BA opens more European lounges & JFK gin terrace
Sadly a lot of BA lounges outside the UK have remained closed over the summer. However, as flights ramp up over the autumn more and more are reopening.
The latest lounges to reopen are:
- Milan Linate
- Geneva – opens this week.
BA also has a brand-new area – the Aviation Gin bar, on the terrace at JFK which has just opened. Though whether it will still be open outdoors by the time we are let in, I’m not sure. The terrace to promote Ryan Reynold’s Aviation Gin (shame he didn’t pop in to promote it!) and a new range of low-calorie natural mixers from Betty Buzz that also have an aviation theme. It’s getting a bit chilly for an outdoor terrace now, but if I make it over there I’m sure I could brave it to try one!
Randox £19.99 lateral flow day 2 day – collect from shopping centres
Today, Randox and Collect+ have announced a new partnership that will provide different way to access to low-cost COVID-19 testing. The partnership enables consumers to order a new reduced-cost PCR (£34.99) or lateral flow (£19.99) test online and then pick it up on the same day from participating shopping centres within the Collect+ network. This first of its kind partnership means people in the UK no longer need to wait for a home delivery or walk-in clinic access when ordering a COVID-19 test. Obviously, if you wanted to use this as a day 2 test you would need to do this before you leave the UK since you need the reference for the PLF, unless you arranged to pick it up at a later time.
There are an initial 29 locations already open, this collaboration plans to expand to more than 100 Collect+ locations in the coming weeks, and hopes to go further to utilise even more of the Collect+ network over the medium to longer term. I think this would work better unless you live near one of the centres as unless you are going anyway, it costs money to park at most shopping centres so it’s not really worth it. However, Collect+ has hundreds of corner shop-type locations that would be far better for most people to easily pick something up. It’s worth noting that as well as shopping centres there are quite a few at airports. This would be an easy option to order just before you leave and then pick it up when you land. I could see myself using that option.
From 24th October, fully vaccinated passengers from non-red list countries can take a lateral flow test for their day-two post-arrival checks. Randox now offers home testing kits as both PCR and lateral flow, to aid pre-departure testing and any current and future day 2 requirements. PCR and lateral flow tests are available at the newly reduced prices of £34.99 and £19.99 respectively when using Collect+ click and collect. (It’s £21.50 for home delivery with a discount code).
Philip Robinson, VP Sales at Randox said: “As guidelines change and the country continues to open up, Randox is able to support any travel testing requirements by utilising our extensive diagnostics experience and logistics network, and offering value for money for both PCR and lateral flow tests that can be collected at the customer’s convenience thanks to our new partnership with the Collect + service from PayPoint.
“Our significant investment in capacity expansion and in logistics solutions such as Collect + click and collect sites that further simplify the process of ordering COVID-19 tests, have allowed us to make ongoing price reductions, demonstrating our commitment to helping people live their lives as easily and normally as possible.”
To order a COVID-19 test using the Collect+ service visit https://covid.randox.com/click-and-collect-kit/. If you want to find a testing centre close to you or compare prices of travel Cobid testing, I recommend the Covid Testing Network comparison site.
Here are the locations where you can already collect Randox kits:
|The Mall Luton||Luton||LU1 2TH|
|The Mall Walthamstow||London||E17 7JR|
|The Mall Wood Green||London||N22 6YQ|
|The Chimes Shopping Centre||Uxbridge||UB8 1QQ|
|Festival Place Basingstoke||Basingstoke||RG21 7BF|
|Exchange Ilford Shopping Centre||Ilford||IG1 1RS|
|Brent Cross||London||NW4 3FP|
|The Mall Blackburn||Blackburn||BB1 7JE|
|Runcorn Shopping City||Runcorn||WA7 2EU|
|Golden Square Shopping Centre||Warrington||WA1 1QB|
|The Boulevard Banbridge||Banbridge||BT32 4LF|
|Randox Health Crumlin||Crumlin||BT29 4XL|
|Randox Health Holywood||Holywood||BT18 9HZ|
|Trinity Leeds||Leeds||LS1 5AT|
|Telford Shopping Centre||Telford||TF3 4BX|
|Kingfisher Shopping Centre||Redditch||B97 4HJ|
|Marlowes Shopping Centre||Hemel Hempstead||HP1 1DX|
|Freshney Place Shopping Centre||Grimsby||DN31 1ED|
|Eden Shopping Centre||High Wycombe||HP11 2DQ|
|Victoria Gate Shopping Centre||Leeds||LS2 7AU|
|Liverpool One||Liverpool||L1 8LW|
|East Midlands Airport||Castle Donington||DE74 2TR|
|Stanstead Airport||London||CM22 6PF|
|Manchester Airport||Manchester||M90 5RH|
|Heathrow Airport||Harlington||UB3 5AW|
|Waterloo Station||London||SE1 9PX|