Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Woodford I’ve always found reliable in Capetown

    in reply to: The HSBC Premier Mastercards thread
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Doesn’t look like any BA transfer bonus this summer, just like me to turn up too late to the party

    in reply to: CEDR on Trustpilot – make your own mind up
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    British airways: 1.4/5

    To be fair, that appears to be a reasonable assessment of BA over the last few years.

    Really? That good?

    in reply to: Hotels in Cape Town
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    We stayed in Camps Bay, a smarter are but a bit out of town. Agree that the Waterfront is nothing more than a tourist trap.

    Yes Camps bay lovely but more residential, lots of good Airbnb options. Waterfront is touristy yes but we are tourists after all and I liked the vibe for a couple of nights

    in reply to: CEDR on Trustpilot – make your own mind up
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Well of course most folk won’t post unless they’ve had a bad experience? I speak as someone who won at CEDR. My experience suggests that if you go to CEDR explain the issue clearly, be equally clear what you want and be reasonable in your request as well as quoting law, which after all does allow a degree of flexibility to any adjudicator or judge

    in reply to: Hotels in Cape Town
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Radisson Red great location for town and waterfront and more than acceptable

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Key here is whether you agreed to a refund. If not and if you rejected a refund and they refunded you against your expressed wish then you have a chance. First request a copy of any recording of phone calls to establish what was said by who

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    I’m flying to JNB in early Sept, then a drive to Kruger via Graskop (1 night stop-panorama route) then one night at Phalaborwa before entering the park the following day.

    10 nihgts in Kruger

    After Kruger we have a week to get back to JNB-still undecided where to go TBHO. Eswatini\Losthoso, Battlefields

    I was looking to get a SIM card in JNB and using Wave\mobile phone as my route planner, however I’m unsure if the GPS signal would suffice for that router and around Kruger.

    So as a Back up I was thinking of hiring a GPS from Sixt.

    Any comments on this plan?

    Cheers

    Graskop nice village and very scenic for canyon views, we’ve done this as a stopover from JNB to northern Kruger gates.
    The camps sell very good map/guides printed on cardboard and paper by the way!

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    If flying to KNP check out comparable prices and availability of vehicles between Nelspruit and Skukuza beforehand. No personal experience myself to draw on, but I have heard local opinion that Skukuza is overpriced and has less choice than Nelspruit.

    A 4×4 pick-up truck has its advantages, but is not essential for the Park’s tar roads and also the majority of its gravel roads. I’ve never paid over-inflated 4×4 prices, always hired a cheaper MPV (like Toyota Avanza) or SUV (like Ford Ecosport or Toyota RAV, latter might be 4×4 or All Wheel Drive these days, not sure) and always been OK since both offer sufficiently high line of sight and ground clearance for ample game spotting.

    Yes re an Avanza or small SUV. Skukuza is just Avis who have the sole franchise and the prices reflect that

    in reply to: Amex / PayPal cashback offer
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    @ Charles, I’m not sure I would bother. I have done 3 spends to make up to £70 and it has not been credited. It was a while ago, and several other qualifying (non accumulative) spends have since posted, so I don’t think it is happening. I don’t think I am the only data point to confirm the accumulative spend does not appear to work on 70/15 offer. It does seem to work on the 100/20 one based on other posters.

    Yes cumulative on 70 not working for me

    in reply to: Japan during pandemic
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Yes low hotel rates obviously due to no foreign tourists, we’ll be flying on from Tokyo this October to more welcoming destinations. It would have been our second trip to Japan, this was the third rearranged attempt. Mulling over rebooking for Oct 23 but not sure I can be bothered, when we booked this on I was sure it’d be ok.
    Stupid insular nation fearing foreigners, can’t think of anywhere else like that 🤠

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Agree with most contributors and very good advice which I won’t repeat. My points, perhaps skip Victoria Falls as a risk in trying to do too much Ona first trip, the falls can incidentally be done a a day trip from Chobe combined with a trip to Chobe in Botswana flying into Kasane, we’ve done this.
    Also disagreeing with most contributors, the N4 from JNB to Malelane or Crocodile bridge (agree best entry points) is a long drive on an admittedly good road with the Half at the JNB end particularly boring passing coal mining areas
    An alternative is to fly Airlink to Nelspruit hire a car, independent companies with good deals here, and fly direct back from here to Capetown again with Airlink.
    Also agree strongly re the NP walks with rangers bookable as an add on to park accommodation, awesome

    in reply to: InterContinental Ambassador – worth it?
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    So I’ve been emailed the offer to join ambassador and told I’ll have a free upgrade on our upcoming stay if I join. So ploughed through the T&C s and as a gold I’d be platinum and
    Upgrade not guaranteed for our reward stay and no compo if not given
    I get 1 free breakfast for member only?

    in reply to: InterContinental Ambassador – worth it?
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    It often used to be worth signing up when checking in and negotiating an upgrade as they apparently get commission

    in reply to: InterContinental Ambassador – worth it?
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Free weekend nights are now capped per hotel, so there is no guarantee that you can book – although you can test via the link above if its bookable.

    The upside, as mentioned, is that all room categories are available at many hotels.

    Personally I’d go for it IF you are 100% certain to use the voucher OR you have a long IC stay coming up and want the guaranteed upgrade and 4pm checkout.

    Upgrade likely on a points stay though?

    in reply to: BA rebooking guidelines?
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    HUACA and insist on your rights which is rebooking in any availability, see other reports for BA regularly refusing and trying to refund, every call be very clear you are not accepting a refund

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Why so mean @yorkieflyer??

    I’m obviously referring to the email inviting our friend to relive the gorgeous experience 🤓

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Froggee I’m so sorry your laptop is missing the delete key

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Seriously tho I’m curious as to these well meaning middle class folk who drag their offspring round all manner of dreary cultural icons on their European grand tours when all the kids want I’d to play on a beach and eat ice cream. Thankfully my working class parents well understood that and my childhood holidays all those years ago were glorious caravan holidays to Devon and Cornwall. I recall being the envy of my posher friends who’d been dragged off to house swaps in obscure German towns or stranded on barren wet Scottish islands

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Brilliant as ever Froggee. Personally I’d rather have root canal than go to the Tattoo or even watch it on the box.

    I’d probably rather have a lobotomy, at least then I probably wouldn’t mind the nauseating experience

    in reply to: MBNA Horizon still with no FX fees?
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Shhh I think they’ve forgotten about it

    in reply to: Amex / PayPal cashback offer
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Paid my BT bill, triggered the email within 5 mins which was exceedingly fast considering how slow it normally is

    Possible if on DD? Then what happens to the DD, is it reduced?

    in reply to: The HSBC Premier Mastercards thread
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Please could someone tell me how long it takes for HSBC to process and provide a supplementary card for the HSBC premier world elite credit card? Incredibly, it seems you need to post them a paper form to do this.

    Downloaded the form, posted it and to be fair card was back within 10 days

    in reply to: Sri Lanka – January
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    It’s only a short hop to Thailand

    in reply to: Dubai recommendations
    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    It sounds divine…

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