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21st September 2022 at 20:46 in reply to: Glasgow – Hilton or Doubletree?Tariq
Stayed at both pre-Covid. My preference was always Doubletree. Good breakfast and lounge and often upgraded to Executive room as a Diamond. Extra benefit that on-street parking used to be free off peak, not sure if still the case.18th September 2022 at 19:35 in reply to: Addison Lee is no longer Platinum partnerTariq
Technically yes, as the letter is quick to ‘remind’ us of a recently-added benefit, but the dining perk was always supposed to be in addition to already existing benefit, including the AddLee one – not a replacement. Plus, the wording points the finger to an ‘unexpected change’ so it’d be reasonable to expect a replacement.
So “unexpected change” is Amex trying to say “AddLee caused this, not us” I guess
Indeed. Equally though, if Amex was that bothered, they could continue to fund it themselves from their own pocket.10th September 2022 at 20:21 in reply to: Chat thread – Saturday 10th SeptemberTariq
Just checked VA statement and I’d triggered 241 back in July… so my planned Sept 24 trip to San Francisco/Vancouver (VA out, BA back) will now have to be April/May 24 before it gets too warm. Is this a good time to visit – I’m guessing could be last throes of winter in BC in April so maybe May better?
Good time to visit? I don’t do heat…
I would think May would be a lovely time to visit BC, with longer daylight hours than September as well.
Indeed, we went late April/early May this year and had 5 really nice days in Vancouver – cool, but sunny and dry. Complete contrast to my last visit there where it poured with rain consistently.9th September 2022 at 18:57 in reply to: The HSBC Premier Mastercards threadTariq
I’m pleased to have received the unexpected 40k bonus others reported yesterday in lieu of the email; good to see them sorting the sheep from the goats.
I’m sure they’ll be swiftly removed once Mr X calls HSBC and tips them off to their error. 😂8th September 2022 at 22:05 in reply to: Reasonable to leave teens in economyTariq
Slightly off-topic, but one of the funnier travel stories from my family:
My brother was 12 and travelling from Prague to Mexico via JFK. Czech Airlines would let you travel on your own if you were over 12, Aeromexico over, I think, 15, but my parents didn’t realise that so he wasn’t booked as an unaccompanied minor.
So he happily made it to JFK, went to board his onward flight and was stopped from doing so. Whilst the ground staff were trying to work out what to do, the last flight to MEX left. So they booked him a hotel, gave him a voucher and told him to get a shuttle bus and stay in NYC overnight. And come back the next morning at 6am, on his own, on the shuttle bus.
My dad was worried sick when he didn’t emerge in Mexico and no one there had any idea of what had happened. He only found out where my brother was when he called from the NYC hotel, after he’d gone to dinner at Denny’s. He had a blast and thought it was the coolest thing ever.
Invariably when my brother returned to the airport the next morning the same issue cropped up, but Aeromexico eventually agreed it wasn’t a great idea for him to stay alone in NYC any longer and sending him to MEX was acceptable…!
This was c2009!
What an epic story!
I think I like it more than the one about the guy that took 50lb of food to Bora Bora.1st September 2022 at 21:53 in reply to: The HSBC Premier Mastercards threadTariq
I am seeing points awarded against some Curve transactions but not others. I am not certain that this is a result of incompetence associated with the change in points portal/system as opposed to an intentional change by HSBC.17th August 2022 at 19:32 in reply to: Algarve resort suggestionsTariq
I just came back from Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas. Really nice resort, not all-inclusive, but was a bargain on points compared to the cash price.
Complimentary transport from the hotel to the beach and the hotel has a beach bar down there too where you can charge back to room. Plenty of food options in the hotel itself, free parking, very modern and well maintained rooms (less than 10 years old I believe). Spa facilities onsite and a kids club where you can park the little ones for a half-day.
Any specific questions, just ask.16th August 2022 at 21:33 in reply to: BA Amex to BA Premium Plus – should I upgrade?Tariq
Agreed, just done the upgrade myself and was really easy using that link.15th August 2022 at 18:59 in reply to: Post your American Express Platinum retention offers here!Tariq
35K given fairly easily via chat today, last bonus over a year ago.
Interesting that Amex only value 35K at £157 though (per the dialogue that I had with them).10th August 2022 at 20:51 in reply to: Status upgrades – best to check-in via app or in person?Tariq
There’s an argument that checking in on the app demonstrates you’re likely to turn up, especially relevant for cancellable rates and logically you could imagine that would inform their choices around upgrades
But, truly we don’t know…
I used to think this, and always checked in online. Until I arrived late at night (11.30pm) due to a delayed flight and the hotel had reallocated my room and walked me – I don’t bother since then…!28th June 2022 at 19:42 in reply to: DSAR Subject Access Request – how to be tough?Tariq
And when you finally get the date, put another DSAR in for any new information since the last DSAR. So that you can see any internal written dialogue pertaining to your original request.27th June 2022 at 19:42 in reply to: Stranded in NYCTariq25th June 2022 at 23:57 in reply to: £50 back from £200 Amex spendTariq
I tried ringing up Doubletree Chester to charge my card now in advance of a Semi-Flex booking in August. They said they were unable to charge my card on file so have sent me a secure payment link beginning https://s[dot]360[dot]com.
Upon clicking the link it takes me to a site where I can input my card details and billing address. The amount is pre-populated. Has anyone else had this experience? I’m guessing paying via this payment link probably won’t track to qualify for the Amex offer but would love if someone has experience to prove otherwise.
Hotels often use such secure sites to collect your payment details. They should then charge as normal via the hotel’s own system, the website merely playing the role of a secure means to gather your card details and authorisation for them to use it.
Indeed, not Hilton but Hyatt – Amex offer triggered fine.24th June 2022 at 20:33 in reply to: £50 back from £200 Amex spendTariq
Not Hilton, but Hyatt. Using the payment link that they emailed me, worked to trigger the Amex offer.24th June 2022 at 20:32 in reply to: NYC Mid Budget Reward HotelTariq
Since the message is in the IHG subforum, I’m going to guess IHG.16th June 2022 at 21:06 in reply to: £50 back from £200 Amex spendTariq
Yes, all of mine have been advance bookings and triggers just fine.14th June 2022 at 18:18 in reply to: Booking a Hilton in advance – 10 month limit?Tariq
I think it depends on the hotel. I just checked a couple of properties and one was bookable up to April 30th next year and the other one 12 months and even further ahead, cash and points.
This is my experience – searching far ahead, some hotels are showing big blocks of ‘sold out’ which just seems implausible – more likely that they haven’t uploaded/opened availability yet.13th June 2022 at 05:15 in reply to: Amex Plat 70k referral?Tariq
Looks like targeted referral is back – 70k points for spending £4000 in 3 months.8th June 2022 at 20:12 in reply to: Amex Plat 70k referral?Tariq
Referral offer is showing as 35K points for spending £4K in three months in my app.28th May 2022 at 15:24 in reply to: IHG amenities when booking with pointsTariq
Sounds like IHG are rapidly descending to Accor levels of hospitality and reward…
They are about to implement a huge change to the programme with lots of new benefits.
If it was so great the benefits would be live already, not this paralytic nonsense where people are getting neither the old nor new benefits.28th May 2022 at 09:57 in reply to: IHG amenities when booking with pointsTariq
Sounds like IHG are rapidly descending to Accor levels of hospitality and reward…23rd May 2022 at 18:19 in reply to: Canada to USATariq
Yes, with retrospect we would have taken the train if we had known it was more advantageous ref testing (crossed from Niagara by train a few years ago and was a bit of a protracted process which put us off). Couldn’t get a one-way rental car from Canada to USA.
I ordered the tests from Qured a couple of weeks before we went, booked the video slots pretty much as soon as the tests arrived – quite an easy process. At the appointment time, you just click a link and wait in a queue and you seem to get allocated to the first available agent – my wife and I both got different people. Fairly straightforward process but take a permanent marker with you (you have to write a reference number and date/time on the LFT cartridge and then photo it with your passport for them to issue the certificate).
We took NHS tests as well to do a pre-test before the main event, just to be on the safe side.22nd May 2022 at 17:19 in reply to: Canada to USATariq
Yes, I flew into Vancouver in April and then a few days later took a short flight Vancouver to Portland. Used Qured remote video testing. If you only have to be in Vegas though, personally I would avoid the complexity and just fly to somewhere in the USA directly.26th April 2022 at 23:02 in reply to: Pacific Northwest – Seattle & VancouverTariq
Don’t suppose anyone has an email address for the Renaissance Seattle please?
Very elusive on Google and guesswork hasn’t been successful either.19th April 2022 at 10:15 in reply to: Keeping couples together (Club World)Tariq
We prefer middle and aisle as I don’t mind flying backwards but my wife rather faces forwards. The window between the seats allows interaction.
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