Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • scholar wong 46 posts

    No, they should have been able to book it. Was it all on BA or other/mix?

    If still within 24 hours you could HUACA and see if you can get someone to change it for free.

    All BA, that’s useful to know for next time, the earlier flight actually works out a bit better, so we’ll stick with it. Thanks!

    Ok, so me thinking it works better doesn’t necessarily mean that the wife does. I called up and they changed it without charging any fees as it was within 24 hours.

    Thanks @northernlass

    scholar wong 46 posts

    No, they should have been able to book it. Was it all on BA or other/mix?

    If still within 24 hours you could HUACA and see if you can get someone to change it for free.

    All BA, that’s useful to know for next time, the earlier flight actually works out a bit better, so we’ll stick with it. Thanks!

    scholar wong 46 posts

    I just made an open jaw booking over the phone, it wasn’t a problem for us, but the exact outbound flight I wanted which is still showing as available online, wasn’t available when booking over the phone, so we ended up on an earlier outbound flight.

    Is this because the when searching online with the Companion Voucher it showed extra availability? However this wasn’t the case when booking over the phone? Wouldn’t have thought it would make a difference online or over the phone.

    scholar wong 46 posts

    There won’t be a change fee to add an open jaw return because you can’t do it over the phone. One advantage is that of you cancel having made one booking it will be £70 total for two passengers, if you make separate bookings and cancel it will be £140 total. With good availability I’d make one booking over the phone, if not at you are booking at T-355 then make two.

    Cool, will aim to wrap up in one PNR!

    scholar wong 46 posts

    If availability is good then you can wait and book the whole thing in one go on the phone and it’ll all be on one PNR.

    Good point, and presumably no £35 change fee per passenger?!

    scholar wong 46 posts

    LHR-LAX 4741nm
    JFK-LHR 2999nm
    LAX-JFK 2151nm

    As the LAX-JFK is shorter than the other two then yes you can, this complies with open-jaw rules.

    Thanks for the useful replies, I suppose I can book the outbound leg online and call to add the return leg? Any benefit to booking both at the same time via the phone?

    scholar wong 46 posts

    Wanted to check with the experts here before I make any phone calls/move points around.

    Is it possible to book with a 241 voucher LHR – LAX for the outbound and JKF/LHR for the return?

    in reply to: Amex has cancelled all my cards!
    scholar wong 46 posts

    @metty – Have you considered doing a “Farage” and making a SAR for personal information they hold on you, it might be the best route to finding out what out the rationale for closing down your accounts.

    scholar wong 46 posts

    Just baffled why you’d need $500 in cash for an overnight stopover in New York.

    I think I’ve spent about $6 in cash in total over the last 4 US visits, and maybe used a quarter (returned) for lockers. Everything else is card, even hotel laundry machines now.

    😉

    scholar wong 46 posts

    I tried asking a few times, was only ever offered a downgrade and politely told to not try again, ended up cancelling. 😀

    in reply to: Centurion Lounge entry denied
    scholar wong 46 posts

    No need to apologise, it’s a useful data point, I should have broadened out my question to experiences in general. This will certainly add to my valuation model for the Plat!

    in reply to: Centurion Lounge entry denied
    scholar wong 46 posts

    How close were you to the three hours? Or how early were you? When I was in LAS we were about 15-20 minutes early but they let us in without any problem.

    About an hour. It seemed quite chaotic at the time, they denied a British family of 4 just before us for some unknown reason.

    in reply to: Amex Platinum insurance – MASTER THREAD
    scholar wong 46 posts

    I have an upcoming car rental with Sixt at LAX. To validate the insurance I understand I have to reject all insurance provided by the car rental company. Does this mean i have to reject LDW as well as CDW? I have not used Amex car hire insurance before. Is rejecting this obvious on the insurance document? Does this mean you do not have to pay the fee for an additional driver (friend)?

    Same here, from my understanding the Platinum Insurance provides cover on top of whatever insurances you have taken from the car rental company. So I won’t be paying for any additional coverage and the 50k should be more than sufficient to cover any excesses.

    What did you end up doing?

    in reply to: Amex Member Week – when does it start?
    scholar wong 46 posts

    I signed up to a few offers too, I cant seem to see the Amex Travel get 75 off 300 spend yet. Seems like some people have already seen it.

    It appears to be for selected members.

    in reply to: Upgrade from Gold to Platinum
    scholar wong 46 posts

    Do you need to have received the email qualify for this? Or can I just go through the link posted above?

    in reply to: Advice – Worth me keeping Platinum?
    scholar wong 46 posts

    Good suggestions, thanks, I think I’ll keep it until Feb at least, I wouldn’t be cancelling until Dec anyway, so effectively spending c£150 for £350 of benefit. They if they give me a tasty retention I’ll do the honourable thing.

    in reply to: Cancelling Amex Platinum
    scholar wong 46 posts

    I’ve just cancelled my Amex Platinum, and booked a hotel using the £200 credit a few months before I cancelled the card. I now need to cancel the hotel booking – will I get the full refund (per booking T&C), or will Amex withhold £200 for the credit as the booking has been cancelled? Thanks.

    You’ll get a full refund for the booking, but the £200 credit is meant to be clawed back and you won’t be able to use it again.

    in reply to: AmEx Platinum – Speculation for 2023 and beyond
    scholar wong 46 posts

    There are obviously changes brewing. If anyone has any intel – please post.

    I’m wondering whether I should transfer out my not insignificant stash of MR points?

    I’d relax, any changes will come with due notice.

    scholar wong 46 posts

    Spoke to chat, no offers available, but offered a downgrade to Gold with no fee for the first 12 months.

    I’d receive a refund of c£400 for the Platinum. Tempting, as I’ve exhausted the dining/HN credits for this year, so I need to wait until 2024 now for another £300 + £50 of credits. I don’t have much use for the insurance/PP/hotel status. I would need to use up the £200 travel credit first.

    in reply to: Breakfast before Spa at the Langham. Where?
    scholar wong 46 posts

    Duck and Waffle.

    in reply to: No Amex
    scholar wong 46 posts

    Some benefits from the US version that I think would be valuable:

    $240 Entertainment Credit
    $200 Uber Credit
    $100 Saks credit (equivalent to Harvey Nichols)
    $200 Airline Credit
    $200 Hotel Credit
    No Foreign Transaction Fees

    That’s not a comprehensive list of the benefits, but easily outweighs the card fee, agree the interchange market in the US is much more lucrative, but the card fees are broadly comparable (£575 vs $695), and I didn’t think the Platinum card was interchange driven anyway?

    in reply to: No Amex
    scholar wong 46 posts

    I’d like to see the UK version of the card converge more towards the US offering – https://www.americanexpress.com/en-us/benefits/travel/resources/amex-platinum-card/

    in reply to: New £300 Platinum dining credit July 2022
    scholar wong 46 posts

    Went to Sketch this evening, flavours are ok, but not worth it overall.

    scholar wong 46 posts

    Just received 7k MR, which hit the account instantly.

    scholar wong 46 posts

    Credit card wise, the Barclaycard Rewards is the best option for FX. Even includes 0% interest on ATM if the statement balance is paid in full.

    Debit Card wise is probably Chase, due to the higher ATM limits and 1% cash back.

    Monzo Flex is an alternate option if you want to spread the cost of purchases.

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