Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Jamaica hotel choice
    StanTheMan

    Round Hill in Montego Bay was superb – they do good semi-all inc food packages – and Ralph Lauren has a villa there and designed much of the resort, if that floats your boat.

    in reply to: Mattress run for 15 nights – best option?
    StanTheMan

    Phone a homeless charity – book a room for them to use for 15 nights.

    in reply to: Chat thread – Saturday 10th September
    StanTheMan

    A hedge fund will bring all London employees (a few hundreds) to Orlando Disney in 1st weekend of Dec, business class seats will be very tight around that time.

    I have no idea of the economics here, but at what point is it cheaper to charter your own aircraft?

    When you are going to fill an aircraft (or 2), you can be sure that the Airlines will be negotiating a very keen price.

    Most companies would not allow more than two or three senior staff to travel together; our company policy was max two MDs on a single flight. To put all your staff on one or even two aircraft is the the most absurd business/key man risk that no serious company would contemplate.

    Yet NFL, football, NBA, rugby etc etc teams do it every day….

    in reply to: Chat thread – Tuesday 6th September
    StanTheMan

    Thoughts on S75 with Amex:
    Bought something from IKEA and some pieces are missing. Only noticed 2 days after delivery because that’s when people came to assemble it.
    The only option they offer is coming back picking it up, and then either get a refund or a new one. That’s all fine but doesn’t help with assembling the new one that come! (And good thing that they came to assemble just after 2 days, has they claim I can only make a complaint about missing item in the first 72 hours and that I should have opened all boxes when they arrived!)
    I asked for only the missing pieces to be sent to us (I could assemble what’s missing), but they claim they can’t do that.

    Any grounds to claim S75 with Amex here to pay for assembly of the new item?

    I have total faith that you can assemble anything that IKEA sell. Just take your time, believe in yourself, and DO IT !

    in reply to: Reasonable to leave teens in economy
    StanTheMan

    Just spend their inheritance for them, and all go in Club together.

    StanTheMan

    Interested to hear what retention offers other readers are being offered now that the Platinum Card (Charge) is replaced by the Platinum Card (Credit). I was told that a downgrade to Gold Charge Card is no longer an option. However, I’m unsure how true that is in reality or if it was specific to my personal circumstances.

    1 x 35k and 3 x 50k amongst 4 of us here. all today. all on chat. the longest card holder got the 35k, go figure

    StanTheMan

    Mine hit my BAEC this morning. First monthly transfer after first monthly statement…..
    Miracles happen

    Good news , however this is the Hilton Barclaycard thread not the Avios Barclaycard thread. 🙂

    Quite right. Many apologies. The excitement of the Avios went to my head !

    StanTheMan

    Mine hit my BAEC this morning. First monthly transfer after first monthly statement…..
    Miracles happen

    in reply to: How long does the Avios take to post?
    StanTheMan

    My July points (inc the 50,000 bonus) have hit my BA account this morning. 55,000 avios for 20 quid fee. oooooooof.

    StanTheMan

    Botafumeiro for a classic fish restaurant.
    Hotel Arts for a great hotel with decent pool.

    in reply to: Your hot tips for the best steak in London?
    StanTheMan

    As a Goodman knife holder, it is always worth telling them if your steak isnt up to scratch. They hate disappointed diners. And will always try and remedy…. I’m not talking about the people who ask for medium/medium rare, then moan it is 5% under/over cooked. OR even worse, the “well done fillet” gang – a chef dies somewhere every time one is ordered.

    It took my friend and me having orders mixed up several years ago to finally convince him to order non-ruined steak. His medium-rare (my order) was “much nicer than any steak I’ve ever eaten before”. I ended up with a few mouthfuls of his well done bit (like shoe leather of course) but it was worth it..

    They say you can tell a lot about a person by what steak they order and how they have it cooked. I really find it eye opening……… “ooooh I dont want to eat any blood” errr, you aren’t going to.

    in reply to: Your hot tips for the best steak in London?
    StanTheMan

    Ended up in Goodman Mayfair yesterday. Had modest expectations but was pleasantly surprised, as was everyone in the group who had Fillet. Those who had Ribeye all far less so. A tip that mat hopefully be of use to someone.

    As a Goodman knife holder, it is always worth telling them if your steak isnt up to scratch. They hate disappointed diners. And will always try and remedy…. I’m not talking about the people who ask for medium/medium rare, then moan it is 5% under/over cooked. OR even worse, the “well done fillet” gang – a chef dies somewhere every time one is ordered.

    StanTheMan

    Anyone else had the horrendous experience where the transaction that triggers the 50,000 avios bonus gets refunded ? I will still be over the £3,000 spend overall. I know this can be an issue with Amex, has anyone had any experience with B/Card ? Thankyou

    I had a few refunds around the same time that I hit my target, but also had other charges that offset them and still took me over. I still got my 25k. Once I hit the target they showed in my app, and even with the refunds that didn’t change. I watched it for a few days to be sure.

    many thanks, that’s a relief !

    StanTheMan

    Anyone else had the horrendous experience where the transaction that triggers the 50,000 avios bonus gets refunded ? I will still be over the £3,000 spend overall. I know this can be an issue with Amex, has anyone had any experience with B/Card ? Thankyou

    in reply to: Can only pay off balance from personal account
    StanTheMan

    Hi All,
    I’ve been using American Express for many years now and have managed to use accumulated points on several occasions.
    I have a free personal card with my wife as an additional card holder.
    We use these cards daily for buying everything from groceries, fuel, household bills and some business purchases.
    Balance is paid off in full every month from 4 different bank accounts via bank transfer.
    Today I received a letter stating that all balance payments must now be from an account that is either in my name or my wife’s name and not from a company named bank account.
    The letter doesn’t state a deadline date and reads that payments from a different bank account may take longer to clear, so maybe I can just pay the balance earlier?
    This really doesn’t work for us and I don’t want to start carrying several cards for different purchases.
    Anyone else have this problem and if so , have you just carried on as before?
    Appreciate any constructive replies.
    Mark

    Pay Amex total from your personal account, and send the 3 payments from the naughty bank accounts to your main personal account.
    Still have to make 4 transactions, total payments are the same, but keep Amex happy.
    What is the issue ?

    in reply to: New £300 Platinum dining credit July 2022
    StanTheMan

    Just a thought. If you are unlikely to travel overseas and you know someone (you trust) going to a overseas destination with a restaurant enrolled in the offer – you could just hand them the card to utilise the offer.

    Totally, have already “borrowed” my bro-in-laws Plat for a trip to Spain next month. Agreed I’d split the £150 credit with him.

    in reply to: Finding out my Amex number
    StanTheMan

    I have a BAPP Amex, but have unfortunately left it at home whilst travelling, and was wanting to use it to book a flight for benefits, and 2-4-1. I can log in to my amex account, it is on apple pay, I have the last 5 digits, the CVV, and the expiry. Is there any way to find out the full number to use it? I have tried:
    – Asking amex!
    – Checking statements (it is starred out)
    – Setting up a direct debit (the number is usually the reference, but hasnt appeared on my current account yet)
    – Checking other sites I have used it on (Amazon, etc,) to see if it is fully numbered there

    Anyone brainy here know of a quick way of finding it out?

    My BAPP is saved as a default card on BA, just need to remember the 4 magic digits on the front…. check if yours is too

    in reply to: Regular Avios booking – cancellation query
    StanTheMan

    BA can’t rebook on Easyjet – Easyjet is a ticketless airline so they’d have to physically buy tickets and they just won’t do that

    No problem with your outbound rebooking – you aren’t confirmed on the flight unless you accepted it so you can’t no show. However I’d give them a call, have them deleted the unconfirmed outbound sector and have your return protected . Make sure they note in the booking that they could not rebook you to the earliest available alternative which is on Easyjet

    Then after your flight contact them for your rerouting expenses as you exercised your right to re-routing at the earliest possible opportunity (as per Article 8 of UK261) . From what I’m reading they’re refusing these upfront so then send a letter before action to Legal Department, Waterside, PO BOX 365, Harmondsworth, UB7 0GB and file MCOL if required if they don’t reply/ continue to refuse

    Also ask for your compo per Article 7 as applicable

    Many thanks @SamG Appreciate this. Might be worth a few emails etc, a nice little fight to have for a few hundred quid.

    in reply to: Regular Avios booking – cancellation query
    StanTheMan

    @StanTheMan so you have done all you can and given BA ample opportunity to rebook/reroute you so you are clearly entitled to make your own arrangements to sort this out and get the money back later.

    One would have thought it would be easier and cheaper just to rebook people rather than have to employ more people to organise compo/reimbursements which will cost more, but the unfortunate reality is that by being obstructive they probably shake off up to 75% of claims.

    Totally right. Very poor show. Happy to re-book the flight there myself on Easyjet.

    Then need them to move my return flight, which shouldnt be a problem. But will they cancel it if i dont show up for my now cancelled outbound flight!? What a mess

    in reply to: Regular Avios booking – cancellation query
    StanTheMan

    @StanTheMan – they are talking nonsense of course! The agent is perhaps getting confused re the 24 hours. What the BA policy actually says (at Option 10) re its rebooking policy for cancellations (in Standard Customer Guidelines) onto non OW partners (or special commercial agreements on some routes eg with LH) is: “The new flight must take place within 24hrs of the original cancelled flight” which is rather different!

    Yep, but they wont budge! scumbags

    in reply to: Regular Avios booking – cancellation query
    StanTheMan

    @StanTheMan there may be a gulf between what BA should do and actually does. They should rebook you on EasyJet if that’s what you request and if you can’t get home that night by U2 or BA etc then they should pay for your hotel, dinner and breakfast. £400 is high, but if that’s a reasonable price, for a last minute booking on a Saturday night, that’s the price; just screenshot a few comparables. They can’t ask you to stay in a fleapit, nor will they be expected to pay for the ritz.

    If you do stay overnight, you should also get UK261 compensation but for the flight up that will potentially depend on actual arrival time.

    The problem is that if BA refuses your proposed reroute and you do it yourself, you will be out of pocket for quite a bit of money while you sort it out – you will likely be waiting many weeks. Keep a very good record of all your efforts to resolve with BA, justification of high hotel price etc. and every receipt. You should get everything back, but there is no guarantee and you may have to fight.

    Speed is presumably of the essence as with all these cancellations everyone will be scrambling for the few seats left.

    So yes, BA are refusing to re-route me on easyjet – “this can only be done if we cancel within 24 hours of the flight” !

    will HUACA

    in reply to: Regular Avios booking – cancellation query
    StanTheMan

    @StanTheMan there may be a gulf between what BA should do and actually does. They should rebook you on EasyJet if that’s what you request and if you can’t get home that night by U2 or BA etc then they should pay for your hotel, dinner and breakfast. £400 is high, but if that’s a reasonable price, for a last minute booking on a Saturday night, that’s the price; just screenshot a few comparables. They can’t ask you to stay in a fleapit, nor will they be expected to pay for the ritz.

    If you do stay overnight, you should also get UK261 compensation but for the flight up that will potentially depend on actual arrival time.

    The problem is that if BA refuses your proposed reroute and you do it yourself, you will be out of pocket for quite a bit of money while you sort it out – you will likely be waiting many weeks. Keep a very good record of all your efforts to resolve with BA, justification of high hotel price etc. and every receipt. You should get everything back, but there is no guarantee and you may have to fight.

    Speed is presumably of the essence as with all these cancellations everyone will be scrambling for the few seats left.

    So yes, BA are refusing to re-route me on easyjet – “this can only be done if we cancel within 24 hours of the flight” !

    Not sure what to do next…

    in reply to: Regular Avios booking – cancellation query
    StanTheMan

    @StanTheMan there may be a gulf between what BA should do and actually does. They should rebook you on EasyJet if that’s what you request and if you can’t get home that night by U2 or BA etc then they should pay for your hotel, dinner and breakfast. £400 is high, but if that’s a reasonable price, for a last minute booking on a Saturday night, that’s the price; just screenshot a few comparables. They can’t ask you to stay in a fleapit, nor will they be expected to pay for the ritz.

    If you do stay overnight, you should also get UK261 compensation but for the flight up that will potentially depend on actual arrival time.

    The problem is that if BA refuses your proposed reroute and you do it yourself, you will be out of pocket for quite a bit of money while you sort it out – you will likely be waiting many weeks. Keep a very good record of all your efforts to resolve with BA, justification of high hotel price etc. and every receipt. You should get everything back, but there is no guarantee and you may have to fight.

    Speed is presumably of the essence as with all these cancellations everyone will be scrambling for the few seats left.

    Thanks very much for your reply. Looks like a painful call ahead of me. Fingers crossed they re-book me on Eeasyjet. Then i’ll only be out of pocket for the hotel – I can see £200 ish for the Marriot inc dinner.
    Will worry about the UK261 comp at a later stage.

    in reply to: Regular Avios booking – cancellation query
    StanTheMan

    @Stan could you travel by train? BA should pay for the cost of that instead

    We want to be in Glasgow for a football game at 3pm Saturday, and come home after. So we booked 930am flight there, 730pm back.

    Both of these now cancelled.

    I can see an Easyjet flight up on the Saturday, and a BA flight back in the morning on the Sunday.

    If i call BA, do they have the will/ability/brains/ to book both these flights for me – easyjet up, BA back?

    Are they then also on the hook for the overnight hotel – or do I book that myself and claim back? (At up to £400 for a hotel room as its 2 of us ? Many thanks for any help. This is to take my son to a nice away day football trip, so loathe to cancel !

    in reply to: Regular Avios booking – cancellation query
    StanTheMan



    @StanTheMan
    if Easyjet have flights book those, do NOT cancel the BA ones and submit the receipt as reroute expenses. You do need to have given BA the chance to reroute you so try get them on the phone and note in your PNR that you needed to travel same day and they didn’t have anything to offer[/quote]

    Thanks. No Easyjet flight there and back on Saturdays either. What a shame.


    @SamG

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