
    chungcyk 21 posts

    Just wanted to comment that yesterday out of interest/boredom and I clicked into the “change my card” page on the app – and the downgrade option appeared. I previously got nowhere via the live chat and was actually getting ready to cancel the card, so if you were in the same situation it may be worth checking again… Good luck!

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