Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: RTW with oneworld
    Mikeact

    Northern or Southern hemisphere ?

    in reply to: Virgin Atlantic Joins Skyeam
    Mikeact

    Great news, I for one will look forward to using the highly regarded Virgin lounges.
    And redeeming more on Virgin like we did a couple of months back. It remains to be seen how many miles per award, and if they will be aligned…some have been outrageous . I expect that using AF Premier awards but not regular US routes by other SkyTeam members. AF/KL monthly Promo Awards can be worth checking out.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 15th September
    Mikeact

    USA Today are reporting that US Airlines (including flights to or from the US) will be penalised and will have to offer compensation if your aircraft is replaced with an aircraft downgrade. eg Wide body flight with lie flat seating to a narrow body aircraft with no such ‘luxury ‘.

    Mikeact
    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 8th September
    Mikeact

    If somebody has an AllClear travel policy, would you somehow be happy to refer me…..I get 20% off a reasonably expensive Global Annual policy and you get £10 ? I guess it would have to be through HfP somehow.

    in reply to: I should have made a note, but didn’t ….
    Mikeact

    More than happy to wait until I get tipped off (50k)…problem is/was, never used their three cards for years…just stuck in a drawer going back years when I was going to go for the UK Guinness record for most credit cards !

    in reply to: Chat thread – Monday 5th September
    Mikeact

    Hi there, I’d appreciate some help with a KLM/AF mileage run I am contemplating, to keep alive about 120,000 miles that will expire at the end of the year. I’ve looked at Google Flights, the best option for me seems to be a day return BHX-AMS on KLM at £109 but I’ve heard bad things about AMS airport so I’m not sure if this is wise. Or, I could do BHX-CDG on AF for £119.

    Any advice from the collective wisdom here on HfP? Many thanks![/quot

    Either. I’ve been through both recently, and nothing like the problems earlier. I prefer the lounge in AMS.

    in reply to: Sainsbury’s Credit Card
    Mikeact

    You mean, do the same with the Amex/Nectar card ?

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 1st September
    Mikeact

    Travelling to the US next month. If anyone could please recommend the cheapest website to use for a car rental would be much appreciated! Thanks

    In my opinion I would NOT go through a third party at present. Any problems you have requiring a change could well be met with a big ‘No,cancel and re-book.’
    At least going direct with a rental company, you stand a better chance.
    And again, in my opinion, think twice/three times before trying Hertz..Google for issues.
    And on the subject of Insurance, be careful that in the unlikely event of a ‘No fault’ accident, you can still be hit with ‘Diminished value’ which some insurance company’s do not cover…dependant on the State you’re in this can be a valid legal claim…some States have outlawed it. I guess they could sue you for it, if you dispute it, but then get them to prove their loss…(with help !)

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 1st September
    Mikeact

    Anna,
    Think EJ won’t want the actual hassle of the rebook. They may well be quite happy for you to do this, pay upfront and claim it back. Know BA were relieved when l said l would do this with EJ in July (tho still waiting for my refund!) the FR alternative sounds very reasonable to me, and l think MCOL would agree! After all, you are the one inconvenienced.

    Also realised that the Ryanair flight is to Treviso so a much longer transfer. Would EJ be on the hook for that?
    I’m not at all impressed – the cancellation email offered me a refund, a voucher or a change of date/destination (but only within Italy)! No mention of re-routing. Can’t believe airlines are still pulling this stunt.

    Pulling a stunt? Like what?

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 1st September
    Mikeact

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    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 1st September
    Mikeact

    Was this a cash ticket or Reward. If Reward, how many miles + payment?

    in reply to: Chat thread – Thursday 1st September
    Mikeact

    Emirates have changed my UK departing flight itinerary by more than 4 hours – what are my rights? IIRC you are entitled to move it for free or get a full refund?

    Not sure about the rights but when mine were moved Oct half term I called up and they moved me to a Heathrow flight with no issues as the timing was closer to the one I had initially. Worth a check and calling if you can. The Heathrow flight was substantially more expensive as well but didn’t cost any extra.

    Slightly OT, but Emirates related.
    Check out their humongous “taxes/charges”
    eg Business. Australia to the US, nearly AUS$ 5000, and this for Reward tickets.

    in reply to: Why moderation?
    Mikeact

    There was similar discussion: https://www.headforpoints.com/forums/topic/vanishing-posts/

    It’s indeed unfortunate. I had a few posts like this. I post less often now because of that. Especially frustrating when it happens in the daily chat and the post gets approved when it’s the next day or doesn’t even get released because it’s no longer relevant.

    +1

    in reply to: Newcomer to UK
    Mikeact

    The Avios University series on here is an excellent starting point.

    in reply to: Status match Flying Blue
    Mikeact

    @MaukSW9.You will be waiting forever ,particularly out of the UK. If fact as someone who knows most of the Premium UK members, I have yet to hear of anyone who was status matched with BA, apart from a UK business with strong Netherlands connections.

    in reply to: Vanishing posts
    Mikeact

    All of the spam posts contained one of two particular words. Posts containing those words are being held for moderation.

    One word is rare but annoyingly one is very common on this forum.

    Once the spammer have given up – everything they have posted for the last 5 days or so has been blocked – and moved on, we will change the filter. What is frustrating is that the entire team was away last week which made moderation trickier.

    So, share with us what this word/s are. It seemed to me that every post is moderated somehow prior to publication

    Mikeact

    Congratulations. I’ve done it twice now and my only advice to others is Patience…if the first agent doesn’t know what you’re talking about, hang up and try again. Have a back up plan to hand when the agent says…Sorry, last two seats have gone. Have your PC, laptop, phone all open ready to agree or contradict. Make sure you use all of your mileage allowance….we managed to tag on a weekend away in AMS. Record your phone call which can be useful, very, if a problem arises down the road. Make a note of all carrier out of hours contact numbers.
    All I would say it is not for the feint hearted or those of a nervous disposition, as you WILL become frustrated and you don’t want to end up with a stroke or heart attack!
    There was a very good thread on here some 4/5 years back, but good luck trying to find it.

    in reply to: The British Airways Prepaid Mastercard thread
    Mikeact

    I would have been happy to add to an existing thread but gave up searching.

    How on earth do you get hold of your Pin ?
    I’ve had nothing despite hitting the App for an SMS message, many times.

    Thanks

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    in reply to: KLM redemptions using Virgin Points
    Mikeact

    Go on their website, KL or AF. Any problems, come back here and I’ll check.

    in reply to: Household Account
    Mikeact

    Appreciate that…F&F is the way to go then. We would just like to give them a break after some difficult issues.

    in reply to: Household Account
    Mikeact

    Thanks Chris. Do you think it better to set up a Friends and Family list instead ?

    in reply to: Amex / PayPal cashback offer
    Mikeact

    Back on topic….my £20 back is now showing in my Amex account…worth it for purchasing the Sainsburys gift card through PayPal.

    in reply to: Amex / PayPal cashback offer
    Mikeact

    As a follow up , managed to get my Sainsbury gift card tonight, but what a hassle with their website. Some expert needs to have a word with them…and PayPal.

    in reply to: Amex / PayPal cashback offer
    Mikeact

    Another one here who bought a YouChoose ‘All Access’ giftcard from the Paypal website.

    Got the confirmation email from Amex straight away, and the cashback credited a few days later.

    Activated the giftcard with no problems and used it to purchase a Sainsburys E-giftcard, which I have since redeemed online.

    I’ll have to try later, processing just going round and round..on phone , tablet and PC.

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