Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Chat thread – Monday 29th April
    derbydave 10 posts

    Barclays Infinite is closing – does anyone else have this card? I had it originally as the “i24” card, even though the benefits have been diluted it was still good value for me for the Priority Pass cards, travel and car hire insurance. Just had an email “We need to let you know that Barclays Infinite is closing ‌on ‌1 July 2024. We’ll automatically move your account to Barclaycard Rewards on this date and send you a new card.” Oh well, it was good while it lasted…

    in reply to: Premier Inn “Flexibility”
    derbydave 10 posts

    I do this quite often with “Standard” (cheap non-refundable) rate rooms, I think the time limit is 18 months from the original stay date (not booking date), so quite useful if you know you’ll stay one day. If I I have to move a booking I usually look for a cheap Sunday night as a holding date until I know when I’ll need it.

    in reply to: Driving in Japan
    derbydave 10 posts

    While you are there, search out a manned petrol station

    Sorry, not sure where “manned” came from, they are all manned – what I meant to say was look out for a full service petrol (gas) station

    in reply to: Driving in Japan
    derbydave 10 posts

    We too had a couple of days in Tokyo then headed back to HND to collect the car. I think the international terminal is a little closer to both Tokyo and the rental office though it probably won’t make much difference.

    Out of the cities, it is easy to avoid the toll roads though note that some of the scenic routes are toll only and may not accept ETC card. I wouldn’t try to avoid toll roads in the major cities (Tokyo, Yokohama etc.) except for short journeys, the normal roads are very slow going – sometimes traffic lights every 100m or so.

    ETC is cheaper, especially in Tokyo, for example the cash price on the Shuto is Yen1950 per entry, and 610 with ETC.

    Avis will activate the ETC card (if it needs it) then place it in the reader in the car – ours was in the passenger footwell. It’s a “fit and forget” thing though it will make announcements as you go through gates.

    While you are there, search out a manned petrol station (nowadays not all are, though they used to be 20 years ago), it’s quite an experience!

    in reply to: Driving in Japan
    derbydave 10 posts

    I rented a car from Avis last August, like you I found that they were by far the best price.

    I called them using Skype to arrange the pick up, then it took ages for me to find the correct meeting place (tip: go down to the ground floor from the main building in HND, don’t go off towards the car parks / bus stops). The service from the staff was of course impeccable, they are probably used to dealing with idiot gaijin 🙂

    They bus you off site, a good 10 minute drive, to an office in Keihinjima and do all the paperwork there. You pay a deposit (on card) for an ETC card then they tot up the balance owed when you return, with an itemised bill. Make sure it is in the car before you drive off (ours was in a card-reader type box in the footwell) – it makes an announcement when you turn on the ignition.

    Our car was relatively old for a rental, it was a Corolla that clicked over 100,000 km while we were there, but it was fine for our c. 800km round trip.

    The car had satnav built in, I think most cars have had for the last 10 years or more, but it will of course be in Japanese. Google maps (or Apple maps) worked very well for me, I downloaded some maps and had an airalo eSIM (that is definitely recommended).

    Good luck!

    in reply to: Driving on wrong side of the road (for Brits)
    derbydave 10 posts

    I am fine driving LHD cars in Europe / USA, but when I took my own car to Spain I took a “Cycling Hi-Vis Armband – Neon Yellow” (available at Decathlon and other places) and clipped it around the steering wheel spoke – it was always in sight as a reminder. I also do the chant 🙂

    in reply to: KLM orphaned miles expiring
    derbydave 10 posts

    I had this issue last year – the only way to extend the expiry date of the points is to fly (on KLM or a SkyTeam airline) or to have a branded credit card, only available in NL or FR I think. I did a £100 mileage run to AMS to keep mine alive. I think transfers to ALL are possible but I don’t think 2500 miles will get you much anyway…

    in reply to: Flying Blue compromised account. Only me?
    derbydave 10 posts

    I have not had the e-mail, and have been able to log in normally today. I don’t use AwardWallet.

    in reply to: BA site not allowing to pick seat for free as Silver?
    derbydave 10 posts

    Data point, Sunday 13-Nov, may be useful: my wife made Silver last weekend when the double TP posted, tried logging in every day last week but MMB wanted to charge for seat selection (it seemed to think she was Bronze, allowing free seat selection “from 7 days before”); today MMB allowed seat selection for free 🙂

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