Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: South of France road trip advice
    spellman

    Thanks for everyone’s contributions – lots to digest!

    Agree with the feedback posted above. The whole process has been a horrible painful disaster from start to finish (and it’s not finished yet) – and I was actually a pretty happy Barclays customer before all of this!

    From getting a crazy £250 credit limit on the card which took weeks to challenge, to being sent in circles trying to open the Premier account, couldn’t do it on the app, told to call a number, call the number, the line has a prerecorded message says its no longer active and to use the app!, and finally being locked out of my main Barclays banking app and had to bring ID into a branch, despite Barclays knowing who I was for the past twenty years because my mortgage is with them!

    I’m very tempted to close everything Barclays related once (if?) the 100k Avios ever post and take my business elsewhere.

    spellman

    We loved the Conrad St James, and the lounge there; The highlight being when the waiter topping everyone’s glasses with Prosecco came round to apologise that they’d run out of Prosecco and if champagne would be OK instead?

    First world problems eh 😉

    in reply to: Useless credit limit
    spellman

    But back to the point …. £200 is the holding limit you get until you supply the income verification docs you were asked to supply. Send those and you get your £10k, £20k whatever.

    Nope.

    We sent all the docs requested. Credit limit remained unchanged. Cancelled the card now.

    Did they confirm back to you that they won’t be increasing it?

    Yup. My only course of action was to log a complaint

    in reply to: Useless credit limit
    spellman

    But back to the point …. £200 is the holding limit you get until you supply the income verification docs you were asked to supply. Send those and you get your £10k, £20k whatever.

    Nope.

    We sent all the docs requested. Credit limit remained unchanged. Cancelled the card now.

    in reply to: Useless credit limit
    spellman

    @spellman the previous poster, @Andrew. was spot on. It is an issue that people do actually explicitly post about here, saying they make applications for and using a partner’s card without express authorisation

    Getting off topic, but this is HFP afterall…I never said I applied without her knowledge or authorisation. She’s always kept informed as the named account holder and she then authorises me with whichever company it is to act on her behalf going forward. There is nothing illegal about that, and perfectly within the terms of the card(s) in question.

    You say “I manage all our finances” which may be fine up to a point

    It is fine for our relationship. We have a joint current account, join CC accounts. She has full visibility of everything, but chooses to let me manage which product(s) we use and apply for, and our monthly budgets. Again, I would imagine this is pretty typical in an established long term relationship..one partner usually takes control of the finances and budgeting.

    It is very unwise of people to do this in such a casual way and some aspects may even be unlawful.

    Every relationship is different. What works for some wouldn’t work for others. If my wife ever decided she did care about whether we should earn Virgin points or Avios, I’d happily hand over the credit card selection process to her!

    I find the general idea that “I manage all the finances” rather disrespectful to one’s partner if it is literal. We do a bit of both and I greatly value my wife’s input (she is miles cleverer) as while she isn’t all that interested, a fresh pair of eyes often spots important issues I hadn’t noticed.

    I don’t disagree with you when done in a controlling manner, although you’re making an assumption based of an off-hand comment. My wife would be horrified if I suggested she takes over the management of our finances and investments etc and it just wouldn’t be a good use of her time at all.

    in reply to: Useless credit limit
    spellman

    People should really think twice before posting this kind of content or engage in this kind of behaviour with the Financial Services industry.

    Unless there is a formal POA in place, “I’ve requested an increase but they denied it.”, it has the potential to red-flag as an abusive and controlling relationship – which will only result in further checks.

    I manage all our finances and my wife couldn’t care less on how the AVios that pays for her business class flights are earned so leaves all the credit card churning to me, but I appreciate that it some circumstances it could be a very different situation, athough I doubt such a person would be advertising that on a public forum!

    in reply to: DoubleTree booking through Amex about 1/3rd cheaper
    spellman

    It’s likely Hilton will find a way to wriggle out of the price match e.g. differing cancellation terms, not a public rate etc.

    in reply to: What are the queues at JFK customs like?
    spellman

    We waited for about 20 minutes at JFK Terminal 4 after our Virgin flight three weeks ago (arrived around 4pm)

    in reply to: Bumped off Virgin Atlantic flight to NYC
    spellman

    Yea, I think under the old reward seat policy, I’d have opted for the cash, but I think I can use the flights and the vouchers have pretty decent validity (3 years)

    in reply to: Virgin Cash Advance fees about to be applied?
    spellman

    Confirming that two transactions (Amex bill payment and Monese top-up) via Curve have both incurred cash advance fees for me.
    Both tracked as purchases with MCC 6012

    in reply to: Toronto to Chicago road trip
    spellman

    Sorry – I can’t help with any of this but did you find a decent deal for car hire?!

    I picked up a SUV from Thrifty for $1400 for 13 days (one-way rental from JFK to ORD). A lot more expensive that pre-Covid but manageable.

    The price was originally $1600 but Autoslash found a few cheaper rates over the past few months.

    spellman

    I’ve used the offer twice now in restaurants in the HN London store, and so far no cashback has been paid. Transactions were three weeks and two weeks ago. Of course Amex support just say “wait 120 days” or something, but when cashback works, it’s always been less than a week.

    spellman

    I didn’t get the points and also hotels.com suspended my account for breaking their terms and conditions meaning I couldn’t redeem the two rewards night they owed me.

    After a lot of escalation, and countless emails and twitter DMs, after they were unable to provide the proof of what I did wrong to get my account suspended they ended up paying me the cash value of the rewards nights they owed me! Totally bizarre experience – so be warned!

    This was in Croydon – will try some fixed value ones today.

    Interestingly, Morrisons said that Amazon were no longer allowing their gift cards to be activated, so had removed them all on sale when I tried to purchase one at the weekend.

    in reply to: How to create a Virgin Atlantic household account?
    spellman

    Wrong forum?

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