NEWS & OFFERS: 17 May leaked as confirmed restart of travel, Long haul UK Business class flights from £999, & more Radisson offers

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17 May leaked as confirmed restart of travel

It had been rumored that it may take until at least 10 May to get confirmation of the government’s decision on whether travel can restart. However, according to a senior government official quoted in the Telegraph, it will definitely be announced that international travel can go ahead for leisure travel on 17 May. This will also spell the end of the forms for “permission” to travel. The traffic light system was set to be revealed by Thursday or Friday in the coming week according to rumours. It now seems that at the same time they will announce the end of the travel ban which makes sense.

What we don’t know is what countries will be on the green list. Most of Europe is expected to be amber. 

There are currently no concessions planned for those that are fully vaccinated, unlike many other countries. With the next review on 28 June, which is the crucial one before the peak season, it is expected to pave the way for vaccinated people to possibly avoid quarantine for amber and take fewer or no tests. 


Long haul UK Business class flights from £999, short haul from £299


TAP Air Portugal has a special offer on their business class flights. Their new business class product is pretty good on long-haul if you get one of the newer A330 neos or A321LR which have all aisle access seats. 

Portugal, where you need to transit, is expected to be on the green list and in particular Madeira with the government’s separate island listings. If that doesn’t happen you are allowed one free date change to your TAP ticket which you can read about here. 

TAP A321LR business class

The promotion is for bookings until May 5th to travel until September 15th, 2021.

TAP A330-900 Neo business class

The prices are:

  • £999
    • United States: Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Washington.

      Canada: Toronto, Montreal.

      Mexico: Cancun.

  • £1289
    • Brazil
  • £299 
    • Portugal
  • £399
    • Azores
    • Madeira

You can find the sale page here. 


Another Park Plaza offer – 35% off

I have recently written about the £89 London hotel offers for Park Plaza. They have now launched a more expansive offer which includes all of the London hotels including Park Plaza Westminster Bridge which I have reviewed. Holland is also included. 

If you are not normally a Park Plaza person, it may interest you to know that includes the new and rather swanky Holmes hotel which has a great location in Marylebone in London and an outdoor terrace. 

Book by 5 September 2021 for stays from 17 May – 30 September 2021 and receive the following:

  • Up to 35%* off our Best Flexible Rate
  • Fully cancellable (up to 24 hours prior to arrival date)
  • No pre-payment required
  • Kids stay and eat free
  • Exclusive benefits for Radisson Rewards members
  • Best Rate Guarantee
  • Earn Radisson Rewards with this rate

You can find the sale page here.