Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • StanTheMan 219 posts

    If it looks like a troll, and sounds like a troll…….

    in reply to: Amex has cancelled all my cards!
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Latest updates:

    I’m wondering whether a balance transfer to pay off Amex may count as a payment not from a personal bank a/c. I’ve done this once or twice.
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    What is a balance transfer to pay off Amex ???? It sounds a tad moody

    in reply to: Sicily 8 day stay
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    https://www.relais-sangiuliano.it/en/
    was a lovely boutique hotel on the bottom slopes of Etna – made a good base to head up the volcano.

    Taormina was superb – the Atlantis Bay or Mazzaro Sea Palace both on the beachfront.
    Grand Hotel Timeo, or the Four Seasons right in the town if you want to really splurge – Or just go to the Four Seasons for dinner – was a great “White Lotus” experience.

    And yes, definitely hire a car.

    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Why didnt Walter Mitty use the WiFi to sort this out himself ??!!

    And yes, @NorthernLasss, I dimly remember my dad putting a letter in an envelope and attempting to send it via the fax machine.

    StanTheMan 219 posts

    This is epic trolling !! You’ve hooked a few of us in…

    How were you going to have 36 hours in Dallas, as you wrote above??

    Your flights on the 27th surely wouldn’t have arrived before 7pm, as you say you had a 5 hour connection in Chicago to get there…. and you say you were leaving on the 28th.

    And who is this pilot you enlisted as your PA ?!

    The mind boggles

    Next time, fly directly to Dallas in your made up story.

    in reply to: Abu Dhabi advice please
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Hilton Yas Island gives you free access to a park for every day of your stay – I think 4 of us to WB world would have been £350 so it a deal that is very hard to beat. Nice promenade outside the hotel (Yas Bay) with enough restaurants to last a good week. Or a fiver in a cab to the Mall for anything else you need. We’ve also stayed at the Ritz Carlton – much better location to get to restaurants in the city. But, as above – if you want the parks – stick to Yas Island and get the deal including entrance tickets.

    in reply to: BA Shopping – Does it actually work?
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Last September Booked a tour with Viator to take place in November. T&cs said avios awarded 90 days after end of tour. February no avios. Put in claim and response was more or less be patient!!
    Still pending on estore. I find awarding is variable

    Similar story here… I have 4 Viator transactions still pending. All of these excursions took place between 130-140 days ago!
    I have sorted of given up.

    I should have more faith – just received notifications for all 4 transactions saying they will be awarded within 24 hours!

    Ditto. Viator must have unclogged their pipes today – finally got 1500 avios from October.

    in reply to: Amex has cancelled all my cards!
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Prisons are full of innocent men too.

    .. innocent men with bad lawyers!

    Indeed, with 35 years impeccable behaviour….

    in reply to: Amex has cancelled all my cards!
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Prisons are full of innocent men too.

    in reply to: BA Amex Tier point spend
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    My first 100 TPs arrived with the regular Avios sent over from my BAPP. Applied to my BAEC and tier amended the next day.

    in reply to: Thank you! Now please help plan my LA trip
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Geoffrey’s in Malibu is a great spot for lunch – 45 minute drive down the coast – Table out on the terrace.

    I’d also go to the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel – just quintessential LA.

    in reply to: 100 tier points for £15K spend – tracker ?
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Just click “view transactions” and select “custom date range” from the day you enrolled (21st November ish) until today – all transactions will be shown, with the total of them at the bottom.

    in reply to: Stopping short on a 2for1
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Booked a family holiday for 4 with one 241 voucher in my name.
    I didnt fly back with my family, but they had no issues getting back on the plane from Greece.

    in reply to: Barcelona – central hotel advice
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Thankyou all very very much for your help. Hugely appreciated.
    The Melia will be cancelled.

    Nobu looks ideal, but Room Mate has decent family interconnecting rooms for similar price, aswell as a great looking terrace. Will give my wife the final call…

    (Casa Camper and Hotel 1898 didnt hhave rooms or needed 3 night stays)

    StanTheMan 219 posts

    I’d ask for your money back

    in reply to: Venice – restaurant ideas?
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Osteria alle Testiere – world class fish – Michael Winner’s favourite – ….

    Also Angela Hartnett’s and Stanley Tucci’s.

    Aaaah, then we definitely have a winner !

    Just looking at the place it’s exactly the kind of place we like. I remember somewhere a lot like this where I had my first food culture shock a very long time ago watching an Italian discuss the menu with the waiter at length rather than just order. I like places that care deeply about food and don’t just see things as transactional.

    “Memorable without the faff” is exactly how I would describe it. Well worth a visit

    in reply to: Venice – restaurant ideas?
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Osteria alle Testiere – world class fish – Michael Winner’s favourite – ….

    Also Angela Hartnett’s and Stanley Tucci’s.

    Aaaah, then we definitely have a winner !

    in reply to: Venice – restaurant ideas?
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Osteria alle Testiere – world class fish – Michael Winner’s favourite – if that is a positive or negative for you…

    Da Ivo…. Clooney had his stag night dinner here…. see my previous comment re Michael Winner.

    in reply to: BAPP Avios late this month
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Ditto. The eagle has landed. 9 days later !

    in reply to: BAPP Avios late this month
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Amex have also opened an investigation, so will wait to hear. Sounds like its affecting a few of us, so maybe its just a batch that have fallen off the spreadsheet…..

    in reply to: BAPP Avios late this month
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    @kaiW90 Did your Avios arrive from BAPP yet?? Still nothing on mine. Amex said they left on 20th December and to speak to BA…. BA then said speak to Amex…..

    Not sure what to do next ??

    in reply to: BAPP Avios late this month
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    Have had the same issue with P2- they left Amex on 20th Dec but haven’t appeared on BAEC yet.

    But on my account they left and arrived the same day as normal….

    StanTheMan 219 posts

    @Cinimo – you have hit the nail on the head here. You were very lucky to land upon someone ‘old school’ at LCY as the knowledge base at BA has been so eroded over time. I trained on reservations, fares and ticketing some forty years ago, but still find myself helping BA staff who, to be fair are very grateful if a little surprised that they haven’t been told/trained about some things and that many processes haven’t changed in so long.

    It sounds like you have a wealth of experience and knowledge in the airline industry, particularly in reservations, fares, and ticketing. It’s not uncommon for long-time employees to become valuable resources due to their deep understanding of the intricacies of the business. In industries that undergo technological advancements and procedural changes, having individuals with a “legacy” understanding can be incredibly beneficial.

    It’s interesting to hear that you’re still finding yourself assisting current staff, and it speaks to the importance of retaining institutional knowledge. The aviation industry, like many others, has evolved significantly over the past few decades, but some core processes and principles remain unchanged.

    StanTheMan 219 posts
    in reply to: Am I missing some value with the Platinum Card?
    StanTheMan 219 posts

    I’m trying to justify keeping this card. I use the HN credits, dining credit in the UK and I did use it in Germany this year and have used the insurance cover. My big issue is to be covered by the Plat insurance, I have to pay on the card itself. Not a problem for paying in GBP but next year we are off to Mexico. Reward flights paid on the card but the hotel in Mexico is $11000. So with the forex rate charges I’m going to have to add $330 in fees. Booking direct with the hotel is the cheapest so that’s the way I will go.

    Paying $330 in fees sounds like a drop in the ocean compared to the total cost but when everything is added up, I think I will be well short of the fee. Am I missing a way to negate the FX fees so that the insurance will cover me?

    Phone the hotel – put $200 or so on the Platinum, balance on another FX free card.

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