Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Post new Amex statement credit offers here!
    Julia 42 posts

    I had, for a brief moment today, an offer on my Marriott card that if I spent £2,500 on stays between 1st-31st April I’d get an extra 4000 points. I saved the offer and it has now disappeared.

    Julia 42 posts

    I can’t register either. When I get to the promotion page there is no link to click on to register.

    in reply to: Post new Amex statement credit offers here!
    Julia 42 posts

    10,000 Marriott points on my Marriott card for spending £100+ at Marriott hotel restaurants in London. Nine hotels.

    in reply to: Gold – no free breakfast at a Hilton Garden Inn
    Julia 42 posts

    Swindled. Complain to the hotel and then to Hilton.

    No one was ‘swindled’.

    The hotel provided the benefits it was required to provide based on the choices made by the guest.

    Technically yes but I’ve never been to a Hilton hotel and they ask me I want breakffast or points. It’s just good customer service and stops backlashes like this going on the internet.

    in reply to: For Amex geeks (ARCC)
    Julia 42 posts

    Yes it looks like this one. https://www.dealnews.com/Blue-Cash-Everyday-Card-from-American-Express-Earn-a-200-credit/21487223.html

    Shame really because a fair few have commentated how nice the current one looks.

    in reply to: Earn 2K points every 2 nights – invitation only
    Julia 42 posts

    So if these low bonus promotions are aimed at corporate travellers then that works. But for the rest of us the value of 2,000 points these days is often easily bettered elsewhere.

    I think IHG is currently the only loyalty scheme who aggressively chases those on long term reservations, and it is most welcome. We are going to move our February Marriott reservation in Portugal over to IHG. And if Iberostar hadn’t got that silly ‘no refunds’ clause we’d have booked through to the end of March.

    in reply to: Credit record rejection? Ideas?
    Julia 42 posts

    “churned cards for a few years, but has been blocked from family referrals now.”

    My idea is that Amex have realised that they were losing money by naively giving sign up and referral bonuses to people who were constantly churning and taking advantage of Amex’s generosity, and are now being much more selective about who they give cards to.

    Oh no no no, Amex takes the lion share on that score. There was a time you couldn’t even ask Amex customer services the time before they were teaching you how to churn so you’d end up with a fee paying card and up to the top of your Louboutin’s in high interest debt. They aren’t victims and new exactly what was going on. I bet there staff were churning as well.

    in reply to: Earn and burn, or build a balance?
    Julia 42 posts

    I wouldn’t wait to get enough points for the full length of a stay, too risky. We have a pretty stable itinerary we follow so we know where we’re going and how much a redemption is per day. So as soon as I’ve got enough points for one day I’ll book it and start saving towards the next day. If the worst happens and we get a Radisson type devaluation then at least I’ve got some days safety banked.

    in reply to: Post new Amex statement credit offers here!
    Julia 42 posts

    I don’t want to come across as entitled (although I will!) but we haven’t had any new offers for quite a while now and Amex have removed the ‘New’ offer’s tab. Usually we get a good selection just before Christmas but nothing, zilch, naff all.

    in reply to: Why is my Amex balance due always so high?
    Julia 42 posts

    – Hopefully you are repaying your Amex bill in full each month, and not accumulating interest.

    Not sure I can agree that this works for everyone. If one is receiving another income like dividends for example a card balance can be left to rise till the dividend payment date comes around and then pay it down. Agree with you though about keeping an eye what comes and goes through your statement.

    in reply to: Cruise lines have changed ports due to conflict.
    Julia 42 posts

    You should have full travel insurance from the time of booking. Sir Bani Yas is a great place although hardly comparable to the other ports.

    there is/was nothing whatsoever to do other than lie on a sunbed and look back at the ship wishing you had never gotten off!

    Have to agree with bungalow. We only walked half way down the pier and decided to turn back after passing so many others who were complaining and going back to the ship. Just a sandbank as far as we could tell.

    in reply to: Cruise lines have changed ports due to conflict.
    Julia 42 posts

    I thought I’d update this as we did have an air evacuation and another person was taken off by boat.  It just gives an idea what the processes are should anyone ever be unfortunate enough to need their services. Link to more details for the helicopter evacuation at the bottom of this post.

    Helicopter Evacuation:
    At around 12.00 lunch time there was a message from the captain saying we may have noticed that the sun was now on the other side of the boat.  He said we had turned back towards Sicily as someone had fallen ill and a helicopter would shortly be arriving to airlift the patient off the ship and take them to hospital.  The helicopter he went on to say would not be landing, a winch man would come down to collect the patient, sign the necessary paper work and take off.  Whilst here could all passengers in the forward cabins keep off the balconies and close the doors.  It would be arriving in about an hour’s time.   About 45mins later the Coastguard helicopter arrived and hovered on the left hand side near the front of the ship.  The doors we clearly open and you could see the winchman.  It was all quite exciting!  The ship had already stopped and the helicopter just hovered near the forward left hand side of the ship for a few minutes.  Eventually it took off and circled the ship, returning to the same place.  It then moved slowly sideways towards the front of the ship and we lost sight of it.  We guess that this is the time the patient was picked up.  Within what seemed like less than 2 minutes it took off again and heading fast towards the mainland.  Surprising how quick the whole process was.  Anyway couple of minutes later the captain came back on and said that we would now be continuing our journey and would still arrive at our destination on time. 

    Boat evacuation:
    On another evening as we were heading towards Sir Bani island the captain again advised us that were going back to Dubai for another ill person to be taken off the ship.  This time it would be by boat and the process wouldn’t be long so we wouldn’t be losing much time.  Anyway the Coastguard boat turned up and the cargo door of the ship was lowered.  The patient was bought out lashed tightly on an orange stretcher and placed on the cargo floor deck.  The boat turned around and backed up towards the ship.   The patient was then picked up and carried over too the boat and laid on the deck.  They didn’t take the patient inside the boat.  I only mention this because to add insult to injury it started to rain.  Again very quickly the boat then took off towards the harbour, the door was closed and that was that. 

    Interestingly as you’re picked up by coastguard my understanding is their is no charge for either service.

    19yo female crew medevaced from MSC Virtuosa off Sardinia Island (Italy) | Cruise News | CruiseMapper

    Julia 42 posts

    The hotel is currently selling only non-refundable bookings both reward and member discounts for this particular night.

    I booked ours 1st August and the email received says it’s not refundable. I can’t remember the cancelation terms as I’m so used to assuming points bookings are fully refundable. Perhaps this is just something IHG does???? Paid 30,000 points per night so can’t complain but will have to be more careful in future. Not nice though as you can’t chase it down if the price drops.

    in reply to: Cruise lines have changed ports due to conflict.
    Julia 42 posts

    Julia, an annual travel policy would cover any number of trips within the year – up to a maximum each individual trip of 30,45 (or sometimes more)days; so unless you go away and only return home after 6 months it should be possible to have cover. An annual policy is so much more cost effective if you do more than 2 or 3 trips a year. Much easier that say a £50,000 bill for a medivac.
    Of course any pre existing medical conditions need to be declared.

    A lot of companies will cover cruises too – and some offer specialist cover such as missed ports, confinement to cabin costs if you want them. However cruise companies just require basic cover including medical, Covid etc, and most do require evidence of a policy.

    Missing ports is within the rights of the cruise line without reimbursement for loss of that (hence the missed port specialist cover), but totally expect them to refund/offer replacement cruise if they cancel the whole thing.

    Our cruise doesn’t require insurance. We had to buy it when Covid was around but we stopped it as soon as the threat had gone. We looked at annual policies a while back but we weren’t able to stick to the contracts. They wanted us to give an itinerary and stick to it or, pay a fee every time we wanted to make alterations. Well we’re digital nomads and popping over to Madrid for a Chinese and meet up with friends and then over to Portugal for the weekend before back to the UK is second nature for us. I will take another look though thank you.

    in reply to: Cruise lines have changed ports due to conflict.
    Julia 42 posts

    @Julia, if you don’t mind me asking,how would you cover a large medical bill, or do you just have unlimited funds?! An (uninsured) in law of mine ran up a huge NHS bill while visiting the U.K. recently and will probably be paying it back for the rest of her life.

    Edit – I think @Swiss Tony just asked this as well!Are you American, by any chance? A lot of them don’t seem to bother with travel insurance when visiting the Caribbean, I have noticed from FB pages.

    Alas we don’t have unlimited funds and we’d have to sell some shares from our ISA (which will be painful). We travel 6 months a year and if you total up the insurance premiums for that duration it mounts up. We’ve never claimed on it. I agree it’s still a risk and we’re not American. We don’t go to America because those medical costs aren’t worth the risk 🙂

    Gill I’m surprised, I think asking for a credit note isn’t unreasonable. Customer’s wouldn’t return again if they just took the money and said tuff.

    in reply to: Cruise lines have changed ports due to conflict.
    Julia 42 posts

    We don’t buy travel insurance, we just pay for things as they come along

    Well that might work for a lost camera or a suitcase going astray, but unless you have very, very deep pockets, you don’t want to be on the hook for medical bills etc.

    Indeed a quick google shows that both P&O and Royal Caribbean mandate that you must have adequate travel insurance before you join a cruise, presumably because they don’t want to be on the hook for £50k if you need to be airlifted off the ship.

    It’s going to be expensive that’s for sure. Another way to look at it is that we get an extra trip being hoisted up into a helicopter at sea. That will offset some of the costs. I think we’ll just have to wait and see what happens and what the proposed options are available.

    in reply to: Hilton Barclaycard points late
    Julia 42 posts

    Mine have been posting fine, so clearly not a mainstream issue…yet.

    Where are you looking to see how many points you’ve been credited per transaction? I just see a lump sum at the top of the website 🙁

    in reply to: Cruise lines have changed ports due to conflict.
    Julia 42 posts

    We don’t buy travel insurance, we just pay for things as they come along. If the cruise gets cancelled because of the conflict then I doubt we’d be covered and they’d just offer us a credit note. I was thinking about getting some fully refundable air tickets but the first cruise starts Friday and they would be eye wateringly expensive now.

    I agree blenz101, Bas island doesn’t seem comparable to the lost ports but at least it’ll be sunny.

    in reply to: Post new Amex statement credit offers here!
    Julia 42 posts

    On Marriott Amex, spend £50 get £10 back three times.

    in reply to: Post new Amex statement credit offers here!
    Julia 42 posts

    Shop Small Spend £15 or more, get £5 back up to 5 times, EXPIRES 15/11/2023
    looks like you will get offer only on 1 card.

    Or 0 cards 😀

    Nothing here on the Shop Small front.

    Ditto. Across a stable of cards and supps. 0.

    Mon Dieu! Have it on three cards but only valid at shops in France or Italy. Ciao ciao xx

    in reply to: Post new Amex statement credit offers here!
    Julia 42 posts

    9000MR is only a better offer if you value Amex MR at 1p, but Amex values MR point at 0.4p, so 9000 MR would be £40.

    Nothing major here. If that’s the offer, then it’s poor.

    Oh we are a tuff crowd some days 🙂

    Those 9000 MR points equals 18,000 Hilton Honours points which for some of us, completes the points needed for a 5 night stay at the HGI Mall of the Emirates. I’ll send you a post card 😉

    in reply to: Post new Amex statement credit offers here!
    Julia 42 posts

    oops|!

    in reply to: Hotel told Amex my card was lost without asking me.
    Julia 42 posts

    I don’t think the hotel reported the card as lost the moment Julia mentioned to it but later after she left on the basis that she hadn’t told them she’d found the card.

    Nope. The time of the automated email was roughly 25 mins before we left. I think they took the money then reported it lost. Difficult to prove this stuff without asking Amex directly.

    I’ve just checked the folio and it says ‘Deposit Transfer at Check-In’. So they had called for the money as soon as I turned up.

    in reply to: Hotel told Amex my card was lost without asking me.
    Julia 42 posts

    I don’t think the hotel reported the card as lost the moment Julia mentioned to it but later after she left on the basis that she hadn’t told them she’d found the card.

    Nope. The time of the automated email was roughly 25 mins before we left. I think they took the money then reported it lost. Difficult to prove this stuff without asking Amex directly.

    in reply to: Hotel told Amex my card was lost without asking me.
    Julia 42 posts

    Lady London, I wouldn’t want to cross you if you were the customer, you are right on the money and the other breaches of care I hadn’t even considered. Well that settles it, it was my choice and they did take their money before it was reported. It was also at a UK airport hotel so they didn’t know if I was just coming back or going on holiday. Could have been really awkward if I hadn’t got any back up cards.

    AJA I totally agree with your comment regarding anyone who has the mind to can cancel your card. And you wouldn’t even know unless you checked your email regularly.

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