Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Amazon Prime fraud on BA Premium Plus Amex
    Ladyshopper

    As long as they are refusing these charges on closed cards, that’s main thing. The problem is that fraudulent transactions can be attempted from anywhere in the world and it’s really, really difficult to pursue these when they happen outside the UK. The only time I’ve seen Amex get involved with international fraud was on that Tinder Swindler documentary when there were big sums of money involved.
    We have all sorts of subscriptions to Amazon Prime, Netflix etc, I need to go through them all to check we’re only paying for what we actually receive!

    They are refusing them as it’s a closed card, but it’s still worrying.

    We did check our Amazon Prime just to make sure it hadn’t expired and they’d tried to charge a very old card, but it’s still up and running and not due to expire for a while.

    in reply to: Amazon Prime fraud on BA Premium Plus Amex
    Ladyshopper

    I’ve had another email today about another attempted charge from Amazon for £8.99 on the same closed account for another date.

    Will definitely call Amex, although not sure what they can do. Little bit worrying though.

    in reply to: Amazon Prime fraud on BA Premium Plus Amex
    Ladyshopper

    That’s interesting, I’ve had 2 emails from Amex now about a recurring charge for £8.99 for Amazon, which they’ve refused because it’s on an old cancelled card. I’ve not done anything about it, as the card is cancelled, but maybe I need to?

    Ladyshopper

    Two days ago I finally got a response to a complaint I made in May, so that was 4 months. Wasn’t too serious so length of wait not a problem, I’d be really cross if it was for things like compensation or reimbursement.

    in reply to: Reasonable to leave teens in economy
    Ladyshopper

    I did it with mine. It was our first business class experience (in fact it’s been their only one!) and it was Aer Lingus from Dublin to Boston. Could only get 2 clubworld seats on avios, so I went clubworld both ways, and one child each way. Daughter was sensible and bagged the night flight so she got the full experience!

    They were around 16 and 17 at the time.

    in reply to: Venice – help please!
    Ladyshopper

    Thanks!



    @Ladyshopper
    , was it the Hyatt Centric? That’s looking extremely good value on our dates and a speedboat transfer sounds ideal.

    I’ve found my booking from 2018! Yes, it was that hotel, although it was under a different brand back then. We really rated it, and loved the airport transfer service, felt very glamourous!

    in reply to: Venice – help please!
    Ladyshopper

    Thanks!



    @Ladyshopper
    , was it the Hyatt Centric? That’s looking extremely good value on our dates and a speedboat transfer sounds ideal.

    I honestly can’t remember, but will try and find old emails etc to see if I can find the name!

    in reply to: Venice – help please!
    Ladyshopper

    We stayed in a hotel on Murano. Had it’s own (free) speedboat transfer to and from the airport, which was cool, and also did free transfers over to the main island (although the public boats were plentiful and very cheap).

    Can’t remember the name off the top of my head (helpful I know), but it was on Secret Escapes a lot back when we went.

    in reply to: Lack of final response from BA
    Ladyshopper

    I sent BA a signed for letter before action last year to their legal department, giving them 14 days to respond, and heard absolutely nothing back (and they did sign for the letter).

    Fortunately for me, they then did the thing where they changed their policy about rebooking flights within a year, and I was able to get the flight booked to when I wanted it (they’d previously refused to do it). They then changed the policy back again shortly afterwards, so I was extremely fortunate I didn’t have to move forward with my CEDR/MCOL claim. I was really surprised they didn’t bother responding though.

    in reply to: Seattle suggestions / advice / tips
    Ladyshopper

    Definitely don’t bother with Pioneer Square, it was awful when we went in April.

    We did the citypass thing, and really enjoyed everything. Did the Space Needle during the day and at night (saw the sunset, which was lovely). Chihuly Glass museum was great, enjoyed it far more than expected. Harbour ferry tour was also really good, even though it was chucking it down!

    If you go to Pike Place Market, make sure you go and see the bubblegum wall. It’s gross, yet oddly captivating!

    Definitely agree with others, there are a lot of homeless people around, including many with mental health issues. Also saw members of that community openly taking drugs in the street. However, the only area we felt unsafe was Pioneer Square. It was really sad to see, I don’t think Seattle is particularly unusual though, seems to be all American cities.

    We spent a week there before a cruise. It was probably just about long enough for us, I have some mobility problems so could factor in lots of rests and didn’t do much in a day. For anyone without those kind of issues, 2-3 days would be absolutely fine to get all the good stuff done.

    Enjoy your trip!

    Love it, brilliant review!

    Ladyshopper

    I would love to plan a trip to get us to Australia using the multi-carrier chart, but I definitely feel like a need a guide for dummies, as really don’t know where to start!

    Enjoy your trip, sounds great.

    in reply to: Valiant Lady (95,000 redemption)
    Ladyshopper

    Guess I’m not such a hardcore drinker as all of you! Someone asked the question, I just thought I’d share my experience

    Interesting different perspectives. Ours was a short cruise, not like these cruises which I think are a week long? It was also back in March, and not really quite the same weather as you’re getting on these cruises in the Med! We probably did spend more time in our cabin that we would on an average cruise, as it wasn’t really the weather for lying around the pool. I also have mobility issues, so needed to rest.

    I didn’t say we had a zero bar bill, we did buy some stuff. However, as someone who hates champagne, can barely tolerate prosecco if forced, and doesn’t like any cocktails that are fruit based (I’m strictly a baileys cocktail person), it made sense for us to take wine on that we would like, and could enjoy. We also took 4 cans of gluten-free beer, as had no idea if we could get it or not (and didn’t see any on there).

    We didn’t do any really late night stuff, I simply don’t have the energy, nor am I much of a day drinker. I guess I’m the opposite of those who like to start early, then go back to the cabin to sober up! It’s perfectly possible to enjoy a cruise without feeling the need to have a drink in hand the whole day and night, some of these posts make it sound like the whole point of the cruise is to drink morning, noon and night!

    Oh, and the tv didn’t go on in the cabin at all, nor did we spend hours sitting in a cabin drinking to get drunk, which people have suggested. But it was lovely to have drinks in there whilst getting ready for dinner, as well as wrapped up warm on the balcony.

    in reply to: Valiant Lady (95,000 redemption)
    Ladyshopper

    We put a box of wine in our suitcase, as well as taking on a bottle each in hand luggage. The box was against the rules, but got through no problem at all. Think when they scan the suitcases they’re just looking for bottle shapes.

    We also took some run runners with various bits in, but I am notoriously tight when it comes to buying alcohol on cruise ships!

    For room service, any paid for drink makes the delivery free. We ordered breakfast one morning, and my husband ordered a coffee (think it was $3.49?), meant no delivery charge. I didn’t realise (was on the maiden voyage of Valiant Lady) that the soft drinks that come with room service are cans. If I’d known, I would have ordered more with our breakfast, as didn’t find cans elsewhere on board.

    I would also agree that Dual Reality is a don’t miss show.

    in reply to: AMEX NCL Cruiseline offer
    Ladyshopper

    We’ve only cruised with NCL once, and it was 5 years ago. We plumped for this transatlantic from Lisbon to Rio as liked the sound of it, price was good, and we could just about make it work with the number of days leave my husband had left!

    I’ve been so pleased to have these Amex offers though, first time around was February I think, and not long after I’d booked. Total price including pre-paid gratuities was around £2400 for the pair of us, so getting £400 back (and possibly another £100 if I can call and add some shore excursions to take what is left over the £500 mark) is brilliant.

    in reply to: AMEX NCL Cruiseline offer
    Ladyshopper

    This is the second time round in a few months they’ve done this offer. Last time I called to do a couple of part-payments, as couldn’t do it via the website (have since learnt you can do it on the app).

    This time round, I’ve done it on the app. Our cruise is from Lisbon to Rio, so not departing the UK (but obviously booked in £). On the app when you make a part payment, it says it’s in dollars, but it isn’t. Shows on Amex statement has NCL Southampton.

    Made a part payment of £500 last Monday, the £100 credit was showing on Friday. Husband made a payment on Saturday, he got the email saying he’d used the offer yesterday (I never received this), so expecting the credit in a couple of days.

    From this offer and the last one, we’ll have had £400 back in credit, so very happy with that!

    We’ve got less than £500 to pay, but thinking of seeing if I can add an excursion or two to take it over the £500 (think I might have to phone for that) as have it on another card too.

    in reply to: Worth attaining Bronze?
    Ladyshopper

    We recently got Bronze by accident, as our 2 for 1 flights posted avios and tier points when they shouldn’t have (I think we were re-booked into revenue seats, so that’s possibly why).

    Unfortunately, this happened right at the end of our tier collection point, so no way of capitalising on this and going for silver, as it’s now all re-set. We already get free selections due to mobility issues, so Bronze isn’t much use really. If we end up doing any domestic flights in America using Avios I understand we get a free bag each as BA Bronze = One World Ruby.

    in reply to: Covid tests for the US
    Ladyshopper

    We’ve got DOCHQ booked as well for the day before our flight next week. I did book a few weeks ago, as didn’t want to miss out on availability (you can check on the site and it tells you how many appointments are available for the day, so gives you a good idea of what there is). Tests came within a couple of days.

    in reply to: Leaked: Benefits of IHG’s new reward programme
    Ladyshopper

    Still showing Spire here but that may be because it was earned last year. I hadn’t been paying much attention to IHG recently as I was moving back to Hilton following the Creation debacle but free breakfast will definitely put IHG back in the game!

    I’ve been platinum elite for years now, and I have no idea why. No credit card (although I think it’s down to having one about 6 years ago, if not more that got me to platinum!). Barely stay at IHG properties. Every year I keep on expecting to be bumped down, and every year it stays!

    Ladyshopper

    @Ladyshopper
    Your comment is very kind. So many people on here (@LadyLondon comes immediately to mind) have spent so much more time than I have answering people’s questions that I thought I would return the favour. I hope the above helps. The law can be a little obscure!

    The truth is at the start of COVID I had a feeling that BA wouldn’t play ball with a future flight and so I made sure to gather the evidence as I went along. Luckily enough I have found being a litigant for the first time interesting and pleased to have got a decision in my favour. I’ll confirm on a daily chat thread that BA have paid up.

    Frankly, I suspect previously that when BA have not paid up it is likely to be inadvertence rather than malfeasance but I shall see. Hopefully, they will not force me to pursue them through the courts after all 🙂

    There are lots of helpful people on here, I agree. When I was looking at putting in a claim I spent ages going through previous chat threads (this was before the forum) copying and pasting things onto a word document to help me.

    However, having a template like this is brilliant. Not everyone is confident at things like this, me included, so it is a really useful resource to have.

    Ladyshopper

    First of all, well done!

    And secondly, this is one of the most helpful set of posts I’ve ever seen, so thank you. I’m sure there will be a lot of people on here who hugely appreciate the step by step guide.

    I nearly had to do this last year (but at the last minute was able to get my flights changed back in July when BA decided they were going to let people do that, then they back tracked on the new policy for reasons unknown a short while later). I had a very kind poster from here email me what he had sent to CEDR for a similar case, and that really helped. I was very glad that I didn’t have to go through with the claim in the end, but having something like this would definitely help me in future if I ever needed to do one.

    in reply to: Medicspot Supervised LFT
    Ladyshopper

    Yep, you need the observed one for £19.99:
    Fit To Fly Antigen Test With Observation

    I have used Medicspot for PCR tests in the past with no issues. For the US travel, I’ve travelled 3 times with tests with Qured for £24.65. Always quick, efficient and working just fine.

    Thanks. I must be going mad, I’m sure when I looked yesterday the observed one was also coming up at £11.99. I perhaps didn’t notice the yellow notice at the top of the page that is there when I look now.

    At £19.99, I think I’d probably rather go with DOCHQ as I’ve seen a lot more people using them and know that they’re fine.

    in reply to: Boots RAT for entry to USA
    Ladyshopper

    there have been reports that lloyds have taken online bookings when the local branch was unable to fulfill
    https://www.thedibb.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=1217215&highlight=lloyds

    so I would telephone the local branch just to double check

    I’m on the Dibb, and also a number of Orlando groups on FB, as you say, there have been a lot of complaints about Lloyds and being let down by them.

    Northern Lass, I’d definitely double check with the branch you’re booked in with that there aren’t likely to be any last minute cancellations.

    in reply to: Best lateral flow for USA
    Ladyshopper

    No problems using Qured when abroad – it does not seem to matter. Just check that what you get as a declaration of result satisfies the cruise line.

    Lovely, thank you. I believe the cruise line need them to be supervised, either in person or via video, so this should be fine.

    in reply to: Best lateral flow for USA
    Ladyshopper

    Has anyone bought and taken this tests with them to the USA?

    Obviously we need to do one before we fly, however we’re in Seattle for a week then have a cruise. Need a test to get on the cruise (ships no longer providing free testing at port, and tests seem very expensive there). Was thinking of purchasing something like the Dochq tests and taking it with us. Wondered if anyone had done this and experienced any problems with joining the video call from abroad?

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