Jersey restrictions to be removed
From Monday 7 February, Jersey is removing all Covid entry restrictions including PCR tests or isolating on arrival. You won’t even need to complete a pre-departure travel form before arriving in Jersey. The removal of travel restrictions makes Jersey one of the most easily accessible destinations in the world.
If you haven’t been to Jersey and want some low hassle travel, it’s definitely the place to go as it’s treated as domestic when you return to the UK. This means no PLF forms and no immigration queues. There are some lovely beaches, luxury hotels, and great food on the island too.
BA expands Loganair codeshare
British Airways and Loganair have today announced a major expansion of their codeshare agreement with 18 new routes. This will now give British Airways’ customers access to 38 of Loganair’s UK routes, meaning that customers can book onward connections from destinations across the airline’s route network, or point to point travel in the UK more easily through British Airways’ website. If you book onto these selected routes operated by Loganair through ba.com you can also earn Avios and Tier points which is a big bonus.
Routes now available to book include:
• Aberdeen to Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, and Southampton
• City of Derry to London and Liverpool
• Cornwall Airport Newquay to Manchester
• Exeter to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle
• Isle of Man to Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester
• Inverness to Birmingham
• Norwich to Aberdeen and Edinburgh
• Teesside to Southampton
British Airways’ customers travelling from Aberdeen or the Isle of Man to Manchester will also now be able to connect onto British Airways’ codeshare flights on other carriers, including oneworld partners. Destinations include New York, Barbados and Orlando.
Leading Hotels of the World Leaders Club changes
The Leaders Club, the loyalty scheme of LHW, has gone through a number of changes recently. It’s now free having previously needing to purchase a membership. However, to receive points and benefits you had to make bookings made through Leading Hotels Reservations and Service Centers or LHW.com. LHW have now made this much better.
As of 25 January 2022, when you join Leaders Club, you will earn points on Leading Hotels stays booked through your luxury travel agent including programs such as Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network, and American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts®.
You will also have the ability to earn points on business travel bookings made via corporate travel agencies and corporate booking tools. Just make sure your Leaders Club member number is included at the time of booking, and your points will be credited to your account.
You can join Leaders Club here. If you are interested in booking Virtuoso rates which include perks such as upgrades, free breakfast and $100 credit (hotel dependent) then our partners GTC will be happy to help.
Qatar Airways orders B737 MAX
Qatar Airways is in a well-publicised dispute with Airbus over the paint on their A350 deteriorating and they are now taking legal action against them. Airbus also cancelled Qatar’s order for 50 A321s. This left Qatar little option but to look at Boeing’s short-haul aircraft. In a larger order which included the B777X freight aircraft, they have also added up to 50 B737 MAX aircraft with 25 firm orders and 25 on option.
For most of us travelling from the UK or Europe, it’s unlikely you will be flying on their short-haul aircraft except on connecting flights to Dubai for example.
HT: Simple Flying
You might say Al-Baker has what he deserves. The loser is Boeing, have they forgotten how long he refused delivery of the 789 for because of quality issues? He hasn’t changed, Airbus have clearly decided they don’t need him as a customer and Boeing can have him and the problems he creates. I wish them luck with that one!
Absolutely right. I travelled with Qatar to BKK in 2019 and was impressed, even though my flights didn’t have Q suites. Taking into account what goes on in Qatar though, in terms of human rights, I’ll revert to Finnair.
Bit risky for Qatar, most people still spooked by 737Max. As a consumer I will now want to know what aircraft they are using on any route I book, an added hassle which may well make me look elsewhere.
Playing stand off with Airbus is not a good look, they should get down to serious negotiations with Airbus, and not put passengers at risk with the 737.
B737MAX to Dubai? They will lose my future business.
Although Boeing’s modifications to the software design have appeared to work, the basic physical flaw related to the position of the engine and their size on the fuselage leaves open many risks to a safe flight. No aircraft is perfectly designed, but this one defies the laws of physics. So it is not going to be for me.
Quality of service vs design flaws. The debate will undoubtedly continue.
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